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dinosaurcomics July 24 2014, 12:30

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July 24th, 2014: Kanye West, this comic is to thank you for naming your child after me.

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byrdiebotany July 24 2014, 00:15

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watching things run at work

this weekend is family camp.   Dog is staying at the sitter, and there's water slides... I think this is more urban sleeping on the ground with toddlers, which still should be fun.

Study this summer has been behind.   Was supposed to be finishing up Organic Chemistry about now.  Instead I've kind of stalled for time.  I pick it up, get a little annoyed at the bad explanations, put it down again, and next day I take the fun Pathophysiology book and study that.   But I think this week it started to break, I'm starting to get an aesthetic of when the incomplete explanations aren't going to make sense, what it is I can memorize, and I'm making cards, all the way maybe through Chapter 2 today.  And I think the book might not be the best... I'm ordering the one used at UCB to see if it's a little better.   It still has the irritating characteristics that undergraduate physics had... it says, right there in the text, that it's a logical science, they tell you that.  And yet it's a series of rules for solving problems, with shaky logical underpinnings.  Lots of arguing by analogy, using the analogies half the time of people who didn't know about QM.   You can kind of piece together, that these are the pre QM ways of solving the problems, and are modifications to previous theories, and so they might contradict what was said on previous pages.   I just don't understand why physics is taught this way.  I think it has something to do with patriarchy... blather on about all this logic when you're doing illogic, and when the girls drop out of the classes, you can relax again.   Means it's hard to know what's going on in these fields, for unnecessary reasons.    I only recently heard the explanation of light and objects in relativity... everything moves at the same speed, c, just through four-space.  Only stuff with mass can move in time.  Light doesn't have any so it moves in t only.   I mean, that's not hard, it's high school geometry, why not just teach that?    The bullshit about the trains is easier to get?  Some thing about a fly crawling on a geodesic?  Those explanations take as an assumption that you don't get it cuz you aren't man enough, so you need some sort of analogy, which you can think is logic.     Anyways, same with this organic chem stuff, I can't imagine these pseudo logical frameworks are the simplest way to teach it.   If it's just a method... just teach it that way.   Teach the non math parts of the QM, it's not like it's that hard, probability patterns in 3d.

 See, I'm afraid of getting trapped by this rant, it's what did me in in physics as a young person.   Hopefully I'm more grown up now.     So I'm happy to finally just be writing down the words on cards and drilling them, the way logical sciences are learned.   And at least I've gotten a long way in pathophysiology this summer.

Alaska in just three weeks. 
maju01 July 23 2014, 21:16

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Looks like my volunteering at the town archives might be coming to an end, or perhaps moving to shorter hours. At the moment the archives has a paid staff member who is there several days a week, but she is leaving at the end of next week (to do Museum Studies at George Washington University) and she tells me her replacement will only be working on Tuesdays and Fridays. Since volunteers can apparently only be there when the paid staff is there, and there is only one computer that can be used for scanning and cataloguing (my job), there will only be limited opportunities for volunteers to be there. Also, the office is very small so there isn't room for more than about 3 people to work there comfortably at one time. I don't want to work Fridays because I want to be able to spend S's alternate Fridays off with her, and at the moment I've got no idea how many other volunteers there are and how many of them might want to work Tuesdays and for how many hours. Since I'm going to be in London next week I'm going to think about all this after I come back, when I'll talk to the man in charge of the archives to see what arrangements are going to be made for volunteers. I guess I could tell him I'm available only every second Friday.

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