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Messages - Mesozoic Mister Nigel

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: The Dark Room
« on: January 31, 2016, 01:04:12 am »

What the hell is up, spags? I haven't been on for a couple of days because 1. MIDTERMS ARE COMING, and 2. I had a cold that turned into bronchitis and then just as I was getting over it I GOT ANOTHER FUCKING COLD.

Other than that, I think everything's fine. I bought a charcoal gray suit. Alty is still awesome. I am having a sort of love/hate relationship with my physics class.

For some reason it is absolutely cold as FUCK today.

So exactly a month after working on my own, I might finally get a coworker.

I think she's Basque, though going by how my manager was butchering her name, she may as well be some Lovecraftian horror.

I am going to hope for the latter, although the former is also pretty cool.

Bring and Brag / Re: I made a short film based on an extract from the PD
« on: January 26, 2016, 11:30:55 pm »
That was quite enjoyable.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: January 25, 2016, 03:41:29 am »
“Bundy Boy Jon Ritzheimer Gives A Lecture On The Constitution And Gets It Wrong”

“This is the same man who was willing to die a couple of weeks ago while defending his right to lay claim to federal lands where birds live.”

So, he’s willing to die defending a document he can’t comprehend.

The Bundy Militia has some truly interesting members.

Isn't it so nice that they're here in Oregon. Just lovely.

Next video up.  Also bonus video of me melting things using a laser shotgun, just because.

My best friend was talking about voice actors the other day and I realized one of the things that makes your voice so pleasing. It's that you have low mouth noise.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Random News Stories
« on: January 23, 2016, 11:39:48 pm »
They are truly a shining example of what Libertarianism has to offer.

I'm not being sarcastic, I think they're pretty representative from what I've seen.

Well, for years meunster has been my Mr. Hyde. But Well, can't be an asshole online when I have go go be a productive person at basic and for the next 3-8 years.

So I'll try to spread the word of eris when I can, and see you all later. Don't die without me.

Hope to see you around here from time to time. I hope joining up brings you everything you hope it will. Good luck, and don't die.

Well, I finally got to see, in full-color IMAX 3D with surround sound, what the Racist As Fuck segment of the Sanders supporters look like.

Thanks, Facebook. Now I know.

It's really quite a jolt when you don't see it coming, isn't it?

Very dismaying. I wasnt really sure how to react so I went into reflexive trolling.

Well, I finally got to see, in full-color IMAX 3D with surround sound, what the Racist As Fuck segment of the Sanders supporters look like.

Thanks, Facebook. Now I know.

Can I get a link please? I'd like to see for myself.

If I can find it again, when I have access to a real computer again, sure.

Well, I finally got to see, in full-color IMAX 3D with surround sound, what the Racist As Fuck segment of the Sanders supporters look like.

Thanks, Facebook. Now I know.

Was this the "if Bernie doesn't win I'm going to vote Trump because fuck everyone who isn't a white man" or the "black people are required to vote Bernie, anything less is treason against the greatest civil rights protestor since MLK" crowd?

Multiple comments in the vein of "I'm not racist," and "blacks can do pretty well when they wear proper clothing and don't break the law." Then responding that he supports Sanders when accused of supporting Trump.

Probably the most egregious example of "I'm not a racist, but..." that I've seen in a long time.

Be prepared to be accused of lying/misinterpreting/being a bad person if you mention it most places.

Institute a draft.  Remember, if it's not explictly forbidden by your remit, then it's implied by default.


Also, somehow, by virtue of attending a meeting that sounded interesting, I am somehow now on a campaign strategy team for forming a neuroscience department at my current university. I seem to be in charge of recruiting support from the bio and chem departments.


They aren't flying any of the other Vancouver faculty out, they're bringing him there just to interview me.

It's great because that means that unless I blow it in some mysterious way, I'm in. On the other hand, it makes no damn sense other than fulfilling some kind of bureaucratic protocol.

I just found out that they are flying Dr. Boison to Pullman as well, for the official interview. We both live in Portland.  :lulz:


Nigel, that's fantastic!  Congratulations!

Thank you! Now I just have to nail the interview... I think I will be OK because I already have a prospective advisor. I don't think I'm going to feel like this is real until I get the official offer in the mail, though!

That sounds like an amazing oppertunity, congratulations, it sounds like they were already interested in you if they are willing to pay for the transport there and you have an advisor.

I think it's fairly standard for physical science PhD programs to pay for everything, which I am having a hard time getting used to. I also think they are only inviting students they are pretty certain they are going to offer to, which is exciting and nerve-wracking all at once because I can tell that I am probably getting an offer but I haven't actually gotten one yet. They did detail the stipend, health insurance, and tuition reimbursement in the interview invitation, and it all looks great and definitely within the ball park of what I expected.

I was quite proactive about finding a prospective advisor, I visited his lab a month or so ago. In my field, the availability of a suitable advisor can be more important in terms of getting into a program than any other factor. He was very encouraging, and hadn't had any other visits from prospective grad students, so I am feeling pretty optimistic.

As the man said listening to libertarians recounting how America was a revolution away from statism and feudalism:

Quote from: Cain on the Americans for Sarah Palin Facebook group


I act as a fig leaf for their incompetence, another layer of bureaucracy to shield them from direct involvement in the building.  Apparently they want to make this role "more managerial" than it was previously, whatever the fuck that means, but I suspect I'll just be doing what I do now, only with more cash.

That doesn't sound so bad, really. Getting paid more for the same bullshit.

Yeah, although I don't relish the idea of "monthly informal chats" with my manager and his manager.  I hate them enough as is, without spending time outside work seeing them.

Congrats on your interview.


Monthly informal chats? I hope you get paid for them, because ugh.

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