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Messages - Legate Gene O'Mick, PhD

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    I'm experiencing some mahor cognitive dissonance, and since I know that it's happening, I'm having fun seeing my brain jump around and act all twitchy.

    Basically, the sports team I've given my tribal allegience to has been accused of cheating, and there appears to be evidence to back it up.  Because I give weight to the concept of fairness, my morals are in conflict with my tribe.  It's really fascinating to see what's my mind's been doing.

    • Deny that it even happened. "There's no way they could have had the opportunity."
    • Even if it did happen, it's not cheating because it wasn't utilized. "The game was won on the ground, and Brady had one of his worst passing games all season."
    • We didn't win by cheating, the other team lost by poor play. "Their defense sucked, and their offensive line was non-existent."

    And in a very clever turnaround, pretending to appeal to fairness itself. "Did the officials check the other team's equipment too, or just ours?"

    The thing is, I know how this works, and in all likelyhood even if they are found guilty of cheating, the emotional tribal affiliation will beat out the intellectual morality, and I'll go on being a fan.  Brains are weird.

At the end of the day, it's just a bunch of dudes in plastic armor running on a field.

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Yeah.

I don't even know what goes into that.

I feel horrible for both the doctor's and the gunman's families. This is the most horrible thing that both of them are going to experience.

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That does sound crazy busy. George is going on a study abroad in Costa Rica. He's also thinking of hitting up Cuba to compare insect species, now that we're reopening diplomatic relations. Gotta say, I'm a bit jealous.

The thing I would be doing is basically monitoring bacterial population changes in my mouth with the use of mouthwash, both in numbers over the course of the day and in species that make it in there.

That does sound interesting. If you do it I'll be curious about the results.

I'm going to try to find a way to do it one way or the other, even if it's not under the aegis of BHCC. I'm also probably going to have to revisit a couple of procedures, but I could probably ask Prof. Guilmette to... huh. Her Environmental Microbiology class was cancelled. Maybe she could be my supervisor, during the time that she would have had the class, providing it wasn't cancelled for any reasons on her end.

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That does sound crazy busy. George is going on a study abroad in Costa Rica. He's also thinking of hitting up Cuba to compare insect species, now that we're reopening diplomatic relations. Gotta say, I'm a bit jealous.

The thing I would be doing is basically monitoring bacterial population changes in my mouth with the use of mouthwash, both in numbers over the course of the day and in species that make it in there.

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Cardiologist shot by son of former patient. Cardiologist in OR, gunman committed suicide. Hospital operations back to normal.

Creepy!

It was in a different building than me, but we all got a shelter in place email. I hope the doctor pulls through.

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Cardiologist shot by son of former patient. Cardiologist in OR, gunman committed suicide. Hospital operations back to normal.

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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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