Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Pull lever harder

Sign reads, "If the yogurt is running too slowly, please pull lever harder. Thank you, Spoons Staff." Stating the obvious is always funny to me. But then I realized this sign illuminates a sneaky symptom of graduate school, the tendency to stop looking for solutions. Maybe it is my personality. Admittedly I thought to myself, "this yogurt is coming out slowly," but decided to wait it out, having not noticed the sign. Similarly, I expected graduate school to be difficult and for most of my experiments to fail and need to be repeated since "that's research." So I began to unquestioningly accept sub-optimal solutions and methodologies like the slow-running-yogurt-theorem. No, thank you Spoons Staff. I will be more critical in my work. I will pull the lever harder.

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