I apologize for the recent lack of blog posts. I was getting a talk ready for the Pittsburgh Yeast Meeting pretty much all week. It's nothing that should take very long, but my boss likes when I give practice talks, so the whole process was stretched out.
Anywho, after all that work and practice, you think I'd be ready right? Well, no matter what the forum, I still get nervous in front of crowds. I don't really like talking to begin with, so talking in front of people doesn't help. I also find it hard to get started. The first couple of slides I go through are always a mess.
Again, who gives a shit, right? Well, on this particular occasion, my better half decided to surprise me and showed up for the talk. Understandably, Julia doesn't like it when I embarrass myself (and by extension her, I suppose) in public, so I had to be on my best behavior.
That behavior lasted exactly one slide. I got stuck on my intro trying to describe a piece of DNA. The DNA that I had cartooned out looked like a big Y, and I was trying to describe the portion where the two arms met. I couldn't think of any decent words like junction or intersection, so I just called it the "crotch of the DNA."
I could hear Julia groan from across the room.
A Place to Play
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