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spectastic last won the day on May 24 2016

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  1. The situation has changed. I broke my wrist in a bicycle accident, and will be in a cast for a good part of the summer. I can still write the manuscript, but there are a few experiments that I still need to run to make it complete. I was thinking have this dude help me run some of those experiments, get our data together, and for his project, I’ll ask for a role in it, and learn something too probably. This way, he gets his wish, and I get mine. What you think?
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    Fasting in Grad School

    I saw this video, and it talks about intermittent fasting as one of the ways for caloric restriction, which has been one of the factors that's linked to longevity across the board between different species. the explanation provided is that from an evolutionary point of view, where when we're hungry, it means we need to hunt, and in turn, some biological switch turns on that makes us a little bit better at everything. for a long time, I thought fasting was BS. But there is actually science supporting its usefulness. definitely going to give this a try now.
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    Yellowstone or Colorado?

    DUDE.. you should take a few more hours to explore eastern utah, like the moab area. it has the arches national park and canyonlands. I was in colorado a couple of weeks ago, and we were only an hour away from moab, so we decided to go, and it was awesome. and then drive north towards yellowstone. been to rushmore, badlands, etc. IMO, they're nice tourist attractions, but all you're really doing is going there, and snapping a few pictures. other than that, there's not a lot of reasons to stick around. yellowstone and yosemite are two places where it's really nice to camp out, hike around, and soak it in. once you reach the midwest plains, you're going to be bored to tears. believe me, I grew up there. but minniapolis is cool, chicago is cool. I hear detroit has really come around. but anything on the east side i've no idea about.
  4. We have a relatively small group. also, this guy has a history... he was basically forced out of his last group for reasons we don't know. I think that was a bad call by my adviser to take him in without knowing exactly why he was forced out in the first place. i have a friend from a different group who talks about this guy and some of the things he said. and based upon my interaction with him, it just seems like he's off somehow, like he wasn't socialized properly growing up or something. He's also got what carol dweck would call a "fixed mindset." All of this makes me think his value system is completely different, and furthermore, it's very hard to change it through intervention. So I'm leaving this one alone..
  5. this new guy in my lab just approached me in private, saying that if I put his name on my manuscript, he'll put my name on his eventual paper.. this is supposed to help us increase our paper count. I will admit, I've been here for 2 years, and don't have my name on a paper yet. I've done a lot of help work early on for other people, but those efforts went nowhere. But this putting other people's name on my paper and vice versa rubs me the wrong way. It doesn't seem like good practice of integrity, and I'm wondering if others have experienced similar things in their studies.. to clarify, we work on very similar projects. but we don't really collaborate. i showed him how do do a few things early on, but that's it. i'm not opposed to collaborating with him, given his experience in the field. however, i'm not a fan of his character.
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    Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    post quals senioritis is a thing. damn..
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    The Positivity Thread

    passed quals. 👍 and the new emoji collection is 👌
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    Unpaid adjunct faculty

    I think the situation needs to be explained better before anyone can have a real opinion on it. that said, I struggle to imagine any situation where it's a good idea to not pay people to do work.
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    Venting Thread- Vent about anything.

    so the material i'm trying to publish on is apparently 50% something else?? hopefully that's just from oxidation from being left in the atmosphere, and not part of the initial synthesis.
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    What are your thoughts on working at the weekend?

    i'm a night owl, but i need to change that. i think it's a lot better to get my stuff done early, and have the rest of the day to work on reading, hobbies, errands, and other stuff. I do work weekends on occasion, but that's usually when I haven't managed my time very well during the week. I'll also come in on weekends to check on experiments, or if I got something on the list that's time sensitive.
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    Gender Discrimination

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    Gender Discrimination

    jesus christ. do i really need to spell it out? older people tend to have more traditional views when it comes to gender differences.
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    Gender Discrimination

    yea, and some of those female qualities consist of having smaller brains or being less capable of abstract thinking. what you never met a baby boomer before?
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    Gender Discrimination

    i sense the feminists have been triggered! RUN

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