Where I lived in Sweden, we didn’t own a toaster. I love toast with my eggs in the morning, so I figured out another way to make toast that was fast and easy.
With the holiday this week, I’d love for people to make this for their folks and tell me whether they like it – or don’t like it, however unlikely the possibility.
Why did I make this video? I’m probably not the first person to think of buttering the bread before toasting it… My point is to demonstrate that preparing tasty food from basic ingredients can be painless!
(Many thanks to D. McGovern for help with the “script” and filming it.)
Grad student scientists want to become their advisor’s go-to investigator. This position makes you privy to the advisor’s more closely held thoughts and often spares you from working on trivial/crappy projects. (Within reason: you don’t want to be so trusted that they end up overburdening you with every task they deem important—since we know profs believe everything they work on is of the utmost importance.) A post on Keith Ferrazzi’s blog lists ten tips for becoming indispensable at work. Some of his ideas strongly resonated with me, in the context of doing research.
1. Get out in front and analyze cutting-edge trends and opportunities.
I want to get better at this practice. As grad students we become occupied with our particular project and how to get it done. But the big-time scientists out there seemingly predict what next year’s Nature-level hyped topic will be, and get to work on it this year. I don’t have a ready idea for what to try on this topic, because the “cutting edge” of science that you read is something that was submitted up to 12 months prior to publication. Read more…