Monday, October 22, 2007

Cutest free t-shirt EVAH!

So a little over two months ago, I ordered some primers and probes to do real time PCR. Sure I can count red cells vs green cells using flow cytometry, but I need to double-check my data with a classic technique, RT-PCR, to establish that my data is really real, and not an artifact of my new system. What if Im missing 10% of the red cells because it takes dsRED2 longer to mature? Gotta check with PCR.

Now, normally it takes a week or two to get your primers and probes. But I kept getting emails from the company I used: "Sorry! We cant synthesize your probe right! We will try again!". Like, every 3-4 days. For two months. So eventually I just called and raised a huge stink--Two months for a probe is insane!

What they sent me after I chewed them out:

  1. My damn probe
  2. Horse stress ball
  3. Pig stress ball
  4. Sweet stainless-steel travel coffee mug
  5. $25 off my next order
  6. Cool T-shirt
  7. CUTEST FREE T-SHIRT EVAH!

LOVE IT! Plus I dont have to do laundry for another couple of days cause I got TWO free T-shirts! Totally makes up for holding up my research! hehehehe!

30 comments:

dochocson said...

Were both shirts the same? I'd think the least they could do is give you a variety.

As a doctor, I get the usual stuff from the drug reps. Best thing I ever got was a set of plush pathogens. I think there was strep, staph and E.coli. Very fun, my kids loved 'em.

And you do realize, you're going to get, um, comments on the pic, right?

Nick said...

She has a thing about never showing her whole cute self in a picture, but I think she has already had a number of marriage proposals from hapless creationism-fighting nerds.

I am one such nerd but at least I know when someone is out of my league...

ERV said...

doc-- I LOVE the comments :P Thats why I LOVE the shirt! ROFL!!!

hehe! We get those plush things too! Weve got the HIV and the mono one (*rolleyes*).

And there were two different shirts! But the other, while still cool (dont want to give away company name, and the slogan would give it away), was just a regular-cut shirt :P


Nick-- Its nothing personal, Id just like to avoid any appearances in Dembskis flatulence animations. hehehe!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Nice erm ... motto. Yup that's the word I was thinking of, motto.

8^)=

Annyday said...

Was commenting too much to not finally make an account.

I approve of the shirt and the double entendre. Thank you for making the day a bit brighter.

Bob O'Hara said...

You don't think the stress balls might have been a subtle hint, do you?

Bob

dochocson said...

Kinda figured you didn't mind the comments, I managed to forget to add the :)

Nick said...

ERV -- LOL. I think you will be top of the list anyway when the next Dembski fart animation comes out...there's no escape!

Israel Barrantes said...

Pinky and the Brain were right, a free T-shirt is the strongest force on the face of Earth.

I love my Promega tee as well.

Luis said...

I beg to differ. I think this one is cuter.

http://www.kukuxumusu.com/catalog/idb/catalog/BL0RLW50952_3.jpg

Part of the reason is that I also think that the girl who got it for free from me is also cuter than ERV. Nothing personal, though.

Luis said...

Of course, the link was

http://www.kukuxumusu.com/catalog/idb/catalog/
BL0RLW50952_3.jpg

Jack said...

If everyone else is behaving themselves, I have to say it:

Isn't that shirt a little . . . dry?

Jack

Kicker said...

I love that shirt. The best one our lab has ever received was "Chromatographer." Somebody should make one with "UN 2814" printed on it.

Laneman said...

Cutest t-shirt wearer EVAH!

I'd like to submit a proposal for that research project!

Oldfart said...

You fill that tshirt out very well. Was I a few decades younger..........and unmarried............

All I ever get from a call to customer service is a hang-up. They never send me any stress reducing devices.....

Torbjörn Larsson said...

*Blink*

(No, I haven't quite placed that one with anything approaching certainty yet. But I figure both possible interpretations will fit here. As ERV use to say: hehehe! :-P)

Btw, isn't the stress balls and the coffee mug sort of self-defeating though? Um, yes, americans have decaf of course. Like pizza without topping if you ask me.

Israel Barrantes said...

ohh I forgot to say: With this pic you confirmed that you're the whole package. Smart, funny and attractive. Sure your boyfriend is really lucky, huh?

dustin said...

Um, yes, americans have decaf of course. Like pizza without topping if you ask me.

It's worse than that. It's more like a pizza that's had its toppings removed with benzene or ethyl acetate.

minusRusty said...

Damn, girl!

You're bound and determined to make me go back and look through all your posts, ain'tcha?!?

;-)

dustin said...

For once, "Post Your Boobies" is not a disappointing internet meme that gets my hopes up and leaves me looking at a stupid bird.

ERV said...

Luis-- I beg to differ. I think this one is cuter. Part of the reason is that I also think that the girl who got it for free from me is also cuter than ERV. Nothing personal, though.

*puts on DaveScot hat*

Luis is no longer with us. BANNATION!

:P


Kicker-- Somebody should make one with "UN 2814" printed on it.
ROFL!! WANT!

Things I HAVE to do tonight:
1. Finish lab presentation
2. Finish genetics homework
3. Fish for complements on blog

I got one thing done this evening! hehehehehe!

HalfMooner said...

I love the shirt! But I especially love the feisty science gal inside it. Anytime you need anyone to do a text or cartoon parody of Dembski or Behe, I'm your guy.

-- HalfMooner, at SFN

G said...

1. Now my girlfriend thinks I keep reading the blog of some hottie. "Science blog, my ass!"
2. Wth is a "probe"?

clinteas said...

ERV,


now come on lol,was it so tempting to have the male audience here drooling over you......
I like ur blog,and will still like it and find u cool,even if i small prefer breasts hehe....
Good on you babe,its kinda funny really.

Rob21 said...

I love this blog. I almost spat my coffee on the screen - and would have if it would have gotten the shirt wet ;)

Rob

russ3llr said...

That really is the cutest T-shirt! The, um, torso is pretty cute too, but now I sound creepy so I'll shut up.

Good luck with your work :)

sdej said...

I'm a couple of days late but if you're still fishing for complements, here's another one.

NomadSoul said...

Yeah.. that's it.. the reason I'm staring at the image is that I'm filled with intellectual curiosity.. It's the quest for knowledge, not that my male brain is hardwired to seek out such things.

Actually I'm reminded of a song done by The Frantics, a classic Canadian comedy troupe. The song was called "It's For Science", and was about two people supposedly having sex for some sort of research project. I have respect for any song that manages to work "tactile stimulation" into the rhyme and rhythm, or use the term "mean deviation" in a description of the sex act.

Dr. M Hackett said...

This is a most stimulating and pheromone releasing entry!

Anonymous said...

Doing a random search on Google for a T-Shirt that says something like "be nice to me or my country will force democracy on you" and got this. Although I was into chemistry in high school those days are long gone. And biology was never my forté. But I must admit that I read through the post just to get to know the person behind the shockingly stimulating photo.

It is rare to see a well-rounded individual, especially on blogs. As one person mentioned here "if I was a decade younger and unmarried..." :)

Never thought of myself ever writing on a random blog. But here you go. There's always first time for everything, I suppose.

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