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|>>|| No. 22814
Happy November 9th, my Americans of special relations!
|>>|| No. 22816
Christ I'd forgotten about this. Why did you have to remind me? Even jokingly, if you keep bringing it up, America will never get over it.
|>>|| No. 22817
There is a thread on reddit talking about "non-americans, where were you on 9/11". Well first off, I have no idea what I was doing in November, but if it's about that American calamity, then what the fuck does it matter? It's almost as if everyone has to venerate this tragedy for the rest of their lives because Americans can shut the fuck about it.
|>>|| No. 22819
Err, Sir, I was 7, you Gee-hardy lover. And in an attempt to seem profound, I'm going to pretend that it was far more than a reason I couldn't watch cartoons that day.
|>>|| No. 22821
I remember it quite well.
It was an uncommonly good September morning and me and my friend Scott decided we were going to go fishing rather than go to School. I was 15, last year of High School. It was a great day and we talked about life and how this would be probably as good as it got for us as there were no jobs anywhere near us.
We waited until school was done + and appropriate amount time to justify why we had fishing gear and wandered home. Went in, got cleaned up and was making myself a sandwich when Scott burst in the back door (He just lived round the corner) exclaiming "Have you seen the telly?!"
So, we sat watching the rolling coverage until my Dad got in from Work and told us to turn it off and made us both promise never to trust the news and never join the Army. My Dad and Scott's were friends and both being ex-squaddies so I thought this was strange coming from him, but in hindsight he probably knew what was coming.
He is adamant to this day that America did it to themselves, I don't really know what to think.
|>>|| No. 22822
As a tin-foil enthusiast, I think they were aware of it to some extent. There is no way, that they weren't at least hinted that there may be an attack of such scale.
|>>|| No. 22823
No wonder he had to make you promise not to become a helmet-head if you used to skip school on a whim. What are you doing now? Cooking burgers?
|>>|| No. 22824
Give the vitriolic bullshit against the Scottish a rest, you petulant man-child. The referendum doesn't concern you so you can stop acting like such a little bitch about it. Nobody cares.
|>>|| No. 22825
Actually, I'm sure you'll be sickened to know, I'm a lab technician. I got an A in Chemistry despite my truancy. I now design and risk assess experiments for undergrad student for a large University and do all the grunt work like moving equipment about and making up stock solutions from batch.
Not exactly glamorous, but my Dad gets to tell people I'm a Scientist.
|>>|| No. 22828
Wha... what? What on earth does him skipping school have to do with the Scottish referendum?
|>>|| No. 22829
Hmm, not a job requiring a huge amount of intelligence but you got your A so fair enough, well done.
Now if you'll excuse me I have to get back to my shelf-stacking. After all how else am I going to use my degree.
|>>|| No. 22830
Based on you extensive knowledge of chemistry, I presume?
When you can strip, repair and maintain as well as operate a fractional distillation rig you can return and let me know how intelligent you think that makes someone.
|>>|| No. 22832
Not to seem rude, but I'm an actual scientist, you are a uni lab technician at best.
|>>|| No. 22835
Why does every thread I post descend into a total shit flinging contest, regardless of topic or humour?
|>>|| No. 22836
It's all about developing your personal brand. You need employer value points. What used to be value points which marked you out from the crowd (degree, A levels) are taken as given these days, you need to sell yourself much harder using stuff like management positions in projects and such.
|>>|| No. 22837
Did I not make that clear in my post where I said I was a Lab Technician for a University?
|>>|| No. 22839
Ragelad is on an referendum induced rampage fuelled by autism about maps, so he is arguing with all and their dogs and calling them cunts.
There isn't usually that many "fuck offs" on .gs.
|>>|| No. 22840
Don't start getting defensive. You yourself admitted your job is just grunt work. Maintaining most types of equipment is just a matter of learning the way to do it and then repeating the procedure, there's no thinking on your feet. I'm not saying a monkey can do it but neither is it brain surgery. I'm also not saying you're unintelligent.
|>>|| No. 22841
I already asked what my mocking of NotAScientistlad's truancy has to do with the Scottish referendum and no-one has cleared that up yet, so you fuck off yourself.
|>>|| No. 22842
>I already asked what my mocking of NotAScientistlad's truancy has to do with the Scottish referendum and no-one has cleared that up yet, so you fuck off yourself.
For the next week or two, EVERY post here is about the referendum.
|>>|| No. 22846
It involves grunt work, it isn't just grunt work. You've cherry picked that, for reasons that are your own. It's not just insulting to me, but my colleagues all over the world. If you've ever done a science experiment in a University or College, the lab techs designed the experiment.
I also have to wheel cabinets full of microscopes about and clean up after labs, do the washing (well, the work experience kids do the washing, but still), etc, but that is not my sole responsibility as a lab tech. It may seem a strange thing, that a team given so much responsibility are expected to clean beakers, but that is just the job.
|>>|| No. 22847
>If you've ever done a science experiment in a University or College, the lab techs designed the experiment.
Alright, great, good, this takes a knowledge of science. So wherefore the talking up of 'stripping a fractional distillation rig'? If you're going to defend your job, defend the parts that are worth anything.
|>>|| No. 22848
Ahhhh, I just noticed you're Porridgewog. That must be why everyone is having a go at me for picking on you.
|>>|| No. 22849
Have you any concept of the scale of what is involved in even turning the bloody thing on, never mind maintaining it? It requires high pressure steam to function which is no trifling matter.
Why do you have such a hang up about me daring to think it might be hard or requires intelligence?
|>>|| No. 22850
I don't know about Chemistry, but in biology you get 2 types of "techs". One are basically contractual students, that get no degree, and do projects then fuck off, the other are autoclave slaves that wheel thousands of bottles of media / buffers / other sterile goods in an out of the lab. It's a very miserable job from the looks of it and it seems like something that would grind you down after a year or so.
The poor tech lass in the other lab got a really bad whiff of some solvent a daft cunt put in the autoclave by accident.
|>>|| No. 22852
I try and avoid the biology department, it absolutely stinks of yeast and when they come into the office they smell of it.
They seem happy enough, though. They also design the Biology experiments, the practical side of it does look shit though but I'm biased because I think Biology is boring. I've no doubt it requires the same level of expertise. They are dealing with grotty students using e.coli samples then picking their nose every day; challenging in a different way.
|>>|| No. 22853
Nah, you're giving them too much credit, they're thick as shit.
Interesting, because I view Chemistry as basically mathematics with liquids/matter. No interest at all. Mind you, I'm in my 2nd year PhD and it's giving me hints of doubts here and there, I have a stellar lab, co-workers and supervisor, but I'm not sure if this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. I think carpentry is ace.
|>>|| No. 22854
I spent ages looking at this thinking "wow, that's a cool smartphone; it's got sharp edges and the front's all screen. I wonder which phone it is" and then it dawned on me. My wife did something as bad the other week, not trying to pause normal TV, I think it was trying to zoom in on a paper map. I worry for the future.
|>>|| No. 22855
>Interesting, because I view Chemistry as basically mathematics with liquids/matter.
Surprisingly little mathematics. Chemistry is quite a mish mash of things actually. Chemistry graduate.
|>>|| No. 22857
>I worry for the future.
We naturally revert to our automatic reactions that have been conditioned by the dominant technology. It's much more efficient for your brain to run on autopilot most of the time, to conserve mental effort for things that actually demand thinking about. It's much more noticeable when we apply modern thinking to older objects, but people naturally do the reverse and apply old thinking to new objects. Think about our language - you "dial" a telephone number (that has no dial), the phone "rings" (without a bell) and then you "hang up" (on a phone that has no hook). Words that were once literal descriptions are now just archaic metaphors.
Companies with innovative technology often imitate older ways of doing things ("skeuomorphism") to make that technology more acceptable to users. Early TVs and radios were built with wooden cases, but for decades after the introduction of plastics companies would often use fake wood-grain to make their products look more "normal". Ebook software often uses a fake paper texture and page turn animations, note taking software often has blue lines and margins like a paper notepad, professional audio software often uses an interface that imitates analogue equipment with mechanical dials and switches. When properly applied, skeuomorphism can massively reduce the mental burden of using a new technology by allowing you to fall back on your ingrained instincts.
|>>|| No. 22858
>note taking software often has blue lines and margins like a paper notepad
For pen-based software this isn't just skeumorphism for skeumorpism's sake; though. The lines and margin serve a purpose which doesn't need changing. Though, having it on typed up notes is skeumorphism.
|>>|| No. 22862
The cunt-off officer has arrived. I bet you're the tedious cunt that loves to remind people to stay on topic at the pub, because no, conversation isn't fluid or anything, it always has to follow the made-up rules of your autistic delusions.
|>>|| No. 22863
Go on then, you piece of shit. Post something interesting about 9/11. Post something funny about 9/11. Post something thought provoking about 9/11.
I dare you, you fucking prick.
|>>|| No. 22864
Heheh. Cheers for that lads. Have of these on me.
I was hoping for some sort of lecture regarding the chemistry of the explosion or the physics of the structural collapse, strewn with ad hominems, obviously.
Perhaps he had to phone a friend?
|>>|| No. 22866
Because you have a shite vibe m9.
> The cunt-off officer
As for 9/11, frankly, I don't remember much about it. But I do remember the Baghdad bombing broadcast on TV.
|>>|| No. 22867
Bloody hell. This arsehole should be banned forever and more for insisting our conversations are shitposting yet some half-hearted wankery about September 11th is top bants.
|>>|| No. 22868
Here's something interesting about 9/11. If you flip the digits around, you get 2/11.
|>>|| No. 22869
Cunt Off-icer would have been better
OH GOSH BAN HIM FOR EVER FOR USING HE SITE PROPERLY OH PWEASE PWEASE.
This post HERE: >>22824 was a diversion onto a subject that hadn't even been mentioned. Then a couple of wankers start arguing about their fucking A-Levels without any prompting (or relevance). Is this "top bants" by your definition?
You are a poor example of a human being.
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