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by Eps
Wed Feb 27, 2008 6:08 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: The Asus Eee thread
Replies: 268
Views: 42398

Re: The Asus Eee thread

Besides, If he's not used Linux, he's not really a computer geek. It's kind of a rite of passage... one way or the other ;)
by Eps
Wed Feb 27, 2008 5:57 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Math Software
Replies: 143
Views: 164211

Re: Can't find good math software

There is always ROOT, for power users. It's basically a command-line (ie. script) driven data visualization system with an internal language, CINT, that is almost identical to C++. Limited it ain't, but the learning curve is pretty damn steep, so be warned!
by Eps
Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: College for Physics Major
Replies: 18
Views: 2042

Re: College for Physics Major

It's also not true that if you don't go to a big name school for undergraduate that you won't get into a good graduate school. I know. I specifically stated that if you want to go to graduate school, looking at good liberal arts colleges is a good idea. It's when you want to use your degree to (e.g...
by Eps
Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Thinking about the PhD. Asking for advice on writing Profs
Replies: 7
Views: 2263

Re: Thinking about the PhD. Asking for advice on writing Profs

I can't think of a prof whom I've met in any area who would accept a PhD student just because they're "interested" in the field and have a good track record. Everyone in my field (physics) does this, so long as you're interested in their subfield of choice of course. In fact, in many area...
by Eps
Thu Feb 21, 2008 11:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Today I am made of Smug ((The Smug Stories Thread))
Replies: 311
Views: 32537

Re: Today I am made of Smug ((The Smug Stories Thread))

That's the problem with using facetiousness and hyperbole on the interwub; you never know where they will go. Should you imply that I am unable to pick up such subtleties on the Interwebs again, Sir, I shall be forced to stab you through the eyes with cocktail sticks. I merely had to defend the hon...
by Eps
Wed Feb 20, 2008 10:06 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Thinking about the PhD. Asking for advice on writing Profs
Replies: 7
Views: 2263

Re: Thinking about the PhD. Asking for advice on writing Profs

I'm good friends with several PhD's and PhD students. <advice> This advice is quite good, but only for some fields and subfields. For example, in physics, biology and chemistry it's more a case of finding an advisor working on something you're interested in than it is presenting your idea for a res...
by Eps
Wed Feb 20, 2008 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: College for Physics Major
Replies: 18
Views: 2042

Re: College for Physics Major

++$_ 's reply is a great example of why I'd never have wanted to be an undergrad at Caltech, though I hear it's a great place to be in grad school (if you don't mind the fact that half the undergrads are smarter than you). Have a look at this website: http://www.gradschoolshopper.com . It lists data...
by Eps
Wed Feb 20, 2008 9:34 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Miscellaneous Science Questions
Replies: 2958
Views: 711797

Re: Common Questions

K-squared, did you even read what I wrote, or did you just skim the post? Pertinent words bolded: Another common misconception: The idea that "quantum physics and relativity are completely irreconcilable" is not correct. Quantum mechanics and special relativity have been combined to a high...
by Eps
Wed Feb 20, 2008 9:24 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Lurkers!
Replies: 151
Views: 10511

Re: Were you a lurker?

I lurked for several months before I posted. After a few weeks, I knew the nature of the fora. But the main reason I lurked for so long is that I just couldn't be bothered registering and posting, to be honest.
by Eps
Wed Feb 20, 2008 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Today I am made of Smug ((The Smug Stories Thread))
Replies: 311
Views: 32537

Re: Today I am made of Smug ((The Smug Stories Thread))

Sorry to reanimate this discussion, but: University of Central Florida. :( I thought all schools in Florida were just excuses to have football programs. I suppose they need to recruit a few students to maintain academic standing. In my more cynical moments I'm tempted to agree, but there are several...
by Eps
Sat Feb 16, 2008 7:33 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Randall Munroe is my President.
Replies: 12
Views: 1629

Re: Randall Munroe is my President.

Sorry, Al Gore is the President of the Internet. He even said so. Sort of.
by Eps
Fri Feb 15, 2008 1:41 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: decent headphones
Replies: 37
Views: 6099

Re: decent headphones

Okay, first off, credentials: I worked as a sound engineer and technician for several years, both live and in the studio, and still follow the industry quite closely. There are two definitions of 'good bass': exaggerated bass response, and accurate bass response. The former puts a deliberate bump in...
by Eps
Fri Feb 15, 2008 1:21 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: The nature of Neutrons
Replies: 24
Views: 2792

Re: The nature of Neutrons

What a load of old shit. Next!
by Eps
Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:57 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Am I Doin This Rite? (Shaving w/disposable razor)
Replies: 40
Views: 6058

Re: Am I Doin This Rite? (Shaving w/disposable razor)

The thing with shaving is that it's a very personal thing. The shape of your face, type of skin, nature of your hair and even your pain threshold for very hot water have effects that can dictate your razor choices. I've tried 'em all, and given 'em all a fair shot -- straight-blade, old-fashioned sa...
by Eps
Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:42 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Natto
Replies: 20
Views: 1732

Re: Natto

Natto: vile. My Japanese colleagues find great amusement in foreigners who pretend to like it in order to be a REEL OTAKU!111, etc. I remain safe from their scorn, because I freaking hate it. :mrgreen:
by Eps
Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:37 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: What am I supposed to do with *this*?
Replies: 98
Views: 24218

Re: What am I supposed to do with *this*?

Not sure how well-known it is over there but here in the US, especially in the South, cabbage is sometimes made into cole slaw. Very well known: the word 'Coleslaw' originally comes from the Low Countries. It's popular all over the world - my brother loves the stuff. It's definitely used differentl...
by Eps
Thu Feb 14, 2008 3:20 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What degree have/are/will you studied/studying/study.
Replies: 273
Views: 30091

Re: What degree have/are/will you studied/studying/study.

studyinserendipity wrote:And 'cheated' degrees are awesome; that's how I'm banking on getting a psych degree.

How so - you just happen to have taken a lot of the required courses, or something? One good thing about the US undergrad system: the possibility of near-accidental two-for-one majors!
by Eps
Thu Feb 14, 2008 3:12 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Given a signal with a 2-Hz Bandwagon...
Replies: 6
Views: 2024

Re: Given a signal with a 2-Hz Bandwagon...

Yeah, it's about time PhD Comics had a funny idea again. (Burn! etc.)
by Eps
Wed Feb 13, 2008 7:56 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: UK gov sells out to media industries.
Replies: 33
Views: 2807

Re: UK gov sells out to media industries.

I think an element of Simo's original post that has somehow been lost in the "piracy vs, non-piracy" discussion is the fact that this proposed legislation would pretty much wipe out the UK Data Protection Act as pertaining to the Internet. Not just Internet users but the ISPs themselves ar...
by Eps
Mon Feb 11, 2008 11:54 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What degree have/are/will you studied/studying/study.
Replies: 273
Views: 30091

Re: What degree have/are/will you studied/studying/study.

Two -- count 'em, bitches -- Master's degrees in physics; one theoretical condensed-matter, the other experimental particle/nuclear. At the moment I'm chasing after a PhD in the latter field; the second MS is really a cheat because I kind of pick it up for free as part of my PhD studies.
by Eps
Mon Feb 11, 2008 11:51 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: What's your level of education?
Replies: 50
Views: 7554

Re: What's your level of education?

PhD all 'up in this', or something! I thought there'd be more PhD students or post-docs on here, but apparently not.. maybe they all hang out over at (the much less funny) PhD Comics instead?
by Eps
Mon Feb 11, 2008 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: LHC Dangerous?
Replies: 372
Views: 87599

Re: LHC Dangerous?

Oh, God, not this shit again. Sensationalist, ignorant idiots said all this about the collider I work on, and guess what: none of it happened, although crackpots still believe us to engage in shooting down UFOs with particle beams (wtf). :roll:
by Eps
Mon Feb 11, 2008 9:38 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Illegal Immigration.
Replies: 498
Views: 41100

Re: Illegal Immigration.

I'm aware that many undocumented people living in this country don't have it easy, but I don't at all think they deserve special treatment just because they're lucky enough to have grown up on the same continent as the United States. You said it. I hate how Immigrants == Mexicans. I happen to be on...
by Eps
Mon Feb 11, 2008 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ten Myths About Canadian Healthcare, Busted
Replies: 108
Views: 9535

Re: Ten Myths About Canadian Healthcare, Busted

22/7 wrote:stuff

What, you think I wasn't aware of any of that before I made my last post? I'm fully aware of the process over here, as well as in the UK and to a lesser extent in Canada. My point stands.
by Eps
Mon Feb 11, 2008 5:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ten Myths About Canadian Healthcare, Busted
Replies: 108
Views: 9535

Re: Ten Myths About Canadian Healthcare, Busted

Frankly, the one about doctors getting less money made me laugh. Doctors make an obscene amount of money in the US as compared to other Western nations. Oh, no! Canadian/British doctors don't make insanely more than the average wage! They 'merely' make far above it, instead! Oh, those poor doctors, ...
by Eps
Wed Feb 06, 2008 3:46 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: Distro Whores...I mean Distro Wars!
Replies: 246
Views: 48926

Re: Distro Whores...I mean Distro Wars!

All my other boxen died, so now I use eeeXubuntu exclusively for personal use, and of course still Scientific Linux at work.
by Eps
Wed Feb 06, 2008 3:21 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Computer box "art"
Replies: 28
Views: 4843

Re: Computer box "art"

Come on, the classic Engrish Asus slogan - Rock solid. Heart touching. -- adorns my Eee every boot-up, and I wouldn't change it. As if I wasn't enough of an evangelist for the Eee PC, it even comes with FREE ENGRISH!
by Eps
Wed Feb 06, 2008 3:13 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Being pumped up for SCIENCE
Replies: 11
Views: 1845

Re: Being pumped up for SCIENCE

I also really get pumped when sharing stories and results with friends in some other fields. Because I'm not (say) a genetics specialist, hearing about some wicked smart new experiment is awesome - and then I get to talk about my results with someone who has a scientific mindset! Win-win situation!
by Eps
Wed Feb 06, 2008 3:05 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Favorite math jokes
Replies: 1452
Views: 485781

Re: Favorite math jokes

Here's another howler:

What do you call an n-dimensional vector manifold that satirizes corporate culture?
Spoiler:
A Dilbert space. :mrgreen:
by Eps
Wed Feb 06, 2008 2:35 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: I have an awesome textbook
Replies: 90
Views: 10459

Re: I have an awesome textbook

ZeroSum wrote:My quantum book had an image of a live cat on the front and a dead (sleeping) cat on the back.

Griffiths? A few books have used the cat on the cover, but Griffiths is the most well-known. Although, now I think about it, the cat might have been climbing the 'ladder' on there...
by Eps
Mon Feb 04, 2008 3:49 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Being pumped up for SCIENCE
Replies: 11
Views: 1845

Re: Being pumped up for SCIENCE

Visceroid wrote:I work for the defence, and I get pumped just going through the security gates....hehe

Oh, I forgot - the biometric scanners are cool as shit too, specially the retinal scanners etc. with Star Trek computer voices: "Identification is completed!"
by Eps
Sun Feb 03, 2008 11:26 pm UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Where can I find a tiny, sturdy laptop?
Replies: 33
Views: 6290

Re: Where can I find a tiny, sturdy laptop?

Yeah, the 4G Eee is the way to go. The default Linux environment, while a bit kindergarten, is usable. I replaced it on mine with an Eee specific Ubuntu install, eeeXubuntu (fortunate, as xfce is the heaviest window manager I like to use). eeeXubuntu works like a dream and lets you really start to u...
by Eps
Sun Feb 03, 2008 7:07 am UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Being pumped up for SCIENCE
Replies: 11
Views: 1845

Being pumped up for SCIENCE

This week I'm at the national lab sitting shifts on my experiment. I had a couple of hours to kill before I went to my first meeting in the Control Room, so I decided to 'walk the beam' - start at the building we generate the initial particles for the collider, and walk the path of the beamline. I w...
by Eps
Sun Feb 03, 2008 6:57 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: The Asus Eee thread
Replies: 268
Views: 42398

Re: The Asus Eee thread

Gave my Eee the peer-review acid test this week: I brought it to the national lab with me to be my laptop for when I'm sitting shifts on my experiment. Background: I'm a physicist who works on big accelerator/collider experiments. Because of this, you can imagine that my colleagues are extremely dis...
by Eps
Sun Feb 03, 2008 6:40 am UTC
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Where can I find a tiny, sturdy laptop?
Replies: 33
Views: 6290

Re: Where can I find a tiny, sturdy laptop?

I'm looking for a place to find a tiny laptop. What I'm looking for mostly is battery life, ruggedness, lightness in weight, and I'd prefer for it to be pretty quiet. I'm okay with a tiny screen, and lower CPU power. I'm going to put Linux on it and I'll probably use it mainly for browsing and codi...
by Eps
Sun Feb 03, 2008 6:29 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Proud To Be Miss Cellanean!
Replies: 300
Views: 38624

Re: Proud To Be Miss Cellanean!

Z.A.K wrote:Well, in California you used to be able to travel to Mexico without a passport.

Now, people travel from Mexico to California without a passport instead.
by Eps
Sun Feb 03, 2008 6:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Confessional Shed - I'll keep a look-out
Replies: 38049
Views: 2783831

Re: Confessional Thread - In Soviet Russia Thread Confession You

Confession: I vary widely in personality, but have this enduring... infallible... excessive... irritating... politeness . I'm always always always polite. I write letters ! Not E-mails! (etc). I cannot prevent myself from doing this. I don't know if that's a problem, I_D. I rather like that about y...
by Eps
Sat Feb 02, 2008 2:58 am UTC
Forum: Music
Topic: Techno/Trance
Replies: 101
Views: 11632

Re: Techno/Trance

What's trance, anyway??? I thought something close to KLF's "What time is love". Not as wrong as you think - the mix of What Time Is Love (which is from 1987) that you're thinking of was probably the first big 'trance' tune that, via the remix title, called itself that (I believe it was c...
by Eps
Sat Feb 02, 2008 2:20 am UTC
Forum: Religious Wars
Topic: best terminal emulator
Replies: 47
Views: 9622

Re: best terminal emulator

I really like rxvt, but I'm satisfied with the stock Terminal app on xfce. Any Terminal app I use has to have fixedsys as the font, though.
by Eps
Sat Feb 02, 2008 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: What did you eat today?
Replies: 185
Views: 63482

Re: What did you eat today?

I'm on shift at the experiment I work at, and am not permitted to leave the control room complex when on duty. So, I've not eaten too well recently. Nevertheless: Breakfast: Two apples and a granola bar thing, plus a large travel mug of tea. Lunch: R to the A to the M-E-N. And some microwave popcorn...

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