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Finally a recipe that looks edible.

Just you wait until Friday when I'm finally done

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The Secrets Forum / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: February 07, 2017, 08:48:03 pm »
What changed? I had a TAship, and she wants me to have an RAship.

That's all. That's it.

Research Assistantship? 

Also, that's a pile of bullshit, Nigel. :sad:

Yes.

At least I'm mad.

I don't get why it's even an inconvenience for her, especially where she was cool about it before

That's the thing. I don't think her sudden ire is even about me; I think she's taking some other frustration out on me.

That sucks. I don't get why people do that. It doesn't fix your own problem and it makes someone else's day worse.

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Day 1 Part 2:
Water Sample Incubation

Ingredients:
5 mL of septic water
5 mL of BHI Broth
1 mL of Log Phase Enterococcus from Part 1

Gently agitate tube of septic water by hand. Vortexing too vigorously might knock the little feet off phage present. In 15 mL tube, combine BHI broth, septic water, and log phase bacteria. Note that chunks of poop will block up the pipette. Slowly pipette back into sample to remove blockage. Don't jam down on it unless you want to risk getting what is now 2 month old poop water all over the prep area. When all ingredients have been combined bake for 8 hours at 37C.*

*I ain't staying here til 10:45 pm, so when I leave around 8 pm, I'm going to remove the tubes from the incubator and leave them in my drawer overnight.

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:lulz: I particularly enjoy your not-so-subtle reference to Shake-&-Bake.

  :thanks:

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The Secrets Forum / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: February 07, 2017, 07:17:52 pm »
What changed? I had a TAship, and she wants me to have an RAship.

That's all. That's it.

Research Assistantship? 

Also, that's a pile of bullshit, Nigel. :sad:

Yes.

At least I'm mad.

I don't get why it's even an inconvenience for her, especially where she was cool about it before

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Day 1 Part 1:
Prepare Log Phase Bacteria

Ingredients:
20 microliters of Brain Heart Infusion broth
1 milliliter of stationary phase Enterococcus faecalis in Brain Heart Infusion broth

In a 2 mL tube, combine the BHI broth and the bacteria culture.
Shake the tube on a vortexer
Bake for 2 hours at 37C

Do the dishes. There's always dishes to be done
Do your homework. There's always homework to be done.

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The Secrets Forum / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: February 07, 2017, 06:11:07 pm »
Hmm. Damn. That makes sense. Thanks guys

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The Secrets Forum / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: February 07, 2017, 03:10:11 pm »
The two are unrelated, the independent study I just have to get phage from E. faecalis

here's the problem from the book:
(II) How much less per year would it cost a family to operate a heat pump that has a coefficient of performance of 2.9 than an electric heater that costs $2000 to heat their home for a year? If the conversion to the heat pump costs $15,000, how long would it take the family to break even on the heating costs? How much would the family save in 20 years?

From the previous questions, "II" seems to indicate that the question deals with heat pumps rather than refrigerators, which isn't helpful. I have the formula for COP, but only one variable, and no indication of how much heating is being done for $2000 by the electric heater, etc.

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The Secrets Forum / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: February 07, 2017, 05:06:51 am »
I have a seemingly unsolvable problem in physics concerning how much money a family would save over switching from an electrical heating thing to a heat pump. My answer was essentially "insufficient data"

Obviously I'm going everyone else came to the save conclusion. Also, I have a procedure for my independent study that starts tomorrow and hopefully has results by Friday. I might document my progress here as well as in my notebook for shits and giggles

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The Secrets Forum / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: January 10, 2017, 12:52:51 am »
Just got a call from my Irish cousin who lives in Connecticut. Turns out my father (who still lives in the UK) used a rather inefficient method of sending 400 Pound Sterling to me and my sister through multiple relatives who were travelling in the general direction of New England. I'm meeting my cousin in town (she's going to be in Boston anyway) on Wednesday. I think it pretty much clinches me going to Ireland this summer. I can't take the money and not put it towards airfare.

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The Secrets Forum / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: January 09, 2017, 09:40:28 pm »
Shit, Waffles. I'm glad there's nothing wrong with your noggin at least.

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The Secrets Forum / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: January 07, 2017, 02:13:16 am »
Ah that sucks, Roger

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The Secrets Forum / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: January 06, 2017, 09:51:34 pm »
Twid lives!

Will all those owed money by him please form an orderly queue.

You've inspired a new pic

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Bring and Brag / Re: Fun with funghi
« on: January 06, 2017, 09:14:24 pm »
Fungi are cool

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The Secrets Forum / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: January 06, 2017, 06:57:43 pm »
My department (along with a couple others) at the Vo-Tech college just moved into their shiny new building across the street from the Nissan plant. We had a 2 1/2 week break for the holidays. They started moving the equipment out of the old building about 3 weeks before the break which, of course made it very difficult for students to use said equipment for their schoolwork. Now that the new term has begun, they're not actually ready to begin classes. The classroom came self-assembly required, so we're spending the first two weeks of the new term putting together chairs and tables, installing drop-down outlets, miscellaneous other wiring, and who knows what else before we begin our actual studies.

They also have a rather strict attendance policy. 5 tardies in a 4 month term and I am "in jeopardy" of being suspended. My first day I got there about 30 seconds late. One of the instructors looks at me like he wants to fight, and says "YOUR LATE!" I look back at him, nod, and reply, "yuh-huh", and take a seat. So not only are they wasting the better part of a month of my time, and expect me to perform free labor for them in lieu of making actual academic progress, I better be there by 7:45 am SHARP, or they'll kick me out.

In spite of all this, I'm not too terribly disgruntled. After all, financial aid is paying for all of this, so at least I'M not actually paying for this mess out of my own pocket, but there are some there who are, and they're pretty steamed about it, and rightly so.

Making a fuss over being 10 minutes I can see, but 30 seconds is having trouble finding a parking spot or the bus was late.

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