It blows my mind a little how similar laboratory science is world-over. From this Tumblr, which I am sure you have already added to your Reader, to this:
"Lab Meeting 101
What is the point of lab meeting? It is to keep your PI off your back until your next lab meeting. Yes, I know: PI’s are like mushrooms, feed’em shit and keep’em in the dark. But only until lab meeting. Don’t try to obfuscate results or hide failure. Don’t blow your wad between your lab meetings by running to their office to share your cool results in real time. By the time your lab meeting rolls around, they will be craving their next fix of results. It’ll be all: what-have-you-done-for-me-lately? “Remember that cool result from 2 weeks ago?” won’t slake their junkie’s thirst for data.
3. It’s not a job/conference talk. Be serious, don’t try and sell it.
4. Have an ace in the hole.
5. Short and sweet or your lab will hate you."
Junkies thirst for data, indeed.
(And yes, my mind is continuing the quote from the title in autopilot).