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So I have this friend doing this kickstarter thing here. It's a card and dice game based around mad science. If one is so inclined.....
madscience:
Swimming takes an amazing amount of coordination! I don't remember having a hard time learning as a kid, but re-visiting it as an adult, I have to think through everything. Nothing seems to come naturally. And coordinating the breathing is still something I'm working on.

Good to see you around again!
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For a while, we were trying this whole "oh we don't need cable" thing. That's over.

So. Many. Channels!
toothpickmoe:
Who needs free time?
madscience:
Heh. I don't have cable. I got it once when I was recovering from surgery, but even then I didn't watch it much . . .
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Holy shit you guys, there are *tits* on this website?

Oh: not dead. Update to come etc.
madscience:
Holy shit, you're not dead? wink How's the new job?
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Two pieces of news:

1. First call is in. Snappy Liberal Arts School has called me out for a visit at the end of the month.

2. I want to punch my neighbor. In his *face.* I, like all normal people, do laundry - and when I put my clothes in my dryer, I include a dryer sheet (so I smell nice and don't have...
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bitterntwisted:
That is your actual WTF.

Hm. What would happen if you were to stop using said sheets for (say) a fortnight, without telling your jackass neighbour? (I know, you wouldn't smell so pretty smile ) Just asking.
madscience:
Soooo, any news on the job search??
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Waiting for the phone (or more likely: email inbox) to ring blooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooows.
meatpieboy:
I AM A NIGERIAN PRINCE AND I NEED HELP WITH THIS UNCASHED CHECK
toothpickmoe:
CAN U BE ONE TO TRUST? HELP MUST HAVE FROM U. PLZ RESPOND
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For whatever reason, my college gives us a week long break at midterm. It's actually not even midterm, we just finished week six of fifteen last week. But we have a week off. I spent the morning sleeping in, practicing my job talk (just shaking the dust off of it), and working on a lecture - badly.

That said, in honor of fall break, I...
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toothpickmoe:
It's right up there for me too. I always look better in sweaters and jackets. wink

Yeah, it holds up. I sort of want to be the main character in it. I think I fancied myself so back then...
toothpickmoe:
Two important attributes for a good protagonist.
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So I done did it: Job apps are out. At least the first few.

Some of them I'm excited about, some of them I am much more ambivalent about (do I really want a career at Fancy Pants Research University - or am I more of a Regional State School and Selectie LIberal Arts guy?). But, in all honestly, I knows I have to get...
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toothpickmoe:
Yeah, I have enjoyed my time in Bozeman far more than the majority of cities and towns I've visited in MT. I liked Red Lodge, but that place is fucking tiny and I don't ski so there's not much of a draw besides the Beartooth Nature Center.

My wife actually found a job at MSU she thought was well-suited to my skill set. It's basically a head janitorial/groundskeeper position with a fancy title (Environmental Director or some such). The idea of me, a high school dropout, working in any capacity at a university is pretty entertaining.
madscience:
Well of course our way of perceiving the world is more valid! We've got STATISTICS and RESEARCH METHODS. wink
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Random things:

1. School starts tomorrow. Oof.

2. I feel like my running off/sit ups/better snacking habits are paying off just a little. Nice. I'm not particularly obsessive about working out or anything (though I do feel guilty about NOT doing it sometimes, which annoys me). But I woud like to be a bit fitter. I feel like we're getting there...
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toothpickmoe:
Weird, huh? It's like living life can lead you to learn things about it...
trevallion:
Ohhhh realllyyyy? What did you study there? What's your opinion of the economics department? I'm not crazy about what little I know about Chicago school economics, but like you said, it's a damn good school. Their economics department is supposed to be the best in the country, and Chicago seems like it would be a really fun place to live. I didn't get near the UChicago campus while I was there. Is it safe and/or affordable to live near the school? What kind of problems did you have with the school? I've heard that it's a lot easier (academically) to get into UChicago than to get out. Does that sound like an accurate description? I probably have more questions, but that's probably enough for now.
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Can I gush for you guys?

The Devil's Alphabet by Daryl Gregory is great. It's ostensibly a body horror/science fiction novel, but with strong elements of Southern Gothic and mystery thriller tossed in. Plus, it has a plot that just doesn't stop, and wonderfully flawed - but believable characters.

I'm not done with the book yet, so I guess it could...
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toothpickmoe:
Well, these days it's been more pretty pictures of pretty naked girls, so that's not such a bad trade off.

Duly noted on the book.
madscience:
I'll have to check out Devil's Alphabet. I'm always looking for new books/authors.