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Postby Virtual_Aardvark » Fri Jan 21, 2011 9:09 pm UTC

The college I'm currently trying to transfer to is excellent in every way, I will probably get in, it's in a great neighborhood with food and books and art supplies.
One downside: It is covered in eucalyptus. COVERED. I am allergic to eucalyptus. Ten minutes near that many of the bastards and I am rendered sniffily, teary and generally miserable. This does not seem conducive to a studious environment.
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Postby Jessica » Fri Jan 21, 2011 9:19 pm UTC

buy a gas mask and wear it to and from school.
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Postby broken_escalator » Fri Jan 21, 2011 9:22 pm UTC

Wear an oldschool [img=http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/71/Beak_Doctor.jpg]beak-mask [/img]like the doctors of yester-year. Totally not creepy.

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Postby Virtual_Aardvark » Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:29 pm UTC

Seeing as it's an art school I could probably get away with any of those options.
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Postby bluebambue » Sat Jan 22, 2011 12:31 am UTC

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Postby Mumpy » Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:15 am UTC

broken_escalator wrote:Wear an oldschool beak-mask like the doctors of yester-year. Totally not creepy.

I would be way too wary of being stabbed from a bale of hay to wear that thing.

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Postby RoadieRich » Sat Jan 22, 2011 1:16 am UTC

Wear a British WW2 Civilian issue gasmask, and go around asking people, "Are you my mummy?"
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Postby The Scyphozoa » Sat Jan 22, 2011 2:17 am UTC

RoadieRich wrote:Wear a British WW2 Civilian issue gasmask, and go around asking people, "Are you my mummy?"

I was just over at the Awesome Thread, where they were talking about the EXACT SAME THING. And I mentioned how I saw that episode when I was 11 and had a phobia of gas masks for about a year after that. I guess it would be better in the Rant thread, though.

Also: Tests that require a calculator but do not allow one. A chemistry problem boiled down to (10/46)/(15/18.02). My thought process was something like "10/40 is .25, so 10/46 is probably around .2. 15/18.02 is basically 5/6. .2/(5/6)=.24." Knowing that my estimate of 10/46=.2 would make this not exactly correct, I thought it would be okay because it's multiple choice and I could just pick whichever is closest. No such luck. Two of the choices were .21 and .26. I picked .21. I was wrong.

There is no reason to not allow a calculator for that. It was asking what the mole fraction of 10 grams of a substance with molar mass of 46 was in 15 grams of water (molar mass 18.02). Thus (10/46)/(15/18.02). If I know what numbers to put into the calculator, what's wrong with letting me use one?
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Postby Shivahn » Sat Jan 22, 2011 2:50 am UTC

Virtual_Aardvark wrote:The college I'm currently trying to transfer to is excellent in every way, I will probably get in, it's in a great neighborhood with food and books and art supplies.
One downside: It is covered in eucalyptus. COVERED. I am allergic to eucalyptus. Ten minutes near that many of the bastards and I am rendered sniffily, teary and generally miserable. This does not seem conducive to a studious environment.


I get the distinct feeling that I just graduated from there.

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Postby The EGE » Sat Jan 22, 2011 4:35 am UTC

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RoadieRich wrote:Wear a British WW2 Civilian issue gasmask, and go around asking people, "Are you my mummy?"

I was just over at the Awesome Thread, where they were talking about the EXACT SAME THING. And I mentioned how I saw that episode when I was 11 and had a phobia of gas masks for about a year after that. I guess it would be better in the Rant thread, though.

Also: Tests that require a calculator but do not allow one. A chemistry problem boiled down to (10/46)/(15/18.02). My thought process was something like "10/40 is .25, so 10/46 is probably around .2. 15/18.02 is basically 5/6. .2/(5/6)=.24." Knowing that my estimate of 10/46=.2 would make this not exactly correct, I thought it would be okay because it's multiple choice and I could just pick whichever is closest. No such luck. Two of the choices were .21 and .26. I picked .21. I was wrong.

There is no reason to not allow a calculator for that. It was asking what the mole fraction of 10 grams of a substance with molar mass of 46 was in 15 grams of water (molar mass 18.02). Thus (10/46)/(15/18.02). If I know what numbers to put into the calculator, what's wrong with letting me use one?


I could get 0.26 without a calculator*, but there's no reason why you shouldn't be allowed one for that sort of arithmetic.

* I would change it to (10*18)/(15*46) = 180 / 690 = 18/69 = 6/23 which is more than 6/24, so 0.26 versus 0.21. But I've got a knack for stuff like that; there's no need for it except at maybe a middle-school level math competition.
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Postby The Scyphozoa » Sat Jan 22, 2011 5:20 am UTC

The EGE wrote:But I've got a knack for stuff like that; there's no need for it except at maybe a middle-school level math competition.

Yeah, I'm pretty much the opposite. I'm a high-school sophomore in Trig/Pre-calc (one or two years ahead of most students) and have never had trouble understanding math. I just can't friggin' add and multiply.
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IF YOU PUT YOUR PRODUCT IN A FUCKING "RESEALABLE" FUCKING BAG, AND THEN MAKE SAID BAG SO FUCKING THIN AND WEAK THAT THE FUCKING RESEALABLE PART IS NOT FUCKING OPENABLE IN A FUCKING RESEALABLE FUCKING WAY, THEN SAID FUCKING BAG IS NOT FUCKING RESEALABLE FUCK FUCK FUCKING NOW, FUCKING IS IT FUCK FUCK?

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Postby The Scyphozoa » Sat Jan 22, 2011 6:02 am UTC

Further ranting about the above Chem test: One question had us find the molality of a solution of water and some other substance that freezes at 30 degrees C. Okay. Next question: "What volume of solute is required to make that solution?" (then it gives us the density)

To do that, I need to know how much of the solution I want to make or how much water I want to dissolve it in. I asked the teacher about it, she said "I can't tell you that". I asked if I should just assume 1L of water, she said "That might be a good thing to do".

I really want teachers to realize that the time it would take them to make sure there is nothing wrong with assignments (especially practice homework where we have an answer key to check our own answers, where some of the answers on the key are WRONG)... I'll start that sentence over so it's easier to read: I really want teachers to realize that the time it would take them to make sure there is nothing wrong with assignments they give us is nothing compared to the time it takes me to go over the problem, trying to find my nonexistent mistake.
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Postby nehpest » Sat Jan 22, 2011 9:56 am UTC

The Scyphozoa wrote:I really want teachers to realize that the time it would take them to make sure there is nothing wrong with assignments they give us is nothing compared to the time it takes me to go over the problem, trying to find my nonexistent mistake.

They know. However, their time is infinitely valuable, whereas ours is essentially worthless, so their way works out better. /rant

Horrifyingly true: I once had an instructor make that claim to our chemistry lecture with a straight face. He wasn't kidding.
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Postby Ivor Zozz » Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:42 am UTC

Sometimes I just want to really fuck everything over. Get down to true failure. No more of this half-assed shit.

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Postby Ivor Zozz » Sun Jan 23, 2011 1:57 am UTC

But instead I faff around on forums. Tonight I trolled another place I've been at for six years, just to get banned. Why? I dunno.

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Postby Magnanimous » Sun Jan 23, 2011 2:11 am UTC

The Scyphozoa wrote:Further ranting about the above Chem test: One question had us find the molality of a solution of water and some other substance that freezes at 30 degrees C. Okay. Next question: "What volume of solute is required to make that solution?" (then it gives us the density)

To do that, I need to know how much of the solution I want to make or how much water I want to dissolve it in. I asked the teacher about it, she said "I can't tell you that". I asked if I should just assume 1L of water, she said "That might be a good thing to do".

I really want teachers to realize that the time it would take them to make sure there is nothing wrong with assignments (especially practice homework where we have an answer key to check our own answers, where some of the answers on the key are WRONG)... I'll start that sentence over so it's easier to read: I really want teachers to realize that the time it would take them to make sure there is nothing wrong with assignments they give us is nothing compared to the time it takes me to go over the problem, trying to find my nonexistent mistake.

That's happened to me a few times, and I always just write "Assuming [certain conditions]... " then finish the rest of the problem. Even if you didn't do exactly what they wanted, you're still demonstrating knowledge of the material.

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poxic wrote:IF YOU PUT YOUR PRODUCT IN A FUCKING "RESEALABLE" FUCKING BAG, AND THEN MAKE SAID BAG SO FUCKING THIN AND WEAK THAT THE FUCKING RESEALABLE PART IS NOT FUCKING OPENABLE IN A FUCKING RESEALABLE FUCKING WAY, THEN SAID FUCKING BAG IS NOT FUCKING RESEALABLE FUCK FUCK FUCKING NOW, FUCKING IS IT FUCK FUCK?

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Postby SlyReaper » Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:45 am UTC

Minor rant: Youtubers, here's a tip. When your video is only 30 seconds long, you do NOT stick a 30 second introduction on the beginning, and 20 seconds of credits on the end. Why must you do this? Why?!?
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I try to avoid 30-seconds-or-less videos at all cost. I've fallen for one too many pranks in the past.
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Postby Zohar » Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:52 am UTC

It reminds me of one of those "time traveler in Charlie Chaplin" clips I saw. The clip itself is about three seconds long, of a woman walking by with her hand next to her ear (which can only be understood as a time traveler talking on their cell phone, turns out). Someone managed to, somehow, turn those three seconds into seven minutes of video.
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Postby Giant Speck » Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:55 am UTC

Zohar wrote:It reminds me of one of those "time traveler in Charlie Chaplin" clips I saw. The clip itself is about three seconds long, of a woman walking by with her hand next to her ear (which can only be understood as a time traveler talking on their cell phone, turns out). Someone managed to, somehow, turn those three seconds into seven minutes of video.

I know exactly which video you're talking about, and I hate it very, very much.
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Postby You, sir, name? » Sun Jan 23, 2011 11:01 am UTC

SlyReaper wrote:Minor rant: Youtubers, here's a tip. When your video is only 30 seconds long, you do NOT stick a 30 second introduction on the beginning, and 20 seconds of credits on the end. Why must you do this? Why?!?


"Documentary" makers, here's a tip. When your documentary is only 10 minutes long, do not stick 30 minutes of filler material creating disproportionate suspense in the beginning, and 20 minutes of filler mostly consisting of regurgitating the 10 minutes of content, and posing unfounded speculative questions. Why must you do this? Why?!?

In fact, if the only real information you've managed to put in your "documentary" is that some things have vanished in the Bermuda triangle, and everything else is filler and speculation, you suck! Did you learn film making from watching the teletubbies? Because that's the only show I can think of that has anything near as much filler and repetition as your crappy documentaries!
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Postby Yakk » Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:18 pm UTC

The Scyphozoa wrote:Also: Tests that require a calculator but do not allow one. A chemistry problem boiled down to (10/46)/(15/18.02). My thought process was something like "10/40 is .25, so 10/46 is probably around .2. 15/18.02 is basically 5/6. .2/(5/6)=.24." Knowing that my estimate of 10/46=.2 would make this not exactly correct, I thought it would be okay because it's multiple choice and I could just pick whichever is closest. No such luck. Two of the choices were .21 and .26. I picked .21. I was wrong.

I know. It is so impossible to do long division, or multiplication. Unfair.

(10/46)/(15/18.02)
= 10*18.02 / (46*15)
= 18.02 / (23*3)
= (6 + .02/3) / 23
We have .21 and .26 as candidates

.21 * 23 = (400 + 60 + 20 + 3) / 100 = 4.623
.26 * 23 = (400 + 120 + 60 + 18) / 100 = 5.98
One of these is close to 6 + 0.02/3

Or, your approach:
Or, 10/46 = .2 to .25 (KEEP THE END POINTS)
15/18.02 = 5/6 - epsilon

.2 /( 5/6 - epsilon) = .24 + epsilon
.25 / (5/6 - epsilon) = .3 + epsilon
Answer is in [.24 + epsilon, .3 + epsilon] or so, eliminating .21
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Postby micco » Sun Jan 23, 2011 6:26 pm UTC

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Postby The Scyphozoa » Sun Jan 23, 2011 7:34 pm UTC

Yakk wrote:
The Scyphozoa wrote:Also: Tests that require a calculator but do not allow one. A chemistry problem boiled down to (10/46)/(15/18.02). My thought process was something like "10/40 is .25, so 10/46 is probably around .2. 15/18.02 is basically 5/6. .2/(5/6)=.24." Knowing that my estimate of 10/46=.2 would make this not exactly correct, I thought it would be okay because it's multiple choice and I could just pick whichever is closest. No such luck. Two of the choices were .21 and .26. I picked .21. I was wrong.

I know. It is so impossible to do long division, or multiplication. Unfair.

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(10/46)/(15/18.02)
= 10*18.02 / (46*15)
= 18.02 / (23*3)
= (6 + .02/3) / 23
We have .21 and .26 as candidates

.21 * 23 = (400 + 60 + 20 + 3) / 100 = 4.623
.26 * 23 = (400 + 120 + 60 + 18) / 100 = 5.98
One of these is close to 6 + 0.02/3

Or, your approach:
Or, 10/46 = .2 to .25 (KEEP THE END POINTS)
15/18.02 = 5/6 - epsilon

.2 /( 5/6 - epsilon) = .24 + epsilon
.25 / (5/6 - epsilon) = .3 + epsilon
Answer is in [.24 + epsilon, .3 + epsilon] or so, eliminating .21

Even with my crude estimating approach, I ran really close to the test's time limit.
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Postby Midnight » Sun Jan 23, 2011 9:26 pm UTC

Time limits are the reason I didn't do great on the SAT math section. It was really EASY, but they'd give ten minutes for twenty questions, and you'd have to fill in the stupid fuckin' answers step-by-step on your paper, which takes way longer than just doing it in your head.
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Postby viscusanima » Sun Jan 23, 2011 10:32 pm UTC

I just finished The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest today. I am so ridiculously sad that Larsson is dead :( such incredible talent gone.

To balance this, I am bloody angry that his family, with whom he had little to no contact, got the royalties for the books, rather than his partner. Bloody hell.

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Postby Moo » Mon Jan 24, 2011 5:36 am UTC

Midnight wrote:Time limits are the reason I didn't do great on the SAT math section. It was really EASY, but they'd give ten minutes for twenty questions, and you'd have to fill in the stupid fuckin' answers step-by-step on your paper, which takes way longer than just doing it in your head.
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Postby poxic » Mon Jan 24, 2011 5:52 am UTC

GAAARRGGHHHHH feck feck fecking feck feck ASS

Yep, I bought the wrong type of tuna. For my friend Catherine, of course, the one who's dying and therefore able to control me remotely, like an RC helicopter. (One of which my dad bought recently, by the way [RC helicopter, not sick cat], thinking that it would be better entertainment for the visiting nieces and nephew than the baby toys currently on hand. Nieces and nephew have an average age of 9 or so. I don't see this expensive, free-hinged-rotor-thing contraption surviving Dad's first attempts to fly it, much less theirs.)

ANYWAY.

I, as the RCH of my sick kitty, bought the wrong tuna. The kind with salt, as opposed to the kind without salt. (Kitty already drinks and pees way too much. She does not need added salt.) So I took it back to the store this afternoon, grumbling a bit at myself for mistaking one blue-and-white label for a slightly different blue-and-white label.

Did the exchange, painless same-price switch, and off I go. All the way home, involving a bus ride and my sore feet and all that crap. Get home, give the cat some fresh noms, a snack for me, then go to open one of the new tins.

I CAME THE FUCK HOME WITH THE FUCKING SAME FUCKING CANS THE FUCK THAT I FUCKING WENT TO THE FUCKING STORE THE FUCK WITH.

>.<

Okay, not gonna give another can of saltfish to the cat, so okay, I go back out and over to the bloody grocery store. And this time I make damn the ass sure the hell that I have the holy butt correct cans. Three times, I did check. And yes, despite seeing a different cashier this time, she still did some (unintentionally) confusing can-switching thing that made me lose track for a couple of seconds. As I walked away, I still did another check that the cans left behind did NOT say "low sodium".

I am unreasonably happy that I actually, in fact, did get home with no-salt-added tuna. Which I despise, but which kitty loves to molecules. (Not "to bits", because she won't eat the bits of tuna that accidentally fall into the water. She only loves the molecules of tuna nummyness that filter into the water.) (Have I mentioned that kitty is getting a wee bit spoiled?)

>.<
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Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

Postby rrwoods » Mon Jan 24, 2011 2:14 pm UTC

Moo wrote:
Midnight wrote:Time limits are the reason I didn't do great on the SAT math section. It was really EASY, but they'd give ten minutes for twenty questions, and you'd have to fill in the stupid fuckin' answers step-by-step on your paper, which takes way longer than just doing it in your head.
I don't know if the same is true in your country, but in schools and universities here it's a matter of "when you do it wrong in your head your answer is totally wrong, zero marks. If you show your steps and make a small mistake, you get points for method". Under those assumptions, it's really a better idea to show your work.

Unfortunately the SAT has no place for you to show your work. It's graded by machine.

(or at least it was when I took it; then again it was only two sides back then)
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Postby dubsola » Mon Jan 24, 2011 2:45 pm UTC

viscusanima wrote:I just finished The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets' Nest today. I am so ridiculously sad that Larsson is dead :( such incredible talent gone.

To balance this, I am bloody angry that his family, with whom he had little to no contact, got the royalties for the books, rather than his partner. Bloody hell.

Seems exactly like of thing he would expose in his novels, as being bad. Kindof ironic, isn't it?

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Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

Postby emceng » Mon Jan 24, 2011 2:58 pm UTC

30 minutes at work, and I already ripped a hole in my pants. Damnit, these are nice pants, and they ripped because I had to do someone else's job. FUCK.

Also, I just cannot believe Michelle Bachman is considering running for President. It boggles the mind. Did one of her advisors come up to her and say "Every registered voter in the country has been hit in the head with a hammer. I think you have a shot!"
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Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

Postby Oregonaut » Mon Jan 24, 2011 3:42 pm UTC

Dear fellow riders of the bus,

Please do not talk at a sufficient volume to be heard over a low-flying C5.

It is annoying.
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Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

Postby The EGE » Mon Jan 24, 2011 8:56 pm UTC

Poxic: Those little RC copters are surprisingly durable. I work with a group of elementary school kids - ages 9 through 11 - teaching them engineering and science, mostly on an aerospace theme. They managed to play with four of the copters - in an enclosed gym, no less - for an hour without breaking one of them.

Just make sure they have enough vertical space... they can rise thirty feet in the air very quickly.
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Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

Postby Levi » Mon Jan 24, 2011 9:23 pm UTC

You, sir, name? wrote:
SlyReaper wrote:Minor rant: Youtubers, here's a tip. When your video is only 30 seconds long, you do NOT stick a 30 second introduction on the beginning, and 20 seconds of credits on the end. Why must you do this? Why?!?


"Documentary" makers, here's a tip. When your documentary is only 10 minutes long, do not stick 30 minutes of filler material creating disproportionate suspense in the beginning, and 20 minutes of filler mostly consisting of regurgitating the 10 minutes of content, and posing unfounded speculative questions. Why must you do this? Why?!?

In fact, if the only real information you've managed to put in your "documentary" is that some things have vanished in the Bermuda triangle, and everything else is filler and speculation, you suck! Did you learn film making from watching the teletubbies? Because that's the only show I can think of that has anything near as much filler and repetition as your crappy documentaries!


On a similar note: Waking Life, be shorter. You could have been over in five minutes and been just fine. But no, you are two hours long instead. Also: Many thanks to Plinkett for teaching me what I needed to know to be able to articulate exactly why this movie sucked so hard for my humanities homework.

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Re: Rant Thread (because we need more ranting)

Postby bigglesworth » Mon Jan 24, 2011 11:20 pm UTC

The EGE wrote:Poxic: Those little RC copters are surprisingly durable.
Yeah, I've dropped mine down two flights of stairs (I lost radio contact with it) and it's fine.
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