Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Talk Nerdy to Me

Watch out! Jenny and I have clinical research on the's incurable.

We've begun using nerdy jokes related to biostatistics and clinical studies, and if you imagine two Star Trek fans giggling over obscure, inside jokes about the Starship Enterprise...then you've pretty much got us pegged.

Example #1: It all started with a cup of coffee...Jenny said, "I've started drinking double shot espresso instead of single shot, and I think that it makes me more buzzed."

"How do you know?" I said, "we should do a blinded study."

"Oh, yes, we can randomize the days when I get decaf, single, or double [assuming that you can keep the volume of coffee constant]," Jenny replied.

"Yeah, and I can administer the coffee [NB: the cashier should probably decide the coffee so that I can be blinded too]. We can also see if there's a dose response!"

Example #2: Editing an article for Synapse discussing how men and women have different points of view. Jenny said, "I don't quite know how to say this, but there's a poor concordance between men and women. I mean, the R squared is not very good."

"I totally get you," I said.

Example #3: Email correspondence from Jenny:
"cirque de soleil is so cool (p<.0000001)."

Is it just me, or are these comments hilarious?

1 comment:

Meredith said...

Not just you. These are hilarious :-D
(And I'm an English major, though just quitting with the help of a dyscalculia specialist.)

P.S.: I adore the Ella song.