I had to go to the card store this morning. The woman in front of me in line was buying some of those mylar Happy Birthday balloons. It was cold this morning, so the cashier warned the woman not to worry if the balloons seemed to deflate in her car, and that they'd be fine once they warmed back up.
The woman seemed quite concerned by this, and finally said, "you know, I've got to visit a few more stores in this shopping center. Could I just pick them up on my way out, so they don't have to spend as much time in the car?"
Determined not to roll over and give in to the heavily favored Quakers, the Tigers forced a fumble on Penn's first possession of the second half.
And here's how Penn's paper, The Daily Pennsylvanian, saw the same play:
Matthews moved the ball to the Princeton 42-yard line before the momentum of the game changed again.
McDermott threw what appeared to be a forward pass to Matthews, who dropped it. But the officials ruled it as a lateral, and Peter Kelly fell on it for the Tigers.
"I thought that was a huge call," Bagnoli said. "We had just had two or three first downs, the ball was right at midfield, we were starting to get a little bit of momentum...I didn't think it was close."
So who's right? The Penn paper, of course. The play was a screen pass to the running back. The ball was thrown a little behind him and he couldn't catch it. There was no one within 10 yards of Matthews when he dropped it.
"You know, in that database thingy you're working on."
He shows me a CGI screen.
"Umm, can't I can just send it some SQL?"
Blank stare. "Why would you want to do that, instead of just using the screens?"
"I've got a C++ program, you know, that app I demoed at the lab meeting last week?"
Eventually after about 15 minutes of this I get him to show me a tab-delimited text file of what I want. "So you've got not one but two databases (don't ask), but you don't have a single table in either of them to store gene information?"
One thing is that people naturally tend to assume that I must be one of them, and that I'm at least familiar with basic biological terminology and lab functions. Hah! My last formal biology course was freshman year of high school. I've certainly picked up a lot while I've been at Wistar, but the labs themselves still sort of scare me.
So anyway, today I was walking down the hall when I saw a postdoc from the new lab that's getting started up across the hall. He was holding an orange plastic lid in his hands, and asked "do you know if this is autoclave-safe?"
Now, I didn't even know what an autoclave was 8 months ago. Now I've come to know it as the noisy, sometimes smelly oven-like contraption down the hall that the cute lab tech is always loading and unloading. But I don't have the slightest idea how to use it.
"Beats me," I replied. "Do I look like a biologist?"
"Well, now that you mention it..."
"No, I'm a computer programmer. I help the folks in this lab with their data analysis."
"Oh, cool. What languages do you use?"
"Mostly C++, and a little Perl to hold everything together."
"Perl? Never heard of it. Do you do any Java? I really like Java!"