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Well, ya have me beat.  I maxed out so far at 290 on deadlift.  I shall catch you, sir.   :lulz:

But 75 per hand on dumbbell press is no big deal now, and I'm benching 205 with the bar.

It's the look on her face that does it.

She's serious about having a good time.

That imageset bothers me in ways I find hard to describe.

First off, it's perfectly transparent about advertising snickers. But, it doesn't even get their ad right.

Second, it implies that (1) Cthulu speaks english, (2) he's 'demonic', (3) he's only 'demonic' because he's hungry, and (4) a candy bar will make him feel better.

In other words, the person who initially made it completely failed (on many levels) to comprehend the basic ideas of both the lovecraft mythos and candy bar commercials, and yet decided to combine them anyway. Probably, if I posted this rant to him directly, he'd have a hissy fit and complain about how I'm ruining his fun.

I guess what really bothers me is that the world contains people like the one who made that photoset and posted it initially without realizing anything was wrong with it.

Good times.

On the other hand, if suddenly the hottest and dumbest guy in class was trying to take me out a week before Finals...

...well, honestly I'd see through his motives, lure him to my house with promises of copying my notes, get him drunk, ride him hard and put him away wet.


In other words, I don't think that it is a case of

A. The most socially adept people immediately building a social network, resulting in better exchange of information and therefore better grades,


B. The smartest and best students happening to naturally also be the most sociable,


C. The smartest and best students forming a clique and deliberately excluding the poorer students.

I think it's largely that people who are really into a subject and may not have the best social skills tend to find it easy to bond over studying, and so quickly form tight-knit nerd clusters which mostly talk about nerd shit, which reinforces the curriculum. Meanwhile, the less studious among the class kind of avoid the nerds, and engage in more social activity outside of academia, until they realize they're struggling with the class and try to join study groups or get tutoring from the nerds, who naturally are kind of put off by the sudden attempt to engage and recognize that they're not being approached due to shared interests, but primarily being used for their knowledge.

Yeah, and I can say from experience that nerds can be fucking vicious about stuff like that, especially when they're younger.  It's like "Hey, BMOC, you're in my house now, and I've hated bastards like you since I was in short pants."

Especially when it's a transparent case of people palling up because they are out of their depth.

When I was a kid, I was in the gear-head crowd.  You know, motorcycle jackets and engineer boots.  Because I am a gamer, I had friends in the nerd crowd.  I eventually got the two crowds to mix, more or less by accident.  The nerds got drunk and the gear-heads got exposed to something more intellectual than beer and back seat sex, and both groups were better for it.  The gear-heads got slowly drawn into the rich club, and did better.  The nerds got to unwind and have some fun around people who had decided to accept them on equal terms for reasons that were never really all that clear.

But that sort of happened naturally.  If the gear-heads had tried to cozy up because senior finals were 4 weeks away, the nerds would have found ways to avoid the whole thing.

Is this a deliberate thing on either or both sides, or is it an unconscious interaction?

I guess I can spill my take on it, at least in terms of my rewrite of the abstract, but this is what went through my head:

Nerds find each other early in the term and start nerding out, which reinforces their nerdery. Students who aren't that into studenting try to get help from the nerds late in the term once they realize they're not doing well, but by then the nerds are just not that into working with people who usually ignore them and are just using them for a grade.

Well, I understand that hanging out with smart people makes you smarter (which does not bode well for me in my current situation).  I can also see how the more avid students could also lock out the less avid students without making a conscious decision to do so.

Of course, it can indeed be deliberate.  Nobody likes being someone else's ride.

Is this a deliberate thing on either or both sides, or is it an unconscious interaction?

This is already sounding like it's going to pan out to be interesting as hell...

I had to shower in kerosene when I got back.

I don't expect that I'll do more on this til Monday.  I have a thing.

Your priorities are in the right place.

I missed my anniversary with Jenn, so I have some making up to do.  It was work, so she isn't pissed, but STILL.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / LMNO DEAD.
« on: April 25, 2015, 04:28:10 am »
Eaten by a giant honeydew plant.   :cry:

This is already sounding like it's going to pan out to be interesting as hell...

I had to shower in kerosene when I got back.

I don't expect that I'll do more on this til Monday.  I have a thing.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: UNLIMITED Arizona Hilarity thread
« on: April 25, 2015, 04:09:14 am »


This is the best thing I've heard all day.

They eat their own!   :lulz:

She wasn't fucking around, damn.  :lol:

Grabbed the nightstick, punched him inna face, KEPT HER PURSE, and GRINNED.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: UNLIMITED Arizona Hilarity thread
« on: April 24, 2015, 09:56:13 pm »

With his voice rising, the man continued, “My body is filled with barium, aluminum, and strontium, and nobody is doing anything about it. That’s why I’m here today. Because we want answers and we want something done instead of being placated and have people make fun of us about tin-foil hats. Well, go get your blood tested.  You’ll throw your tin-foil hat away, as well as your jokes. This is a serious matter.”

Indicating the audience, he said, “We all are aware that geo-engineering and solar radiation management is going on worldwide. My questions is: what are you going to do about it, and when?”

Following applause from the assembled crowd, Gosar asked, “Okay, who are science guys here?”

“We don’t need science,” DiCicco yelled from the back of the room stunning the congressman who replied, “Really?”

Only in Arizona could a GOP congressman appeal to science to deal with rubes.

I think I love her.   :lulz:

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