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A less presumptuous name.

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  1. I'm re-re(-re?)-reading Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber. It's interesting enough that I can read through it every few years.
  2. The chemist in me is really happy right now.
  3. I started watching the Star Trek TV franchise nearly two years ago. I just finished season 3 of Enterprise and will be starting the final one shortly. I've also rewatched / finished Buffy and am finishing up with Angel as well. That's Netflix. I also follow Agents of Shield.
  4. What do I have to do to also get all of the monitors?
  5. Inorganic Chemistry I Physical Chemistry II - Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics Experimental Physical Chemistry I really should get back to my homework...
  6. I'm only posting a congratulations because it's easier than navigating through my profile to find my post-count.
  7. Sylae, hydrogen fuel poses a similar problem to current production of natural gas - low density and high flammability. That said, I'm pretty sure (not at all my area of work) that materials science and such is working on solid-phase "meshes" to trap large amounts of fuel gas for safer, easier transport.
  8. Um. I'm really not sure what the point of this post is, but I'd recommend looking a little more into the chemistry and energetics of what you're saying. In particular, synthesis of methane is hardly practical. Methane is very abundant, the problem is transporting it. Generating it from other fuels would have generally lower energy yields. One of the biggest pushes in "clean" hydrocarbon energy is the functionalization of methane to methanol, which, being a liquid, is much easier to transport. If you want some real reading on the subject, I can dig through some references to find papers published through ACS, although they're not written for the layperson.
  9. From a quick search, it looks like the fan is more-or-less open if you just remove the bottom panel. This is, of course, very different than actually removing the fan. Like I said, check for yourself and see if you're comfortable. Clearly my experience isn't universal.
  10. As far as accessing fans goes, taking apart a laptop should be pretty simple. Fans are large and require easy access between the inside and outside of the case. Even with Apple laptops, it's simply a matter of removing the bottom plate of the case. You shouldn't need to remove any internal components. I would recommend looking for simple teardown guides for your model of laptop. See what you're getting yourself into. If it looks too much, then pass.
  11. I assume you're referring to Excalibur's post. I think he's doing something productive with the term, certainly more productive than video games. And those courses may give him an edge over other graduates when looking at other programs or jobs.
  12. Physical Chemistry I - Quantum Mechanics Intermediate Organic Chemistry (the Chem department's equivalent of biochemistry) Statistics Lighting Design for the Stage. Two required classes, one good class, and one fun class. It should be a good term. Excalibur, the grad student I work with detested taking analytical chemistry as an undergrad. I hope it goes well for you.
  13. Please, none of the older members want a Spiderweb dating service. Do you know how complicated and cluttered the "who has met whom" web would get? A dating service would blow the doors to that exclusive club wide open.
  14. I've been thinking about doing one of the forum games for years now. If it's at a time that works well for me (so before October), I'd like to play.
  15. Goldengirl has been Goldengirl for a while now.
  16. 1. What is your age? (Be approximate, if you'd like) 20. 2. What part of the world do you live in? In which part of the world were you born? What countries have you lived in? I go to school in the midwest; my family lives on the east coast; we're originally from the midwest. 3. What is your native language? In what languages are you proficient? English all the way. And a little bit of French, but no where enough to pass. 4. Describe your ancestry. Mostly Dutch and French. 5. Describe your gender identity and sexual orientation. Cis het male. 6. Do you have any religious or spiritual beliefs? If so, describe them. In what religious tradition(s) were you raised, if any? Raised Presbyterian, no substantial beliefs now. 7. What is your relationship status? Do you have any children? Single, and looking to stay that way for a while. 8. Describe your social class. Have you always been in this class? Above averages, although with a big enough family that it's not exactly smooth sailing. 9. Have you ever served in the military? If so, what division? No, and I don't exactly want to. 10. What is your occupation (or former occupation)? What is your highest level of education (and your degree, if applicable)? I worked in a grocery store for over two years. Now I'm a full time student and undergrad research assistant in a (synthetic) chem lab.
  17. I really wonder how many people are just lurking instead of posting. I, for one, post far less than I used to, in part because I'm not really playing the games anymore. I still lurk several times a day, though.
  18. I saw Guardians of the Galaxy as well. I really enjoyed it, but then again, I didn't go in expecting a sensation plot. It was a very fun movie, and for that reason, I enjoyed it. In other news, I'm roughly halfway through my trek of watching the entire Star Trek franchise (TOS, TNG, DS9, Voyager, Enterprise). It's been over a year already.
  19. Whoa, hold on a second here. Did you really say this? Do you have any idea what you're saying here? Do you understand the cost of higher education? Also, as a note - there is a lot more to going to college than getting a degree to get money. I'm not spending four years of my life for the sole purpose of making more money when I'm done. Not by a long shot.
  20. A few others have mentioned looking for work in a research lab on campus, and I definitely support that sentiment. I'm also two years into college (albeit in real chemistry, not squishy biochem), and after a few emails and an easy in-person meeting with a professor, I'm working in his lab for the summer and possibly the rest of my time as an undergrad. Asking older students or TAs if any professor may have an open spot, even if it's just volunteering, is a great way to find positions.
  21. Rereading Patrick Rothfuss's books. Wouldn't mind reading about ylides. Organic chemistry final in one week.
  22. One nice thing about a trackpad that I've noticed: as a college student, and as one who prefers morning classes, I am often up before my roommate. Since I plug my laptop into enough peripherals to make it feel almost like a desktop, I end up doing my morning web browsing in my room. Using a trackpad cuts out the clicking and scrolling noises, which I consider to be a nice courtesy to the poor sleeping child.
  23. This brings up an interesting question. How many people here have desktops? laptops? both? If you don't have a laptop, it's much less likely that you'd be using a trackpad.
  24. For gaming, or at least games that involve response time or lots of clicking, I use a conventional mouse. For everything else, I use a bizarre mixture of both. While browsing a single website, I'll switch between the two just scrolling around.
  25. I'm still a big fan of the Oxford comma, although I think I've finally gotten over the idea that it is necessary for correctness. I try to work with "whom" and prepositions at the beginning of the phrase, although in spoken language I don't always bother with it. I definitely learned to type two spaces after a period. I think that was something we learned in school, where we were already using MS Word or something of that ilk to type. I used a typewriter a handful of times, and always for fun. That said, I have only ever bothered to put two spaces after a period when I'm /really/ desperate to pad a paper's length. Regarding gender neutral pronouns, I use "they/them" to refer to unspecified individuals, but I still have a hard time using it for a specified individual. I'm more likely to simply avoid a pronoun in that case. In formal writing, I often use "one". Also, although no one has mentioned it here, I always notice when I omit a relative pronoun. In fact, especially when typing, I have to stop myself from adding it back in.
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