You take out your slides

person pointing on the screen of a laptop

You clear a spot on the table around you for your laptop and pull up a slide show presentation you’ve been working off of for the last several committee meetings.

“Okay, I think this might best explain the sort of stuff I’ve been working on,” you pull up the slides, put it in presentation mode and wait for everyone’s attention.

“Ohh Yay! I can’t wait,” your mom said before a big bite of stuffing.

You start flipping through the slides and explaining the figures and the intricately colored tables. While you are going over the exact same information you’ve been presenting earlier, you have fancier graphics which holds the attention of your family for much longer before they start looking bored. You flip to a slide with some tables, then a slide with some figures only to see the looks of excitement turn to confusion.

You present a table you are immensely proud of which ranked a list of thousands of genes expressions down to the genes most likely to cause Russocarcinoma with some top contenders and some statistical metrics which looked like very promising numbers. To your family, they just looked like numbers.

“So here you see that my metrics seem to be showing that GRc043 mutations might be the most common cause of Russocarcinoma.”

“Is that because it’s red?” your dad asked.

“Well it’s red because that mutation was showing up most often in the patients”

“Hmmm, can you make the text bigger I can’t see it that well.” You make a note, but it is on your tiny laptop screen.

“I still can’t say I completely understand but it looks great!” Your mom added. “So when do you get a Nobel prize? It all looks very impressive”

There weren’t too many substantive questions but everyone seemed to have enjoyed it. What do you do?

Stop and eat some turkey

Try something else

Published by B McGraw

B McGraw has lived a long and successful professional life as a software developer and researcher. After completing his BS in spaghetti coding at the department of the dark arts at Cranberry Lemon in 2005 he wasted no time in getting a masters in debugging by print statement in 2008 and obtaining his PhD with research in screwing up repos on Github in 2014. That's when he could finally get paid. In 2018 B McGraw finally made the big step of defaulting on his student loans and began advancing his career by adding his name on other people's research papers after finding one grammatical mistake in the Peer Review process.

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