- the two abundances in
- % or ppm for earth data
- g, mg, or μg per 70kg human
- a few notes on what that element did for us
- 'something interesting to say about their element.
It was a collective project for a group that apparently doesn't hang out together outside of class, so I was happy enough with the results. I would have done it out a bit different, but then my peculiar obsessions are not everybody's and I backed off and let them tell it like they saw it. I suggested, for example, that the references should be trimmed by url.ie or tinyurl.com but the final poster came out with a clatter of these informationless tokens tucked into the bottom right-hand corner. It was surely better to write them as: F http://url.ie/yxfx; Mo http://url.ie/yxfy; etc.
In any case, I sent out a calling-all-cars e-mail to staff and post-graduate students which included the sentence:
"The poster is now on the wall outside the molecular biology lab so that biologists can learn something as they come out."
One of my colleagues was quick to point out that "as they come out" could be taken as the process by which people declare their BLTness. Ooops, open mouth . . . insert foot, that's me. I shall spend the rest of the week worrying about being hauled before a Dignity At Work Tribunal to ask why I am singling out people of a particular orientation for attention.