Thursday, February 19, 2009

Idioms

We all know "publish or perish". I have been playing with "launch or lose" and "grants or go", any other/better pithy slogans that describe a researcher's life?

I realized this week in a meeting that we have people who see the tree and those that see the forest, neither is useful. We need people who see a tree and know it is in a forest.

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7 Comments:

Blogger Jeffe said...

...and we need people who see a forest and know it's made of trees.

7:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the phrase always makes me wonder the "or" is exclusive or not. More blatantly, what happens to most researchers is "publish and perish".

11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The old adage from the MIT Media Lab comes to mind: Demo or Die

11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sadly what I have observed among so many graduate students is the idea: cheat or leave

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

demo or die, cheat or leave, ....

I thought it will be nice to get something positive. Now it seems an explicit "and" is better than an implicit "and" via the ambiguous "or".

How about: talk and travel, coffee and collaborate, .... Not as punchy?

-- metoo

6:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a grad student life is around: Apartment - Department, Advisor - Budweiser

10:52 PM  
Anonymous viagra online said...

I like cheat or leave...sound so cool.

2:01 PM  

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