23 May 2008
I just found this website (part of the Science Creative Quarterly), and I had to get my own “flair”. (Never was in the Scouts, but I was always a little jealous of the cool badges.) Apparently some of the folks up at the University of British Columbia have a lot of time on their hands. Or maybe it’s just a Canadian thing.
The “active volcano is my research locale” badge.More exotic than the usual laboratory bench. (R)
This one’s pretty self explanatory…
And some others…
The “talking science” badge. Required for all members. Assumes the recipient conducts himself/herself in such a manner as to talk science whenever he/she gets the chance. Not easily fazed by looks of disinterest from friends or the act of “zoning out” by well intentioned loved ones. (DN)
Zoning out just means that they’re not conscious enough to run away, so you’ve been successful in capturing their attention.
Snarking about bad science counts as science, right?
What, like you’ve never used the big sledgehammer on a can of Natty Lite just to see what would happen?
I took a year and a half of judo and a semester of high ropes training. And I have a black facemask and a sword lying around somewhere…
If a volcanic eruption doesn’t count as an exothermic reaction, I don’t know what does.
The “works with acids” badge.
In which the recipient has worked with acids. (L)
Oh, the joys of HF. Or rather, the total paranoia caused by working with a liquid that etches bone and causes internal acid burns.
It was only two weeks, okay? And the smell really wasn’t noticeable after the first week, anyway.
The “has done science whilst under the influence” badge.
This can apply to both achieving moments of intellectual clarity or actual performance of an experiment whilst under the influence. It presumes talking about science under the influence a given. (JD)
This is practically a job requirement for geologists, right?