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Re: Are you weird?...
Horowitzian #1338759 01/01/10 07:36 PM
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That's super Horowitzian! There are many opportunities in the field of chemistry. I took a somewhat non-traditional path after graduate school and worked for a manufacturer of scientific instrumentation for 14 years before moving into academia. The senior chemistry major who told me that quantum mechanics really helped him understand his previous chemistry classes started out as an mechanical engineering major and ended up switching to chemistry after taking general chemistry as a freshman. My degree is in organic chemistry but my PhD thesis was more leaning toward physical organic chemistry (rather than synthesis or methodology) while the jobs that I've had have tended toward analytical chemistry.


Thanks, foxy! I've heard quite a bit about chemistry being the hottest research field in recent years. Your story is most interesting. So is that other guy's. I'm an engineering major right now. laugh That could very well change. smile


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Ludwig van Bilge #1338760 01/01/10 07:38 PM
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He was not totally incorrect, rather, he wasn't quite right. However, his work is the starting point for what we understand today. Einstein and others came from that tradition. What's so wrong about understanding where we came from?


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foxyw #1338761 01/01/10 07:41 PM
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whoa...this thread!

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Horowitzian #1338764 01/01/10 07:43 PM
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I like science too, in particularly biology. How I would like to work with a microscope!
And I love astronomy too.


Do you have one? Quite decent microscopes can be had for surprisingly affordable prices these days. No, they won't have Leica lenses, but they can be extremely good. National is a good brand that offers some basic educational models.


Not yet, but I intend to buy one... smile


Thank you! thumb

Best wishes! May I recommend this book? It's an excellent introduction to both microscopy as well as purchasing a quality instrument.



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Canonie #1338767 01/01/10 07:46 PM
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gooddog has unleashed a monster!

a Good and Happy monster of course.



There was a similar thread with the same subject on a guitar board some time ago, and it also attracted many responses. So musicians ARE weird, no matter what they play... [Linked Image]



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Chardonnay #1338770 01/01/10 07:51 PM
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Yeah, It's ALIVE!!! I felt just like Dr Frankenstein when I saw the first root.

Does this mean you're going to teach it to sing "Puttin' on the Ritz"?... laugh


Don't think the caudex knows the steps yet.
As for your question, I'm in diagnosis for the past 30 years.
Section head in a small hospital. Up until a couple of years ago it was two small hospitals.


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gooddog #1338773 01/01/10 07:56 PM
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...or is it just me?

Another boring party. I’m just not that interested in television, what’s playing in the movies and sports. When I tell people I’m deeply into classical piano, they say, “Oh,” and the conversation doesn’t progress. (I’d love to exchange ideas about composers, interpretation, technique, musicians and repertoire). When I tell them I teach high school science, their eyes go blank and they run in terror. Of course, when I ask them about themselves, they’ll talk on until my eyes cross. I’m pretty comfortable being different but I really do miss having conversations about things that interest me. I'd love to learn something new besides who won American Idol. (Yawn). You too?


No, I'd say pretty much everyone here is weird. And Horowitzian just turned into MarkCannon. grin

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Damon #1338774 01/01/10 08:01 PM
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...or is it just me?

Another boring party. I’m just not that interested in television, what’s playing in the movies and sports. When I tell people I’m deeply into classical piano, they say, “Oh,” and the conversation doesn’t progress. (I’d love to exchange ideas about composers, interpretation, technique, musicians and repertoire). When I tell them I teach high school science, their eyes go blank and they run in terror. Of course, when I ask them about themselves, they’ll talk on until my eyes cross. I’m pretty comfortable being different but I really do miss having conversations about things that interest me. I'd love to learn something new besides who won American Idol. (Yawn). You too?


No, I'd say pretty much everyone here is weird. And Horowitzian just turned into MarkCannon. grin


Very much, I'm sorry to say. Though I'm still waaaaay ahead of him in post count! grin


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Horowitzian #1338779 01/01/10 08:06 PM
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I've been alternating between Piano World forums, Resident Evil 4 (Wii) and practicing Brahms op119 no3 since I woke up. Is that weird?

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He was not totally incorrect, rather, he wasn't quite right. However, his work is the starting point for what we understand today. Einstein and others came from that tradition. What's so wrong about understanding where we came from?

It's totally incorrect to say that centrifugal & centripital forces hold the moon in orbit. Anybody who thinks so is living in the 19th century. Ask a physics major.

I'm not talking about calculating the orbit of the moon. I'm talking about even more basic fundamentals like why the moon stays in orbit. Newton was simply wrong about that.

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Damon #1338786 01/01/10 08:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Damon
I've been alternating between Piano World forums, Resident Evil 4 (Wii) and practicing Brahms op119 no3 since I woke up. Is that weird?


Two out of your three for me: PW forum and Brahms 119 #3. How's it going? I'm finding it hard to get the right gracious but light feel to it. Currently, I'm plodding through the last page. Op. 119 #1 and #2 are solid and sounding pretty good. The Rhapsody looms ahead!


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Ludwig van Bilge #1338788 01/01/10 08:13 PM
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The 'centrifugal' force is a load of rot anyway, that results from incorrect analysis of the situation (i.e. why a book on a car dashboard slides when you take a corner). The centripetal force can be demonstrated by tying a ball to a piece of string and spinning it around. There is a centripetal force exerted by the string.

Of course, orbital mechanics are a good deal more complex than that in light of quantum mechanics and relativity.



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gooddog #1338801 01/01/10 08:37 PM
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I've been alternating between Piano World forums, Resident Evil 4 (Wii) and practicing Brahms op119 no3 since I woke up. Is that weird?


Two out of your three for me: PW forum and Brahms 119 #3. How's it going? I'm finding it hard to get the right gracious but light feel to it. Currently, I'm plodding through the last page. Op. 119 #1 and #2 are solid and sounding pretty good. The Rhapsody looms ahead!


I'm working from the 'dolce' to the end. It's starting to shape up but I'm uncertain how I want to handle that last arpeggio. Most recordings I've heard play this as a flourish but I don't want to lose the 6/8 feel. I'm working backwards through this piece so I'm not that far along. I'm going to skip the Rhapsody and do the Intermezzo from Op 10 next. But right now, there's a zombie that's going to get his head blasted off! laugh

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I started at the beginning and have the first page and a half up to tempo but it hasn't "matured" yet. I like the flourished ending and IMO it fits in nicely with gentle #1, agitated/romantic #2 and the grand Rhapsody. The piece is often used as an encore so the flourish works for me.


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gooddog #1338817 01/01/10 08:52 PM
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What a great threat - lol....

I am in the weird outsiders camp as well... and I too have a degree in science - Biochemistry and Pharmacology... and am now tossing up between majoring in neuroscience and medical chemistry in the degree I'm doing now.

But I have to say - I do love sport... so I can do the small talk when necessary.

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Well in France people like to talk/argue/discuss in depth topics....conversation is an art...

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Nikalette #1338854 01/01/10 10:23 PM
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Well in France people like to talk/argue/discuss in depth topics....conversation is an art...

That's why I thank God for American pragmatism. Cut to the chase I says.

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Nikalette #1338859 01/01/10 10:36 PM
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How weird we all are!

I fit the description too, if "weird" means "caring deeply about things most people know or care nothing about". I'm a mathematician (or, at least, I have a PhD in mathematics), and I've spent hours and hours thinking about things like... infinite dimensional vector spaces, and topological invariants, and the axioms of set theory. These things are beautiful to think about... and fun!!

So, to go back to Deborah's original post, "Another boring party" rings true for me as well. It can be very difficult to make the mental transition from a Schoenberg string quartet, or a two-page late Brahms gem, or the proof of Tychonoff's theorem, to a social setting filled with people who care about none of those things. It's like being in outer space and suddenly encountering turbulence as you approach Earth.

But balance is important too. I have to say that at the end of many of these "boring" parties stocked with people who literally don't know Beethoven from Chopin, I'm often surprised to find myself happier. It's a strange paradox, and I wonder if anyone else experiences it: the things that I think I get the deepest satisfaction from, the things (in my case mathematics, music, literature) that I think set me apart from the herds of "non-weird" people and give my life richness, these are precisely the things, because they separate and isolate me, that sometimes make me unhappy. A double-edged sword.

Meanwhile, I only hope I run into a high school science teacher at my next social gathering. smile

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Nikalette #1338860 01/01/10 10:37 PM
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Well in France people like to talk/argue/discuss in depth topics....conversation is an art...


Oui, oui... smile



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ChopinAddict #1338862 01/01/10 10:41 PM
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Back to the topic of chemistry, here's a great YouTube channel for chemistry nerds:

NurdRage's channel


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