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    Tuesday, February 13th, 2007
    1:03 am
    So...West Virginia University, or Dartmouth College?

    It's not as straight-forward as it might seem. West Virginia's plasma group does seem to have a more experimental focus, which I like. On the other hand, while Dartmouth's focus is more on the theoretical, and simulations, there might be more opportunities to collaborate with big-time plasma groups like Princeton's or MIT's.

    I'm definitely not deciding until I visit.

    Current Mood: indescribable
    Friday, December 29th, 2006
    12:11 am
    Any band that uses the word "parthenogenesis" is fine by me.

    Current Mood: listless
    Tuesday, December 19th, 2006
    1:13 pm
    Physics GRE
    Got my Physics GRE score. 630 scaled, 43rd percentile. Bite me, ETS.

    Current Mood: lethargic
    Tuesday, December 12th, 2006
    5:54 am
    General GRE
    General GRE this morning. 660 verbal, 720 quant. That makes me about average in quant for a physics major, and well above average in verbal for any major, but especially science. Does anybody read anymore? It's pretty pathetic that I beat even most English majors on a verbal test.

    Heh, my 'opinion' essay turned out at least twice as long as any sample I've seen. And it bloody rocked, if I do say so myself. The 'assess an argument' one was short, but there was so much wrong with it that at the end my assessment was basically, "these people don't actually know any science."

    The worst part of the test (aside from the fact that I got about 10 minutes of sleep last night) was that they had the monitors set to 60Hz refresh rate. I'm horribly sensitive to flicker like that, and my eyes felt like they were going to explode by the time I finished.

    So...yeah. Boo. Down with ETS. Down with standardized tests.
    Smash the state.


    Current Mood: groggy
    Wednesday, November 1st, 2006
    4:32 am
    Biochemistry + Heavy Drug Use = ...
    TeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeRNA!!!!! WOOO!!

    Current Mood: tired
    Sunday, October 8th, 2006
    2:54 am
    Senior Class Dinner

    The First Annual Franklin & Marshall Senior Class Dinner Are There Enough Capital Letters Yet I Think Not.

    Current Mood: mellow

    Saturday, September 30th, 2006
    11:59 am
    Friday, September 29th, 2006
    3:24 am
    I yelp

    you yelp

    we all yelp

    for kelp.


    Current Mood: exhausted
    Wednesday, September 27th, 2006
    11:45 pm
    Why is my brain failing to function this week?

    Current Mood: confused
    Thursday, September 21st, 2006
    8:04 am
    12:46 am
    So I realized that I'm 'ahead' today work-wise...this means that until Experimental Methods tomorrow, I'll only have three things I should be doing!


    Current Mood: tired
    Wednesday, September 20th, 2006
    10:13 pm

    Originally uploaded by mpdwibble.
    Feer my skillz.
    Saturday, September 16th, 2006
    4:12 am
    Why does the Sci Fi Channel hate Sci Fi fans?
    "There is not going to be [an 11th season] on U.S. television...Our contract with MGM prohibits it."
    --Mark Stern, executive vice president of original programming at Sci Fi

    So in other words, screw the fans, screw the actors, and screw MGM, WE NEEDZ MOR ROOM FOR WRESTLING AND REALITY TEEVEE. No wonder, coming from the asshole who buys up excrement like "Savage Planet" aka "O NOEZ, SPACE BEARS!!!".

    I think MGM should continue the series, releasing online and then on DVD. I mean seriously, a 'good' nielsen rating for a Sci Fi show is, what, 2.0? That translates to about 2 million viewers, and MGM doesn't even make back their production costs from what they charge SFC for the show. If they charged the $39 that iTunes currently does for a season, they'd only need a nielsen equivalent of 1.1 to make back their costs--and that's world-wide. Include a discount code to buy the DVD set when it comes out, and you keep those sales healthy and profitable.

    MST3K, Farscape, SG1...I'm just waiting for them to f' up BSG. Why the hell can't Sci Fi fans have a channel run by people who at least like the genre?

    Current Mood: pissed off
    Saturday, September 9th, 2006
    5:36 pm
    I Fail
    So, do I get negative points for passing out asleep before I even go to the All-Night Anime?

    What a trout feast.

    Current Mood: blank
    Thursday, September 7th, 2006
    12:42 am
    I's gettin' wacked by this MM homeworq. Owie.

    Current Mood: exhausted
    Wednesday, August 30th, 2006
    5:29 pm
    My camera's SD card decided to die today. Hopefully the 'lifetime warranty' will cover it. I noticed just before it went totally dead that I had taken over 3600 pictures on it. Is that a lot?

    Current Mood: irritated
    Monday, August 28th, 2006
    1:58 am
    I actually did better letter-wise than I expected on my Irish exams.

    Grundkurs Sprache 2 - A
    Rings and Fields - B+
    Atoms, Nuclei, and Particles - B
    Archeology of Ireland through the Normans - C+

    Still the first C I've ever gotten, even if it doesn't's like failure with a cherry on top.


    I'm happy I managed a B in the Physics course what with a 3rd-year QM course (which I have not had) being a prereq. Hee.

    Current Mood: tired
    Sunday, August 27th, 2006
    4:27 am
    Uncontrolled Mind
    I have memories of stories. Characters, feelings, descriptions, settings, moods. Confusing thing is, I'm not sure if they've ever been written nor read. Part of me insists that yes, indeed, I read them years ago, and I've just forgotten. But then again, I've rarely forgotten any story I've read. Has my mind made things up for its own amusement?

    I confuse myself.

    Current Mood: contemplative
    Wednesday, August 23rd, 2006
    11:28 am
    The Scifi Bit
    ...yeah! and that's what dark matter is! alien habitats made of blackbody parts synthesized out of pure energy using (near?-)perfect efficiency 'free' energy power sources! ahahahahah!!!...



    Current Mood: crazy
    11:05 am
    So I'm reading some Iain M. Banks, exploding my brain (Excession, FTR), and I have a thought. What if the Fermi Paradox is more a reflection of the conceit of human scientists than it is of the universe?

    ...depsite the origin of these thoughts, I attempt to limit Sci-Fi within...

    ...So, you know, we think we've got physics pretty well pinned down. Sure, we haven't figured out the whole Gravity + Everything Else = Theory of Everything thing yet (if that's even possible), but that's just math...right? Well what if the Fermi Paradox is really telling us we're full of it?

    There are two big 'absences' that back up the Fermi Paradox:
    1. No communication noise - we don't hear any sort of communications traffic through the galaxy
    2. No megascale projects - the main point of such projects is improved efficiency of housing and power use
    What if this just shows how little we know?

    Physics is based on the speed of light limit, localized action, etc. Thus far these seem to hold, and such quirks as the EPR Paradox and wormholes currently seem to be useless for breaking such limitations; however, I doubt anyone would say that, given reliable faster-than-light communications and/or travel, we would reject it and stick with light-speed methods. What if the reason we don't hear communications is that nobody past a certain age/sophistication uses long-haul photonic methods?

    Similarly, we expect Dyson spheres and the like because of assumptions about power sources, and reliance on the laws of thermodynamics. What puts out more power than the big ball-o-fusion that is a star? Dunno, but maybe everybody else is using it. Thermodynamics tells us that it's impossible to use free energy, but what if our definitons (of 'use' or 'free') are skewed? Maybe stars can be ignored, and housing spread out in the safe(r) places between stars.

    What if we're not alone in the universe, but we are alone in our continued reliance on incomplete physics and old assumptions?

    Current Mood: thoughtful
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