Graduate Student Power Tripping After First Nature Publication
After receiving word earlier this morning that the draft of his manuscript submitted to Nature Chemistry was “accepted with minor revisions,” Scripps Research Institute graduate student Caleb Miller has reportedly lapsed into a state of megalomaniacal power tripping. “I got… accepted… in Nature…” sources report Miller stating, initially with slight trepidation and disbelief. “I got into Nature,” he repeated emphatically.
Since initially learning of the success of his latest publication, Miller’s over inflated sense of self worth and rapidly ballooning ego have made working with him nearly impossible. “He’s become insufferable,” stated Sarah Ferguson, a first year graduate student. “I get that being published in Nature is a big deal, but Christ, maybe he could turn it down from eleven?”
“He actually — and I shit you not — demanded that we all refer to him as ‘your highness.’ Who does that?” Ferguson added.
Reports indicate that Miller then attempted to start a chant of his own name in the lab. “MILLER! MILLER! MILLER!” he chanted while loudly and rhythmically clapping his hands, eventually trailing off as lab members looked on with incredulity. “What does he think this is, a football game? added Steven Jackson, PhD., one of the lab’s post-docs. “I’m first author on two Nature papers and one in Science,” he added with slight indignation.
As of press time, Miller had constructed a crown from Parafilm, borosilicate transfer pipettes, and a large crystallization dish, and had re-purposed a large column for use as a scepter.
You really need to be reading C&EN Onion.
Buttered coffee is a weird new trend where you use butter instead of cream/milk. I normally drink it black, but I was still intrigued. There are apparently some benefits in terms of it having calories, and leaving you full, so you can use it as a meal replacement. I already normally skip breakfast and just have coffee, but I suppose some (non-caffeine induced) morning energy wouldn’t be a bad thing.
In doing my internet research before trying it (mostly figuring out how much to add), I came across the Bulletproof Executive. I’ve never heard of this before, but based on this one article, it seems pretty douchey:
Wow. Anyway, add a tablespoon of butter to coffee, and there you go. You let it dissolve in, and it’s actually pretty good. Mostly just tastes like coffee with cream, but greasier. In a good way I guess?
Amy did the Whole Life Challenge once, and apparently everyone at her gym raves about this. Seems good for people who like cream, but can’t have it either due to lactose intolerance, or silly abidance due weird paleo rules. Cause you can’t have milk, but you can have butter? It’s part of the paleo thing, which still doesn’t make sense, but I digress.
Now we come to the danger. What if you let it get cold? Coffee with cream? Nothing. Coffee with butter? Floaties. Disgusting butter floaties. Which can come as a surprise to you if you are drinking out of a capped thermos. (I just did this again in a regular mug and didn’t want floaties just for the photo.)
Never do this unless you’re going to drink it all at once. Disgusting.