Tuesday, October 5, 2010

It just might work this time \o/

The situation: I'm slated to present a poster (blech, I hate posters) at an upcoming meeting. When the meeting is two weeks away, the clouds part, the sun shines and all my cloning problems are resolved.

The question: Now that the constructs are complete, can I get the strains made in enough time to do experiments and include the results on the poster? (I've wanted these results on the poster all along, but after I stumbled into a bad cloning patch, I resigned myself to leaving this data off.)

The Answer: If I work everyday between now and the meeting, don't make any mistakes and find a way to print my poster at the 11th hour, I can include the data.

Sidebar: I consider throwing in the towel before I even attempt this whirlwind of tasks. You see, this shit happens all the time. I have a breakthrough within two weeks of an important meeting or presentation and bust my ass trying to acquire new data to include on a poster or in the presentation. All signs point to things not working out, but I try anyway and attempt to just push through only to finally realize a couple of days from the deadline that there is no possible way to get everything done. As a result, I am exhausted, irritated and consider my poster or presentation completely lacking as it doesn't contain the new data.

Current Standing: Well, I didn't throw in the towel. I am t-5 days from the conference. The strains are made and almost all the experiments are complete. By the end of today I should actually be in a place where I can put the poster together. If things work out, this will be the first time that last minute data gathering doesn't end in a complete and total cluster fuck.


chall said...

Yey! that's great news! Good luck with last minute poster and experiments!

ScientistMother said...

fingers totally crossed for you.

Cath@VWXYNot? said...

Cool! Good luck!

quietandsmalladventures said...

damn i'm jealous... but congrats and have fun at the conference!

Candid Engineer said...

\o/ Heh, heh.

microbiologist xx said...

I forgot to update this post, but I did get that last minute data on the poster. It almost makes up for the fact that I have to do a poster, which I loathe.

and CE, I can't look at that now without thinking of a vagina.