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Shit's getting real now... just submitted my Intent to Graduate packet, scheduled my GREs...

Now all I have to do is decide what in blazes I want to do for my Master's, and who will pay me to do so. Anyone have any thoughts on OSU-

And how, precisely, does one go about shoehorn-ing the fact they are the #1 dirt nerd in the NE USA into an introductory "pay for me and my
tuition to come do your research" email? Suppose I really should look into writing a cv, no?

All I really know about OSU is that they're the big agricultural school in Oregon. That, and they're part of the Oregon MPH program.

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Laws
« on: October 29, 2014, 03:15:18 pm »
I'm pretty sure that's banned under the Geneva Convention.

It is pretty inhumane. I'm not sure what I was thinking there, I must have had a momentary lapse in human decency.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Syria reported to have use Chemical Warfare
« on: October 29, 2014, 03:14:27 pm »
Even if you aren't always spot-on, you offer a hell of a lot more insight than I would find in the newspaper, and I may not post often in political threads but I do appreciate it.

Registration for spring semester begins next freakin' week. So, I had to email the department head and ask him for a list of what courses were being offered and when. I just woke up from a brief sleep and saw that he had sent it. I've still got some time to tweak it for time and to contact UMass and ask them just how badly they need me to actually graduate from Bunker Hill before transferring or if I can just transfer regardless and take the necessary classes there (man's gotta work and there's a big chunk of time in between two classes that would allow me to commute back to work, sign in, work for 15 minutes, sign out and then go back to school  :lulz:)

But it looks like it will be:
Environmental Microbiology (elective. The other Microbiology course I took is clinical and is meant for Nursing or Biotech programs)
Molecular Biotechnology (elective, and a capstone course)
General Chemistry I
General Physics II

Total of 17 credits

This would basically leave Calculus I and General Chemistry II as the only classes left I had to take.

Other electives that I have the option for but decided against in favor Micro and Molecular (because that's more in line with what I want to do) were Population Ecology (conflicts schedulewise with Molecular) and Interpretation of Scientific Research (useful, but again. I'm keeping that one as a backup elective)

Invariably, since there's only one time slot for each of these bio electives and BHCC has more students than it can handle, I'm going to have to be sitting at my computer as soon as the courses become available. Which blows, but it will be my last semester there, if given the go ahead by UMass.

I don't know about Mass, but Oregon does a dual-enrollment thing. Even if they don't it just sounds like a normal transfer application.

My next term is looking like a cakewalk, compared to this term at least; Cell bio, Neurophysiology II, and TAing Perception, and then Borneo over spring break. Technically I'm taking 18 credits because Borneo is 4 credits and the TA is 4 practicum credits, but the actual school/homework workload is only 10 credits.

I can't wait until the end of the term; my immune system is not handling this term very well.

Joe, your response was intriguing, I will need to mull it over.

I don't even know who Drake is.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: TWID!
« on: October 29, 2014, 03:09:34 am »
Twid! Good to see you, I'm glad to hear that you and Villager are doing better.

In case you missed it, please feel free to update us on school geekery here:

I'd be glad for another biology nerd posting bio nerd updates on the board. :lol:

List of handy instructional videos for telling people on the internet why they can shut their stupid mouths:


I want him to make one on outrage porn, which is one of the most prevalent fallacies I see circulating and which, outside of this board, doesn't seem to have a name or to have been recognized. It's the fallacy that basically goes "[This scenario] is unjust, therefore it must be true". It's the reason people will circulate National Report articles without stopping for a moment to verify  that this random unknown news source is credible.

It probably has some other name that I'm unaware of, it's been a long time since I took philosophy of argument. I should dig my book out.

So, just because why not, I think this is the new science thread.

And this is some fucking trippy science right here:

In quantum mechanics, particles do not have a distinct position in space. Instead, they exist as a wave function, a probability distribution that includes all the possible locations where a particle might be found. Maris and his colleagues are suggesting that parts of that distribution can be separated and cordoned off from each other.

So, my thought on this is that it really doesn't matter how small the probability subsegment is, it's still technically infinite.

Aneristic Illusions / Re: Syria reported to have use Chemical Warfare
« on: October 29, 2014, 02:51:12 am »

Now, I'm learning to believe everything Cain and Junk write.

This is the only place I get my news anymore.

 :lulz: me too. Seriously, I don't even bother looking elsewhere. Although I have to choose wisely when I decide whether to read Junk's posts because sometimes that shit is too disturbing.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Dear LMNO & Nigel:
« on: October 29, 2014, 02:41:02 am »
Seriously, my big regret today is drinking that last glass of red wine last night. :lol:

Got nothing on that.

I just dropped a box of sockets down the stairs and accidentally wrote a Nickleback song.

It has to be better than the horrific atrocity that is every other nickelback song. That last one gave me hemhorragic fever.

Check out John Galt, here, talking to Angelique.


Your blood will boil, thus killing the ebola.


I think you nailed it with "Tiny penis". Angelique is one of the sweetest people there is, I don't know what the fuck is wrong with someone who tries to knock her down because she's pretty.

Think for Yourself, Schmuck! / Re: Laws
« on: October 29, 2014, 02:31:59 am »
Dunno how accurate the info I had was but there was a figure in a doc I watched that about 80% of legal work was "discovery" which is not talking your ass off in court, winning over the jury but poring over documents, accounts, email and shit like that trying to build a case.

This process (80% of the stuff lawyers do) is about to get automated by deep learning systems which can do the job infinitely faster and an order of magnitude more accurately.

100% of lawyers with 20% stuff left to do should be interesting. I'm not thinking techno unemployment (That's call-center staff and burger chefs) more a case of less backlog. What's going to happen to the legal system once the backlog is reduced by 80%?

The lawyers will lobby for even more laws.  Many of them will instead go into politics.

America:  Shoot a programmer today.

I'm thinking more along the lines of the School to Prison Pipeline you guys have going on over there. You could be approaching "peak-prison" where you can't build them fast enough. What happens then? Escape from New York?

That trend has slowed down, with the consequence that prisons are emptying  out and the private prison industry is in deep financial trouble.
This sounds lovely. Maybe then we could run prisons Oz-style.

...not that TV show. I mean OZ.

Quote from: The Patchwork Girl of Oz
"We consider a prisoner unfortunate. He is unfortunate in two ways Ś because he has done something wrong and because he is deprived of his liberty. Therefore we should treat him kindly, because of his misfortune, for otherwise he would become hard and bitter and would not be sorry he had done wrong. Ozma thinks that one who has committed a fault did so because he was not strong and brave; therefore she puts him in prison to make him strong and brave. When that is accomplished he is no longer a prisoner, but a good and loyal citizen and everyone is glad that he is now strong enough to resist doing wrong. You see, it is kindness that makes one strong and brave; and so we are kind to our prisoners."

But then, I'm relentlessly idealistic when I'm not relentlessly cynical.

That would be very nice, but it would require people to consider long-term systemic consequences and not merely the hollow satisfaction of punishment.

However, speaking of punishment, maybe people who commit crimes should be forced to watch endless episodes of Dr. Oz.

Actual homework from today (I was tired and shit started to go sideways by page four of causal loop diagramming archetype examples):

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