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Russ Meyers: Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: June 21, 2017, 06:03:38 pm »
My facebook feed today: but whatabout AMURRICA?!?

I'm talking about the UK, so I don't really give a shit about America.  Sorry.

That's a great time to use the "For my next trick, I will turn this conversation into a conversation about ME!" meme.

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Russ Meyers: Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: June 21, 2017, 06:01:22 pm »
So I kinda feel like my advisor is off the deep end.

She wants preliminary results for a project she's been sitting on for three years but we just started this Fall. She wants these results in a month. She wants me to figure out from scratch with no guidance how to use imaging software no one else in the lab knows how to use, that was designed for immunofluorescence, to quantify IHC-DAB. She gave me about four days to figure this out, and to perform a validation experiment using tissue from a previous grad student who is gone. Going through that student's data, I already can see and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the previous data, which has been accepted for publication, is bad. At least the cell counts for the supraoptic nucleus are bad. I don't have time to deal with this and it's also not my problem, but I have a feeling it is about to become my problem on top of having three weeks to process and assay 124 brains.

The reason she has a problem with bad data is because her approach to training is to throw a project at a student and tell them to figure it out, just as she is doing with me right now. If she had taken 20 minutes to train the last student, they would have known that they were counting cells in a region caudal to the supraoptic nucleus, and this data would not be bad. I can correctly quantify staining in these tissues, but I can't use these tissues to validate my method because the existing data is bad... this is a waste of my time. And everyone else's time.

I always wonder if people do that because they think the student will understand the material better through "independent discovery," or if they get some sick satisfaction from the thought of someone else not being able to do stuff that they themselves know how to do (Or maybe don't know how to do, for that matter). Based on the fact that she's been sitting on the project 3 years, I'm going to assume the latter.

The great thing here is that she has no idea how to use this software. She's never tried. She can't even critique my progress because, as became clear to me when she asked me if I was taking pictures of every tissue section, she has zero idea how to use it. You have to take pictures of all the tissue to be analyzed, that's how the software works. I suspect she has used this approach with other students in the past, and that's exactly why the data I'm trying to use as validation for my method is bad; she herself didn't know how to do what she asked the grad student to do, so she couldn't check the data to make sure it was collected correctly.

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Russ Meyers: Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: June 21, 2017, 04:02:53 am »
Guy in a thread about automation:  "I'm safe for a long time, no robot can be a carpenter."

Husband, who had been in the furniture industry for quite a while, goes "Should I tell him?"

Oh man. That is an "Oh, honey..." moment.

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Bring and Brag / Re: WEIRDOVERSE
« on: June 21, 2017, 03:40:14 am »
I think the hand-drawn textures add a lot to the quality and distinctiveness of your work. It's very unique.

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Russ Meyers: Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: June 21, 2017, 12:59:32 am »
So I kinda feel like my advisor is off the deep end.

She wants preliminary results for a project she's been sitting on for three years but we just started this Fall. She wants these results in a month. She wants me to figure out from scratch with no guidance how to use imaging software no one else in the lab knows how to use, that was designed for immunofluorescence, to quantify IHC-DAB. She gave me about four days to figure this out, and to perform a validation experiment using tissue from a previous grad student who is gone. Going through that student's data, I already can see and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the previous data, which has been accepted for publication, is bad. At least the cell counts for the supraoptic nucleus are bad. I don't have time to deal with this and it's also not my problem, but I have a feeling it is about to become my problem on top of having three weeks to process and assay 124 brains.

The reason she has a problem with bad data is because her approach to training is to throw a project at a student and tell them to figure it out, just as she is doing with me right now. If she had taken 20 minutes to train the last student, they would have known that they were counting cells in a region caudal to the supraoptic nucleus, and this data would not be bad. I can correctly quantify staining in these tissues, but I can't use these tissues to validate my method because the existing data is bad... this is a waste of my time. And everyone else's time.

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Russ Meyers: Apple Talk / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: June 21, 2017, 12:51:39 am »
Come to donate plasma, wearing the most comfortab le, light clothing possible, because it's Tucson, it's summer, and there's been no rain. I get up to check in, they're like, "Those are pajama pants, you can't donate." FFS they're just pants I'm so fucking pissed right now. This is some bullshit.

It probably sounds ridiculous, but there are people who donate plasma who make a dress code deeply, deeply necessary partly so  that nice people like you also feel safe and comfortable donating plasma.

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Techmology and Scientism / Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« on: June 18, 2017, 05:19:25 pm »
Particularly relevant to Salty's interests:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170608124706.htm
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Consumer attitudes are being put to the test at Adelaide Central Market with an offering of roasted crickets and ants, mealworm cookies and cricket energy bars.

"We want to further investigate consumers' attitudes towards edible insects, evaluate taste preferences and consumers' willingness to buy such products," says Postdoctoral Fellow Dr Anna Crump, who's working on the project with project leader Associate Professor Kerry Wilkinson and other researchers from the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine and the School of Humanities at the University of Adelaide.

"We will also be asking consumers questions relating to food neophobia -- reluctance to eat novel or new foods. We'll be interested to see if a consumer's ethnicity influences their acceptance of edible insects."

In a preliminary online survey of 820 Australian consumers, the researchers found that 20% had tried edible insects. Of those surveyed, 46% said they would be willing to try a cookie made from insect flour.

"In the earlier survey, consumers said they were most likely to try flavored or roasted insects and least likely to want to try cockroaches or spiders," Dr Crump says.

"In this taste test, we've chosen products that consumers are most likely to react positively towards -- apologies to anyone keen to try a cockroach or spider. The samples we'll be offering consumers provide a good spread of the available insect products in Australia's marketplace, some of which may be more acceptable than others."

Dr Crump says the research will help guide the development of an edible insect industry.

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Techmology and Scientism / Re: Weekly Science Headlines
« on: June 18, 2017, 05:01:37 pm »
This is also cool as fuck: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170610134818.htm
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Interim results from a FDA-approved clinical trial testing the generic vaccine bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) to reverse advanced type 1 diabetes are being presented at the 75th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association. The data demonstrate a potential new mechanism by which the BCG vaccine may restore the proper immune response to the insulin-secreting islet cells of the pancreas. Presented by Denise Faustman, MD, PhD, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital Immunobiology Laboratory and principal investigator of the trial, the findings suggest that BCG may induce a permanent increase in expression of genes that restore the beneficial regulatory T cells (Tregs) that prevent the immune system from attacking the body's own tissue. The results are being presented on Saturday, June 10.


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Or Kill Me / Re: Broadcasted
« on: June 18, 2017, 12:07:52 am »
Yeah stories, in general, are pretty fucking awesome when you think about it.

They HELLS OF are.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: 2017 bed bug WAR$
« on: June 18, 2017, 12:06:16 am »
Hey N0p! How's it going?

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: General Trump hilarity free-for-all thread
« on: June 17, 2017, 08:32:30 pm »
Here's the thing... once idiot is out, whether it is in a standard manner or impeachment, we are NEVER GOING TO HEAR THE END of how unfair it all was, and how no president in history had it as hard as him. For as long as he lives. Just non fucking stop.

Even if he goes to prison, he'll probably write a book called something like "FRAMED: The Most Persecuted Man in America Speaks".

"If I Did It I Would Have Sold America Out Bigly: Confessions of the largest handed President."

 :lulz:

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The bottom line for many men who want sex robots is that women aren't really people to them. They don't like the idea of having to treat them like people, so sex robots permit them to have sex while treating their "partner" as an inanimate object. That's what they WANT. This is different from lonely, socially-inept men who use sex dolls as a substitute for the human partner they yearn for but can't figure out how to connect with... that is, if such men are not merely figments of my imagination.

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Or Kill Me / Re: Broadcasted
« on: June 17, 2017, 07:59:56 pm »
It's 100% amazing that we have a consciousness that can not only grasp the concept of consciousness, but can generate imaginary consciousnesses with imaginary motivations and imaginary lives. TV is the most meta-introspective thing human beings have ever done.

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Your Discordia can be whatever you want it to be. That's the beauty of it; your Discordianism is about YOU, so it also serves as an effective means of figuring out who to avoid.

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