Most lab scientists know that we can be divided into two groups, shown in this meme:
Now, normally, I’m the person on the right. I tried to take my own images of the above, and it was actively difficult to use the tips randomly instead of in straight rows.
But then there are the days when I’m running two large rounds of PCR or something, which involves so much pipetting my shoulder starts to hurt and I go through several boxes of tips. Doing nothing but pipetting for hours will slowly drive you insane, so I have to do something to keep myself entertained.
I start making designs with the pipette tips.
Sometimes they’re basic, like diagonal lines. As I keep using tips, the patterns change. Wide diagonals get thinner.
The designs get more intricate.
And sometimes I just make pretty pictures.
I’ve tried doing words occasionally, but they never turn out right. I’ll stick with geometric patterns instead of leaving messages for my coworkers.
Some of my coworkers actively do the same, or try to keep my patterns going if they borrow tips. I think the rest of them either don’t notice, or think I’m crazy. Considering they already put up with my K-pop music in the lab, I think we can safely say it’s the latter.