Modesty

Today I discovered that for the past 3 months my husband has been working on coronavirus research. Given that I mention coronavirus in every other sentence, it’s got to be some sort of a record.

Usually, people have to keep asking him what he works on and hearing, “oh, it’s boring. It’s really nothing special. It’s not an exciting job or anything like that” until I finally can’t take it anymore and yell, “Cancer! He’s developing software that looks for the genetic causes of cancer! It’s actually really important!”

16 thoughts on “Modesty”

  1. Today I discovered that for the past 3 months my husband has been working on coronavirus research. Given that I mention coronavirus in every other sentence, it’s got to be some sort of a record.
    I thought it was only on the blog you were talking about coronavirusneoliberalisthystericalstatues.

    This makes some posts read differently.

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    1. What, and keep these profound intellectual riches from everybody around me?? Never.

      I’m very intense in RL. On the blog, I’m positively laid back in comparison.

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      1. Can you share anything more specific than he’s doing coronavirus research?

        OT: I’m trying to find a torus and a hyperboloid. I do not know the formulas or the geometry but they are pleasing shapes.

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        1. Single cell genetic analysis and gene expression of the disease.

          I have no idea what this means, mind you. I wrote it down verbatim. He’s a quantitative analyst, and genetic research uses quantitative analysis a lot because they process large amounts of data to find the genetic expression of diseases.

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          1. I’d ask which type of cell is he analyzing the data from and which gene expressions of that cell he is looking at, but I suspect I’d need something a little less complicated than the abstract the technical writers he works with can write. (I’m a layperson. )

            I’m sure the conclusions are extremely tentative, if they even exist.

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    1. Ask N why the virus is almost always depicted as a grey ball with red tips, and see if he’s engaged enough to give you the correct scientific answer.

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      1. N was walking in the park with Klara and they found a seed pod from a tree that looked like a seed pod with tips. He told her it’s a virus and now there’s no persuading her it isn’t. 🙂

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    2. Wow, it is a great article. Isn’t it tragic that nobody even tries to talk in terms of a class analysis on the left? The class aspects of this revolt are screaming to the skies but there’s no mention of that anywhere.

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  2. ” people have to keep asking him what he works on ”

    To be fair I imagine there are confidentiality agreements in place and he might not know how much he can say even if he wanted (though I’m fairly sure the parts that he can’t talk about are the kinds of things that hardly anyone else would understand).

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  3. If your husband kept that secret for 3 months then he’s obviously a spy. If you don’t believe me, ask how many passports he has. You’ll see.

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  4. Often people with important work to do would prefer not to be distracted from thinking about it. In many cases it’s the people with nothing better to do who make the most noise.

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