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    ...whereas agnostics acknowledge that they either haven't considered the implications of religion or haven't formed strong opinions...

Trying to understand religion(s) can be totally compatible with believing that answers to the question of divine existence are unknowable. I don't think most agnostics are intellectually lazy, but my sample size is probably much smaller than yours.

am_Unition  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 12, 2019

You can develop an intuition for anything when you spend 2+ years looking at only that thing.

I'm very much looking forward to hearing about your research. Enjoy it, if you can :).

I think doing research in grad school is one of the most stable jobs out there. It's apparently relatively impossible to get fired, and yet everybody depends on your productivity. I think especially if you want a job in academia, that's the situation to really deliver results.

Oh, and I came across this article today, which might be summed up best with this quote from therein:

    I have spelled out many times, very clearly, what theoretical physicists should do differently. It’s just that they don’t like my answer. They should stop trying to solve problems that don’t exist. That a theory isn’t pretty is not a problem. Focus on mathematically well-defined problems, that’s what I am saying.

no mathematical formulation provided

the author actually works in bedrock physics theory, but attempts to insulate themselves from criticism by acknowledging that they haven't yet come up with a grand unifying theory and can't offer concrete advice regarding a direction to proceed from where we are now

OK so I'm only like 10% theorist, and that little op ed triggered me purdy bad. From a capitalist perspective, sure, financially re-purpose all of the relatively unproductive theory efforts into green tech development and fighting climate change, if you can. But damn, if it isn't some kinda statement on the times we live in that society begins to give up on "big picture" endeavors just because the complexity of the universe appears prohibitively yuge at this exact moment in human history.

am_Unition  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 12, 2019

Yeah but I thought New Mexico managed to push Purgatory up into Colorado. Mainly 'cuz I sprained my ankle there as a kid and crutch-walked myself around the the Anasazi ruins near four corners. I thank my family and my own clumsiness for the opportunity.

am_Unition  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 12, 2019

He's a decade younger than me, folks, but in a similar career juncture. Short am_U stocks and invest in Devac. And then please send me a cut of those profits, because doing science ain't good for the monies, especially if you're at least ~50% worse than Devac.

am_Unition  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 12, 2019

Santa Fe in ten days for ye olde annual plasma consortium

We covered the hat:

    ... The hat geometry is of no consequence, and constantly changes, so long as the requisite hat can be easily constructed from the cardboard that encases a 12-pack of beer. Cans and/or bottles. The average Hubski user typically has easy access to both, in the event of an emergency.

    Tin foil is considered “loud”, but decorative, in either case.

    Thank you for asking.

2 ether, respond before NYSE opening bell please thanks

am_Unition  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: NASA: We Are Going

You're right to question the possibility, and you're not the only one.

Tell 'bl00 I said hey if you're hangin' out!

It's on my bucket list.

8-year-old me got a spanking after riding my bike up the road to intercept an incoming thunderstorm. I have an instinctual attraction to this crap, which makes me no better than my cat, who routinely seeks out things to eat that will make him vomit later.

Edit: also I wish I coulda read your reply in that other thread, sorry, this week started innocuously enough and then got hella busy.

Put me down for a 9.1 cm rise between 2019 and 2040. I'm feeling optimistic.


For whatever reason, the forecast turned out to be quite a dud. The storms mostly formed up into a line stretching from southwest to northeast, which disrupts the ability of each cell to ingest a laminar/undisturbed inflow, a very necessary ingredient to spawn tornadoes. There were only one or two supercells that produced confirmed tornadoes on the ground in the "high risk" forecast area, which led to traffic jams of storm chasers converging in the middle of nowhere:

This is going to become an increasingly serious problem. Eventually, we'll have a situation where chasers experience mass casualties after trapping themselves in the path of a tornado that's changed its path unpredictably. Something way worse than El Reno (four chaser fatalities, and three of them on a science team). I can't find the tweet, but one of the scientists trying to deploy equipment to study tornadoes complained yesterday that the hobbyists and companies offering tornado chasing tours completely impeded their ability to do science. Even worse, the traffic impedes emergency response crews from saving lives. I consider myself a fun guy who respects civil rights, but we might need to begin issuing storm chasing permits or something(?) that we prioritize to scientists, select companies, and trained spotters. Maybe give cops permission to pull over out-of-state license plates with multiple people in the car, and if they find a smattering of cameras and tripods, boom, that's a ticket. I dunno. It's a tricky problem to fix, but it's time to begin a policy-oriented conversation about it.

Perhaps the biggest predicted tornado outbreak of 2019 today. Be sure to check the twitter feed if you can, especially after about 1800 UTC (3:00 PM CDT) and get the word out to people and/or organizations in the path of anything that looks menacing. We're living in a golden(?) age where social media and engagement of strangers online can save lives. Be that strange.

I'm just glad to see that this outbreak is predicted to negatively impact an especially small amount of human life and has a lot of potential to yield some great data!

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