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by psychosomaticism
Tue Jan 12, 2010 7:39 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: You Might Be a Biology Major if...
Replies: 153
Views: 20998

Re: You Might Be a Biology Major if...

Mokele wrote:YMBABM if you just spent all day prying the brains out of human cadavers. And you now own your very own BrainScoop.


You might also be a serial killer. Depends on where you get the cadavers from; generally one is only a biology major if you didn't know the person beforehand.
by psychosomaticism
Tue Jan 12, 2010 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Coffee
Replies: 257
Views: 112751

Re: Coffee

Bitterness is usually from being brewed too weak than too strong, especially with brands that come in 3+ lb cans. Bleh. 3 lb tins of pre-ground dreck is almost not worth drinking (I still do if it's offered, though). I mean, I don't much consider myself an aficionado of coffee, but it's similar to ...
by psychosomaticism
Sun Jan 10, 2010 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Coffee
Replies: 257
Views: 112751

Re: Coffee

*Gives coffee thread a cup of coffee in order to talk about coffee some more* How about vacuum coffee makers? Anyone used one of those? I'm trying to find a really excellent way to make coffee that isn't the french press, as I've read a lot (albeit a lot of conflicting) info on health effects of unf...
by psychosomaticism
Mon Dec 28, 2009 7:03 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0681: "Gravity Wells"
Replies: 205
Views: 56213

Re: "Gravity Wells" Discussion

The autotuned Sagan music video reference was much appreciated.

Also, to some of the previous posters: why does it have to be funny. It's interesting and has a few silly things thrown in for good measure.
by psychosomaticism
Thu Dec 17, 2009 5:51 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Technically Complicated Folk
Replies: 11
Views: 3219

Re: Technically Complicated Folk

I just don't know that it's really folk anymore when it gets to this genre. I mean, I know that's what it's termed, but I think of folk as the old Bob Dylan and Neil Young stuff. That being said, you might like Dan Mangan, Devendra Banhart, Grizzly Bear, Marissa Nadler, Neko Case (which is a bit ind...
by psychosomaticism
Sun Dec 13, 2009 5:38 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Think: What color do you associate Chemistry with?
Replies: 97
Views: 9907

Re: Think: What color do you associate Chemistry with?

Blue. I color code my notes by subject, and I had a blue binder for chemistry because that just clicked. (It's green for biology though. This makes it very strange and confusing for me, since I'm trying to be consistent in keeping my "science" notes blue and my "social studies" ...
by psychosomaticism
Tue Dec 08, 2009 7:36 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Is there a series...
Replies: 7
Views: 1434

Re: Is there a series...

It isn't a perfect fit, but The Boys is from the perspective of people trying to police/vigilante the superheroes in a somewhat black comedy style (if you've read Preacher, it's similar, but less dark).
by psychosomaticism
Tue Dec 08, 2009 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Student Perspective question
Replies: 11
Views: 1997

Re: Student Perspective question

(what course do you teach? I can't say I've read it in your past posts) Personally, and without any research or evidence to back this, I should think anyone will learn better if they're treated as an equal. Forcing students to be productive all around the clock would stress out and tire out everyone...
by psychosomaticism
Tue Dec 08, 2009 7:26 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Opposite day? Record Companies being sued for infringement
Replies: 20
Views: 2855

Opposite day? Record Companies being sued for infringement

The story as of yesterday. I was actually surprised not to see this already up here (forgive me if it is, I did search). I guess all those best of [this year] dance mixes were all just burned copies, with an IOU to the artists for royalties. Will be interesting to see where this goes; I don't wish ...
by psychosomaticism
Sun Dec 06, 2009 2:01 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Let's Make a Bell Curve!
Replies: 19
Views: 3883

Re: Let's Make a Bell Curve!

After this, we can make a bell curve of people who voted with the bell curve, and those who didn't would be found at the edges, in the extreme percentiles.
by psychosomaticism
Mon Nov 30, 2009 1:08 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Open Office viability
Replies: 25
Views: 2767

Re: Open Office viability

If you're doing heavy number crunching, however, I've found Excel vastly better then Calc. Just a heads up on that one. What did you find bad about Calc? Personally, I had a lot of grief with it while trying to graph scatterplots and the like with error bars because the 2nd edition had little to no...
by psychosomaticism
Mon Nov 30, 2009 12:58 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals
Replies: 294
Views: 141021

Re: Covers That Are Better Than The Originals

Jimmi Hendrix's cover of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower." I don't mind the original, but I think Dylan had better stuff in later albums.

Also Metallica's cover of "Astronomy" by Blue Oyster Cult was better, imho.
by psychosomaticism
Sun Nov 29, 2009 4:51 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Virus help, can't go into safe mode...
Replies: 2
Views: 764

Re: Virus help, can't go into safe mode...

What do you mean, you can't get into safe mode? Does it not log in, as in says 'loading personal settings' for a while then does nothing, or does it freeze, etc?
by psychosomaticism
Sat Nov 28, 2009 1:31 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: First Collisions in the LHC today
Replies: 29
Views: 2455

Re: First Collisions in the LHC today

Dobblesworth wrote:I suppose it's about time to resurrect traffic to http://www.lhc-live.com/


Heh, almost had me fooled until the black hole. Pardon my interwebs ignorance for not seeing that yet.
by psychosomaticism
Mon Nov 23, 2009 6:53 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Lack of connection to the physical world - Is it bad?
Replies: 5
Views: 1468

Re: Lack of connection to the physical world - Is it bad?

I would think it depends on the city - some cities are rather large and yet have made and effort to fund a lot of public parks and the like. I'm from a small northern Canadian town, so I never really gave it much thought even when I moved somewhere larger. Maybe it's more of an American thing, to ha...
by psychosomaticism
Fri Nov 13, 2009 3:14 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books/series you'll never read again
Replies: 33
Views: 7227

Re: Books/series you'll never read again

Honestly, any real heavy books are hard. I've read a lot of russian literature (Dostoevsky, Tolstoy), and while I enjoyed it, I don't think I'd read it again. It's just too challenging of a read to really do it again instead of trying a new book. However, most other books, I will often read again w...
by psychosomaticism
Thu Nov 12, 2009 3:07 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Taste aversion to spirits
Replies: 12
Views: 2712

Re: Taste aversion to spirits

Yeah, I'd say this is a pretty clear case of operant conditioning, a positive punishment of feeling ill leading to a physical association with taste and bad feelings. Had it myself; my first attempt at drinking ended poorly and I was sickened by the taste and smell of vanilla vodka (I suppose we wer...
by psychosomaticism
Fri Nov 06, 2009 6:24 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: David Nutt's drug rankings
Replies: 54
Views: 7360

Re: David Nutt's drug rankings

Hm. In light of that article, I think I'll lower my criticism of him a little bit (not too much, the solvent thing still gets me). You realize, then, that you're no better than the British gov't in this situation? Eh? I thought the British gov't was firing him because he said things they didn't lik...
by psychosomaticism
Fri Nov 06, 2009 3:58 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: David Nutt's drug rankings
Replies: 54
Views: 7360

Re: David Nutt's drug rankings

Hm. In light of that article, I think I'll lower my criticism of him a little bit (not too much, the solvent thing still gets me). You realize, then, that you're no better than the British gov't in this situation? Eh? I thought the British gov't was firing him because he said things they didn't lik...
by psychosomaticism
Fri Nov 06, 2009 3:03 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Mathematics and Biology
Replies: 46
Views: 4348

Re: Mathematics and Biology

Okay, point taken. Still, is it not the onus of the scientific employee to actually have these job skills for doing their job professionally? I don't consider myself an expert in dilutions and concentration with the few chem courses I've done, but I'd sure as hell be motivated to learn it real good ...
by psychosomaticism
Fri Nov 06, 2009 3:00 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why am I always tired!?
Replies: 41
Views: 4931

Re: Why am I always tired!?

Exercise and Valerian root. Seriously though, I would third the sugar/caffeine cutback, but then again, you could be adjusted to it. I'd do an experiment in which you limit caffeine to one coffee's worth a day and no soft drinks at all, and see what happens. Could be a nonissue, but it's definitely ...
by psychosomaticism
Fri Nov 06, 2009 2:53 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Mathematics and Biology
Replies: 46
Views: 4348

Re: Mathematics and Biology

There are some good biologists who don't do math, but there are also a lot of bad biologists, just saying. I've seen a decent amount of shoddy experimental design and blindness to the whole "statistically significant" concept. And people that come ask me for help any time they need someth...
by psychosomaticism
Thu Nov 05, 2009 8:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: David Nutt's drug rankings
Replies: 54
Views: 7360

Re: David Nutt's drug rankings

The Economist's take on the matter: http://www.economist.com/opinion/displayStory.cfm?story_id=14820764&source=hptextfeature Hm. In light of that article, I think I'll lower my criticism of him a little bit (not too much, the solvent thing still gets me). A scientist/expert really should have a...
by psychosomaticism
Thu Nov 05, 2009 7:16 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Mitochondria Question
Replies: 4
Views: 777

Re: Biology Question

Yeah, what is 'normally present?' Different types of cells might have different numbers of mitochondria depending on function, like a muscle vs a liver cell.
by psychosomaticism
Thu Nov 05, 2009 12:17 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Mathematics and Biology
Replies: 46
Views: 4348

Re: Mathematics and Biology

While I would say that math ability is second to memorization and procedural knowledge, it's incredibly important, especially if one wants to do anything with microbiology, molecular biology, or genetics (the list goes on). Even ecology relies on population data. So yeah, math is always important.
by psychosomaticism
Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:23 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0658: "Orbitals"
Replies: 89
Views: 17497

Re: "Orbitals" Discussion

And when you get two people alone in different rooms of the apartment, you get unpaired electrons, and... er... [insert joke about O2 or something]
by psychosomaticism
Wed Nov 04, 2009 5:22 am UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Adblock Plus question
Replies: 10
Views: 917

Re: Adblock Plus question

I finally saw one too many Acai Berry ads and activated a subscription. I still feel kinda bad, though. :| The whole advertising as a revenue on the internet thing is a bit flawed anyway. Thanks to those scam/fake/virus/etc ads, decent honest hardworking ads just don't have a chance, and thus the r...
by psychosomaticism
Tue Nov 03, 2009 6:06 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Math Physics Double Major
Replies: 4
Views: 1024

Re: Math Physics Double Major

I actually had this same problem, in that I am a biology major with a minor in psychology, and was looking into double majoring. I went to talk to an advisor, and the answer I got was that whatever I did was ultimately up to me, but I really needed to figure out where I wanted to go instead of loadi...
by psychosomaticism
Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:26 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite Piece of Lab Equipment
Replies: 83
Views: 10123

Re: Favorite Peice of Lab Equipment

Rotovaps are pretty neat. Very helpful too for some organic work I was doing. My setup in a cool-artsy-photo. (I like to take my camera to the lab and make pretty pictures.) http://amysrabbitranch.com/CreeksideGraphics/Images/Photos/RotoVap.jpg Ack. You're one of those bastards that works in ridicu...
by psychosomaticism
Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:16 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Smallest human population that can succesfully breed on?
Replies: 27
Views: 3984

Re: Smallest human population that can succesfully breed on?

I think two variables (out of many, I'm sure) to consider are the problems with having offspring too close to one's immediate family, as well as the diversity of the population to withstand pressures like predation, disease, etc. We would definitely want to survive a genetic bottleneck, and as a K-s...
by psychosomaticism
Tue Nov 03, 2009 12:44 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How'd you come up with your username(s)?
Replies: 1405
Views: 242160

Re: Where did you get your Username?

Have done more than a couple of psychology courses in my post-secondary years, and find psychosomatic things interesting.
by psychosomaticism
Tue Nov 03, 2009 12:41 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: David Nutt's drug rankings
Replies: 54
Views: 7360

Re: David Nutt's 20 most dangerous drugs

Solvents are not harmless. In fact, I'd probably put them as the worst on there. They're usually flammable, can cause permanent brain damage and hypoxia, and have an extremely short half-life of metabolism that they're used a lot at once, thus aggravating the above. Same with amphetamines; they can ...
by psychosomaticism
Mon Nov 02, 2009 5:12 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: books you read for school and actually enjoyed
Replies: 107
Views: 18752

Re: books you read for school and actually enjoyed

Liked The Great Gatsby., Animal Farm was alright, but not Orwell's best, Brave New World was pretty interesting, and The Outsiders was readable at the time (but is a bit juvenile now). College freshman English (if we can include that) was pretty good, because it was mostly short stories that were ac...
by psychosomaticism
Wed Oct 28, 2009 6:04 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: "Homeopathy with Dr. Werner"
Replies: 46
Views: 7058

Re: "Homeopathy with Dr. Werner"

We put substances in liquid and give them energy and put 'em on pellets, and then we get energy substance.

Yeah. It's heat. It happens. Then it radiates off.

Why did you watch this, OP?

For that matter, why did I watch this?
by psychosomaticism
Wed Oct 28, 2009 5:54 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Testing into Chemistry
Replies: 5
Views: 1060

Re: Testing into Chemistry

Ah. Had the same problem, actually fairly similar. Was after the first year of community college that I realized I wanted to do a biology major, but I had never done the prerequisite physics or calculus for science majors. I took physics by correspondence (distance learning, whatever you call it), a...
by psychosomaticism
Wed Oct 28, 2009 5:02 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Testing into Chemistry
Replies: 5
Views: 1060

Re: Testing into Chemistry

You didn't take chem in high school, but you want to be a chem major? If I'm just being ignorant on that front, my suggestion would be to talk to the teacher of the course or students in the class, get the notes, learn the stuff and take the test. The only thing is, when do you want to take this nex...
by psychosomaticism
Tue Oct 27, 2009 2:20 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Backup internets
Replies: 22
Views: 2203

Re: Backup internets

Heh, makes me think of rationing internet in the same sense as food in times of emergency. I wonder if there'd be a 1gb daily limit of all incoming/outcoming. It would also lead to an interesting development of websites having to condense content, maybe lower quality images and coding; I imagine fac...
by psychosomaticism
Mon Oct 26, 2009 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: xkcd Geocities Site Redesign
Replies: 150
Views: 83849

Re: Geocities redesign discussion

No midi loops, thank god! Otherwise, it brings back some long buried memories. I'm still deciding if that's a good thing. Yeah, and especially bad quality midi (is there any other?). Because for some reason visitors will love to hear the same song every time they visit. and what about auto-pop-ups ...
by psychosomaticism
Sun Oct 25, 2009 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Most excellent times
Replies: 5132
Views: 911687

Re: Awesome Thread (to balance Rant Thread)

Here's to being comfortably warm when it's ridiculously cold outside, preferably with some of those aforementioned warm cookies.
by psychosomaticism
Sun Oct 25, 2009 6:37 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: School tests
Replies: 20
Views: 2566

Re: School tests

Stress is a part of life, and there are definitely ways to artificially increase the stress. But high-stress high-impact events happen- from job interviews to first dates to getting mugged. Fieldwork. You'll be halfway across the planet, possibly hundreds of miles from civilization. You need to fig...

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