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Richard Nixon's glittering half-life sarcophagus / Re: What is Kek?
« on: March 02, 2017, 05:05:16 pm »
It's also promising. If Kekianism is inherently virulent, it will eventually burn itself out. The bad stuff is that it has to be destructive in order to do it, if left to its own devices. If it is to persist, it has to become benign. But then again, that's contrary to its nature.

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Richard Nixon's glittering half-life sarcophagus / Re: What is Kek?
« on: March 02, 2017, 04:38:27 pm »
If you say it out loud, it's shorthand for "please punch me in the face".

A spell of evocation really.

Which is the weakest spell school. Tisk Tisk.

I don't quite understand the fixation on the concept of memes. I've read people talking like spreading a meme is equivalent to casting a spell. Is it just dreams of relevance?

Yeah, pretty much, by people who are either too stupid or too hung  up on occultism to realize that the spread of information is a well-studied field and that the word "meme" was coined by Richard Dawkins in 1976 as an analog of the "gene" concept of spreadable unit of information. There are a lot of books on the topic, but it's my guess that next to none of the pinheaded adolescents squeaking about memes have ever cracked one.

What is interesting is looking at it from a biological perspective. If memes are cultural genes, and are generally considered viral in form, it's rather telling that the "Erisian meme" (whatever that is) is long lived but not widespread, but the "Kekian meme" (whatever that is) is recently emerged and widespread. A rather benign virus that spreads very slowly may not be medically impressive, but it has staying power. It doesn't kill the host. It may even benefit the host. Conversely, a plague is impressive and widespread, but burns itself out. It kills its hosts, and after a certain point potential hosts are too spread out for the plague to continue. This is even without the fact that the survivors may be naturally immune, and now immunity is the dominant phenotype in the population due to natural selection.

At least, that's what I thought about before I got bored reading the rest of his post.

I suppose that if we follow this analogy, a rapid-moving virus that burns out quickly, like Ebola, would be a fad or a cult, while a slow-spreading, long-lasting virus like herpes would be a renaissance or a shift in social mores, like same-sex marriage or universal health care.

Sounds about right. Eventually it becomes an ERV and can contribute to the host's evolution.

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Richard Nixon's glittering half-life sarcophagus / Re: What is Kek?
« on: March 02, 2017, 04:08:14 pm »
If you say it out loud, it's shorthand for "please punch me in the face".

A spell of evocation really.

Which is the weakest spell school. Tisk Tisk.

I don't quite understand the fixation on the concept of memes. I've read people talking like spreading a meme is equivalent to casting a spell. Is it just dreams of relevance?

Yeah, pretty much, by people who are either too stupid or too hung  up on occultism to realize that the spread of information is a well-studied field and that the word "meme" was coined by Richard Dawkins in 1976 as an analog of the "gene" concept of spreadable unit of information. There are a lot of books on the topic, but it's my guess that next to none of the pinheaded adolescents squeaking about memes have ever cracked one.

What is interesting is looking at it from a biological perspective. If memes are cultural genes, and are generally considered viral in form, it's rather telling that the "Erisian meme" (whatever that is) is long lived but not widespread, but the "Kekian meme" (whatever that is) is recently emerged and widespread. A rather benign virus that spreads very slowly may not be medically impressive, but it has staying power. It doesn't kill the host. It may even benefit the host. Conversely, a plague is impressive and widespread, but burns itself out. It kills its hosts, and after a certain point potential hosts are too spread out for the plague to continue. This is even without the fact that the survivors may be naturally immune, and now immunity is the dominant phenotype in the population due to natural selection.

At least, that's what I thought about before I got bored reading the rest of his post.

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Or Kill Me / Re: Sinners in the Hands of an Indifferent Universe
« on: March 02, 2017, 03:14:45 pm »
I can't remember if this was inspired by something, but Dermot is in fact a bartender in my old neighborhood.

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Or Kill Me / Re: Sinners in the Hands of an Indifferent Universe
« on: March 02, 2017, 03:10:26 pm »
I had completely forgotten that I had written this

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Finally a recipe that looks edible.

Just you wait until Friday when I'm finally done

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What changed? I had a TAship, and she wants me to have an RAship.

That's all. That's it.

Research Assistantship? 

Also, that's a pile of bullshit, Nigel. :sad:

Yes.

At least I'm mad.

I don't get why it's even an inconvenience for her, especially where she was cool about it before

That's the thing. I don't think her sudden ire is even about me; I think she's taking some other frustration out on me.

That sucks. I don't get why people do that. It doesn't fix your own problem and it makes someone else's day worse.

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Day 1 Part 2:
Water Sample Incubation

Ingredients:
5 mL of septic water
5 mL of BHI Broth
1 mL of Log Phase Enterococcus from Part 1

Gently agitate tube of septic water by hand. Vortexing too vigorously might knock the little feet off phage present. In 15 mL tube, combine BHI broth, septic water, and log phase bacteria. Note that chunks of poop will block up the pipette. Slowly pipette back into sample to remove blockage. Don't jam down on it unless you want to risk getting what is now 2 month old poop water all over the prep area. When all ingredients have been combined bake for 8 hours at 37C.*

*I ain't staying here til 10:45 pm, so when I leave around 8 pm, I'm going to remove the tubes from the incubator and leave them in my drawer overnight.

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:lulz: I particularly enjoy your not-so-subtle reference to Shake-&-Bake.

  :thanks:

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What changed? I had a TAship, and she wants me to have an RAship.

That's all. That's it.

Research Assistantship? 

Also, that's a pile of bullshit, Nigel. :sad:

Yes.

At least I'm mad.

I don't get why it's even an inconvenience for her, especially where she was cool about it before

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Day 1 Part 1:
Prepare Log Phase Bacteria

Ingredients:
20 microliters of Brain Heart Infusion broth
1 milliliter of stationary phase Enterococcus faecalis in Brain Heart Infusion broth

In a 2 mL tube, combine the BHI broth and the bacteria culture.
Shake the tube on a vortexer
Bake for 2 hours at 37C

Do the dishes. There's always dishes to be done
Do your homework. There's always homework to be done.

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Hmm. Damn. That makes sense. Thanks guys

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The two are unrelated, the independent study I just have to get phage from E. faecalis

here's the problem from the book:
(II) How much less per year would it cost a family to operate a heat pump that has a coefficient of performance of 2.9 than an electric heater that costs $2000 to heat their home for a year? If the conversion to the heat pump costs $15,000, how long would it take the family to break even on the heating costs? How much would the family save in 20 years?

From the previous questions, "II" seems to indicate that the question deals with heat pumps rather than refrigerators, which isn't helpful. I have the formula for COP, but only one variable, and no indication of how much heating is being done for $2000 by the electric heater, etc.

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I have a seemingly unsolvable problem in physics concerning how much money a family would save over switching from an electrical heating thing to a heat pump. My answer was essentially "insufficient data"

Obviously I'm going everyone else came to the save conclusion. Also, I have a procedure for my independent study that starts tomorrow and hopefully has results by Friday. I might document my progress here as well as in my notebook for shits and giggles

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Just got a call from my Irish cousin who lives in Connecticut. Turns out my father (who still lives in the UK) used a rather inefficient method of sending 400 Pound Sterling to me and my sister through multiple relatives who were travelling in the general direction of New England. I'm meeting my cousin in town (she's going to be in Boston anyway) on Wednesday. I think it pretty much clinches me going to Ireland this summer. I can't take the money and not put it towards airfare.

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