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  1. Pretty sure the German term "lebensunwertes Leben" was invented for mosquitoes.

  2. The only place to buy coffee with all the construction on campus only has decaf. Considered cancelling my 8.30am lecture in protest. 

    1. CharonY

      CharonY

      That is an atrocity and will only lead to an black market beans. I think it is time to get an espresso machine.

  3. I met another one today. An intelligent, normal looking guy, physics PHD, worked in CERN, no wife no children, no financial problems, convinced he's a looser, depressed and on the virge of suicide. Morons run around this world happily smiling knowing everything and valuable people are dying out in front of us. WTF is happening.

    1. CharonY

      CharonY

      Also, not a good combination with a stressful and competitive job.

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  4. Anyone here watched Grave of Fireflies? Just watched it for the second time: forgot just how brilliant and completely devastating that film is. Studio Ghibli is several orders of magnitude better than Disney.

    1. CharonY

      CharonY

      For small children I would definitely be careful with (off the top of my head) the above mentioned Grave of the Fireflies (maybe ages 10-12+), Princess Mononoke (gore and violence), maybe Nausicaa (bit of violence), Castle in the sky (ditto). And there are many movies that are certainly boring for small kids, such as Only Yesterday or From Up On Poppy Hill which are clearly not made for children as an audience in mind. It is clearly up to debate but they are clearly not sanitized as Disney mo...

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  5. Anyone here watched Grave of Fireflies? Just watched it for the second time: forgot just how brilliant and completely devastating that film is. Studio Ghibli is several orders of magnitude better than Disney.

    1. CharonY

      CharonY

      I am not sure about that of many of the Ghibli movies. While many are suitable for children, some are decidedly too violent or deal with adult(ish) themes. Even movies which are about children have a tint of nostalgia to them, that is markedly absent in Disney.

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  6. Anyone here watched Grave of Fireflies? Just watched it for the second time: forgot just how brilliant and completely devastating that film is. Studio Ghibli is several orders of magnitude better than Disney.

    1. CharonY

      CharonY

      Disney seems to be mostly aimed at children (though the first part of UP was good storytelling). Ghibli seems to be geared towards the child in adults. It often shows conflict and joy that we really only appreciate with hindsight.

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  7. The perks of living in Australia. We have two possums that live in the roof of the mass spec room. Yesterday one of them urinated all over a piece of equipment worth many hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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      CharonY

      Totally unrelated but I always find certain types of classification funny that were apparently derived from the marketing section of MS companies (HR vs accurate mass, MRM vs SRM, etc).

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  8. The perks of living in Australia. We have two possums that live in the roof of the mass spec room. Yesterday one of them urinated all over a piece of equipment worth many hundreds of thousands of dollars.

    1. CharonY

      CharonY

      Well, in a brand new building my 1 mill MS got rained upon as apparently being watertight was too expensive. Rather the company just decided to declare bancruptcy #NorthAmericathings

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  9. My parents refuse to allow me to invest the $500 that I have saved up to use in the stock market.

    1. CharonY

      CharonY

      Penny stocks are one of the riskiest segments you could invest in (and particularly rife with scams). Some casino gambles have better odds.

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  10. My parents refuse to allow me to invest the $500 that I have saved up to use in the stock market.

    1. CharonY

      CharonY

      If you do short term investments there is a far better chance you end up with losses, instead.

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  11. I overheard a particularly incompetant colleague of mine tell another student that you 'learn through mistakes,' just now. Whille I believe the statement to be true, if all you ever do is make mistakes (as he does), then have you really learned anything?

    1. CharonY

      CharonY

      D-K does not necessarily prevent someone to learn, though. It just means that the person incorrectly assess own and other's competence in a given field. Coupled with an inability to learn is quite devastating, though.

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  12. I overheard a particularly incompetant colleague of mine tell another student that you 'learn through mistakes,' just now. Whille I believe the statement to be true, if all you ever do is make mistakes (as he does), then have you really learned anything?

    1. CharonY

      CharonY

      And/or you learn what the mistake is in the first place. If all you do is mistakes, there is a learning opportunity there, too. Whether one takes the lesson is another issue.

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  13. Scientists had to delete Urban Dictionary's data from the memory of IBM's Watson, because it was learning to swear in its answers.

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      CharonY

      Whatever happens, don't let it on twitter.

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  14. "Any serious attempt to do anything worthwhile is ritualistic."—Derek Walcott,

  15. "Any serious attempt to do anything worthwhile is ritualistic."—Derek Walcott,

    1. CharonY

      CharonY

      Yes I was being facetious and tried to use an amusing example. Setting up the bench in a certain way just did not have the same ring as a ritualistic sacrifice, but would look similar to the observer (and blood was actually involved).

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  16. "Any serious attempt to do anything worthwhile is ritualistic."—Derek Walcott,

    1. CharonY

      CharonY

      Now that is just silly. Serious attempts at anything worthwhile requires ration planning and execution. Now if you'll excuse me, I have an important experiment and have not conducted the proper sacrifices yet.

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  17. My first ever graduate student defended today - fake it until your grad students make it?

    1. CharonY

      CharonY

      It is the circle of taking.

      And it moves us all

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  18. Does imposter syndrome ever go away?

  19. Returned my unused Zyban and signed off from my smoking adviser today. Job done, hopefully..

  20. nightmare on election day...

    1. CharonY

      CharonY

      You normally wake up from a nightmare not to one.

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  21. Just welcomed my first postdoc to my lab!

    1. CharonY

      CharonY

      Here's to a mutually beneficial relationship.

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  22. I am going to give a talk at the University of Swansea - my old undergrad uni. The talk will be about Lagrangian mechanics on supermanifolds.

  23. My father died last night - so I won't be posting here as regular

    1. CharonY

      CharonY

      So sorry to for your loss and my sincerest condolences to you and your family.

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  24. going for a record in "umm ahh". My evolution 2016 talk is online https://goo.gl/YTTxlu

    1. CharonY

      CharonY

      I have you beat in the "rush through slides and skipping explanation until you realize half-way through that this is audience actually needed the explanation"-section.

  25. Made five coffees this morning with milk in...when I'm supposed to be fasting for a blood test. Old habits die hard.!

    1. CharonY

      CharonY

      That I don't know. The mechanisms of the health benefits are not really known (and they may be confounding factors). However, a handful of studies suggest that decaff also has benefits, but it is much less studied. If you are sensitive to caffeine it could be better, though. Also detrimental effects of caffeine tend to be only short-term (such as increased blood pressure). So even significant consumption (unless we are talking massive amounts) are likely not detrimental in the long term (...

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