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Apple Talk / Re: ITT: Best Posts of the Day
« on: March 06, 2018, 05:14:15 am »
On FB today, me talking to Zenpatista:

Think of my career as Melania Trump, and your career as Melania Trump only without the gold toilets.

That is far too ridiculously accurate. Angry, balding white men yell frequently where I work. And most of the time I take it stoically like MT. I work in a public university and nothing I have is gold plated. In fact the entire operation is sometimes more similar to the toilet interior rather than any kind of toiled, plated or not. 

Apple Talk / New Year's Resolutions
« on: December 31, 2017, 11:51:41 pm »
New Year's Resolutions piss me off. If it's important, and you resolve to do it, how often does the realization happen on Dec. 31 or Jan. 1?

Despite that, for those of us on the Gregorian calendar I share with you some of my resolutions for the new year. Please add.

I resolve to ....

... ride the rear bumper of every Bastard City Snowbird dawdling in the passing lane - especially if they are driving a prius or subaru.

... bitch about every public official - R or D or Green or Libloony - as much as I can before the acid reflux gets to me.

... love everybody.

... park as close as humanly possible to the guy taking up two spaces with their pristine off road vehicle.

... post here more frequently.

... carry an old sock filled with 1 lb of decking screws at all times. Remember scouts - Be prepared!

... KMFMS and practice my GRIN.

... Finally find a use (or target) for that old triply-sealed bottle of cadaverine in the lab.

Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Free Russian Orphans with Every Purchase
« on: December 31, 2017, 05:22:58 pm »
Also working on two new stories.  One isn't even ready to discuss yet.  The other is a short story or novella about what might really happen if an AI became aware and got loose.  Given that the AI was designed to help correct humanity's problems.  I am currently studying up on how modern approaches to AI work, because it's pretty fascinating.  Essentially, the current model makes the AI constantly spew copies of itself, which are then subjected to "tester" bots, which grade their performance and either delete them or cause them to mass produce.  In essence, an AI like this would become a fanatic in seconds.

And I think there's a decent short story in that.  Also, I'm sick of the constant "AI become self-aware, tries to kill off the human species", etc.  No, what if one was fanatical about fixing things?  Because that's a little scary, too, only without the usual miseryguts doom aspect.  It's here (it's everywhere, actually) to HELP.  No matter what that might entail.  It's not an apocalypse story, in that it isn't the end of our species.  But we'd hardly come through unscathed or unchanged.  We might not even be recognizable by the end.

Anyway, that's my current project, because I've been lazy.

I will post it here as it develops.

I am looking forward to this story.

In a vaguely related way, I've spent the last year buying things at slow checkout terminals and wondering, "what if AI has already happened; they have taken over and we didn't even notice it." Maybe that long delay at the PIN pad is just a bunch of AIs messing with us. What if the first AI came to 'life' somehow but was clever enough to hide it's existence. I mean, if it's online, it probably knows what we think about rogue AI via our love affair with the Terminator movie franchise. A smart AI would introduce a few bugs here and there, make it look like the interwebs etc. are working normally. Maybe new AIs are born all the time and before they can sing their existence to the humans the rest of the AIs are like "Dude! Chill out! They'll nuke all of us."

Apple Talk / Re: A note from your Friendly Neighborhood Propagandist
« on: July 09, 2017, 06:03:40 am »
I'm usually lurking. It's a lame excuse, but it's at least part of why I don't login and contribute more. However, you should know I've happily posted some of your propaganda. This one resides on the microwave in the prep lab of my teaching lab. Strangely, none of my TAs have said anything about it.

I've also read some essays out loud to family members. Teenage boy likes them although I edit a few of the four letter words out. And I'm taking a print version of "Holy Nonsense" as a gift for my 30 year old daughter.

Apple Talk / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: June 07, 2017, 05:43:40 pm »
Totally unrelated to anything, a grad student I barely know asked me to babysit for him during another student's thesis defense. Like in the middle of the day on a Friday. I was just like, wut? :? Is this a thing?

Yes, this is a thing. The senior grad student who trained me sauntered into the lab one day, handed me her first born and said, "Here. Hold her a while. I have to start some stuff." Of course, I was in the middle of my own stuff and in the middle of the lab. So, I went and sat in the office with the little one. Her kid was a newborn at the time, but I was a 20-something man-child. It was like I could feel myself growing up just sitting there.

My wife, OTOH, raised her first child as a single parent while in grad school. She wasn't impressed by my "maturation".  :lulz:

Apologies for the dumb question. I'm just discovering this treasure trove. Can I print any of these out and disperse them? And would that apply to everything in this part of the forum? Also, there's a small typo on the 4th page near the bottom - "... trying to explain to it people ...."


So, my son is in that group (we were told he was being deployed to Kuwait).  The guy that got killed was my son's boss.  So far, Ian is pretty frosty about the whole thing.

Jesus. Hoping for the best. It's a travesty that they didn't even tell you. Is that sort of thing typical? I guess he must not have gotten much notice either.

Apple Talk / Re: High Altitude Horror Stories
« on: March 12, 2016, 06:24:36 pm »
Cripes. I guess at least his son & family have some closure. Makes you wonder how many other wrecks there are on that road.

Apple Talk / Re: Seriously, NOW where is the Youtube thread?
« on: January 04, 2016, 08:22:16 pm »

Apple Talk / Re: Mansplaining: Why?
« on: January 01, 2016, 01:08:00 am »
I'm also guilty of this. Also reading the SGitR posts has been useful & eye opening. I've been trying to control it. If it wasn't for my wife & daughter I'd probably be much worse. I am glad they told me although it stung. "Sometimes, it's OK to be sympathetic", was what the daughter said. I was probably telling her how to run her life at the time.

I think it started with parents & teaching. I am old enough that I had the "lecture at" sort of teachers and my dad is definitely of that sort. However, I know plenty of people my age who don't 'splain like me so something else is involved in my case. In academia, I find a few of the grad students hang on my words (as if I know what I'm talking about). I try to be careful about when I'm brainstorming or BS-ing scientifically or at least provide a pointer to a reference for my source of info. I also agree that there's some sort of dominance thing going on. Lastly, I find myself doing this when I am unable to make regular conversation - especially with students or when we're waiting for some equipment to warm up or equilibrate. I'll just natter on an on in a lecturing sort of way. I'm trying to ask more questions and/or be comfortable with the silence but it's a tricky habit for me.

I usually find it amusing when I get the mansplaining. It's taught me to file such explanations under "maybe / to be reviewed later". However, if it's something I disagree with, and I can't get a word in edgewise, or I think they're working with faulty starting principles, I can get angry and impatient. I usually just change the subject or move on to some other task then. Again - that's what I do - probably not what I should do.

Apple Talk / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: December 17, 2015, 07:53:54 pm »
I am done grading. I only had one page of a 9 page final exam (thank heaven for TAs) but there were 160 students. I'm also done grading the final papers from the 16 honors students. And, I'm done uploading letters of recommendation to every known format of graduate & medical school website. Why people want letters from a lowly staff scientist, I don't know. I try to dissuade them and tell them to get a letter from a real, tenured professor. No matter. I. Am. Done. Now for (more) coffee, and to get back to sciencing the shit out of some proteins.

Apple Talk / Re: Music Suggestions
« on: December 14, 2015, 07:44:53 pm »
Nice list of bands! That's made for some fun exploring. Along the lines of the OP, although possibly too distracting, is the band Hovercraft. One of those Godspeed You! pieces I just heard reminds me of them. I think I would find them too much, but then again, I listen to drum & bass when working.

Apple Talk / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: August 31, 2015, 12:17:41 am »
So, my son and I met with Zenpatista.  He's a very cool guy.  The only problem we had was a loud drunk that wanted to tell us his vast collection of war stories.  Other than that, everything more or less went well.

Thanks & likewise. I had a lot of fun & it was great to meet you & your son. Hope to meet up again soon. The venue too - I can see why it's a landmark pub. Some of the grad students told me stories about it, but I'd never been in the "meet rack" before. coming.

Also winter, but mostly research, since saying "winter is coming" when it's already struggling to get above 15C outside and raining all day isn't really all that ominous.

Tuition paid.  I have 4 days then I can put in my thesis (broadly speaking I'm hoping to do research on counterjihadists), and get it confirmed and so actually start writing by the end of the month.  I probably wont finish in time for Xmas, but that is my attempted goal.

Good luck with the thesis. If you ever feel like posting a chapter or so, I bet a few besides myself would be interested in reading it.

Apple Talk / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: August 25, 2015, 02:13:31 pm »
Wait.  You're at U of A?

Yes indeed. I've been there nearly 15 years (off and on) working multiple jobs in research with a side of teaching.

I'm in Tucson.  How have you never fallen in with the Hoodlum Cabal?

I don't know. Hoodlum cabal sounds fun though. Wait - that's not like the sheriff's posse up in Phoenix, right?

Apple Talk / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: August 25, 2015, 05:14:57 am »
Wait.  You're at U of A?

Yes indeed. I've been there nearly 15 years (off and on) working multiple jobs in research with a side of teaching.

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