Monday, March 21, 2011

H to the P to the L to the C


My life has become focused around my HPLC = High Performance Liquid Chromatography.

the HPLC, in all its glory

It's what I'm using to quantify levels of methyl farnesoate in my male snow crabs. (Read more about it here, here, and here.) I'm using the methods from Borst and Tsukimura, 1991; this means that each sample takes a few minutes to run in order to get peaks that tell me how much methyl farnesoate was in each hemolymph sample (more on that later).

So with all this time on my hands, I've been coming up with different phrases for the acronym HPLC:

Hairy Prawns Love Conditioner

Horace Pilfered Lucy's Cup

So here's where the giveaway enters:

Come up with a great phrase for HPLC and win this adorable crab keychain!!

cute glass bead and wire-woven key chain,
purchased at the Southeast Waffle Company, Juneau

The Deal:
  1. Comment on this post with your HPLC phrase (let's keep it family-friendly).
  2. I would say one entry per e-mail, but I don't want to limit any creative juices, so have at it with as many clever phrases as you can come up with!
  3. Giveaway closes: Sunday March 27th at midnight Alaskan time
  4. One winner will be chosen by me based on creativity and amount of laughter it brings my day.
  5. Prize ships: Anywhere! So if Lindsay in Australia and Kat in England and Kasey in Puerto Rico come up with anything, they are eligible!
  6. (I don't want to strong-arm anyone into becoming a follower, so that won't be a factor. But I would appreciate it if you were a follower nonetheless. Thanks!)
Good luck! You could be this happy in the near future:

Boo, admiring the hand-crafted excellence of your future key chain

Borst, D. W., and B. Tsukimura. 1991. Quantification of methyl farnesoate levels in hemolymph by high-performance liquid chromatography. Journal of Chromatography 545: 71-78.


  1. HPLC: Hot ParaLithodes Crab

    I wanted to include a picture of a blue king crab (Paralithodes platypus) in those Alexander McQueen lobster shoe things that Lady Gaga wore, being chased by photographers. But I have no idea how to include that in a comment. Oh well.

  2. The competition is heating up! Joel Webb e-mailed me these gems:

    Highly Productive Lively Crab
    Huge Propodus = Love Crab
    His Pancreas Likes Cabbage
    Hoary Pitbull Likes Cats
    Himalayan Pteropod, Lacustrine Cephalapod

  3. Humongously Parasitized Lithodid Crab
    Horrendous Processed Lard Cheese

    One other sent to Molly for admin approval

  4. Hot-Pants, Lustful Crabs
    Hipster pygmies lip-sync Cher
    Hairy Pirates lambaste communists
    Horny platypuses lactate cellulite
    Hedonistic plankton lay low of Church
    Hypochondriac princesses love chinchillas
    Homely Pixies lurk in Canada

  5. The HPLC club
    Hypercapnic Plankton Lacking Calcium club...wanna join?


    Healthy Platonic Lovers Coalition (Can't we just be friends)


    Harmful Permanent LipLock Condition (some of my friends are suffering from HPLC)

    Handy Portable Land Crabs

  6. Awesome! Here are some other one's I've received:

    Peter Howell: "Harry Potter's Love Child" (that Hermione. Tsk-tsk!)

    Sofi Yanevskyy: "Horned Parasaurolophuses Love Conifers"

  7. I turned mine into a poem... based on a Flight of the Conchords song.

    Hiphopopotamus produces lyrical conception...
    his potent lines causing
    hysterical pregnant ladies (to) congregate
    hoping (for) pop-music linked contraception


    Hoar-frost Patterns Line Cedar-boughs

    Hapless Palin Loses Campaign
    (or, if you prefer... Hard-hitting Palin Levels Competition)

  8. Who won?! I'm way behind in my google reader. Maybe you announce it later!