Why do people feel the need to go out in enormous groups for meals? And then want to sit at a table for 16? or even 10? The wait for a table is longer. The service takes forever (and at lunch, you are inevitably late the next session). You end up only talking to the 2-3 people right around you. I understand that young ‘uns want to go out with Big Dogs. I understand that someone is insecure and needs a crowd. But whatever your goal may be, you will do better in a group of 4.
It is always OK to go up to someone, introduce yourself and ask a question. If they are rude to you, they are not worth knowing, and you can just read their papers. I go to meetings to talk to young scientists.
Why is coffee not always available? We run on coffee.
Why does one BSD always feel that its time to take some poor young student down a notch? Why does he need to say “It makes me angry when you do what you did”? why can’t he say “when you go to publish this, consider changing XYZ, it will make the study stronger”? [more on this later, worthy of a whole post]
Do Millenials realize that when they end every statement on a rising pitch that it sounds like they questioning their results, their ability, and everything else they say? Yes, I know that New Zealanders and Canadians talk that way normally, but its not quite the same.
I’m just getting old and grumpy.