dance #314, feeling the pain the molecule is in…

dance #314, feeling the pain the molecule is inFriday October 30, 2009

Feeling the pain the molecule is in…

11:30 a.m. Fairfax Room, Hyatt Crystal City. Charles Zerner presents his work on insectoid robots and invokes my paper “Molecular Embodiments.” He reads a long section describing how one protein crystallographer, beholding a misshapen protein model, can feel the pain a molecule is in, “because it just can’t go like that.” I’m sitting in the audience as he reads, and he points to me as if I am the crystallographer, getting me to reenact the gesture. “Neck crooked to the side!” he hollers, in the imperative. I reenact the dance for him, and people in the talk swerve in their seats. A dreary day in Crystal City is lit up by a meander with Charles along the roadsides and gravel lots sprinkled with Queen Ann’s Lace.

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~ by nmyers on November 4, 2009.

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