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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby The EGE » Thu Feb 04, 2016 5:14 pm UTC

I thought a major syntax change to a template I frequently work with on Wikipedia would make it near-impossible for me to work with it. It turns out that while it's more difficult, it fixes some annoying bugs I'd been very fed up with.
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Adacore » Fri Feb 05, 2016 12:04 am UTC

I passed the intermediate/advanced Korean language proficiency exam! I only got the lowest level passing grade (level 3 - lower-intermediate - while the exam covers levels 3, 4, 5 and 6), but it's such a huge step up from the beginner (level 1 and 2) exam to the intermediate/advanced one, and I'm super happy. I really wasn't expecting to make it this time around - I was already planning to retake it in April. So I'll probably pass on the April exam and shoot for level 4 some time around July instead.

Also, the average scores for each section of the exam are published, and while my scores are well below the averages in the multiple-choice listening and reading sections, I got an above average score in the writing section. Yay!

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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Fractal_Tangent » Fri Feb 05, 2016 8:51 am UTC

Well done!
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Postby Zohar » Fri Feb 05, 2016 1:36 pm UTC

Great job! Learning a new language, especially one that doesn't have common roots with other languages you know, is pretty hard.
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Giant Speck » Sat Feb 06, 2016 5:30 am UTC

But once you get the hang of it, it's really fun and you actually end up learning more about your own language's grammar. I learned more about English grammar while learning Russian than I ever did in school.
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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby rath358 » Fri Mar 11, 2016 2:36 pm UTC

Every now and then, one is gifted a problem which is best solved by an 800 Watt laser.
It hurt like hell, and is going to continue being expensive, but soooo worth it.

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Re: Awesome Thread: awesome

Postby Neil_Boekend » Fri Mar 11, 2016 2:45 pm UTC

I think that most problems disappear with sufficient laser power.
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Re: Awesome Natterings

Postby existentialpanda » Sun Mar 20, 2016 2:44 am UTC

So, almost a year ago I started working in the lab that I thought I would be doing my dissertation work in, under the professor who I thought would be my adviser. Everything went swimmingly - my adviser and I got on well, the other members of my lab were super friendly and knowledgeable, the research I was doing was really freakin' cool - and then two months ago my adviser sits me down and says he's accepted a job offer and in a few months the lab is moving to another state. So I could either completely uproot myself and move with them, to a city where I know exactly zero people and would have to rebuild a support system from scratch, in a region that is less than hospitable to queer folks like me....or switch labs and start my thesis work over from scratch. Which was a really difficult and kind of scary choice to make.

This week I officially joined a new lab, doing work that is very different from what I was doing before but is equally awesome, with a new adviser who I click with even better than my old one (and she's somehow running a lab and raising a one-year-old and kicking ass at both of those things and also it's kind of nice working for a woman again, in a way I didn't know I missed). And throughout this whole process everyone in the department has been super supportive and genuinely cared about helping me find a place that I liked - even the professor who barely has enough space and funding for the people he already has, let alone a new person, said that if I had my heart set on his lab he'd find a way to make it work. Which is just serving as proof that I made the right choice, both in coming to this school in the first place and in deciding to stay.

In other news, everything is awesome.

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Re: Awesome Natterings

Postby addams » Sun Mar 20, 2016 2:52 am UTC

That is such a cool story!
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Re: Awesome Natterings

Postby Deva » Mon Aug 22, 2016 10:02 pm UTC

Avoided a tornado. Touched down approximately one mile away. Brandished (relatively) weak winds, fortunately. Severed lots of tree branches immediately nearby. Notes little other damage. (Speared three branches into the ground, though.) Retained power too, shockingly. Reported a swath of power outages starting one street over.
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Postby ucim » Mon Aug 22, 2016 11:39 pm UTC

Deva wrote:Retained power too, shockingly.
Saw what you did there. :)

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Re: Awesome Natterings

Postby Zohar » Tue Aug 23, 2016 12:32 am UTC

That's pretty scary! I don't know if I'd personally classify it as awesome. Then again, I've never lived in a place where tornadoes can happen.
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Re: Awesome Natterings

Postby Deva » Tue Aug 23, 2016 1:26 am UTC

Shrugs. Emerged unscathed, despite its proximity. Blared warning sirens twenty minutes in advance. Reported no tornado-related injuries. Includes the other tornadoes too. Considers that reasonably awesome.

Sees tornadoes on occasion. Tends to be further away, though. Recalls seeking shelter twice ever previously. (Remembers no major damage then either. Happened roughly fifteen and eighteen years ago, however.) Never felt too threatened this time. Maintained internet connection. Sufficed as a distraction. Beat waiting with a book over your head.
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Re: Awesome Natterings

Postby HES » Tue Aug 23, 2016 12:51 pm UTC

Deva wrote:Avoided a tornado. Touched down approximately one mile away.

How far away would one have touched down had they not avoided the tornado, I wonder?
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Re: Awesome Natterings

Postby Deva » Tue Aug 23, 2016 3:20 pm UTC

Estimates 1515 feet (462 meters). (Edit: Meant from here, not the tornado.) Judged by power outages. Formed a distinct line. Resembled its path, most likely.
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Re: Awesome Natterings

Postby Link » Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:32 am UTC

Holy shitpissing fuckjesus, I cleaned the contacts of my router's NICs with acetone, and my internet speed quadrupled! :shock: :D

ETA: actually I think the cable is just a bit borked, because now it's slower than before. :/
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Re: Awesome Natterings

Postby Drumheller769 » Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:36 am UTC

Link wrote:Holy shitpissing fuckjesus, I cleaned the contacts of my router's NICs with acetone, and my internet speed quadrupled! :shock: :D


Can you provide a little more context? Like you opened your router up, or you cleaned the ethernet ports? Picture if you are able please, this sounds like it might be something useful!
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Postby Link » Tue Aug 30, 2016 11:39 am UTC

Drumheller769 wrote:
Link wrote:Holy shitpissing fuckjesus, I cleaned the contacts of my router's NICs with acetone, and my internet speed quadrupled! :shock: :D


Can you provide a little more context? Like you opened your router up, or you cleaned the ethernet ports? Picture if you are able please, this sounds like it might be something useful!

Yeah, just the ethernet ports. Dabbed a bit of acetone on a cotton bud and removed a bit of accumulated grime. But I think it's just the cable that's always been a bit borked, because now my speed is slow again; slower than ever, in fact. Something's making poor contact, in any case. Still, awesome that I can reach a higher speed than I thought!

ETA: well, it's super-fast again, but I'm afraid to even breathe near the router. I'm still not 100% sure what's wrong, but hurrah for fast internet.

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Re: Awesome Natterings

Postby Wonderbolt » Sat Nov 12, 2016 8:00 am UTC

Bit weird after just posting in the rant thread today, BUT I moved to Canada a year ago today and I couldn't be happier here. :D

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Re: Awesome Natterings

Postby poxic » Sat Nov 12, 2016 6:04 pm UTC

Welcome home, then.
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Re: Awesome Natterings

Postby eran_rathan » Fri Dec 09, 2016 3:11 pm UTC

I was looking around an old hard drive I had, and found tons of things I thought lost forever from when a certain forum shut down! All my PDFs, tons of notes, character ideas, writings, everything!

Now going through all of it is going to take some time, but I have the time to do it because I'm home sick and can't go to work!
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Re: Awesome Natterings

Postby somitomi » Tue Dec 20, 2016 10:35 pm UTC

Finally hauled a pack of vinyl records I recently got to a shop, where they have a record cleaning machine1 (yup, that's a thing). I spent the past two days listening to all of them2 to evaluate their quality and wether I like the music on them. While I didn't like most of it that much, it doesn't get any better than free records.

1It's a machine, that removes dust from the grooves, which causes about 70% of the pops people associate with vinyl.It's kind of amazing, that despite the bad shape some of these records are in, the audio quality is still pretty decent after a good clean.
2:There's still one left over, because it is radio comedy.
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Re: Awesome Natterings

Postby Giant Speck » Sat Dec 24, 2016 3:58 am UTC

Five days off work for the holiday. I needed it so badly.
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Re: Awesome Natterings

Postby Liri » Wed Dec 28, 2016 2:56 am UTC

I saw a bear in the wild for the first time today!!! Along with tens of thousands of tundra swans and snow geese!
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Re: Awesome Natterings

Postby pogrmman » Fri Dec 30, 2016 5:11 pm UTC

Liri wrote:I saw a bear in the wild for the first time today!!! Along with tens of thousands of tundra swans and snow geese!


Having seen both grizzlies and black bears in the wild, I have to say it is awesome. One of the neatest things I've seen was when I saw two black bear cubs playing in a meadow while their mother was breaking open a log.

It can be kind of terrifying though. Especially when you are WAY out in the middle of nowhere and you unexpectedly stumble across one...

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Postby somitomi » Thu Jan 19, 2017 11:10 pm UTC

I'm not sure which fills me with more joy: passing a notoriously difficult subject at university after three semesters (I'M FINALLY FREE AT LAST), or the Queen single I found at a record store ("ALL WE HEAR IS RADIO GAGA..."). At any rate, things have been going nice lately...
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Re: Awesome Natterings

Postby eran_rathan » Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:20 pm UTC

somitomi wrote:I'm not sure which fills me with more joy: passing a notoriously difficult subject at university after three semesters (I'M FINALLY FREE AT LAST), or the Queen single I found at a record store ("ALL WE HEAR IS RADIO GAGA..."). At any rate, things have been going nice lately...



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Postby 4=5 » Wed Jan 25, 2017 5:09 am UTC

I'd like to show off my new much smoother avatar.

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Re: Awesome Natterings

Postby FierceContinent » Fri Mar 17, 2017 10:10 pm UTC

The greatest Science Hero is almost certainly Norman Borlaug. His selectively bred crops have saved many, many people from starvation.
Just to be clear, the number of lives Norman Borlaug is credited with saving is in the BILLIONS.
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Re: Awesome Natterings

Postby TimelordSimone » Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:27 am UTC

I'm only a tiny bit anxious about my plans tonight being super vague and up in the air.
this is probably a tiny accomplishment but! I'll take it!

EDIT: these plans fell through and I was sad but I tided/organised a bunch and I'm feeling pretty good so, hooray
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Re: Most excellent times

Postby Link » Fri May 05, 2017 8:44 am UTC

Got an offer for a PhD position! I had a low-key irrational fear that my dream of being an actual theoretical physicist would crash and burn after my MSc, but it looks like it's actually happening! Image

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Re: Most excellent times

Postby Zohar » Fri May 05, 2017 12:45 pm UTC

Woo! Congrats!
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Re: Most excellent times

Postby Link » Fri May 05, 2017 7:06 pm UTC

Thanks!

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Re: Most excellent times

Postby ObsessoMom » Fri May 05, 2017 10:03 pm UTC

Link wrote:actual theoretical physicist


Ooooo, you're on your way to becoming an oxymoron! Seriously, congrats.

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:lol:

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Re: Most excellent times

Postby You, sir, name? » Sun May 07, 2017 11:12 pm UTC

You know when you meet someone, and you just instantly connect and it's like you've known them forever, and it turns out you have similar interests and personality?

Well, that's apparently a thing that can happen.

It's hard not to get a bit smitten.
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Re: Most excellent times

Postby ObsessoMom » Sat May 27, 2017 2:41 am UTC

I just heard that my prison pen pal will be re-sentenced! Woohoo!


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