Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Sacred vessels

The rule of St. Benedict says, apparently, that you should treat your wheelbarrow as you would the sacred vessels of the altar.

In other words: respect your tools!

So today I plan to give the venerable electrophysiology rig that I use every day, with its upright Olympus microscope and online confocal microscope, some tender loving care.

The bath is flooding again, which was giving me lots of problems when I was imaging yesterday, but once I have sorted that out I will also clean up the stage and the objectives and the condensor and just generally wipe away the accumulated salt and dust. Also tidy away the old pipettes and clamps and bits and pieces that people leave lying around on the gas table. Make the old girl feel loved.

It's the right thing to do. St. Benedict said.

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