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Messages - Legate Gene O'Mick, PhD

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Gunfire at Brigham and women's hospital. Suspect in custody, doctor shot. No further details at this time.

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I was short on tuition for one class, so I said fuck it.

Hung out with George and his girlfriend last night, had to break the news to him.

He had previously sent me a link for getting microbiology supplies which sparked a conversation.

George is now encouraging me to do a 1 credit academic agreement with Bunker Hill, experimenting on microbiology. I have some of the equipment in my room, but I would definitely need an incubator, and access to tests that help you determine specific species of bacteria.

This is to say, I have a minor thing that I might investigate for some credit. I might do it for shits and giggles. I don't have a hypothesis, but rather two conflicting things that I can investigate.

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Or Kill Me / Re: Thoughts on Scientology?
« on: January 18, 2015, 07:45:11 pm »
Like, I know it's a horrible scam that's ruined the lives of many people, but it's done so well I have to applaud.

Do you applaud Nazis as well, then? I mean, that was a scam that ruined the lives of millions.

If you applaud the suffering of others, in any form, then maybe there's something about yourself that needs some introspection and close examination.

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Every thread ends up at squid fucking

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/12/081222-squid-sex-weird.html

Of course. Is there anything else to talk about, really? We're only here because our squid overlords want us to marvel at their incredibly weird sex.

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That is true though. An arthropod living on land can only grow as big as the abundance of oxygen in the atmosphere will allow. Creepy crawlies during the Carboniferous Era were fucking huge.

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Homeopathish?

No, that's for a hypothesis which is demonstrably incorrect, but still gets trotted out anyway

A hypothesis that can't be tested is called "unfalsifiable"

"What can go wrong" most of the time isn't some sort of horrible 100 meter tall spider. Usually it results in something that just can't survive.

As a huge nerd I feel compelled to point out that the 100 meter spider probably couldn't survive either. It's weight would scale up disproportionally to the strength of it's muscles or the structural integrity of it's exoskeleton.

EDIT:
Also, going back to big bang related stuff, has anybody else thought about the possibility that the big bang was the result of a Big Rip in a previous universe, or rather from the effect of the big rip on a hadron in that universe?
When the repulsive force of dark energy began to rip its component quarks apart it would instead be converted into a prodigious quantity of matter due to Color Confinement

Bothered you that much, huh?

Genetically modified to produce a graphene exoskeleton. Boom.

But isn't there also the problem of respiration with arthropods? IE the bigger they get the less efficiently they can respire?

Give 'em some lung genes.

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Where's the energy separating the quarks and anti-quarks supposed to come from?

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Homeopathish?

No, that's for a hypothesis which is demonstrably incorrect, but still gets trotted out anyway

A hypothesis that can't be tested is called "unfalsifiable"

"What can go wrong" most of the time isn't some sort of horrible 100 meter tall spider. Usually it results in something that just can't survive.

As a huge nerd I feel compelled to point out that the 100 meter spider probably couldn't survive either. It's weight would scale up disproportionally to the strength of it's muscles or the structural integrity of it's exoskeleton.

EDIT:
Also, going back to big bang related stuff, has anybody else thought about the possibility that the big bang was the result of a Big Rip in a previous universe, or rather from the effect of the big rip on a hadron in that universe?
When the repulsive force of dark energy began to rip its component quarks apart it would instead be converted into a prodigious quantity of matter due to Color Confinement

Bothered you that much, huh?

Genetically modified to produce a graphene exoskeleton. Boom.

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I'm taking one course this semester. Population Ecology, which will transfer over as Population Biology, which is required.

Environmental Microbiology got cancelled, and I'm hoping to take Microbiology when I get to UMass anyway.

Molecular Biotechnology will transfer but won't count towards any core courses.

I'm good with this. My last semester at BHCC is going to be kinda relaxed, and as George's lab partner for one last time.

I want to take Population Ecology eventually, it sounds interesting and probably relevant to epigenetics.

I was reluctant to take it, at first. Obviously, Environmental Micro is directly relevant to my career goal, if it had staying power (pity, I was looking forward to having Prof. Guilmette again). But now that I'm definitely transferring to a specific school, I have to go with whatever will make that transition more efficient. Don't get me wrong, it's an interesting topic and I am interested in it. If I understand it correctly it basically falls under the category of systems biology. Which also has overlap with my interests.

Yeah, once I got to a certain point it became more about whether a class applies to my major than whether I find it interesting. I still have some wiggle room, (7 credits of "other science" that I can apply to almost anything from chemistry, physics, or geology) but not a whole TON of wiggle room.

It's a funny switch in mindset.

"I'll take all of the classes!!!"

Eh.... wait. Is this going to transfer/am I going to be learning this in a different 300 level class anyway?

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I'm taking one course this semester. Population Ecology, which will transfer over as Population Biology, which is required.

Environmental Microbiology got cancelled, and I'm hoping to take Microbiology when I get to UMass anyway.

Molecular Biotechnology will transfer but won't count towards any core courses.

I'm good with this. My last semester at BHCC is going to be kinda relaxed, and as George's lab partner for one last time.

I want to take Population Ecology eventually, it sounds interesting and probably relevant to epigenetics.

I was reluctant to take it, at first. Obviously, Environmental Micro is directly relevant to my career goal, if it had staying power (pity, I was looking forward to having Prof. Guilmette again). But now that I'm definitely transferring to a specific school, I have to go with whatever will make that transition more efficient. Don't get me wrong, it's an interesting topic and I am interested in it. If I understand it correctly it basically falls under the category of systems biology. Which also has overlap with my interests.

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It's Cosmo Logic, in which taking the single most destructive possible course of action in your relationship will keep you one step ahead of the enemy, who in  this case is your boyfriend.

I kinda feel like Cosmo Logic needs to be enshrined as a logical fallacy.

 :lol: It's almost more like an alternate universe in which mating is actively hostile.

HAWT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7c5C6t6lFfg

See and raise.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hNMwxY4-Vk

 :lulz:

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I'm taking one course this semester. Population Ecology, which will transfer over as Population Biology, which is required.

Environmental Microbiology got cancelled, and I'm hoping to take Microbiology when I get to UMass anyway.

Molecular Biotechnology will transfer but won't count towards any core courses.

I'm good with this. My last semester at BHCC is going to be kinda relaxed, and as George's lab partner for one last time.

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