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Re: Venting Thread Gamma

Postby Theremin » 24 Aug 2011, 16:44

Hey now, compared to most other countries, America's genocide and enslavement record is absolutely minuscule.

But hey, give it time.
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Re: Venting Thread Gamma

Postby Deedles » 24 Aug 2011, 17:06

I know that I'm exaggerating, and I know that America is a proud country and that there's certainly nothing wrong with that ... it's just the completely delusional twats who think that America owns everything, everyone, is best at everyone and that everyone loves them unconditionally. Ugh, just the sheer ignorance and complete and utter arrogance.
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Re: Venting Thread Gamma

Postby goat » 24 Aug 2011, 17:30

Theremin wrote:Hey now, compared to most other countries, America's genocide and enslavement record is absolutely minuscule.

But hey, give it time.


I'd give you guys the subjugation honors, but I don't think the brits have ever had a good old fashioned genocide.
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Re: Venting Thread Gamma

Postby Lyinginbedmon » 24 Aug 2011, 17:36

I'm reasonably sure you don't go to hell for stating truth.
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Re: Venting Thread Gamma

Postby Ottoman » 24 Aug 2011, 17:39

You haven't spent much time studying modern religion, have you?
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Re: Venting Thread Gamma

Postby Gollom » 24 Aug 2011, 17:47

goat wrote:I'd give you guys the subjugation honors, but I don't think the brits have ever had a good old fashioned genocide.


Your naivety is adorable. But we should probably not go down this road, or we'll end up with Venting Thread Delta.

Also: what the hell, August? You're cruising along, all nice temperatures and low humidity and then BAM! It's 42 with the humidex and I'm sweating while trying in vain to breath.
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Re: Venting Thread Gamma

Postby korri » 24 Aug 2011, 17:51

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Re: Venting Thread Gamma

Postby Lyinginbedmon » 24 Aug 2011, 17:52

Ottoman wrote:You haven't spent much time studying modern religion, have you?

No no, stating truth is alright, you just have to believe nonsense.

AND NOW BACK TO YOUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED VENTING THREAD

So you won't do the dishwasher, you won't take the rubbish out, you won't feed OR clean the guinea pig, you won't buy groceries or even tell me which ones we need, and you don't provide any source of income for the household.

Why have I not murdered you yet, brother?
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Re: Venting Thread Gamma

Postby goat » 24 Aug 2011, 18:02

Gollom wrote:
goat wrote:I'd give you guys the subjugation honors, but I don't think the brits have ever had a good old fashioned genocide.


Your naivety is adorable. But we should probably not go down this road, or we'll end up with Venting Thread Delta.


And your pedantry is fucking annoying.

(yes, that was a proper vent. I was/am pretty genuinely angry about that)

More proper venting:

I get that this is a complicated process and therefore the mechanisms underneath it are going to be complicated, but I swear this is almost unnecessarily difficult.
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Re: Venting Thread Gamma

Postby empath » 24 Aug 2011, 19:11

goat wrote:
Theremin wrote:Hey now, compared to most other countries, America's genocide and enslavement record is absolutely minuscule.

But hey, give it time.


I'd give you guys the subjugation honors, but I don't think the brits have ever had a good old fashioned genocide.



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Re: Venting Thread Gamma

Postby TheRocket » 24 Aug 2011, 21:25

These aftershocks need to NOT happen when I need to take a giant dumpledore and the harry plopper is in use. Holy hell. Almost poop'd mah pants.


Okay not really but mother nature is not helping the cause.
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Re: Venting Thread Gamma

Postby 2stepz » 24 Aug 2011, 21:48

Self - please stop impulse shopping on the internet at oh-too-late-at-night. I know you want to look snazzy for the wedding next weekend, but you have a closet full of clothes. Finding a hole in your favorite skirt does not justify buying $125 worth of clothes and shoes; Neither does the fact they are "on sale."
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Re: Venting Thread Gamma

Postby OMGItsSarah » 24 Aug 2011, 22:07

Blah blah blah generic teenage girl facebook drama blah blah I have no friends blah.
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Re: Venting Thread Gamma

Postby TheRocket » 24 Aug 2011, 22:11

2stepz wrote:Self - please stop impulse shopping on the internet at oh-too-late-at-night. I know you want to look snazzy for the wedding next weekend, but you have a closet full of clothes. Finding a hole in your favorite skirt does not justify buying $125 worth of clothes and shoes; Neither does the fact they are "on sale."



I've been reminding myself I'm poor and unemployed browsing ThinkGeek late at night... So. Many. Items. Want.
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Re: Venting Thread Gamma

Postby TheRocket » 24 Aug 2011, 22:58

On other venting earthquakey related goodness... I live about an hour away from the epicenter of the quake. It's now coming to light how much damage there was and a lot of the old historic buildings are so damaged that they are being condemned. There was a gas leak not far from my house with a lot of damage to stores and mom and pop shops and their inventory. A lot of houses were flooded due to bursting pipes. Unfortunately there are a lot of people who are screwed because earthquake damage won't be covered in their insurance. As funny as all the hipster "my earthquakes are better than yours" are, it's sad to see that this quake didn't go by with a larger roar than a swipe like we had thought. Looking at the photos of roofs collapsed on vehicles and part of building scattered on the pavement, it's a wonder and a miracle no people were hurt. I'm so thankful that we didn't experience any devesation or death, but I'm still sad to see the effect it had on people and businesses around here.
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Re: Venting Thread Gamma

Postby tak197 » 24 Aug 2011, 23:54

I understand the scary stuff that happened to you in your area, Siobhan. Most of my ire for the people bitching about the quake is directed at the people in NEW YORK FUCKING CITY who lost their shit when the buildings moved a little. NEWSFLASH: HIGHRISES MOVE IN A LIGHT BREEZE AS WELL. I live an hour west-southwest from NYC and I DIDN'T FEEL A GODDAMN THING! My own university was texting people "no damages or injuries reported from quake as of yet, more details to follow." MY UNIVERSITY IS IN THE MIDDLE OF FUCKING NOWHERE PENNSYLVANIA!!!! JESUS STATE COLLEGE, CALM THE FUCK DOWN!

I'm glad you guys are all okay though.
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Re: Venting Thread Gamma

Postby TheRocket » 25 Aug 2011, 00:45

It truly was not devastating and was given way to much media attention, but that is simply because it is a rare occurance. If there was a blizzard and it dropped to - 30 in California, people would be shitting themselves and talking about it for years, whereas most Canadians would laugh at them.
I totally get the poking fun, I do, even I made some quips about it. However I'm just sad to see that places didn't get away completely unscathed like we thought. I think what a lot of people don't realize is that in places such as DC and NYC when the ground and buildings started shaking they were not thinking it was an earthquake, they were thinking it was another terrorist attack.

Anyways, I'm glad to see that for the places that were affected people have already come together to help them.

We are fine.. we were out of the way when it happened. I spent the afternoon cleaning up some stuff that had fallen off the sheleves and broke. Funny story, I had just anchored in the shelves this past weekend. My craftmanship is FLAWLESS.
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Re: Venting Thread Gamma

Postby Lord Chrusher » 25 Aug 2011, 03:24

Grrr

I had my 18 month review this week. The presentation went quite well and everyone was positive about it. However my review committee was less impressed by my review document and want me to revise it and resubmit it.

This is not why I am venting.

One of the things my committee wants to me to change is my thesis plan. When I wrote the thesis plan last week we planed on doing three papers by the end of my PhD. However it no longer looks like there is enough for one of the papers while one of the other papers looks like it will be significantly more work than I though it was going to be. It looks like I will have to work really hard for rest of my PhD. I feel like I wasted the first year of my PhD.
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Re: Venting Thread Gamma

Postby Lyinginbedmon » 25 Aug 2011, 04:10

Kaku is calling doom and gloom over the earthquake.

FOR THE LOVE OF NEWTON MAN, YOU ARE A THEORETICAL PHYSICIST!
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Re: Venting Thread Gamma

Postby Dutch guy » 25 Aug 2011, 04:47

Kaku should go screw himself. Seriously. He is a smart guy yet every time something like this happens he starts ranting bat-shit crazy with shit even I as a lower educated Mechanical Engineer can understand as being flawed at best.
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Re: Venting Thread Gamma

Postby Geoff_B » 25 Aug 2011, 04:49

Does he believe what he says in interviews or does he say it to be sensationalist? Does anyone?
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Re: Venting Thread Gamma

Postby Lyinginbedmon » 25 Aug 2011, 04:54

I'm sure he's being sensationalist, when Fukushima went up he started toting that we should shutdown every nuclear reactor, that it was a deathly threat we shouldn't ever have messed with...and pushing out that he had a new book.

He completely skipped over the fact that after surviving a total power outage, a huge earthquake, and a gigantic tsunami, Fukushima was still standing and never even got close to going critical. That is a testament to the stability of these reactors now and he still treats it like Chernobyl 2.0
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Re: Venting Thread Gamma

Postby korri » 25 Aug 2011, 05:03

Lord Chrusher wrote:Grrr

I had my 18 month review this week. The presentation went quite well and everyone was positive about it. However my review committee was less impressed by my review document and want me to revise it and resubmit it.

This is not why I am venting.

One of the things my committee wants to me to change is my thesis plan. When I wrote the thesis plan last week we planed on doing three papers by the end of my PhD. However it no longer looks like there is enough for one of the papers while one of the other papers looks like it will be significantly more work than I though it was going to be. It looks like I will have to work really hard for rest of my PhD. I feel like I wasted the first year of my PhD.


At least you didn't waste two years on a project that is completely unrelated to anything else you're going to be working on. So now I'm taking a short detour and getting my MS degree with it (hopefully).

And now I'm going to be a TA this semester, and silly me, I assumed I would be the TA for my adviser and no the TA for the freshman engineering programming class. You know the one where they teach you Unix, matlab, html and c++, the stuff I've never learned... And its the only class where the TAs are required to attend twice a week. so I'm going to be spending more time TAing then doing my own work and classes...
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Re: Venting Thread Gamma

Postby Lord Chrusher » 25 Aug 2011, 05:19

One difference for me is that I have a hard end date. My visa and tuition waver end two and a half years from now. My funding is only guaranteed for a year and a half more although I should be able to get a six month extension.

The vent for this post.

With in the last couple weeks we have learned that the six month extensions are no longer automatic.
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Re: Venting Thread Gamma

Postby Ahlir » 25 Aug 2011, 05:22

I am very very very bored. It's midnight and I'm not tired. and I have to go camping tomorrow with the internet, for three days
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