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Sir_Sheep
Sir_Sheep

old hand
Location: Chester, UK
Member Since: 1st Mar 2003
Total posts: 725
Posted:I'm going for my new job tomorrow. All I know is that I shall be working with soil samples. Naively, at first, I just thought this meant playing around with mud - great fun! But...it is a water company I'll be working for and the idea has been suggested that I could infact be working with sewage.

So, you may choose only one.

Does 'You're going to be working with soil samples' mean


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Pigeon_Wigeon
Pigeon_Wigeon

Say what?
Location: Surrey/Portsmouth
Member Since: 24th Dec 2004
Total posts: 4760
Posted:Im an optimist so Mud! Yay!!!!!!!!

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JauntyJames
JauntyJames

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Hampshire College, MA, USA
Member Since: 22nd Dec 2004
Total posts: 3533
Posted:i enjoy mud, and if it's poo, you can pretend its mud and bring clothespins for your nose

-James

"How do you know if you're happy or sad without a mask? Or angry? Or ready for dessert?"

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Pigeon_Wigeon
Pigeon_Wigeon

Say what?
Location: Surrey/Portsmouth
Member Since: 24th Dec 2004
Total posts: 4760
Posted:Just make sure you shower thoroughly..

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Skulduggery
Skulduggery

Pirate Pixie Crew Captain
Location: Wales
Member Since: 12th Aug 2004
Total posts: 8428
Posted:Poo isn't so bad! I used to test pig slurry for microbes. You get used to it. hug

Feed me Chocolate!!! Feed me NOW!

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Bird
Bird

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Location: Cornwall
Member Since: 25th Aug 2003
Total posts: 6086
Posted:I talk censored a lot of the time, does that count??

I'm sure they refer to working with mud though! hug


My state of mind is not yours to define!

There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."

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Skulduggery
Skulduggery

Pirate Pixie Crew Captain
Location: Wales
Member Since: 12th Aug 2004
Total posts: 8428
Posted:What is mud after all if its not just broken down poo!?

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Dr_Molly
Dr_Molly

Pooh-Bah
Location: Away from home
Member Since: 4th May 2004
Total posts: 2354
Posted:water companies have lots of mud at the bottom of their pondy things smile
it's got a funny long german name that I can't remember
*oo, looked it up it's schmutzdecke - good word!*
and there are larvae that live in it and turn into chironomids (non-bitey midges) which is why I know so much about such things.

did they tell you anything about what you're going to be doing with your samples?


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Birgit
Birgit

had her carpal tunnel surgery already thanks v much
Location: Edinburgh
Member Since: 27th Jan 2005
Total posts: 4145
Posted:hehehe... actually you can spin the chironomid larvae at about 20,000 rpm in the centrifuge (in sewage samples!) and they'll survive! My friend does sewage analyses, it's not that bad at all biggrin

"vices are like genitals - most are ugly to behold, and yet we find that our own are dear to us."
(G.W. Dahlquist)

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Dr_Molly
Dr_Molly

Pooh-Bah
Location: Away from home
Member Since: 4th May 2004
Total posts: 2354
Posted:You didn't appreciate my funky German word Birgit! I feel cheated.

Maybe we should take our midgies and that centrifuge off to one corner and not geek up the poor thread wink


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linden rathen
linden rathen

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: London, UK
Member Since: 2nd Mar 2005
Total posts: 6942
Posted:could be worse at least there wasnt an "ed" at the end of soil :P and samples arnt going to be that big - just buy so industrial strength air freshner

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Stone
Stream Entrant
Location: Melbourne
Member Since: 13th Jun 2001
Total posts: 2830
Posted:There's money in mud.

(old farmer saying)

wink


If we as members of the human race practice meditation, we can transcend our fear, despair, and forgetfulness. Meditation is not an escape. It is the courage to look at reality with mindfulness and concentration. Thich Nhat Hanh

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Doc Lightning
Doc Lightning

HOP Mad Doctor
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Member Since: 28th May 2001
Total posts: 13920
Posted:See, soil is this stuff that you find on the ground.

STOOL is....something different. Although soiling one's pants is a term for stooling in one's pants, I think they would have probably made it more clear.

However, the old raver trick of the vick's vapo-rub in the dustmask is a great way of hiding the smell of stool if you ever have to work with it. That or invest in some lavendar oil or peppermint oil and spread that in the onside of a dustmask.


-Mike )'(
Certified Mad Doctor and HoP High Priest of Nutella

"A buckuht 'n a hooze!" -Valura

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polythene
veteran
Location: London/ Surrey
Member Since: 15th May 2003
Total posts: 1359
Posted:I reckon you could be having to deal with either or both, depending if you're testing samples from treatment/purification sites or from reservoir sites.

I know we never trusted our lecturers when next weeks samples sounded innocent...

Ah, microbiology, in all its smelly, underpaid glory biggrin


The optimist claims that we are living in the best of all possible worlds.
The pessimist fears this is true.

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Gelfling
Gelfling

Watcher of 80s cartoons
Location: Chepstow & Bristol
Member Since: 7th Jul 2004
Total posts: 665
Posted:Either way sounds great - used love watching activated sludge -sigh...

And soil sampling is great and the analyses is great (presuming the equipment work - bad ICP ES machine - grrrr - better use the AA and look at each metal separately - 10x previous workload). In the interview check out their resources - if they have a reliable ICP ES machine go for it and enjoy watching argon plasma.


>What do you think about the state of the Earth?
>I'm optimistic.
>So why do you look so sad?
>I'm not sure that my optimism is justified.

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NYC
NYC

NYC
Location: NYC, NY, USA
Member Since: 26th Aug 2001
Total posts: 9232
Posted:Written by: LIGHTNING

However, the old raver trick of the vick's vapo-rub in the dustmask is a great way of hiding the smell of stool if you ever have to work with it. That or invest in some lavendar oil or peppermint oil and spread that in the onside of a dustmask.



Hrmmm... the image of Sir Sheep as a Candy Raver up to her knees in poo. Not sure which part of that is more troubling.

ubblol


Well, shall we go?
Yes, let's go.
[They do not move.]

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Sir_Sheep
Sir_Sheep

old hand
Location: Chester, UK
Member Since: 1st Mar 2003
Total posts: 725
Posted:Thanks for all your input guys. It turns out it is mud I'm working with. Yay! mud!

And that is a very scary image NYC. I've perviously been ankle deep in puppy poo, but never knee deep.


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linden rathen
linden rathen

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: London, UK
Member Since: 2nd Mar 2005
Total posts: 6942
Posted:lol your welcome
so whatcha doing with the soil?


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Sir_Sheep
Sir_Sheep

old hand
Location: Chester, UK
Member Since: 1st Mar 2003
Total posts: 725
Posted:I *think* I'm working with TPH analysis, I'll ask more questions tomorrow.

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