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The Secrets Forum / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: January 06, 2017, 06:55:06 pm »
WOOOO TWID, COMING DOWN THE HOMESTRETCH!!!

Having now had an entire quarter of getting to know students from the teaching side, I am betting that student was not doing well in the class, did not take good notes, and was looking for an excuse to blame someone else for his poor performance. Not being allowed to take torn-out pages from his notebook (or, more likely, notes he had copied from someone else and was claiming were his) was probably not the reason he walked off, but rather, the excuse he will use when he has to retake the class.

That seems pretty likely. On the way in, I quipped to the TA, "well, at least I'm not at the bottom of the class!"

I've definitely noticed a substantial difference between students who are struggling to understand the material, and students who are trying to half-ass their way through the class. It's the half-assers who tend to try to cheat. Irony... they usually cheat by copying from other half-assers, because the strugglers aren't going to help them (they're working too damn hard at really learning) and the top students definitely won't help them.

That sounds about right. Two days before the Genomics final draft was due, I was waiting for my GT&E classmates to talk about our final presentation. I had already submitted my final draft (in fact, I got the grade for it the day before, because, I like Genomics), and a classmate who I've never even noticed came up to me and was like "Hey, you're in my Genomics class, right?" "Umm... there's only one Genomics class?" "Yeah, can you help me with..." "No. I'm :waving at my laptop: busy doing something else for another class" "Ok, how long are you going to be here today?" "As long as I have to for :wave at laptop" this. Then I'm going to go to work because I need money."

They never seem to be able to figure out how to start or join study groups, either. They just do that, whatever that is, instead.

It's so weird. It's like, if you wanted me to help with your final report (whatever help she was expecting at the final draft phase), the time to ask was not during finals week.

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The Secrets Forum / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: January 06, 2017, 05:39:26 am »
WOOOO TWID, COMING DOWN THE HOMESTRETCH!!!

Having now had an entire quarter of getting to know students from the teaching side, I am betting that student was not doing well in the class, did not take good notes, and was looking for an excuse to blame someone else for his poor performance. Not being allowed to take torn-out pages from his notebook (or, more likely, notes he had copied from someone else and was claiming were his) was probably not the reason he walked off, but rather, the excuse he will use when he has to retake the class.

That seems pretty likely. On the way in, I quipped to the TA, "well, at least I'm not at the bottom of the class!"

I've definitely noticed a substantial difference between students who are struggling to understand the material, and students who are trying to half-ass their way through the class. It's the half-assers who tend to try to cheat. Irony... they usually cheat by copying from other half-assers, because the strugglers aren't going to help them (they're working too damn hard at really learning) and the top students definitely won't help them.

That sounds about right. Two days before the Genomics final draft was due, I was waiting for my GT&E classmates to talk about our final presentation. I had already submitted my final draft (in fact, I got the grade for it the day before, because, I like Genomics), and a classmate who I've never even noticed came up to me and was like "Hey, you're in my Genomics class, right?" "Umm... there's only one Genomics class?" "Yeah, can you help me with..." "No. I'm :waving at my laptop: busy doing something else for another class" "Ok, how long are you going to be here today?" "As long as I have to for :wave at laptop" this. Then I'm going to go to work because I need money."

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The Secrets Forum / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: January 05, 2017, 08:43:49 pm »
WOOOO TWID, COMING DOWN THE HOMESTRETCH!!!

Having now had an entire quarter of getting to know students from the teaching side, I am betting that student was not doing well in the class, did not take good notes, and was looking for an excuse to blame someone else for his poor performance. Not being allowed to take torn-out pages from his notebook (or, more likely, notes he had copied from someone else and was claiming were his) was probably not the reason he walked off, but rather, the excuse he will use when he has to retake the class.

That seems pretty likely. On the way in, I quipped to the TA, "well, at least I'm not at the bottom of the class!"

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The Secrets Forum / Re: Virtue Signalling
« on: January 05, 2017, 06:21:32 pm »
The right values conformity more than the left does

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The Secrets Forum / Re: Virtue Signalling
« on: January 05, 2017, 06:17:02 pm »
Hmm. I'll have to read up on this this evening.

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The Secrets Forum / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: January 05, 2017, 03:24:07 pm »
Any particular highlights?


They pulled a stunt with the ethics overwatch, then retracted it to look reasonable.

Then they opened the bill beginning the destruction of the ACA with a 58:41 vote.  Then moved on to some anti-LGBT legislation.

Dammit. Not that it's surprising. I'd heard about the ethics thing, hadn't heard about ACA or the anti LGBT stuff. They're not wasting any time, I see.

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The Secrets Forum / Re: Happy Mungday
« on: January 05, 2017, 01:32:33 pm »
HAHAHAHA DAYS OFF HAHAHA

This. Especially on a week where I already had to take a day off in observance of a holiday that happened on the weekend.

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The Secrets Forum / Re: NYC cabal meet-up?!
« on: January 05, 2017, 01:16:33 pm »
That would be cool twid, Connemara is beautiful we went up there the year before last and it was a gorgeous trip, very peaceful, I spend my time between Cork and Dublin. I like cork, Dublin no so much.

Little hard to believe it's been 5 years since I've been back. Yeah, I definitely have to make it happen then.

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The Secrets Forum / Re: Spagbook
« on: January 05, 2017, 03:27:58 am »


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The Secrets Forum / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: January 05, 2017, 03:17:28 am »
Oh! I knew I had something in the back of my head re: people who are emotionally incapable.

We had a final quiz in Organic  Chemistry lab and it counted for a good chunk of the grade. Now basically if we had done our notebooks right and put everything we were supposed to in it, the answers were in the notebook. We could bring our notebooks in, but nothing else. One of the lab students went to go in and he had torn pages out of his notebook--they were loose pages. Now, we were all told not to remove the duplicate pages, only the original copies and attach them to the lab reports. The TA told him he couldn't bring those pages in. So he starts to protest, saying "but they're the carbon copies!" When the TA doesn't budge, he shouts, "Well just forget about it!" and storms off. Which was strange and hilarious to me. He'd only torn out a few pages. All of the answers might have been on the pages that weren't torn out and he'd get an A on the final. Worst case scenario, those pages were important and maybe he misses 5 questions. But instead he flips out and gets an automatic 0, just because he couldn't shrug off him fucking up something obvious. It seemed bizarre even taking into account he might be 15 years younger than me.

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The Secrets Forum / Re: Academia Ghetto Thread
« on: January 05, 2017, 03:05:18 am »
Been a while.

Nigel, good to know what I might have to be looking forward to when I get to grad school as far as the other people go.

So, I see the last thing I posted was pretty much last year. This past semester it was Game Theory & Evolution, Genomics, Organic Chemistry, and Independent Study I. My Genomics professor is also my Independent Study PI. Failed Orgo lecture, but passed the lab, A's in Genomics and Independent Study, B in GT&E. This semester coming up (my last as an undergrad) is Microbiology, Microbial Ecology, Physics II and Independent Study II. Microbial Ecology is a graduate level course--my professor invited people who aced Genomics.

And then that will be that. In theory, I'm preparing to apply to grad school, but I'm dragging my feet on that a little. I'm having trouble thinking about what to put in my personal statement. Aside from that I have to write an application for a fellowship that has a deadline in three weeks. On the bright side, maybe I can just recycle some stuff from that, since it will be put towards my independent study.

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The Secrets Forum / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: January 05, 2017, 02:52:15 am »
Any particular highlights?

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The Secrets Forum / Re: NYC cabal meet-up?!
« on: January 05, 2017, 01:48:42 am »
If I can pull it off, I may be in Ireland for a week in the summer. Primarily it's to visit my grandfather, but if I feel like getting out of Connemara for a day or two before I go, I'll give you the heads up.

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The Secrets Forum / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: January 04, 2017, 10:37:23 pm »
I'll have to check that out. Also how to figure out this Tapatalk thing. Almost done with college--next semester is my last of I don't fuck anything up. I probably won't, since it's all biology courses with the exception of physics II. Have to apply to PhD programs in the next couple of months. Moving in with Villager after I graduate, actually, so I'm doing somewhat of a slow move where I bring over some stuff and leave it there every weekend.

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The Secrets Forum / Re: Open Bar: Fake News, Fake Bar
« on: January 04, 2017, 10:20:16 pm »
I'm still alive, firstly, and on winter break so I figured I'd drop in and say hello to everyone. How's it going?

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