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by Korandder
Sun Oct 24, 2010 8:45 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: GRE Scores: The Poll
Replies: 8
Views: 2137

Re: GRE Scores: The Poll

I think I got about 620 on verbal and 800 on quantitative. I also got about 860 on the physics subject test which I think is much more of an achievement. Thinking that I was going to go to an American school I studied long and hard for the subject test. However I ended up only applying to an Austral...
by Korandder
Thu Mar 11, 2010 7:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Too many scientists?
Replies: 79
Views: 9625

Re: Too many scientists?

It looks like it is a buyers market right now for astronomy post docs. Hopefully conditions improve by the time I finish my PhD.
by Korandder
Mon Feb 22, 2010 8:33 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Too many scientists?
Replies: 79
Views: 9625

Re: Too many scientists?

Is there requirement for graduate course work in all disciplines? Is it only a requirement for some US schools? If so it is bad for those of us who went straight from a bachelors to a British style research only PhD.
by Korandder
Tue Feb 09, 2010 9:17 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Life in our Galaxy: Likely or Not?
Replies: 70
Views: 5333

Re: Life in our Galaxy: Likely or Not?

My gut feeling is that intelligent life is rare.

One thing that restricts where intelligent life can develop is ionizing radiation. No near by supernovae or active galactic nuclei which limits where and when in a galaxy life can form.
by Korandder
Tue Feb 09, 2010 6:56 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Largest number on Twitter
Replies: 70
Views: 8885

Largest number on Twitter

I have to admit I did not search for similar topics so my bad if this has been discussed to death. What is the largest finite number than can be named in a tweet (up to 140 characters)? Or does this lead things like calling a 'tweetaplex' the largest number that can be named in a tweet. However twee...
by Korandder
Tue Feb 02, 2010 12:07 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Insider Science Jokes/Lingo
Replies: 129
Views: 25886

Re: Insider Science Jokes/Lingo

Yesterday I learned about a computer program called "DS9" It has something to do with anazlying data from the Chandra X-Ray observatory. It turns out the guy who wrote it called it that for: Deep Space Nine - an homage to Star Trek. So if anyone else cool insider science/slightly nerdy in...
by Korandder
Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Spirit Roverukkah
Replies: 12
Views: 1499

Re: Spirit Roverukkah

Rather than every terrestrial year make it every Martian year.
by Korandder
Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:00 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Antimatter and chain reactions
Replies: 10
Views: 1194

Re: Antimatter and chain reactions

Well before any interesting nuclear reactions could occur the chunk of anti matter would be blown by the energy of the annihilation.
by Korandder
Fri Jan 29, 2010 9:56 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Jupiter and Saturn
Replies: 4
Views: 676

Re: Jupiter and Saturn

The lower mass limit for a brown dwarf is about 13 jupiter masses. Brown dwarfs get a bit of energy from fusing deuterium. Jupiter does have a small amount of deuterium and negligible about of tritium (tritium has an short half life so is only found in negligible amount) - the Bad Astronomy article ...
by Korandder
Fri Jan 29, 2010 8:49 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Components in Australia
Replies: 5
Views: 825

Components in Australia

I am moving to Australia soon (Melbourne in particular) and looking to build a gaming/media computer get there. How are the prices and availability of computer parts in Australia? Can you suggest any retailers?
by Korandder
Tue Jan 26, 2010 3:40 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Collision of three or more objects at the same time
Replies: 15
Views: 2811

Re: Collision of three or more objects at the same time

Would you still conserve energy and momentum?
by Korandder
Thu Jan 21, 2010 1:02 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What's Your Major?
Replies: 133
Views: 18509

Re: What's Your Major!?!?!

I have a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Astronomy and I am starting a PhD in Astrophysics in a couple months.
by Korandder
Wed Jan 20, 2010 9:04 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: A printable table of nuclides
Replies: 1
Views: 2185

Re: A printable table of nuclides

I am not sure if there are any printable tables available but you can buy posters of the table of nuclides from a couple places.

http://www.chartofthenuclides.com/

http://www.nucleonica.net/nuclidechart.aspx
by Korandder
Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:26 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: LHC proton effect if it hit a human.
Replies: 23
Views: 3218

Re: LHC proton effect if it hit a human.

I think you will have trouble fitting in the beam line. There are only a few centimeters across.
by Korandder
Sat Jan 16, 2010 10:36 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Pencils!
Replies: 74
Views: 10153

Re: Pencils!

I have a [url=http://www.staedtler.ca/remedy_automatic_pencil_ca.Staedtler]STAEDTLER Remedy .5mm[url] which is quite similar to a SumoGrip. I have has this pencil for a couple years; before that I had a .5 SumoGrip. One thing I dislike about about the SumoGrips is if you drop them the eraser holder ...
by Korandder
Mon Jan 11, 2010 9:52 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Gravitation Prediction
Replies: 6
Views: 912

Re: Gravitation Prediction

First off you need consider all three dimensions.

You should also know that general solutions to the N body problem when N > 2 are non trivial.
by Korandder
Sun Jan 03, 2010 10:06 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Subjects you wish you were good at?
Replies: 87
Views: 9950

Re: Subjects you wish you were good at?

Another vote for foreign languages in particular German.
by Korandder
Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:26 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Tips for studying for finals
Replies: 19
Views: 2862

Re: Tips for studying for finals

For calculation heavy course such as math, physics, astronomy, chemistry and economics practice the calculations endlessly.
by Korandder
Sat Dec 05, 2009 7:45 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Astronomy Grad School
Replies: 30
Views: 3183

Re: Astronomy Grad School

I have been offered a scholarship at Swinburne which I am going to accept.
by Korandder
Fri Nov 27, 2009 7:26 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Gravity of a Point
Replies: 7
Views: 1364

Re: Gravity of a Point

Differential equations such as r'' = \frac{GM}{r^2} can be solved with out resorting to power series by using substitution. If u = r' then by the chain rule r'' = u\frac{du}{dr} turning the problem into a non linear first order equation that can be solved by separation of variabl...
by Korandder
Thu Nov 26, 2009 9:26 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Hardest Major
Replies: 114
Views: 85846

Re: Hardest Major

I think physics is harder than economics for two reasons. I believe the math and the concepts are easier in economics than in physics.
by Korandder
Thu Nov 26, 2009 4:25 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Desert Bus for Hope 3
Replies: 24
Views: 1668

Re: Desert Bus for Hope 3

They have now raised over a hundred thousand dollars.
by Korandder
Fri Nov 20, 2009 3:40 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Desert Bus for Hope 3
Replies: 24
Views: 1668

Desert Bus for Hope 3

Last year internet comedy group LoadingReadyRun raised $70 423 for Child's Play by playing the world's most boring video game, Desert Bus, for 125 hours. The year before they raised $23 800 by playing for 108 hours. In Desert Bus you drive a bus in real time from Tucson to Las Vegas. No interesting ...
by Korandder
Sat Nov 14, 2009 9:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Astronomy Grad School
Replies: 30
Views: 3183

Re: Astronomy Grad School

Another necro post.

Right now I am waiting to hear from Swinburne whether I am accepted. I think I have a good chance but if not I will apply to UC Santa Cruz, Berkley, Washington and Toronto with that order of preference.
by Korandder
Sat Nov 14, 2009 8:52 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Linux or Windows or Mac OS? Mac or PC? An Interested Convert
Replies: 43
Views: 15153

Re: Linux or Windows or Mac OS? Mac or PC? An Interested Convert

Except Macs are not cheep.

What software you plan on using should dictate what operating system you use.
by Korandder
Wed Nov 11, 2009 1:07 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: GRE scores
Replies: 15
Views: 1970

GRE scores

I have seen at least one thread on SAT scores so why not compare GRE scores? Quantitative 800 Verbal ~580 Writing 3.0 Physics 860 I am thinking these are good enough scores to get me into most grad schools in astronomy. (I wrote the exams last year but I am applying this year. Also I know grad schoo...
by Korandder
Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:38 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Fraternities
Replies: 29
Views: 2829

Re: Fraternities

My school did not have fraternities but the engineers drank the most.
by Korandder
Fri Aug 07, 2009 3:19 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What is/was your college GPA?
Replies: 64
Views: 9155

Re: What is/was your college GPA?

I graduated with 7.96 out of 9 from the University of Victoria, another school which uses a weird GPA (9 = A+, 8 = A, ...)
by Korandder
Tue Dec 02, 2008 10:35 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Desert Bus for Hope 2: Bus Harder
Replies: 25
Views: 2210

Re: Desert Bus for Hope 2: Bus Harder

Actually, does anyone have the link for the place where they have all the saved videos? I missed the beard shaving. http://www.ustream.tv/loadingreadyrun But they did not get all of it recorded properly. A better version will go up on loadingreadyrun.com some time this week. Thanks to Penny Arcade'...
by Korandder
Thu Nov 27, 2008 7:56 am UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Desert Bus for Hope 2: Bus Harder
Replies: 25
Views: 2210

Desert Bus for Hope 2: Bus Harder

Last year internet comedy group LoadingReadyRun raised $22 800 for Child's Play by playing the world's most boring video game, Desert Bus, for 108 hours. In Desert Bus you drive a bus in real time from Tucson to Las Vegas. No interesting scenery or other cars on the road to distract you from your ta...
by Korandder
Tue Sep 30, 2008 5:54 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Tuition
Replies: 6
Views: 833

Re: Tuition

$35 000! That is seven years of tuition and fees for me although I from Soviet Canuckistan where there are no private true universities.
by Korandder
Fri Sep 19, 2008 5:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0478: "The Staple Madness"
Replies: 122
Views: 24529

Re: The Staple Madness

by Korandder
Mon Sep 15, 2008 5:03 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Hardest Major
Replies: 114
Views: 85846

Re: Hardest Major

My physics student socitey made tshirts that said [math]\lim_{GPA \rightarrow 0} BSc = BA[/math]

I can say that a physics and astronomy major is both the easiest and the most difficult major I have ever done. Astronomy classes tend to be easier though.
by Korandder
Fri Aug 29, 2008 8:51 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Astronomy Grad School
Replies: 30
Views: 3183

Re: Astronomy Grad School

Necro post! I started the thread so I can restart it. Eight months later (and after working at Gemini south for four months) I have a slightly better idea what I am interested in and where I want to go. I am leaning towards observational stellar astrophysics. I have been looking at grad schools in O...
by Korandder
Thu Aug 28, 2008 6:16 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Canned laughter
Replies: 13
Views: 2375

Re: Canned laughter

Also how deal with cases of someone laughing in the dialog which you would want to keep as apposed to the laugh track you want to remove?
by Korandder
Sun Aug 17, 2008 7:49 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Numerology
Replies: 16
Views: 1855

Re: Numerology

I heard that the Olympics are in August to please the American television networks who do not want them to overlap with their regular schedules. The organizers would have preferred September as the weather then in Beijing is a little more bearable.
by Korandder
Sun Aug 17, 2008 1:27 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: I'm getting a laptop.
Replies: 20
Views: 7811

Re: I'm getting a laptop.

OS dependent.
VLC will play just about any kind of media.
by Korandder
Thu Aug 14, 2008 12:12 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Why the hell am I paying this school-
Replies: 27
Views: 3767

Re: Why the hell am I paying this school-

One of my astronomy profs had to go to Hawaii for something so he arranged for one of the astronomy grad students to invigilate our midterm. Unfortunately the poor grad student forgot that she had to supervise the exam and did not show up until mid way through the class. Since we did not have enough...
by Korandder
Wed Aug 06, 2008 8:06 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Physical Education
Replies: 42
Views: 3438

Re: Physical Education

I am one of those people who enjoys playing sports but is terrible at them. The only sport I have 'mastered' is running and I was on the track and cross country teams through out high school. What I disliked about PE was being marked on how well you play certain sports, especially by comparing stude...
by Korandder
Sat Jul 26, 2008 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Naming shell scripts
Replies: 10
Views: 3426

Re: Naming shell scripts

My shell scripts tend to be all lower case with no extension but I rarely write them. My Python and Perl files always have the appropriate suffix and are in camel case. My Python modules tend to start with uppercase as if they were Java source files.

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