Thursday, January 26, 2006

By the way...I'm a Virgo.

Call it something neurotic if you will but I have a certain way of working. Sometimes that way of working clashes with the way others in my lab work especially those that I work closely with. So I'm going to compare and contrast the way I work with the way others work in my lab.

-Adam likes to plan his work in advance by using a piece of technology called a calendar.
-Others like to do their work in no particular temporal progression.

-Adam likes to make sure he has all of the necessary materials before he starts something.
-Others like to throw conniption fits when they find that they are missing a key component after passing the rubicon.

-Adam likes to think about the execution of his experiments before he attempts them.
-Others like to make up the strategy as they go along which usually results in something being spilled.

-Adam likes to complete one task before starting another.
-Others like to stop something midway and commence something totally unrelated in an attempt to "save time."

-Adam has a positive outlook on new endeavors and embraces when things go wrong and learns from them.
-Others like to be pessimistic from the start and get discouraged and depressed when things don't go according to plan.

-Adam likes to stick to the original plan that he made so as to avoid error and confusion.
-Others like to change aspects of their experiment as they go along and end up with confounding results that are inexplicable.

Sometimes my patience on these issues wears very thin and my cordial jocular nature is pushed to extreme limits. There are times when I wish I could just do everything on my own. Did I mention that I'm a Virgo?

14 Comments:

Anonymous Nikki said...

Oh, if only I had a lab partner like you while I was at U of A. We see to eye-to-eye.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Spider said...

Well, I am a Leo and Brett works like Adam - if you ever want to leave the scientific community you can come work for me!

9:23 AM  
Blogger jjd said...

you know that Oscar is a lab rat as well, and also a Virgo.. and you two sound.. eeriely similar. He's also loved by his bosses and secretly hated by some co-workers because he actually has.. a work ethic and does his work well and precisely. You are probably the same way.

9:31 AM  
Blogger Nathan said...

Hrm...well my first boyfriend was a Virgo. 2 years. Fucking drove me nuts with his analytical nature.

Yeah, we can all tell you're a Virgo.

But you have valid points, in any case. It sounds like you are organized and focused about your work. Nothing wrong with that. And I would expect that from a scientist anyway.

Excuse my stereotype, but these were just qualities I would expect.

9:33 AM  
Blogger DanNation said...

My sister is a Virgo, and she is just the same way. Although she runs a large department store and not a lab, she sounds eerily similar.

10:28 AM  
Blogger Kevin said...

I'm not a Virgo, but it sounds like me. Hmmm ....

11:30 AM  
Anonymous enviroboi said...

wait. i thought a Virgo was someone who had never had sex, not someone who was methodical and organized.

lab work sounds FUN!

12:01 PM  
Blogger tornwordo said...

Well I didn't know organized and methodical were characteristically Virgo, I thought they were just good habits;)

12:55 PM  
Blogger Seeker Onos said...

Quote:-Others like to change aspects of their experiment as they go along and end up with confounding results that are inexplicable.

Hmmm. Scientific Method! Yummy.

1:59 PM  
Anonymous Jim said...

By the way... I'm a Scorpio. I don't recall ever planning anything as I tend to fly by the seat of my pants constantly. It's not so bad - works for me - but I tend to be easily distr... oh, look, shiny!!!

6:38 PM  
Blogger tim said...

Damn those OTHERS!!!! Always pestering our Adam.

8:45 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Hmmm, I'm a virgo, I'm a scientist. I see you as perfectly normal, Adam :)

9:03 AM  
Blogger Knute123 said...

Capricorn and Virgo are Setting the Example. We Earthy signs must stick together and let all those Air/Fire signs fetter away their days in confused daze of disorganized drivel. Alliteration is awesome.

12:05 PM  
Blogger Seeker Onos said...

How about a Scorpio/Sagittarius cusp?

*picks up the shiny thing and prepares a 100 page dissertation on its meaning for the universe*

1:16 PM  

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