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Overheard At Work Today

March 1, 2011 at 5:19 pm

This is the kind of conversation I occasionally hear in the hallway:

"...so I found a company and got a price, but in the end I decided I just didn't need to own that much tantalum."

The amusing thing, from my point of view, was that it made complete sense in context. 

Plus the fact that my own reaction was to think, "Bummer.  Pity it's so expensive."

Comments

Adrienne March 1, 2011 at 7:22 pm
I think I want to start element collecting. If your coworker decides he'd like to own half as much tantalum, let me know.
Ian March 1, 2011 at 11:09 pm
Well, good luck on the unobtainium front. As the world's largest consumer of said element, all I can say is GOOD LUCK. I can't go into details -- I'm sure you'll understand -- but I use a lot of unobtainum for my, uh, "projects". I have needs. Expensive needs. However, you might consider seeking something cheaper, like nonexistium or baloneyum.
Susan March 2, 2011 at 2:53 am
I love it. (Especially the comment about unobtanium. Whoever let that name get into AVATAR deserves...well, they deserve something awful, but I'm too nice to actually come up with anything truly wicked.) I wish I could share my own hilarious science comment, but...I'm conjuring nothing. Alas -- when (if?) I remember something, I'll hie back and add it.
Scott Denning March 2, 2011 at 2:28 pm
Dude -- you've revealed *far* too much about your job in this post. Tantalum is obviously the crucial component in producing the Tantalus Field, which as any good Trekkie can tell you is the wicked alien technology that hot "Captain's woman" Marlena shows OurKirk how to use to eliminate rivals in the episode "Mirror, Mirror". So with that slip, we know that around your office they are working on technologies to make undesirables disappear at the touch of a well-manicured fingernail upon a cheesily-crafted plastic button. But that is just the beginning of the implications -- since the Tantalus Field was developed in the mirror universe (you know, the ISS Enterprise, the Terran Empire rather than The Federation, OtherSpock looking sharp in a beard, Chekov screaming in the agony booth)(and Uhura's midriff. let's never forget Uhara's midriff), discussion of tantalum and the need therefor suggests strongly that y'all have Broken Through and are parallel-'verse surfing. No other conclusion seems logically supportable. Which puts in fresh context your recent discussion of alternate fictional universes...
Ian March 3, 2011 at 3:11 pm
So with that slip, we know that around your office they are working on technologies to make undesirables disappear at the touch of a well-manicured fingernail upon a cheesily-crafted plastic button. That's how I got this job: that was my dissertation. [...]suggests strongly that y'all have Broken Through and are parallel-'verse surfing. No other conclusion seems logically supportable. If this is about the nanotech self-repair module attached to my car, I found that. In the woods.
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