Some Fantastic Christmas Presents

January 1st, 2014

Bethany Halford and the crew at C&EN‘s Newscripts blog run an annual holiday gift guide with some cool gift ideas for chemists, but sometimes it’s more exciting to be surprised by the creativity of your family.

I got a few great chemistry presents for Christmas. The first was a Periodic Table of Magnets that I’ll put on my office door. Next, from one of my new brothers-in-law, I received a fail button in the colors of SLU that plays the sad trombone sound. I’m not sure if all of my students will appreciate this gift, so maybe I’ll keep it in an inconspicuous location. My orgo lab instructor at NYU used to have a bullseye taped to his wall captioned “hit head here”. He would point to it when students realized a silly mistake they made on a exam. I thought the sign was hilarious, but some of my classmates thought it was obnoxious.

From my other new brother-in-law, I received a copy of “How to Live Longer and Feel Better” signed by Linus Pauling. Very, very cool. Apparently, signed chemistry texts by Pauling command a much higher price tag, but I would much rather have something signed relating to Pauling’s medical quackery than chemical bonding or crystallography.

Finally, from my lovely fiancée wife, I received this:

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That, my friends, is total victory: a stuffed animal version of ChemBark’s mascot, Ed the Dog. I am a very lucky boy.

That’s it for the chemistry presents, but I got a bunch of other great gifts and had a wonderful wedding three days later (that will be the subject of another post). I hope everyone had as good a holiday break as I did, and best wishes for a happy and productive 2014!


10 Responses to “Some Fantastic Christmas Presents”

  1. David Eisenberg Says:

    Congratulations, and have a great new year! These gifts are totally awesome…

  2. David Gottfried Says:

    Congratulations on your marriage Paul. It was fun to read the notice in the Sunday New York Times.

  3. a Says:

    I always thought the sad trombone sound was this

    http://www.sadtrombone.com/

  4. Roland Roesler Says:

    Congratulations on your marriage and Happy New Year!

  5. Wolfram Says:

    What a great gift, really. Very well done.

  6. Nicole Says:

    Congrats and happy new year + new marriage ;)

  7. 1 Says:

    Paul,

    Congrats and wish you a very happy married life.

    You forgot to mention the much more invaluable gift that you got…..i.e., wife who appreciates your passion!

    Enjoy your passion and life!

  8. Senyawa Organik Says:

    so maybe I’ll keep it in an inconspicuous location. My orgo lab instructor at NYU used to have a bullseye taped to his wall captioned “hit head here”. He would point to it when students realized a silly mistake they made on a exam. I thought the sign was hilarious, but some of my classmates thought it was obnoxious.

  9. Hans Says:

    A belated Happy New Year, but I’ve been traveling.

    There is a trial set for May 27th 2014 in which all the major tech firms -google, apple, etc are accused of fixing the cost of labor in the bay area. This is a major trial with an alleged economic impact in the billions.
    I’m certain the same thing is going on in chemistry. Will we get our day in court?

    http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2014/01/george-lucas-eric-schmidt-steve-jobs-go-jail.html

  10. EllePi Says:

    Just shared this post with a colleague, we had a good laugh.


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