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The Secrets Forum / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: February 25, 2017, 03:21:37 pm »
Today I did a ridiculously adult thing, and ordered a brand-new washing machine to be delivered to our house.

I've ordered new appliances before, but it's been a long-ass time.

I can't wait to do it some more, all our appliances are crap. None of them work quite right.

No more You Tube videos and swears? Breaks my heart just a little.

THOSE DAYS ARE GONE.

I hope.

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The Secrets Forum / Re: What is Kek?
« on: February 25, 2017, 03:20:39 pm »
Aww... you guys think I'm the NICE one.


That's sweet. Honestly. It's taken a lot of work.

Before your cockles get too warm, keep in mind that the rest of us are pretty awful dicks.

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The Secrets Forum / Re: What is Kek?
« on: February 25, 2017, 03:18:17 pm »
Who is AKK? I haven't been arms much the last few years.

Ambassador Klok Kaos, a self-described musical genius with some mild cognitive deficits.

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Talking to Nigel
« on: February 25, 2017, 03:16:17 pm »
I guess that explains why people don't give a fuck about the deep cuts to science funding. You know why you hear so much about funding STEM and getting more people into STEM and increasing accessibility of STEM fields?

Same fucking reason people are so sick of hearing about Black Lives Matter. Because we're over here getting shat on, budgets slashed, made fun of, as the populace leans ever more anti-science.

You can think of us as elitist pricks while continuing to treat us like shit if that makes it easier to do.

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Talking to Nigel
« on: February 25, 2017, 03:12:42 pm »
Maybe that's looking down the nose and not the begging for scraps that I see it as.

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Talking to Nigel
« on: February 25, 2017, 03:12:11 pm »
As it stands this is not currently my jam. I'm really into entertainment as a maintainer of sanity and cultural adhesive. Even though I totally recognize the amount of money going through both the blockbuster and sports systems is criminally excessive, calls to put that money to better use get my hackles ever so slightly up. It's not that you're wrong, I know it's a slippery slope thing happening in my head where a perfectly reasonable statement is getting twisted into the absurd, it's just I start to hear all kinds of stuff about "real jobs" and "real art" and down-the-nose looking at anything that isn't STEM and all that. Again, it's a personal problem. I'm just having trouble getting through it to something useful which is why I've been keeping my mouth shut.

The problem, in this case, isn't some sort of elitist concept that biomedical research should get MOST of the money, but more of a sad and desperate wheezing cry for biomedical research to get even, say, 1% of the money.

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Propaganda Depository / Re: Half-page images
« on: February 25, 2017, 03:10:39 pm »
I'm considering redoing a bunch of the big words posters as multi-page spreads. The posters don't display well on the online version, and they don't break in half well for print.

In other news no one gives a shit about, it's become clear in the last week that my work falls into two camps: Our Lady of Pragmatism and What Am We Anyway? If splits of these are useful or relevant let me know and I'll start sub files for both.

I think this is a great category.

Also, QG, if you do those half-page splits, I wanted to mention that you have likely Big-Wordsed enough assorted writing to put it together into a bang-up book. I don't know about you, but I think that the people need to hear the Bad News, and you have been studiously packaging it up into attractive bite-sized pieces for a couple-few years now.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: February 25, 2017, 03:07:30 pm »
Galapagos by Vonnegut. I'm not very far into it, and woefully ignorant of the author, but it's really awesome writing! He manages to be concise without sacrificing one bit of wit.

I'm also becoming painfully aware of how out of the habit of reading actual books I've fallen. I take it as a sign that I will have quite the challenge getting into school after so many years. I kind of just also realized that my problem with writing goes deeper than just discomfort. I'm in for quite the struggle to recondition my mind and body both. One step at a time I guess.

If you find you can't get back into the groove, find an easy page-turner that requires minimal brain effort to follow along. I read a pulpy short novel recently, and that seems to have been a good warm-up for reading things that require more conscious attention.

Also, Vonnegut's novels, in my experience, translate very well into audiobook format. Breakfast of Champions in particular was a delight to listen to.

Vonnegut's writing is beautiful. I was having a conversation about the difference between a competent and a good writer the other day, and Vonnegut was one of my examples of a good writer. Stephen King describes himself as a solid example of a competent one.

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Unofficial What are you Reading Thread?
« on: February 25, 2017, 03:01:38 pm »
I was just gifted a delightful-looking book my the outgoing PhD in my lab, called "Promiscuity".

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The Secrets Forum / Re: Spagbook
« on: February 25, 2017, 02:51:20 pm »
This is us with the Small Salty:



Nice pic. Kid looks capable of mayhem. So do the adults come to think of it.  :lulz:

Thanks!

Both of these things are true.

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The Secrets Forum / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: February 25, 2017, 02:27:44 am »
Today I did a ridiculously adult thing, and ordered a brand-new washing machine to be delivered to our house.

I've ordered new appliances before, but it's been a long-ass time.

I can't wait to do it some more, all our appliances are crap. None of them work quite right.

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Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Talking to Nigel
« on: February 25, 2017, 02:21:41 am »
I like what you've done with it so far! I'm not sure what else it needs... maybe QG or Salty or someone will chime in with suggestions?

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The Secrets Forum / Re: Spagbook
« on: February 25, 2017, 02:18:20 am »
Might as well throw something on up after 6 years of being dodgy. I took two. The second displays my constant companion The Dimple much better, and the first one is my smilingly "sane" face.

Until yesterday I was wearing 6 years worth of curly long hair and a beard reaching to about 4.5 standard Kaczynskis in length. All gone. I feel so much lighter now in more than one sense. :)

Wow, you look TOTALLY different fro the last pic of you I saw! Looks great!

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Literate Chaotic / Re: Show Me Everything
« on: February 25, 2017, 12:47:08 am »
YW!

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Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: February 25, 2017, 12:46:06 am »
Just IMAGINE everything we could learn if we just spent hours upon hours watching Youtube videos in our moms' rec room instead of wasting all this time with University? Rigor, pfffft, give me passive absorption of random people saying whatever they think.

Because I mean, if someone THINKS it, it's probably just as valid as anything these so-called "academics" concoct with their "facts" and "statistics".

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