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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Explaining eris
« on: January 23, 2015, 03:20:33 pm »
To pretend to take Roy seriously for a moment, I usually explain Discordianism as a mindful respect of the dynamic tension between emergence and entropy.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Explaining eris
« on: January 23, 2015, 03:16:10 pm »
"These stood their ground and fought a battle by the banks of the river, and they were making casts at each other with their spears bronze-headed; and Eris was there with Kydoimos (Confusion) among them, and Ker (Death) the destructive; she was holding a live man with a new wound, and another one unhurt, and dragged a dead man by the feet through the carnage." - Homer, Iliad 18.535

That bitch knows how to have a good time.

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I have a midterm today. One of the things I'm supposed to be able to do today is identify what's going on in a picture like this:



Could you point out the axonal cross-section?

I CAN'T.

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The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Re: Wakie
« on: January 23, 2015, 07:24:45 am »
I can't decide whether this sounds fun or horrifying.

God loves me.   :lulz:

OH, WOW.  :lulz: This was made for you, wasn't it?

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I haven't finished my paper for recitation tomorrow, which is after the exam that I'm not prepared for.

I have started the "socializing" part of my education, but 'm not really ready for it.

I should be in bed right now.

I hit the ground running tomorrow, and I have no idea when I come home. Fuuuuck.

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Well, I've had my afternoon excitement.

Filthy Assistant just had a stroke and fell over.  Ambulance has hauled him off.

Whoa.

Hey where can I get some of these CD deals, they sound like bitchin weapons.

Fucking vultures are already fighting over his office.   :lulz:

 :aaa:

Give it to whomever stands vigil, hanging three days on the cooling tower.

Yesss

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I don't like the conclusion that the author comes to. She effectively ignores everything that makes humans different from rats: our tremendous capacity for dickery and mental illness. There are some addicts who may get better with nothing but hugs and understanding, but chances are if your shit is fucked enough that you're well and truly addicted, you are also dealing with other problems that you can't "nice" away. Depression, anxiety, narcissism, there's no end to the bullshit our brains are capable of that make us isolated and vulnerable to addiction, and people who are still in the middle of that shit and refusing to work on it are perfectly capable of wrecking any rat park you throw them into. I'm all for leading with compassion and everything, but caretakers and loved ones shouldn't feel guilty for protecting themselves from addicts who are being assholes.

But she is not, ultimately, really talking about individual responses to drug addiction; rather, she is talking about cultural responses.

Our culture can be very isolating, as part of our strange punishment obsession, our ingrained Calvinist reaction to everyone who somehow fails to be recognized by the Powers That Be as "successful".

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Techmology and Scientism / Re: Microsoft enters the AR space
« on: January 23, 2015, 06:48:34 am »
That application sounds like fun, but I'm still waiting for the technology that translates subvocalizations to readable text so that we can have functional telepathy. Phone texting approaches it, but isn't quite there.

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Tonight I walked up to my professor telling some people that I'm going to Peru with him this summer.

Now I'm feeling guilty that I haven't actually submitted my application for that. But also at least pretty confident that when I do I'll be accepted

Also I learned that he's actually really socially awkward. Like almost all psychologists. I actually feel like a complete freak among the psychologists, because they are SO AWKWARD AND WEIRD.

Biologists, on the other hand, tend to be outgoing and kind of charming. Maybe that's just me, but generally when I observe them with other people they tend to be like little outspoken flowers who say abruptly unexpected things that make people laugh. Neuroscientists occupy this strangely unself-conscious spot between the two, awkwardly charming and a little too uncensored in a slightly delightful way.   

Psychologists can also be a little too intense, in an "I've been having this very intense conversation with you for 20 minutes now and I kind of want to get away" kind of way.   

I feel like I occupy a weird space that is midway between psychologist, biologist, and chemist.

I'm probably just drunken shoegazing.

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MYSTERY SOLVED.

I HAD taken the Volbeat album into my office. Then I put it in the CD player ON TOP OF THE LADY GAGA ALBUM.

This restores my faith, to some degree, that the Electrical Alien Overlords from Galaxy Seven haven't gotten loose again.

Woot!

I am typing on my shitty little tablet, from the streetcar stop.

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I'm finding it really disheartening how many evolutionary psychologists go straight to sexual selection as an evolutionary mechanism, when given human proclivities offspring survival is a far more parsimonious mechanism. Its just not a very sexy one.

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I'll probably have to work for free for three to six months, so that I'll have lab expexperience for my grad school application, but assuming I get into grad school I'll be stipended.

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