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by Boxcar Aldous Huxley
Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:41 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Insider Science Jokes/Lingo
Replies: 129
Views: 24250

Re: Insider Science Jokes/Lingo

Note that the word quark is itself an esoteric reference to Finnegan's Wake : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quark#Etymology . No really good references in my line of work (biochem/biophys/bioinformatics), although there are some good program names, like BLAST , MUSCLE , and CHARMM . The first one can...
by Boxcar Aldous Huxley
Wed Apr 01, 2009 10:24 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Science Websites
Replies: 69
Views: 191123

Re: Science Websites

Some of these may be within the links above: Science Daily: http://www.sciencedaily.com/ General science new site. Reactome: http://www.reactome.org Collection of biological pathways. Really useful if you want a figure for a presentation. Nucleic acid database: http://ndbserver.rutgers.edu/ Similar ...
by Boxcar Aldous Huxley
Wed Oct 15, 2008 9:07 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 510474

Re: Cambervillain Unstoppable Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

Wow, I had to scroll down an uncharacteristically long time to find this thread... I will likely be checking out the Head of the Charles Regatta ( http://www.hocr.org/ ) this Saturday, if anyone wants to join me. I'll be showing up around the Weeks bridge noonish, as that is when my alma mater will ...
by Boxcar Aldous Huxley
Thu Sep 25, 2008 10:10 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Most Stunning Cinematography EVER
Replies: 48
Views: 3778

Re: Most Stunning Cinematography EVER

Anything Terry GIlliam? I just saw Brazil , and I really really wish I could have seen it on a bit more high-def screen (I also wish I could stop whistling the main theme). You should be able to handle the more... hallucinatory aspects of his films, though. Also, No Country for Old Men (any western,...
by Boxcar Aldous Huxley
Wed Sep 10, 2008 6:02 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 510474

Re: Cambervillain Unstoppable Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

I'm back (to this thread anyway), and I bring tidings of beer! There's an local beer tasting this Saturday at the Muddy Charles Pub- http://bostonlocalvores.org/blog/?p=114. I thought it sounded interesting.

I'm interested in the video thing, at least in the pre-production portion.
by Boxcar Aldous Huxley
Tue Sep 09, 2008 3:20 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Go Team Venture!
Replies: 65
Views: 10790

Re: Go Team Venture!

Blokey wrote:Swish! James Urbaniak has posted an animatic of the alternate ending to the season finale on his blog (!) Won't spoil it for ya, but it would've been an interesting direction to take. Enjoy!


Spoiler:
*Big sigh* But of course. It would certainly have been interesting though...
by Boxcar Aldous Huxley
Tue Sep 09, 2008 2:44 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Most relaxing TV show ever?
Replies: 52
Views: 11102

Re: Most relaxing TV show ever?

Ohhh man, I'd forgotten about "How it's Made." I'd probably have gotten way more work done in college if I hadn't gotten hypnotized by that show every day at lunchtime... I especially like starting to watch in the middle of a segment, having no clue what they're making, than seeing, like, ...
by Boxcar Aldous Huxley
Wed Aug 27, 2008 11:56 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0468: "Fetishes"
Replies: 163
Views: 38763

Re: "Fetishes" discussion

So for people who know the theorem better than I: It feels to me like the "proof" as presented in the comic isn't quite how the actual proof goes. What would make it more in line (or is it already)? On a lighter note, what about the people turned on by Godel's Incompleteness Theorem? On an...
by Boxcar Aldous Huxley
Thu Jul 24, 2008 12:35 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 510474

Re: Cambervillain Unstoppable Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

A note on the IMAX: it's pretty sold out. It looks like you can't get anything (online, at least) in the evenings for at least a week. The only available times are the weekday matinees and the 10:00 AM showings (Which is why I'm going at 4 to Natick today) (That time is sold out as well). ... So if ...
by Boxcar Aldous Huxley
Thu Jul 17, 2008 3:13 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 510474

Re: Cambervillain Perpetual Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

How about right across the street between the T stop and the Au Bon Pain? Has a time been decided upon? I'm all for getting there early. - Toby Sounds like a good spot. Let's shoot for Friday at 6:30. Since we haven't met and I have no idea what you look like, I'll be wearing this shirt: http://shi...
by Boxcar Aldous Huxley
Wed Jul 16, 2008 1:51 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Most relaxing TV show ever?
Replies: 52
Views: 11102

Re: Most relaxing TV show ever?

I think Pushing Daisies is pretty relaxing, particularly because of its visual style- the show exists in its own fairy-taleish universe and it shows. It can verge on unbearable cuteness at times, but it's mostly in charming territory, and it's pretty easy to lose yourself in the story.
by Boxcar Aldous Huxley
Wed Jul 16, 2008 1:36 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Recommend a book
Replies: 462
Views: 199621

Re: Recommend a book

The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgeman. Wonderfully strange fake almanac. Among many other things, it has a list of 700 hobo names, one of which is my username. There's a sequel coming out soon, as well- More Information Than You Require- which I'm eagerly anticipating.
by Boxcar Aldous Huxley
Mon Jul 14, 2008 2:47 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 510474

Re: Cambervillain Perpetual Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

Good to hear the Saturday events went well. Hope cake night was good too. Anyone feel like rock climbing ever? I usually go to MetroRock ( http://www.metrorock.com/ ) (near Wellington Station) Tuesdays and Thursday evenings. An outdoor bouldering session is not out of the question, either, although ...
by Boxcar Aldous Huxley
Sat Jul 12, 2008 2:22 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 510474

Re: Cambervillain Perpetual Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

Various flickr sets: The 4th: http://www.flickr.com/photos/28372656@N08/sets/72157606048100336/ Random hiking: http://www.flickr.com/photos/28372656@N08/sets/72157606051729573/ Thanks Phil(?), very nice! Sexylonerjustin shot is nicely framed. Only wish there were more pix of everything. *coughhendu...
by Boxcar Aldous Huxley
Thu Jul 10, 2008 3:55 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0447: "Too Old For This Shit"
Replies: 95
Views: 15651

Re: "Too Old For This Shit" Discussion

As an aside, I've heard it said that biologists don't get their best work done until their 40s, that is, when they've got a lab up and running that is able to produce useful knowledge. Also, there's so godawful much stuff to know in the field (or any sub-sub-field) that you can't really form a usefu...
by Boxcar Aldous Huxley
Tue Jul 08, 2008 12:19 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 510474

Re: Cambervillain Perpetual Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

Various flickr sets: The 4th: http://www.flickr.com/photos/28372656@N08/sets/72157606048100336/ Random hiking: http://www.flickr.com/photos/28372656@N08/sets/72157606051729573/ I was thinking of maybe trying to organize something on Saturday before I go, since I'm going to be gone from July 13-Augus...
by Boxcar Aldous Huxley
Sat Jul 05, 2008 9:12 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Boston, MA — 4th of July 2008
Replies: 57
Views: 8412

Re: Boston, MA — 4th of July 2008

Nice to meet everyone, as well. The T was frelling insane last night, I had to beat my way *off* the trains, not to mention on. I'm surprised I got back to Chelsea before MBTA shut down for the night. Seconded, although the green line wasn't nearly as insane as I thought it would be. I still had to ...
by Boxcar Aldous Huxley
Fri Jul 04, 2008 2:00 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Boston, MA — 4th of July 2008
Replies: 57
Views: 8412

Re: Boston, MA — 4th of July 2008

I'll be there in from noonish to 2:00ish (and possibly later in the evening), bringing cheese, crackers, chocolate, and some sunscreen (i.e., what I can fit in my backpack). I'll be wearing my recently acquired "Stand Back: I'm going to try science" shirt, so people can hopefully recogniz...
by Boxcar Aldous Huxley
Fri Jul 04, 2008 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Boston, MA — 4th of July 2008
Replies: 57
Views: 8412

Re: Boston, MA — 4th of July 2008

I'll be there in from noonish to 2:00ish (and possibly later in the evening), bringing cheese, crackers, chocolate, and some sunscreen (i.e., what I can fit in my backpack). I'll be wearing my recently acquired "Stand Back: I'm going to try science" shirt, so people can hopefully recognize...
by Boxcar Aldous Huxley
Wed Jul 02, 2008 12:26 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Go Team Venture!
Replies: 65
Views: 10790

Go Team Venture!

So we're well into the third season now; I'd say its entirely appropriate to have a Venture Bros. thread. I'm interested in the more storyline and continuity-based approach they're taking this season, although it's been a little uneven so far. I'd love to see a more standalone episode at some point....
by Boxcar Aldous Huxley
Wed Jul 02, 2008 12:14 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Arrested Development: The Movie
Replies: 18
Views: 2096

Re: Arrested Development: The Movie

I'm slightly wary about this one; I think Arrested worked very well with its 22-minute limit, and a longer movie may... work less well. Also, they cant really play with sitcom conventions effectively in a movie format, and that was one of the show's strengths. Then again, The Simpsons Movie was stra...
by Boxcar Aldous Huxley
Fri Jun 27, 2008 1:48 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: Boston, MA — 4th of July 2008
Replies: 57
Views: 8412

Re: Boston, MA — 4th of July 2008

I'd like to see the fireworks during my first summer in the area. I apparently can see them from a distance where I work, but I'd like to see them up close this time. Anyway, I'm up for either hanging out the whole day or finding a spot later. I may also be bringing along some friends, if I can find...
by Boxcar Aldous Huxley
Tue Jun 24, 2008 2:12 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?
Replies: 1805
Views: 397369

Re: What are you readioactive now(and other book related stuff)?

I've got a stack of books I bought/stole from my parents house I'm meaning to get through this summer. What's left is: Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut (in the middle of) The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain Farnham's Freehold by Robert Heinlen Nemesis by Isaac Asimov Catch-22 by Joseph Heller The ...
by Boxcar Aldous Huxley
Tue Jun 24, 2008 1:19 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: George Carlin - Good night sweet prince
Replies: 45
Views: 3508

Re: George Carlin - Good night sweet prince

vodka.cobra wrote:
Woxor wrote:Shit.

This is all that needs to be said.


Well, along with pissfuckcuntcocksuckermotherfuckertits.
by Boxcar Aldous Huxley
Tue Jun 24, 2008 12:46 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: slaughterhouse 5
Replies: 33
Views: 4873

Re: slaughterhouse 5

I like books with a great story and interesting characters. Billy has 'interesting' things happen to him, but is dull as all hell. And I don't think I like Vonegut's style of writing either. I myself love his style of writing, so it was easy for me to read. If you don't like the style at all, thoug...
by Boxcar Aldous Huxley
Sat Jun 21, 2008 5:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Getting all this annoying animal off these bones....
Replies: 39
Views: 3671

Re: Getting all this annoying animal off these bones....

Make up this solution: 0.5g/L papain (many meat tenderizers have papain in them. You'll have to check how much) 20g/L NaCl pH ~8 Add the salt to water and boil the water to sterilize it. Let it cool & add the papain. Now adjust the pH. For the rest of this, try to stay as sterile as you can. Ad...
by Boxcar Aldous Huxley
Sat Jun 21, 2008 5:13 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 510474

Re: Cambervillain Perpetual Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

Thought I'd say hi too. I've been in Waltham since last August, but I just noticed this thread recently. I met a few of you at the geohash in the middle of I-95 (I had the Jewfro and the UNC chemistry shirt). Anyway, I'd definitely like to make some of these, whenever my schedule allows.
by Boxcar Aldous Huxley
Wed Feb 20, 2008 2:53 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Chemistry - hydrates and other such magical beings
Replies: 4
Views: 1011

Re: Chemistry - hydrates and other such magical beings

For transition metals, there's the "18-electron rule," which is like the 8-electron rule, except not nearly as good a predictor ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/18-Electron_rule ). It states that the amount of electrons in the atoms's atomic orbitals plus the amount of electrons in its ligan...
by Boxcar Aldous Huxley
Sun Jan 27, 2008 4:38 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10844
Views: 1845118

Re: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD

Hi, I'm 23 and living in Waltham, MA. I just made a horrible life choice started grad school last fall (Brandeis, biophysics). I graduated from UNC-CH last spring, so hi to all the NC people here. In the rare event I'm not doing science, I like to do outdoorsy stuff (backpacking, climbing), jog, pla...

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