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Research expenditures January 4, 2013

Posted by mareserinitatis in engineering, humor, research.
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This morning, Mike said something about how he forgot to pick up some wax paper at the grocery store.  I dug around in one of my drawers and produced an as-yet unopened roll of wax paper (because I’m awesome like that).

Me:  “Does the younger boy need it for school?”

Mike: “No, I need it to store some widgets.  They have adhesive on the back, so the wax paper works real well.”

Me: “Oh, you didn’t tell me that this was for research purposes. I might have to put a hefty markup on that.  Say, 300% of cost.”

Mike: “I’m sure the markup would be closer to 10,000% if I stated that the research were for national defense.”

That’s one expensive roll of wax paper.

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1. mouse - January 7, 2013

On topic: parafilm vs. glad wrap press and seal. Not that I’ve priced either product, but it’s something I’ve always wondered about, since the fill similar functions (especially if you were to use it in your kitchen).

Off topic: I recall a post where you talked about your approach to project management/organization and perhaps how your engineering background influenced this, but I can’t find it. This might not actually exist, but if it does, could you post a link? Also, do you have any suggestions for project management programs or the like? I struggle with the same issue you’ve described in the past of remembering all the bits that need to get done when there are a lot of complex projects going. Thanks in advance!

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