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We got (unofficial) chemistry department t-shirts today. Since I didn't want one that said "Need Money for Beer Research" I got the snarky one (much funnier, anyhow):

Physical Chemistry
The grand attempt to apply y=mx+b to everything in the universe

Organic Chemistry
The practice of transmuting vile, toxic substances into publications

Analytical Chemistry
The fine art of letting the machine figure it out for you

Inorganic Chemistry
The syphoning off of NSF grant money for research that will never be useful. Ever.

Biochemistry
An exercise in making buffer, after buffer, after buffer, after buffer...

Combinatorial Chemistry
The process of making a million useless compounds when one would suffice

Chemical Engineering
Doing for actual profit what other chemists just do for fun

I'm amused.

Date: 2006-06-14 06:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] memnus.livejournal.com
I'm not sure I see the sheep that icon claims to be. Apparently I also need a "pointless comment" icon

Date: 2006-06-14 11:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quartzpebble.livejournal.com
It's lying on its side with its legs toward you. It's one of those silly "desktop pets"--google eSheep and you'll probably find something. We used to have it on our old computer and it was really, really cute.

Date: 2006-06-14 08:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dclayh.livejournal.com
"Combinatorial chemistry"? Wow. I never heard of such a thing. Do you do stuff like (sucrose)choose(ethanol)?

Date: 2006-06-14 11:44 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] chrisamaphone
XD <3

Date: 2006-06-14 11:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quartzpebble.livejournal.com
It's combinatorial in the sense that it's like the setup for an easy discrete problem, as far as I can tell--given a molecular framework with m points that can vary, with n possible variations on each, how many compounds can you make? Good--now go screen them to see if any of them work for what you wanted them to do (usually drug-related; it got started as a way to look for and optimize different drugs).

I would so go for (sucrose) choose (ethanol)... outside of lab, like a good little chemist.

Date: 2006-06-14 11:45 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] chrisamaphone
This makes me wish I knew more about chem.

P.S. It must be biochemists' jobs to make sure we CS people never have buffer overflows, then.

Date: 2006-06-15 03:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] notsteven.livejournal.com
Yeah, that's an important job of the biochemists. Otherwise people could use buffer overflows to freely rewrite your DNA.

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