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Literate Chaotic / Re: Ominous Fortune Cookie
« on: Today at 05:44:26 pm »
I kinda want to take this list to a manufacturer and make IRL meme-cookies to sell in gigantic bags to fund PD. But that requires capital layout and actual ambition, both of which I currently lack in an extreme way.

You can just order custom fortune cookies. Or even make your own; apparently it's not hard, though I haven't tried it.

https://fortunecookieplanet.com/

http://www.food.com/recipe/fortune-cookies-110768

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Thanks for the birthday wishes, guys!

I really enjoyed Deadpool, but also I am a stranger to the whole comics world and had no expectations.

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Salty got me 23 & Me for my birthday.

Best boyfriend ever!

yay!!

I can't wait to find out whether I'm really Cherokee, or actually Jewish.

I hope I'm Jewish, that would be rad.

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OH MY GOD I'M HOME AND IT'S MY BIRTHDAY AND IT'S THE WEEKEND!

I am torn between going to the store and getting yummy food and beer for Mr. S when he gets home with the boys, because he will surely need a beer, and being so fucking tired after working 12 hours yesterday and 10 hours today and something along those lines every day this week and also working Sunday. Which is why I don't post very much since starting grad school. Also because we are old folks at home and go to bed at 8 every chance we get. But I'm now home alone and bored and tired.

I'm sure you all wanted to know that super bad. You're welcome.

Also today I accidentally did a pretty thorough job of annihilating the pancreas on my lady cadaver. Whoops!

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There is a distinctly crazy person in my open lab today. She's not in my section, which I can only be extremely grateful for, but she is requiring, um, a lot of supervision. Lab is packed because practicals are next week, and I have had to tell her not to hoard slides a couple times. Then she went to this other student and was like, "Can I have those slides I  gave you back?"

Dude, no, that is not how this works. Also, open lab is not your opportunity to get a private tutor for free because you missed or slept through the lecture.


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He did step down as a mod last year.  But yes, the scrubbers were at work fast yesterday.  SRD has a lot of links and juicy quotes in their thread on the topic

https://www.reddit.com/r/SubredditDrama/comments/67k3c0/the_creator_of_rtheredpill_is_revealed_to_be_a/

Oooooo

I'm gonna read the hell out of this while my students analyze their urine.  :lol:

In some places, that costs extra.
:lulz:

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Richard Nixon's glittering half-life sarcophagus / Re: Oh, Oregon!
« on: Yesterday at 10:10:19 pm »
You don't think it's that whole PhD nomenclature, is it?  "I'm an engineer with a PhD, so call me Dr."

I'm pretty sure you were dealing with idiots; I wanted to add this because I'm currently dealing with people who can't understand why you shouldn't call two different processes in a workflow the same thing. 

"They can't both be called 'final acceptance letters' and expect the system to know the difference!"

I don't think so. I think that it's mostly just that people really don't understand the difference between science as a process, and science as a product, and for some reason have this idea that scientists are high-falutin', so they take it as some kind of a put-down if you say that engineers aren't scientists, even though it's no more of a putdown than it is to say that scientists aren't medical doctors.

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Salty got me 23 & Me for my birthday.

Best boyfriend ever!

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So lunch was meant to be included with the training. I don't really want to have lunch with the assholes I work with, but no big deal.

At the end of the official training, I go to the bathroom for 30 seconds.  I return, and everyone has already left to go to the lunch.  At an address I don't know, and can't find out, because a) I dont have access to my work emails and b) I didn't bring my phone with me.

I get back to my flat, and I have half a dozen messages on my phone about how "we're sorry you didn't want to join us for lunch." Assholes.

That is a monumental dick move, WTF.

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Why is it that when someone who usually has very little authority gets to be the boss of a situation, no matter how small or fleeting​, they magically transform into a little Napoleon? I have encountered two such people in the last week and it annoyed me more than I expected it to.

I think it's because they feel powerless in almost every arena of their lives, so they overcompensate to a totally inappropriate level when they finally feel they have their chance.

There is probably some truth here. I had considered something similar. Some kind of getting back at whoever happens to be in the room when they finally get their chance at greatness, or whatever.

Also, someone in IRC mentioned something I hadn't thought of that I thought was interesting. Maybe their lack of familiarity with authority leaves them a little lost in such situations, so they latch on to some archetypal or stereotypical "authority figure" identity they only know from TV or their shitty father. "Bosses are assholes, and I'm the boss right now so I need to be an asshole if anyone's going to take me seriously". Maybe our present Asshole in Chief has a little bit of this going on as well.

There's probably not really much discussion to be had here. I just get annoyed at people who suddenly have all the power in the world (they think) and wield it exactly how people with power should not use their power.

That seems likely, as well. Perhaps it's a sort of combination of the two? People who have never been in a leadership position would typically have no idea how to lead, I suppose.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Five word horror
« on: Yesterday at 03:37:27 am »
You have a presentation tomorrow!

AAAAAAAGH, I'M GOING TO HAVE NIGHTMARES!  :x

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Richard Nixon's glittering half-life sarcophagus / Re: Oh, Oregon!
« on: Yesterday at 03:35:52 am »
Clearly, none of these people were themselves engineers, or they would have known the fucking difference between discovery and applied science. Doctors, for example; applied science. This is not an insult and I have no idea why anyone would consider it one.

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Richard Nixon's glittering half-life sarcophagus / Re: Oh, Oregon!
« on: Yesterday at 03:34:35 am »
Got in some arguments over definition of engineer  :lulz:

OH MY GOD

I got into a huge and profoundly stupid argument yesterday, with several people, over whether engineers are scientists or not. Me: Science is a process of discovery. Engineers can do science, but engineering is applied science rather than discovery.
Them: Y U SO ELITIST MY HOLE FAMILY IS ENGINEERS AND THEM SCINECE!!!!!!!!
 

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He did step down as a mod last year.  But yes, the scrubbers were at work fast yesterday.  SRD has a lot of links and juicy quotes in their thread on the topic

https://www.reddit.com/r/SubredditDrama/comments/67k3c0/the_creator_of_rtheredpill_is_revealed_to_be_a/

Oooooo

I'm gonna read the hell out of this while my students analyze their urine.  :lol:

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Why is it that when someone who usually has very little authority gets to be the boss of a situation, no matter how small or fleeting​, they magically transform into a little Napoleon? I have encountered two such people in the last week and it annoyed me more than I expected it to.

I think it's because they feel powerless in almost every arena of their lives, so they overcompensate to a totally inappropriate level when they finally feel they have their chance.

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