~the first Autumn cauliflower~
It's lovely, isn't it? Earlier this fall I had purchased several cauliflower plants, unusual ones, and I wish I had remembered to save their tags. This one is close to 'plucking' time - it's not very large, but is a gorgeous shade of creamy white.
I need to work on my fall garden. There is still garlic to be planted - and onions and leeks. I'm behind.
The eclair-baking postdoc drove out to the Airstream and Pointer Ranch (a name that I just made up at this very moment) and we sat and went through a draft of his current manuscript - one line at a time, more or less. Hopefully tomorrow we will have our final edits completed, and we will email the manuscript off to our co-authors at other institutions. We're excited about getting this work published.
The manuscript was good - it was my second time going through it, and all went well until I came to the concluding paragraph. I started reading it - and gave up after awhile. It was...bad...and that kind of silly-bad that made me laugh more than get frustrated or upset or disappointed. Even the eclair-baker himself laughed outloud when we got to the following line (and I quote, with permission from the eclair-baking first author):
Similarly, the presence of collagenase equips this pathogen to invade organisms composed of collagen, which includes all animals.
The silliness of this line cracked us both up.
(It's just a really bad line.)
I was so worn out from going through the manuscript by this point, that although the concluding paragraph was kinda rotten, the only thing I could suggest was to 'tighten it up and make it not suck'. The funny thing was that the eclair-baking postdoc knew what I meant.
I love science.