Fascinating specialization alert

I hereby promise to blow your mind in this email.

Not long ago, I interviewed Robin Knowles, who does fluid dynamics consulting work: http://consultingpipelinepodcast.com/106

I have found a yet-even-more-specialized fluid dynamics expert, and it is taking every single ounce of restraint I have to conduct the remainder of this email in a semi-professional manner.

Patricia Yang is a postdoctoral fellow in mechanical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and she studies the fluid dynamics of bodily fluids.

I Googled her, and the first result is a paper she wrote titled “Hydrodynamics of Defacation”.

Now that’s a fascinating specialization. I would pay a lot of money to overhear her introduce herself to strangers at polite social functions.

This would be a good place for a short sideline.


That’s a television show I have been watching. It is so good I literally can’t understand how it got conceived, green-lit, funded, produced, and distributed without some congress of idiots finding a way to screw it up.

Part of what makes it so great is an interesting premise, and the rest of what makes it great is the darkly comedic dialogue.

Here’s an example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwTGl9fqvP0

As far as I can tell, what you’re hearing in that clip is a made-up technical jargon, though if there are any experts in piping or the dynamics of flow on this list, I’m sure you’ll correct me. 🙂

Anyway, Patricia Yang is an expert in a particular kind of dynamics of flow. The blood, urine, and poop kind.

And she’s discovered how wombats produce cube-shaped poop: https://gizmodo.com/we-finally-know-how-wombats-produce-their-distinctly-cu-1830414749

Look, if you have a weird or hyper-narrow expertise of some kind, and you have a fire in your belly to get really good at it and make money doing it, I’m pretty confident you can find a way to make it work.

Patricia did it with the hydrodynamics of poop.

What’s holding you back?


PS – I’m now exhausted from the effort of avoiding poop jokes, puns, and other forms of toilet humor in this email. You’re welcome.