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Messages - Mesozoic Mister Nigel

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Applied to go back to Switzerland, for a doctoral program.

I think my Australian passport may give me an edge over other British applicants, in that if we do do something stupid re: Brexit, arrangements with Australia will remain unaffected and so shouldn't pose a problem for an academic or work visa.  Since these programs are all 4+ years long, and who knows what idiocy we will see in the meantime.

It's not as good as an EU second nationality would be...but I'll work with what I have.

Ooooh, good luck! That sounds great. I can't imagine any program rejecting you!

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Anyway, hi there PD. I'm here because I'm miserable, cranky, and tired, and according to the newsfeed I'm in the perfect mood for PD.com.

Since getting my thyroid disease treated in August, my range of emotions has expended past "vague sense of dying" that defined the previous six months. I have added feeling sad, stupid, and lonely to the mix.

This too shall pass and all that, but fuck it. I feel like whuppin' on some motherfucker.

I'm glad you finally figured out what the fuck was going on! Hopefully your mood will improve and stabilize soon.

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I was confused by Freeky saying that sandwiches aren't all that filling or calorie-rich, but then I remembered not everyone lives in lower NY state. "Sandwiches" in NY are what most places in the world refer to as "what the fuck how is a human supposed to eat this much."

It's like you people don't know how to distend your jaws like snakes, or something.

OK, I'm glad I wasn't the only human baffled by that. Sandwiches here tend to be full meals, if not multiple full meals.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: September 14, 2016, 12:44:38 pm »
Roughly how much could an author of a paper expect to receive from publishing a paper? I was under the impression that the vast majority of the cost of obtaining a paper goes to the publisher rather than the authors.

In my field, authors get a pack on the back and a line in their CV.

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: The latest from SlateStarCodex
« on: September 14, 2016, 03:35:31 am »
Neurotransmitters are never single-purpose. That's his first mistake. You know how I am always saying that context matters? What a neurotransmitter does has less to do with the neurotransmitter than the context. What kinds of receptors are there, and what are their second messengers? What kind of cell is the receptor on? What kinds of cells does that cell communicate with? And so on.

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Today is my and Alty's first anniversary.

We gorged on sushi at a restaurant a few blocks from the house that for some reason, we have never tried. It was delicious. I am distended with sushi. He is Skyrimming. Soon, we will go upstairs and watch TV in bed.

Best possible day.

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: The latest from SlateStarCodex
« on: September 14, 2016, 03:28:05 am »
Oh wait; I think I get it. I bet he took that Coursera class on neuroeconomics! Christ that was a shit class. Nobody should draw parallels between brain function and Bayesian economics based on that. Or anything really, ever.

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: The latest from SlateStarCodex
« on: September 14, 2016, 03:24:16 am »
Updating.

Interesting article about Bayes and neuroscience.  I like how he presents the findings, but still comes away with questions.  The hypothesis makes sense, but that doesn't mean it's right.

http://slatestarcodex.com/2016/09/12/its-bayes-all-the-way-up/

I didn't read it all the way through, but I can tell you that neuroscience-wise this guy reads like a stoner rambling about quantum mechanics with a very shaky baseline comprehension of what that means.

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I should be able to get the article, but it'll have to wait until I get back from Manitoba because I have to leave at like 5:30 in the morning tomorrow. The conclusion sounds overstated to me; it sounds more like they identified a mechanism through which harm is possible, rather than proved that harm occurs.

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I start my job as a research librarian this week. I'd sass it up, but I have to wear a uniform at the museum, and no heels, because it's an aircraft carrier. On the bright side, like Roger mentioned on my FB, I don't have to schlep tourists around. I get to hide in the library and help the occasional guest out with a project while working on specific special research projects for the museum. Once I'm there for a bit, I'll go into the collections storage and help work out that mess, hopefully. Just taking a quick peek I saw several garments that needed to have condition reporting done and sent out for conservation.

Research librarian is a pretty sweet gig, congratulations!

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What I find most amusing and yet also frustrating about this election is how shockingly many white men can't seem to wrap their minds around the fact that the votes of women and minorities actually matter. Let alone that they matter enough to potentially render white male votes irrelevant.

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Speaking of prophecy, it was exactly a year ago today I said Trump would get the nomination.

I am pretty sure I laughed, blew it off, and my mind immediately blocked out the horror of such a possibility. Why, that's impossible. It could never happen here...

 :lol:

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Good job Hillary's campaign is focussing on the important issues

I mean, fair enough pointing out the links between Trump and white supremacy but that article doesn't really hit any salient points. It ends too soon before actually drawing conclusions.

Also I don't like the way the large, bolded headlines feel like they're presupposing what the reader should be thinking.

It is interesting to see how the Trump campaign has successfully embraced memes from various online forums (You can't stump the Trump etc.) How are they able to do this so successfully? Is it because the memes are 'custom-made' (by those nefarious Russian trolls) or are they taken and reimagined as the above link claims.. or are they just better at interacting and harnessing the chaotic output of the internet?

When people finally get sick of the term 'alt-right' I will be glad.

Yeah, I mean, racism isn't really important or culturally relevant or historically relevant or a major issue right now. Pssssshhht why are they wasting their time?

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It never occurred to me before now, but I bet Clinton is getting the Juggalo vote.

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BTW, just thought I should mention Tila Tequila, she of minor fame before she had brain damage and started to worship Hitler and worry about the Illuminati, is going to be a keynote speaker at an alt-right conference.

Yes, you've read right: the alt-right is politically compatible with the kind of paranoid, racist nonsense one spews due to literal brain damage.

WAT

Tila Tequila, who got trash thrown on her at the Gathering of the Juggalos until she left the stage, because even Juggalos find her racist homophobic garbage intolerable?

Perfect fit for Donald Trump!

 :lulz: :lulz: :lulz:

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