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by ks_physicist
Fri Mar 21, 2014 8:26 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Physics pic/meme: guy w/physics work, girl distracts...
Replies: 3
Views: 6392

Re: Physics pic/meme: guy w/physics work, girl distracts...

Sweet Jesus, I tried at least a dozen searches. That's the one. Thank you!
by ks_physicist
Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:14 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Physics pic/meme: guy w/physics work, girl distracts...
Replies: 3
Views: 6392

Physics pic/meme: guy w/physics work, girl distracts...

I've been trying to find a series of pictures I ran across YEARS ago. Possibly 10+ years, but likely post-1999. The one I particularly remember was a guy sitting with a Serway Physics textbook, either reading or doing work, and a girl appearing to try to seduce him. It might have had a title or text...
by ks_physicist
Tue Oct 09, 2012 8:18 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1118: "Microsoft"
Replies: 134
Views: 39719

Re: 1118: "Microsoft"

The environment is much different. For one thing, if Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook are all doing this thing, then it isn't really a monopoly. Oligopoly maybe. And none of the above seem to be using multiple linked markets with the specific aim of eliminating competitors from the market. The...
by ks_physicist
Mon May 07, 2012 5:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”
Replies: 240
Views: 65813

Re: 1052: “Every Major’s Terrible”

I'm just fuming that "physics major" redirects to engineer.

Wouldn't bother me quite so much if physics majors could actually still have a decent chance of getting jobs as engineers (as was apparently one the case).
by ks_physicist
Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:04 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0936: "Password Strength"
Replies: 893
Views: 320791

Re: 0936: "Password Strength"

No one will guess that my password is 1q2w3e4r.
by ks_physicist
Wed Jul 27, 2011 4:17 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0930: "Days of the Week"
Replies: 126
Views: 29486

Re: 930: Days of the Week

Fun concept, but tl;dr.
by ks_physicist
Thu May 26, 2011 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0903: "Extended Mind"
Replies: 666
Views: 186701

Re: 0903: "Extended Mind"

Holy crap, he's right. Not that I doubt Randall. I went to Wikipedia and asked for a random article. I decided I would ignore links in the italicized notes at the beginning of the article. Random page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harpatagunj http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Village_development_committe...
by ks_physicist
Sat Mar 20, 2010 7:27 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: You might be a physics major if...
Replies: 540
Views: 64469

Re: You might be a physics major if...

YMBAPM if you ever purchase a textbook solely because it is a better reference than the textbook you already have on that topic.
by ks_physicist
Tue Dec 22, 2009 5:17 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: ACT scores
Replies: 81
Views: 10922

Re: ACT scores

Problem: The scoring system has changed at least once since the most recent time I took it.
by ks_physicist
Tue Dec 22, 2009 5:10 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: I need pen recommendations!
Replies: 46
Views: 4886

Re: I need pen recommendations!

All of my suggestions have already been made in the thread so far, but I want to tag it for the future...

Wait, has anyone mentioned the Pilot Precise Deluxe (Extra Fine)? I loved these for years...it looks like they d/c'ed them, but the replacement is reasonably similar.
by ks_physicist
Tue Dec 22, 2009 4:39 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Scientific Method
Replies: 97
Views: 14377

Re: Scientific Method

The Scientific Method (TM) is probably emphasized for two reasons. 1. There is a standardized test question on a state assessment that asks about The Scientific Method (TM). 2. It is a useful guide for the completely clueless for "what to do next". The problems begin when people (book auth...
by ks_physicist
Tue Dec 22, 2009 4:35 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: You might be a physics major if...
Replies: 540
Views: 64469

Re: You might be a physics major if...

They're DC devices, but with shitty power supplies. Since AC power runs at ~60 Hz, the lights flicker. Waving them around causes multiple images due to persistence of vision. YMBAPM if you use the same general effect to determine which cars on the highway in front of you have LED taillamps. (And wh...
by ks_physicist
Sat Jul 18, 2009 9:01 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Question to the anthropologists out there, about fire.
Replies: 22
Views: 2210

Re: Question to the anthropologists out there, about fire.

That's pretty difficult to pinpoint. I can say with probable certainty that fire has passed on generations, but millenia seems highly unlikely. Forest and grass fires are pretty common. If you find one, you're no longer dependent on the old group and can move out with your friends. But wouldn't it ...
by ks_physicist
Wed Jul 01, 2009 8:50 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: You might be a physics major if...
Replies: 540
Views: 64469

Re: You might be a physics major if...

... if you correct people when they ask if you're a "quantum physicist" with "every physicist is a quantum physicist." News to me! Really? Which area of physics doesn't involve QM in one way or another then? I can think of a few but they are not very many, a tiny minority really...
by ks_physicist
Sat Jun 06, 2009 8:47 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: You might be a physics major if...
Replies: 540
Views: 64469

Re: You might be a physics major if...

I'm going to cheat a little...


You might be a physics teacher if the calculus teacher has ever been mad at you because you taught your students the uses of calculus before she taught them the foundation of calculus...
by ks_physicist
Mon Apr 27, 2009 4:39 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Teaching students how to write malware
Replies: 51
Views: 12897

Re: Teaching students how to write malware

Still...the school should allow students to take the course as "independent study" with no record of exactly what course it was that you independently studied. A school granting degree credit without disclosing what the credit was for would probably have significant trouble keeping that d...
by ks_physicist
Sat Apr 25, 2009 11:23 pm UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Teaching students how to write malware
Replies: 51
Views: 12897

Re: Teaching students how to write malware

Any company that refuses to hire people because those people have taken coursework to expand their knowledge base--and to expand it in a way that would directly and substantially increase their value to the company--is a useless company that should be discarded. Still...the school should allow stude...
by ks_physicist
Wed Jan 28, 2009 6:19 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Physicists, assemble!
Replies: 17
Views: 3128

Re: Physicists, assemble!

I know three people pursuing medical physics as a career. One is about done with her program, another is accepted but deferring for personal reasons, and a third just entered a Ph.D. program. (The first two are doing the MS, which is more clinical--the Ph.D. is often more research focused, though yo...
by ks_physicist
Sat Jan 24, 2009 7:53 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Physicists, assemble!
Replies: 17
Views: 3128

Re: Physicists, assemble!

BA Physics, MS Physics. Teaching, secondary (7th-12th grade by license, 9th-12th by job).

I was exploring a number of options a few years ago when I decided to take the teaching route.
by ks_physicist
Sat Jan 17, 2009 10:22 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Teachers that cannot teach
Replies: 473
Views: 69910

Re: Teachers that cannot teach

Just so you know, one of the teacher tricks when dealing with a loud classroom is, rather than raising your voice, to drop it.

It works.
by ks_physicist
Thu Dec 04, 2008 3:42 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Calculator glitch?
Replies: 7
Views: 3107

Re: Calculator glitch?

I just tried it on a TI-85. 0.[pi] returns zero. 1.[pi] returns 3.141... 2.[pi] returns 6.283... 0.3.14159 returns SYNTAX ERROR, as it should. So, it is seeing the "0." as zero point nothing, and "1." as one point nothing, and then behaving as if you had put in "0 [pi]"...
by ks_physicist
Sat Nov 29, 2008 2:31 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Standard units in America?
Replies: 136
Views: 12126

Re: Standard units in America?

The problem I see is that, while schools usually teach metric, all of the 'common' measurements are in Imperial/British. So, you talk Meters and Kilograms in physics class, but when it "counts" you drive to practice in a car with a speedometer in MPH, weigh in on a scale that measures poun...
by ks_physicist
Sat Nov 29, 2008 2:21 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Time varying radioactive decay?
Replies: 14
Views: 4140

Re: Time varying radioactive decay?

ArXiv has been trying to increase their 'street cred' by requiring authors to be recommended for publication by an established ArXiv contributor. It is NOT peer-review, but it is a screening process that, as an idea, might help screen out crackpot authors.
by ks_physicist
Mon Nov 10, 2008 3:26 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Reading many switches with few pins
Replies: 11
Views: 1775

Re: Reading many switches with few pins

I guess my Plymouth Neon is "moderately expensive" then. :D

Five switches control the cruise functions (on, off, set, cancel, resume), but only one signal line (and a common ground). They use similar logic to the original poster's--resistances that do not duplicate in combinations.
by ks_physicist
Sun Oct 05, 2008 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: SCCA autox and getting into grassroots racing
Replies: 57
Views: 7412

Re: SCCA autox and getting into grassroots racing

Such a sad turn of events. The guy who's been letting me drive his car for, oh, 7 years is moving to Tampa and taking the car with him. Since i just sold my RX-7 I'm completely without a car. http://a20.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/115/l_93dbbe71d47c7a3f65f53cb05f9958f3.jpg Ooh, I have always ...
by ks_physicist
Sun Oct 05, 2008 6:11 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Boy Thread: put a hat on ur butt
Replies: 14355
Views: 1444330

Re: Boy Thread: All the good names were taken

Hmm, maybe you haven't looked in the right places? I know several stores in my area (both in dallas and in austin) where a decent fedora costs only between 30-50 dollars. True. I found the fedora that I'm sporting in my Post Ya Fehs post in the local mall for $44...but it was 25% off and I had anot...
by ks_physicist
Tue Aug 26, 2008 8:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Has anyone saved every XKCD to their PC?
Replies: 13
Views: 1467

Re: Has anyone saved every XKCD to their PC?

Yuffie wrote:DownThemAll. ...deja vu here...


Best Firefox add-on yet. Currently downloading all of the LHC documents from the IoP.
by ks_physicist
Mon Aug 25, 2008 12:54 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Teachers that cannot teach
Replies: 473
Views: 69910

Re: Teachers that cannot teach

I'm moving into a more inquiry-based mode of teaching, and I have students who are so ingrained with the lecture/regurgitation method that they are very resistant. They complain that I'm not explaining things, and they just want me to explain things. They don't like having to work for their knowledg...
by ks_physicist
Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:34 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Favorite home experiments
Replies: 590
Views: 485060

Re: Favorite home experiments

I haven't read through the entire thread yet, so someone may have posted this idea, but one cool and easy thing is this: cheap laser pointer + pliers (with wire cutting/stripping section) = instant demo of single slit diffraction. Another neat way to demo diffraction is to pluck a hair from your he...
by ks_physicist
Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:27 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Your First Publication
Replies: 42
Views: 5069

Re: Your First Publication

Grr. I went to a school where there was no real research going on, and consequently no opportunity for undergraduates to get involved. Had I only known that before hand...and how important it would turn out to be...I would either have gone elsewhere, or switched to a chemistry major, a department wh...
by ks_physicist
Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:22 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Packs to teach electronics/circuits?
Replies: 2
Views: 1045

Re: Packs to teach electronics/circuits?

You might benefit greatly from one of the Parallax kits. Don't laugh, but Radio Shack actually has a good deal on these. What's a Microcontroller (kit) I handed one of these to a motivated student of mine last year when he needed to learn about electronics for a Science Olympiad competition (he buil...
by ks_physicist
Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:05 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Physics Tattoo Ideas
Replies: 63
Views: 17810

Re: Physics Tattoo Ideas

I waffle back and forth over getting a tattoo; I thought of getting one to commemorate my first master's, but actually finishing the degree was such a long and murky process that I never actually felt like doing it. By the time I was done, I wanted no reminders that I had ever done it! (I feel a lit...
by ks_physicist
Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:06 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Strange or even mildly amusing things about your body
Replies: 1607
Views: 193440

Re: Strange or even mildly amusing things about your body

My eyes change colour based on the weather. If it's going to be (A freaking awesome) thunderstorm in 12-24 hours, my eyes are this really vibrant electric blue. The combination of knowing there's a thunderstorm and 'Eyes I could get lost in' tend to make girls VERY flirty with me. That is the singl...
by ks_physicist
Thu Jul 17, 2008 1:08 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Strange or even mildly amusing things about your body
Replies: 1607
Views: 193440

Re: Strange or even mildly amusing things about your body

Tag for later reading...from p. 9
by ks_physicist
Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:25 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The World is Ending- What Do You Do?
Replies: 76
Views: 6181

Re: The World is Ending- What Do You Do?

I don't know what exactly I would do, but I know that I would put it all on a credit card.

And, at the very end, I would rather be at home with my wife and our pets than anywhere else in the world.
by ks_physicist
Sun Jul 13, 2008 5:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: XKCD in Foxtrot
Replies: 25
Views: 5545

Re: XKCD in Foxtrot

Dang. I was all hoping to scoop the board with that...
by ks_physicist
Sun Jun 29, 2008 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Could anyone suggest good scientific literature?
Replies: 18
Views: 2510

Re: Could anyone suggest good scientific literature?

You could try some of the more education-oriented journals. Some are more readable than others. For example, The Physics Teacher is a very readable journal that tends to have simpler topics (as it is focused on a more high-school to undergraduate level). The American Journal of Physics is also educa...
by ks_physicist
Sun Jun 29, 2008 5:53 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Physics careers
Replies: 13
Views: 2216

Re: Physics careers

I'll expand later, but in short, we found that government agencies (see usajobs.gov) and SOME defense contractors (especially Lockheed at the time) were physicist-positive, and you would frequently (as of 2006) see engineering or engineering-related positions listed with physics as one of the prefer...
by ks_physicist
Sun Jun 29, 2008 5:45 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Firearms for self defence
Replies: 360
Views: 31043

Re: Firearms for self defence

Tagging this for reading later...

ETA: Apparently, I already did. Sorry!
by ks_physicist
Sat Jun 28, 2008 8:46 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Could anyone suggest good scientific literature?
Replies: 18
Views: 2510

Re: Could anyone suggest good scientific literature?

What science? Any science in general?

Feynman is good for physics. What are you interested in?

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