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Hi Twid! Hope all's well for you.

Things are pretty good, I'm mostly settled into my new place

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I'll try and think of stuff

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I taught my last class of the term and formally accepted my RAship for the summer. I'm excited because 50 hours a week is so much less than I've been working, but also kind of bummed because technically I'm only supposed to be working 15 hours a week and my advisor is formally violating university policy and State and possibly Federal law by demanding that I work 3x the hours I'm being paid for.

Whoa

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Gender is a social construct.  As a society, we have determined your gender for you, at no extra cost citizen.

 :lulz:

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Totally unrelated to anything, a grad student I barely know asked me to babysit for him during another student's thesis defense. Like in the middle of the day on a Friday. I was just like, wut? :? Is this a thing?

Yes, this is a thing. The senior grad student who trained me sauntered into the lab one day, handed me her first born and said, "Here. Hold her a while. I have to start some stuff." Of course, I was in the middle of my own stuff and in the middle of the lab. So, I went and sat in the office with the little one. Her kid was a newborn at the time, but I was a 20-something man-child. It was like I could feel myself growing up just sitting there.

My wife, OTOH, raised her first child as a single parent while in grad school. She wasn't impressed by my "maturation".  :lulz:

 :lulz:

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Thanks! I'm particularly happy about staying in the lab in the interim. I don't want to lose momentum.

Yeah, that's really awesome! Will he take you as a grad student? More relevant question; do you want to do your grad work in his lab?

Yep, we had discussed the possibility of me coming in as a PhD student, but he's eying retirement, but he said he's happy to take me on as a master's student. I'm probably going to continue to follow up on my senior thesis and related stuff either way, so I definitely want to work in his lab, can worry about the PhD in another year or so. When I was doing my poster presentation I was talking with my microbiology TA and she asked me what my interests were. When I said the overlap of microbiology, virology, genomics, and evolution, she said, "yeah, that's Mike. That's definitely Mike."

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Thanks! I'm particularly happy about staying in the lab in the interim. I don't want to lose momentum.

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I don't think it's quite hit me yet. Maybe because in was busy after graduation with moving and I still have the thesis.

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Or Kill Me / Re: Kesha's yelling timber
« on: June 07, 2017, 02:56:38 pm »
Shit. Glad you'll make a full recovery

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Well, I graduated. I still have my senior thesis to finish, but I have my BS.

My professor said when he gets back from vacation we can discuss having me stay on in the lab between now and grad school.

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Or Kill Me / Re: You're not conscious
« on: March 18, 2017, 02:54:43 pm »
Little bit of a coincidence here. Going to chew on it for a bit, maybe riff.

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What's all this then

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Richard Nixon's glittering half-life sarcophagus / Re: What is Kek?
« on: March 08, 2017, 09:48:47 am »
Lol, Bearman, I figured it was you after I saw deserved it under your name.

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Richard Nixon's glittering half-life sarcophagus / Re: What is Kek?
« on: March 07, 2017, 04:58:14 pm »
My takeaway from the Kek thing is that 4chan finally bought into Chaos Magic.  Like, welcome to 2002, guys.

 :lulz:

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