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by psychosomaticism
Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:29 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Reactions to your Major
Replies: 344
Views: 55171

Re: Reactions to your Major

"Why major are you?" "Math" "What are you going to do with that?" Replace this with biology and I have the same experience. People not going to school want you to say that you're not sure what you'll do with your degree so they can feel better about not having gone to ...
by psychosomaticism
Mon Aug 02, 2010 7:37 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: suggestions for jazz/blues bands?
Replies: 52
Views: 8628

Re: suggestions for jazz/blues bands?

How about Duke Ellington's Such Sweet Thunder?
by psychosomaticism
Wed May 26, 2010 5:01 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: What have you broken in the lab?
Replies: 48
Views: 6718

Re: What have you broken in the lab?

I've also broken the dozen test tubes and beakers in o-chem labs; it seems to be an initiation rite, or maybe just the nerves of doing something mildly more complicated than freshman chem. I think I may have broken a condenser or fractionating column, but I can't remember if that was me or someone a...
by psychosomaticism
Mon May 17, 2010 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 9560
Views: 1093979

Re: What are you listening to?

http://routenote.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/forgiveness-rock-record.jpg Forgivness Rock Record, Broken Social Scene's new album :D Me too. I'm almost glad they waited 5 years for the new one, because while it's experimental, it's consistent with what made BSS good. On that note, the New Po...
by psychosomaticism
Sun Apr 18, 2010 12:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: What exactly is the effect of not handling your own money?
Replies: 11
Views: 2155

Re: What exactly is the effect of not handling your own mone

I should think that you're correct, but only to a point. I don't believe humans are very capable of physically conceptualizing large amounts of anything above a certain point. Evolutionarily, there isn't much use to see the difference between 10 million grains and 11 million grains; both would be qu...
by psychosomaticism
Thu Apr 08, 2010 4:12 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Are cancer cells edible?
Replies: 29
Views: 4515

Re: Are cancer cells edible?

Google really doesn't have much to say on it. I guess most people aren't interested. Then again, most people ain't on xkcd/are science majors. My personal thoughts: your digestive enzymes would probably break it all down, given that it would come from a plant/animal you would normally eat, but I wou...
by psychosomaticism
Thu Mar 18, 2010 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Is DNA actually a double helix? Why no google image results?
Replies: 21
Views: 8838

Re: Is DNA actually a double helix? Why no google image resu

Electron Microscopy has also come a long way: http://www.kqed.org/quest/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/blog_semdna.jpg I think the original question is a bit misplaced, as I understood this: I've seen the pictures of a nucleus and X shaped DNA. It looked like two double helixes crossed, but if I ha...
by psychosomaticism
Sat Mar 13, 2010 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Biology Awesomeness!
Replies: 22
Views: 1805

Re: Biology Awesomeness!

The nuclear DNA of a single human, uncoiled and put end-to-end, is 133 times as long as the distance to the sun. The DNA of all humans put end-to-end would be around 14 million light-years long. And we still haven't figured out how it gets compacted so that it fits into a cell. I think we have a pr...
by psychosomaticism
Sat Mar 13, 2010 6:55 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Jetpacks soon to be a semi-affordable reality
Replies: 118
Views: 7089

Re: Jetpacks soon to be a semi-affordable reality

Sizik wrote:This is propellor powered, and therefore is not a jetpack.

Yeah, but how well would a "propeller-pack" sell? Personally, I'm just happy the future finally got here.
by psychosomaticism
Sat Mar 13, 2010 2:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Internet in the running for Nobel Peace Prize.
Replies: 32
Views: 4003

Re: Internet in the running for Nobel Peace Prize.

The internet's nomination has been championed by the Italian version of Wired magazine for helping advance "dialogue, debate and consensus ". Ah yes, I've seen much consensus on the internet in my time. Eh, at least it's a means to get consensus. The internet is a means with which the com...
by psychosomaticism
Mon Mar 08, 2010 12:32 am UTC
Forum: Forum Games
Topic: Zombie Outbreak!
Replies: 47
Views: 6407

Re: Zombie Outbreak!

A plastic chair? Impromptu ranged weapons rarely fair well against the undead, and unless you had a good deal of force in your throw, the zombie probably wouldn't blink (well, he wouldn't anyway), and continue towards you, who is now sans chair with which to prop against a door, because I would pers...
by psychosomaticism
Wed Mar 03, 2010 5:43 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Stupid mistakes on Tests.
Replies: 51
Views: 5520

Re: Stupid mistakes on Tests.

Only thing I can think of is that recently on a Genetics test I wrote that AaBb x AaBb would result in a 1:1:1:1 ratio, which is AaBb x aabb, not a dihybrid cross. It screwed over the rest of the question, and I it was a silly mistake, but that wasn't a good day for me besides. Then I reminded mysel...
by psychosomaticism
Wed Mar 03, 2010 5:39 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: With passion...
Replies: 53
Views: 4052

Re: With passion...

I wish I could say science, and probably one day I will, but I feel like as a student I just haven't done enough on my own to qualify it as a passion proper. I do like reading though. I was reading at a really young age, and was always (it seemed) ahead of my classmates with literature and the like,...
by psychosomaticism
Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:42 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: 5,000 Naked People outside the Sydney Opera House
Replies: 17
Views: 4736

Re: 5,000 Naked People outside the Sydney Opera House

It certainly wasn't something I was expecting to see when I read the title of the article, although it has improved my opinion of my country a little, even if just the urban parts. You think the bulk of those people were doing this for gay acceptance? Noo, they were just doing it for the lulz of be...
by psychosomaticism
Mon Mar 01, 2010 11:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: How about those Olympics?
Replies: 25
Views: 3051

Re: How about those Olympics?

As a Canadian that can almost see Vancouver across the water (in the literal sense, not the Palin-Russia sense), I couldn't be bothered with any of it, and while it's said to have been a success, I can't help but think that the protesting was worth nothing in terms of getting attention to homelessne...
by psychosomaticism
Mon Mar 01, 2010 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Anecdote, New York
Replies: 19
Views: 6154

Re: Synecdoche, New York

I rented this from the library of all places last week not knowing anything of the plot or general idea, just that it was recommended. I didn't know where the movie was going, and I couldn't figure out the point of it all until the actor auditioned for the part of the director in the warehouse, and ...
by psychosomaticism
Fri Feb 26, 2010 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Apples vs Oranges
Replies: 94
Views: 61989

Re: Apples vs Oranges

alright so, lets say hypothetically, in a thought experiment type situation, we are in a germ free environment where you won't get tuberculosis from an apple or an orange. Now which one would you prefer? Obviously the apple. It tastes better. Hahaha, yeah, okay, I guess I'm getting a little off tra...
by psychosomaticism
Fri Feb 26, 2010 3:53 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Apples vs Oranges
Replies: 94
Views: 61989

Re: Apples vs Oranges

I think it is the oranges that are coated in wax to keep them from drying out. The peel is edible. but does not taste very good until you remove the wax. As for bacteria: is is a legitimate concern in that few people take the time to wash their hands after using the bathroom. However, everything ha...
by psychosomaticism
Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:20 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Apples vs Oranges
Replies: 94
Views: 61989

Re: Apples vs Oranges

Most importantly, the rind of oranges is a biological protection barrier, making them all the more healthy than apples, which you have to bite directly into and get old-people-who-pick-up-every-apple-in-the-bin-and-look-at-all-angles-for-ten-minutes-before-putting-it-back-covered-with-germs issues....
by psychosomaticism
Thu Feb 25, 2010 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Rent in your area
Replies: 36
Views: 2617

Re: Rent in your area

When I look at these rent prices above, I have to remind myself that they probably aren't in Canadian dollars, as those always seem to be larger for some reason (minimum wage is $8 or more depending on province, so I guess that's something). I'm trying to find a new place on Vancouver Island, BC, a...
by psychosomaticism
Thu Feb 25, 2010 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Apples vs Oranges
Replies: 94
Views: 61989

Re: Apples vs Oranges

Most importantly, the rind of oranges is a biological protection barrier, making them all the more healthy than apples, which you have to bite directly into and get old-people-who-pick-up-every-apple-in-the-bin-and-look-at-all-angles-for-ten-minutes-before-putting-it-back-covered-with-germs issues....
by psychosomaticism
Thu Feb 25, 2010 7:44 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Apples vs Oranges
Replies: 94
Views: 61989

Re: Apples vs Oranges

Some Orange based liquers include triple sec, grand marnier and cointreau, although none of those taste particularly nice in my opinion and are usually used in cooking to impart an orange flavour. Oranges are pithy, difficult to peel and when you separate the segments you risk getting citric acid o...
by psychosomaticism
Thu Feb 25, 2010 4:40 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Cool Jobs
Replies: 27
Views: 2185

Re: Cool Jobs

Does being a student count as a job? I like learning, but the pay isn't great. In fact, as an undergrad, they don't pay me at all. but they said they're double it next semester...
by psychosomaticism
Wed Feb 24, 2010 7:30 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books you like that no one else has heard of
Replies: 88
Views: 19557

Re: Books you like that no one else has heard of

Books noone has heard of that I like. Anything by Tom Robbins, especially "Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates", "Villa Incognito" and "Jitterbug Perfume." "Fierce Invalids" is the story of a CIA agent who gets cursed by a shaman in the Amazon, his grandmo...
by psychosomaticism
Wed Feb 24, 2010 7:05 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Things to eat when you suddenly need calories
Replies: 54
Views: 8346

Re: Things to eat when you suddenly need calories

@ Poxic: I totally agree with the trail mix. (the German word for it apparently means 'student food' in literal translation). I have a 1/2 or 1/4 cup of trail mix basically daily, and it does me wonders. Good fats and calories from the nuts, dried fruit never hurt, and chocolate bits makes it all th...
by psychosomaticism
Wed Feb 24, 2010 7:02 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Upcoming Album Thread
Replies: 82
Views: 13893

Re: Upcoming Album Thread

To add to the already noted indie/alt rock albums coming out soon: in May: 4 Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock 4 New Pornographers - Together 4 Minus the bear - Omni 11 The National - new album 18 Wintersleep - new album I think they all conspired against me to put out new albums at the same ti...
by psychosomaticism
Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Rent in your area
Replies: 36
Views: 2617

Re: Rent in your area

When I look at these rent prices above, I have to remind myself that they probably aren't in Canadian dollars, as those always seem to be larger for some reason (minimum wage is $8 or more depending on province, so I guess that's something). I'm trying to find a new place on Vancouver Island, BC, an...
by psychosomaticism
Tue Feb 16, 2010 7:38 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Too many scientists?
Replies: 79
Views: 10658

Re: Too many scientists?

Does it not have to do with the subject matter? I would think that (relatively) newer fields like molecular biology, microbiology, any health science, energy production chemistry and physics, etc., would have a better chance than say, theoretical math, non-atomic physics, etc. Really though, it's wh...
by psychosomaticism
Sat Feb 13, 2010 12:16 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Olympic Luger Dies
Replies: 40
Views: 3749

Re: Olympic Luger Dies

I would hate to be the guy next in line.
by psychosomaticism
Wed Feb 10, 2010 7:19 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0700: "Complexion"
Replies: 93
Views: 29390

Re: "Complexion" Discussion

Batman is clearly punching because he wants double blind experiments and not because he has any association with coin tossing.
by psychosomaticism
Tue Feb 09, 2010 4:36 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: INDIE
Replies: 7
Views: 1286

Re: INDIE

I think indie is a bad description to put on music from independent artists because it devalues the actual work they do in the same way that lumping any band in with similar bands. Who cares what genre it is, so long as the band makes decent music. That being said, a lot of the time I find that I li...
by psychosomaticism
Mon Feb 08, 2010 4:48 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: INDIE
Replies: 7
Views: 1286

Re: INDIE

"Indie" as a label: being on an independent record label, usually one that's small-time and owned/managed by a small group of people that isn't a corporation, existing apart from major record labels. (See: Wiki ) Some of my favorites: Arts & Crafts, (Metric is one of the bands there) M...
by psychosomaticism
Sat Feb 06, 2010 8:38 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Current state of math education
Replies: 23
Views: 2873

Re: Current state of math education

Needs to be started earlier. I think a lot of time in the grades 4-7 or so are not spent as productively as possible. You could introduce so much more if the subjects were taught by more specialized teachers in lower grades. It isn't a solution, but I think it'd be a step in the right direction.
by psychosomaticism
Sat Feb 06, 2010 6:36 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Reassurance Thread
Replies: 28
Views: 2300

Re: Reassurance Thread

Whatever happens, you won't turn out as badly as a Dostoyevsky character. Unless you happen to have a servant who's also your bastard half-brother that's framing you for murder. But that's not too common. Happens every now and then, I suppose. But really, you've got to admit it's getting be...
by psychosomaticism
Sat Feb 06, 2010 3:30 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Reassurance Thread
Replies: 28
Views: 2300

Re: Reassurance Thread

Whatever happens, you won't turn out as badly as a Dostoyevsky character. Unless you happen to have a servant who's also your bastard half-brother that's framing you for murder. But that's not too common. Happens every now and then, I suppose. But really, you've got to admit it's getting be...
by psychosomaticism
Sat Feb 06, 2010 3:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Red Spiders
Replies: 8
Views: 3572

Re: The Red Spiders

If people ate x spiders in their sleep, would we not have reports of f(x) people dying due to spider ingestion/choking/the litter bugger bites you because your esophagus isn't spider country? I say it can be debunked because the alternative answer is more likely (yeah, so shoot me, that isn't really...
by psychosomaticism
Sat Feb 06, 2010 3:22 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Airline goes green while educating passengers
Replies: 12
Views: 1062

Re: Airline goes green while educating passengers

Levi wrote:I love what they decided to label the pilot. I wish more companies were less serious.


When I read this, I thought you meant that the pilot had to wear a green uniform with little arrows on it. "hand (good at pushing buttons and the like)."
by psychosomaticism
Wed Jan 27, 2010 6:29 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Biochemistry Study Habits
Replies: 5
Views: 1073

Re: Biochemistry Study Habits

Mnemonics help, especially with memorizing amino acids (I got all of them down with structures and categories in a couple days). I would also write a few structures on my whiteboard and have them passively in my eyesight all day (not sure how much that helped, was probably moreso the writing it out)...
by psychosomaticism
Tue Jan 26, 2010 3:38 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Best webcomic voting
Replies: 19
Views: 2437

Re: Best webcomic voting

Man. Make me pick between xkcd, QC, and Hark a Vagrant, not fair. Why couldn't it be a single transferable vote, or something other than pick one?

EDIT: Also: a newspaper that acknowledges webcomics? Weird, but cool.
by psychosomaticism
Sat Jan 23, 2010 6:40 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Norway responsible for cold; has punctured thermosphere
Replies: 50
Views: 4035

Re: Norway responsible for cold; has punctured thermosphere

Decker wrote:So, it's like nuclear winter, except without all the radiation.

So... just regular winter then.

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