It's on now. Janet of Adventures in Ethics and Science has challenged us all to a nerd-off. It doesn't look like David Bowie is going to be there, but, hell, we can do better. Maybe James Watson? Anyways, here's the challenge:
It's time for a nerd-off.
OK, I'll throw my towel into the ring. How's this for size: science-themed valentines. Back in my undergraduate days, one of my friends, Jen Dulin, came up with a way for scientists around the world to express their love more... well... scientifically. From that day on, valinetines (named after the amino acid valine) became an annual tradition that hasn't stopped since. Here's one from Jen:
If I could draw a structure of our love,
I'd draw it in Lewis dot.
Fuck the Fischer projections, baby,
Cause your lone pair gets me so hot.
I'd like to fornix your infundibulum
thrust my medial forebrain bundle into your anterior commissure
tap your lateral hypothalamus with my occipital pole
Make you scream "ah, my god, allah!"
Well, I'm not a science blogger, but my friends told me I have to stop revealing that I used the pythagorean theorem to figure out where to place my bed in my new bedroom (bay windows = small triangle formed by top third of bed and window frame, needed to calculate how far the bed would hang out into the rest of the room).
Nice. Very nice.
Being a chemist postgrad, i have to say that the valinetine melted my heart :) Awesome