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Interesting conversation on FB about which subway line in Boston is “the best”: Orange Line or Red Line.  A lot of people are supporting the Red line.  As I live on the orange line, I’m backing that one, but a lot of people are disparaging of it.  However, I noticed something…  Could be coincidental.

Red Line stops: Southie (traditionally white). Kendall  (white).  Harvard (duh). Somerville (white). Alewife (white).
Orange Line stops: Forest Hills (black), Jackson Square (black/Latino), Roxbury (black), Chinatown (duh, part 2).

Ok, there are outliers. The Orange Line does go through Charlestown (working class white) and into Malden (white), and the Red Line goes into Dorchester (black).  Still, it did give me pause.

Oh my god. That's almost the most inane conversation imaginable.

I think I should try to get one of those started on Facebook about the MAX. YELLOW LINE ALL THE WAY, BITCHEZ!

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: HE IS RISEN!
« on: Yesterday at 08:40:57 pm »
It looks like a water droplet on the lens.

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Or Kill Me / Re: Burgers?
« on: Yesterday at 08:38:25 pm »
The more we learn, the less water primitive superstitious ignorance holds. Newton and Einstein and whatnot were fine because they stuck to belief in a non-defined abstraction of god, a creator. This is not mutually exclusive with science since there is no data before the big bang, it may very well have been some giant invisible dude just suddenly popping into existence and deciding he was bored.

Belief in religious texts, however, is almost completely incompatible with scientific method, since the vast majority of most of them is demonstrably gobshite. Rabbits being merely the tip of the iceberg.

You might consider looking into the early history of scientific inquiry.

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So, I didn't want to bring this up but it's bugging me.

Villager and I had a conversation over the weekend and she is disinclined to have biological children. Mainly because by the time I get my BS, I'll be 36 and she 33. And then of course grad school. And the idea of pregnancy in general is unappealing to her. I can't blame her on any of that. I just consider it a bit of a bummer. I guess I figured part of the reason I was doing this was to make that possible. She hasn't ruled it out entirely, but well.... It seems like I have to accept that I will be a genetic dead end or break up with her. So... I guess I'm a genetic dead end. It's not what I want, but given the alternative. I'd rather take that gamble with her than without her.

33 is still quite young for childbearing.

Pregnancy isn't especially fun, but if she's not dead set against it, it might be a conversation worth revisiting if it's something important to you.

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Also, alla youse guys, I have many heart for you, and thanks for all the encouragements. You rock!

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Nigel, I don't say this often enough:


You can be infuriating, you can be stubborn, and you can be rude.  Nevertheless, you're one of the most awesome and wonderful people I've ever known. Congrats. You deserve it.

Aww <3

Thank you!

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Techmology and Scientism / Re: The Biology Thread
« on: Yesterday at 05:52:07 am »
There is also, of course, this classic paper: http://isotropic.org/papers/chicken.pdf

And its accompanying powerpoint: ftp.kaist.ac.kr/chicken/chicken.ppt‎

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Techmology and Scientism / Re: The Biology Thread
« on: Yesterday at 05:49:06 am »
Twid, I don't know where you are in physics but you might enjoy this. http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~kovar/hall.html

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I haven't had much to say about anything, and very little that I feel passion for, which is why I haven't been on much.

Aw. :( I hope you get through it soon. I don't know if it's divorce-related, but one of the things I hated about ending long-term relationships is that there seems to be this directionless ennui that sets in after the grief has mostly ended.

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I have had a fairly good weekend. Went to the Hoot, which is a good old-fashioned hootenanny. The good news: I'm going to the next two Hoots. The bad news: there will only be two more Hoots, because the property the old barn is on, which used to be in the middle of the country, is now at the edge of the city and has been sold to developers. :(

Hung out on the porch drinking cheap beer and singing with my housemates for a couple hours. Woke up with a hangover, and went to geology, where mercifully, someone seems to have told GoogleEarth "Broham" Einstein to shut his stupid-leaker before they popped him in it, because he didn't pipe up with a single "theory" based on the fact that he has an internet connection and endless free time.

Checked my email and discovered that they've posted my degrees. I am officially an Associate of Art & Science and I graduated on the President's List. Not bad for a chick who didn't even have a GED two years ago.

Now I'm procrastinating chemistry homework.
Congratulations!

Thanks! :)

I feel like I am on the right path. If I get this Ford scholarship I'll be able to really relax and devote myself to my studies without having to stress about money. My hope is that I'll be able to excel over the next two years, and perhaps win a Ford Fellowship, which would allow me to study anything I want at any school I want.

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I have had a fairly good weekend. Went to the Hoot, which is a good old-fashioned hootenanny. The good news: I'm going to the next two Hoots. The bad news: there will only be two more Hoots, because the property the old barn is on, which used to be in the middle of the country, is now at the edge of the city and has been sold to developers. :(

Hung out on the porch drinking cheap beer and singing with my housemates for a couple hours. Woke up with a hangover, and went to geology, where mercifully, someone seems to have told GoogleEarth "Broham" Einstein to shut his stupid-leaker before they popped him in it, because he didn't pipe up with a single "theory" based on the fact that he has an internet connection and endless free time.

Checked my email and discovered that they've posted my degrees. I am officially an Associate of Art & Science and I graduated on the President's List. Not bad for a chick who didn't even have a GED two years ago.

Now I'm procrastinating chemistry homework. 

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