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I'm looking forward to reading about it, Dok.

Today I applied for a program that, if I get in, will make me eligible for funding that would pay me a wage for the time I spend in the lab working on my neurogenesis project, which would be awesome because that would make me that much more likely to have a publishable paper by the end of next year.

Nice! I hope you get it!


Yes he is.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: BIG MAN PLANS
« on: April 18, 2015, 08:52:26 am »
When I am rich, I will buy student debt and abolish it instead of collecting it.

When I am rich, I will start a reality TV show called "Who Wants to Eat a Billionaire?"

When I am rich, I will lead pelotons through heavy traffic with one of these:

Literate Chaotic / Re: Five word horror
« on: April 13, 2015, 10:46:25 am »
Descending colon filled with bees

Yeah, it might hurt to get your anal canal stung a few times. But maybe it would be worth it if you could jettison your payload and fill a room full of bankers with a cloud of angry, poopy bees.

Things I hate: When people ask me how it's going and then make suggestions that start with "why don't you...". What is that? I didn't ask for advice. You asked for an update. If I knew that was going to be a lead-in to a conversation in which I'm explaining why I don't do the thing you're suggesting, I would have given a curt one-word answer and cut that shit off at the pass.

I offer unsolicited advice more often than I'd like to admit.

In the moment I think I'm being oh so helpful and clever, and then end up apologizing for being a paternalistic fucknut. In my case, I think it stems from a pretentious sense of superiority and a failure to appreciate the unstated complexities of someone's situation.

Literate Chaotic / Re: Five word horror
« on: April 11, 2015, 03:47:55 am »
The head transplant failed horribly.
The head lived for weeks.
There was so much blood.
The surgeon checked himself in.
He couldn't stop hearing it.

yea, the scary bit is that people can justify that type of shit using just your average standard out of the box human brain. A CEO that exploits child labor to make obscene profits probably isnt a sociopath, at least as it applies to people he actually knows. He probably has plenty of empathy for people he knows and works with and considers part of his "tribe". the problem is that your average human brain can only fit about 200 or so people in this tribe mentality and everyone else doesnt really seem like a person as far as our moral decision making goes. outside of our own little monkeysphere, people seem less like people and more like an idea of people, which is a lot easier to throw under the bus for profit when compared to your buddy Steve.

Yeah, the more removed people are from our immediate experience the easier it is to rationalize, ignore, or even blame the victims of horrible suffering—people don't need some pathological condition to be cruel, selfish pieces of shit.

Though it seems that the more we become aware of these shitty, unconscious predispositions, the more we generally do to counteract them. So at least there's that.

Literate Chaotic / Re: Five word horror
« on: April 10, 2015, 09:19:14 pm »
Ok, I think this helps.

It all started pleasantly enough.  Yesterday, the shadow grew again.  Strange shapes blackened the sky.  The walls kept changing color.  There’s something outside the window.  Her eyes widened in anticipation.  It was an insular community.  We thought they were dead.  But they were dead, yesterday…  There wasn’t time to scream. 

The sun didn’t rise today.  No one sees color here.  They don’t remember the difference.  It is inside the house.  That night, I wasn’t alone.  A voice said, “You die”. There shouldn’t be visitors tonight.  Didn’t I lock this door?

I spoke into the silence.  “I’m not usually like this.  I can’t feel my legs.” 

She said, “I got this.”  She had too many teeth.  Time slowed to a stop.  “This won’t hurt a bit.”  The anesthesia didn’t quite work.  The scab came off again.  It had been an eye.  Below, rows of sharp teeth.  I think those are teeth.  “It’s curable, for a price.”

My voice seemed far away.  “I can’t find the baby.  I have these horrible urges.” 

“They know, they just don’t care.”  Her eyes followed the wound.  “This isn’t my real face.” 

But there was no face…


Man, I kinda wish being white and rich made it impossible to be mentally ill.
I would feel a lot better about most politicians.

Ever since Cain pointed this out, I see it everywhere: there's a key distinction between doing fucked up shit to society at large and actually suffering from a mental illness.

I get that people want to rationalize depravity as some variation on "just a poor, diseased human mind gone haywire—if we could just lovingly nurse their brains back to health, they would be good, upstanding citizens and rainbows would burst forth from everyone's ass". But that's an obfuscating fairy tale that doesn't deal with the actual problem of people with normal brains that choose to do predatory, exploitative shit with full cognizance of how their choices will affect other people. It also furthers an inaccurate stereotype about people with mental illness as malicious. They are no more or less likely to be malicious assholes than the general population.


"Just developed some pictures - need to make a book - kind of like Mappelthorpe, only more personal" :lulz:


Literate Chaotic / Re: Five word horror
« on: April 08, 2015, 05:24:30 am »
I love the Food Babe.
All of them were reelected.
Edward Snowden, who is that?
I think those are teeth.
This action cannot be undone.

I got a temp job handling sensitive documents for a bank. :lol:

I'm also balls deep in JavaScript and have a good shot at a paid internship doing front-end work in about 3-6 months, possibly sooner. There's a tech scene in town and I've managed to network myself right into it.


I also have tentative support for my security contractor gig (whereupon I will assess security, and get paid for it, and tell them it sucks, and recommend the position of Security Director, which I will be the most qualified for, and thus will be appointed to).

I mean, it's early days yet.  But it could happen.

Cool beans.

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