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Posted by fs (Member # 1181) on May 03, 2010, 14:00:
 
I thought I would throw out a hearty welcome to the new (and by "new" I mean "low post count") names in some of the active threads, like ..er.. and lifeinhd and jqubed.

Because I'm friendly like that.
 
Posted by Ugh, MightyClub (Member # 3112) on May 04, 2010, 21:18:
 
I second that welcome. Hi "low-post-count-ers"!
 
Posted by MacManKrisK (Member # 955) on May 04, 2010, 21:26:
 
ooooh! Fresh blood! [evil]

Erm.. uhm.. I mean... Welcome low-post-count people!
 
Posted by Ashitaka (Member # 4924) on May 04, 2010, 23:51:
 
Ok, I have a new game, the person who posts in this thread with the lowest score wins.*

Scoring goes as such:

Score = posts / months since registration

*Months must be equal or greater than 6 so a real newb cannot come in with one post and win the game with a 1.00, I hope the winner to have a score in the 0.3 range.


scores as such

Me (ash) = (2270/51)=44.51

MMKK = 21.05

Ugh = 19.73

FS = 18.79

BBK = 17.64
 
Posted by GrumpySteen (Member # 170) on May 05, 2010, 11:52:
 
5498 / 125 = 44.34

But that doesn't include the pre-UBB days. Also, I just realized I've been on this forum for over ten years... over a quarter of my life, in fact. [Eek!]
 
Posted by littlefish (Member # 966) on May 05, 2010, 14:50:
 
I'm 22-point-something, so I'm pretty lurky. I'm sure one of god or satan would win, if they're still about.
 
Posted by Mr Agreeable (Member # 11127) on May 05, 2010, 18:16:
 
I agree that this is an interesting game.

10/32 = 0.3125
 
Posted by HalfVast (Member # 3187) on May 05, 2010, 19:50:
 
Hmmm 728/64 = 11.38

I am weak.

What! It's been over 5 years? Whoa...
 
Posted by CommanderShroom (Member # 2097) on May 05, 2010, 20:36:
 
2305/86 = 26.8

Over 7 years on this board. No wonder it feels like a little internet home. I don't call or visit here as often as should here either.
 
Posted by quantumfluff (Member # 450) on May 05, 2010, 21:06:
 
2798 / 238 => 11.75

Why do you think this is this a good game? It could easily be won by someone who posts once a year for 10 years.
 
Posted by quantumfluff (Member # 450) on May 05, 2010, 21:14:
 
The more interesting questions is where did the shooting stars go? E.g. what ever happened to Business Attire?
 
Posted by CommanderShroom (Member # 2097) on May 05, 2010, 21:29:
 
There are a few names I haven't seen in a while. I certainly hope that they occasionally peek in. People like csk, Winter Solstice, Just Jess, Yayawoman, more from Jessycat, Rednivek, even a rant from -ct- would be refreshing.

The list could go on and on.
 
Posted by littlefish (Member # 966) on May 06, 2010, 00:25:
 
quote:
Originally posted by quantumfluff:
2798 / 238 => 11.75

Why do you think this is this a good game? It could easily be won by someone who posts once a year for 10 years.

238? Check your working! (unless you had a different username)
 
Posted by Ashitaka (Member # 4924) on May 06, 2010, 01:46:
 
quote:
Originally posted by quantumfluff:
2798 / 238 => 11.75

Why do you think this is this a good game? It could easily be won by someone who posts once a year for 10 years.

Because they have to use thier 1 post per year up in here, and we can say hi again, the point is to see who is lurking in the shadows.
 
Posted by BooBooKitty (Member # 5566) on May 06, 2010, 05:30:
 
quote:
Originally posted by CommanderShroom:
There are a few names I haven't seen in a while. I certainly hope that they occasionally peek in. People like csk, Winter Solstice, Just Jess, Yayawoman, more from Jessycat, Rednivek, even a rant from -ct- would be refreshing.

The list could go on and on.

*PEEK*
 
Posted by CommanderShroom (Member # 2097) on May 06, 2010, 05:42:
 
quote:
Originally posted by BooBooKitty:
*PEEK*

Yay!! BBK-F*&^
 
Posted by BooBooKitty (Member # 5566) on May 06, 2010, 06:15:
 
quote:
Originally posted by CommanderShroom:
quote:
Originally posted by BooBooKitty:
*PEEK*

Yay!! BBK-F*&^
=)

You're up waaaaaay too early!
 
Posted by Ashitaka (Member # 4924) on May 06, 2010, 07:02:
 
scores as such

Me (ash) = (2270/51)=44.51

MMKK = 21.05

Ugh = 19.73

FS = 18.79

BBK = 17.64

grumpy = 44.34

M Agreeable = 0.31 current winner

Littlefish = 22 something

schroom = 26.8

half vast 11.38

qfluffy = 26.16 / ca 11 ( whatever)
 
Posted by Ashitaka (Member # 4924) on May 06, 2010, 07:12:
 
quote:
Originally posted by quantumfluff:
2798 / 238 => 11.75

Why do you think this is this a good game? It could easily be won by someone who posts once a year for 10 years.

perhaps later I'll go through and cube the months, or take the months to the power of e or pi to see how much that would reaarange teh scores.
 
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on May 06, 2010, 07:26:
 
____36.846153846 I lose.
 
Posted by Sxeptomaniac (Member # 3698) on May 06, 2010, 08:54:
 
1523/62 = 24.6

Higher than I thought it would be.
 
Posted by MacManKrisK (Member # 955) on May 06, 2010, 09:59:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Ashitaka:
perhaps later I'll go through and cube the months, or take the months to the power of e or pi to see how much that would reaarange teh scores.

What about a point deduction for SuperFans?
 
Posted by GrumpySteen (Member # 170) on May 06, 2010, 11:03:
 
Ashitaka wrote:
perhaps later I'll go through and cube the months

You fool! Time is already cubed!
 
Posted by spungo (Member # 1089) on May 06, 2010, 11:25:
 
63.4 -- I have no life.
 
Posted by Xanthine (Member # 736) on May 06, 2010, 11:43:
 
quote:
Originally posted by CommanderShroom:
There are a few names I haven't seen in a while. I certainly hope that they occasionally peek in. People like csk, Winter Solstice, Just Jess, Yayawoman, more from Jessycat, Rednivek, even a rant from -ct- would be refreshing.

The list could go on and on.

/me raises a glass to absent friends
 
Posted by Stereo (Member # 748) on May 06, 2010, 13:05:
 
Errr... I have been here for how much time? Let me check...

Back!

2186/109 = 20.06

So, average, I guess. (9 Years! Almost a quarter of my life, too!)
 
Posted by Ashitaka (Member # 4924) on May 06, 2010, 14:34:
 
quote:
Originally posted by GrumpySteen:
Ashitaka wrote:
perhaps later I'll go through and cube the months

You fool! Time is already cubed!

WTF, that is crazy,
I'll summarize, In between every antisemantic, racist, bigotted, ignorant comment you could think of, the auther of this particular website argues that a day is not equal to one rotaion of the earth on its axis but to 1/4 of a rotation. ( and what we currently consider a 24h "day" is really 4 6 hour "days". But as I couldn't find, and since the website hurts my eyes I don't want to look, how this affects the number of months in the year, I will not be mulitply the number of minths by four for every one.
 
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on May 06, 2010, 16:31:
 
____ OMG. Not the old cycloid question again!!!!

____ We are not rolling on the surface of the sun!!!
 
Posted by MacManKrisK (Member # 955) on May 06, 2010, 16:57:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Ashitaka:
quote:
Originally posted by GrumpySteen:
You fool! Time is already cubed!

WTF, that is crazy,
Not only is it crazy, it truly resembles the ramblings of a truly delusional person. A bigoted, racist, anti-Semitic, delusional, probably schizophrenic person.
 
Posted by GrumpySteen (Member # 170) on May 06, 2010, 19:25:
 
quote:
Originally posted by MacManKrisK:
quote:
Originally posted by Ashitaka:
quote:
Originally posted by GrumpySteen:
You fool! Time is already cubed!

WTF, that is crazy,
Not only is it crazy, it truly resembles the ramblings of a truly delusional person. A bigoted, racist, anti-Semitic, delusional, probably schizophrenic person.
It's not just a resemblance. The guy who made the site is a complete loon. It's not a parody, a joke or an attempt to troll people. The guy is genuinely insane.
 
Posted by quantumfluff (Member # 450) on May 06, 2010, 20:28:
 
quote:
Originally posted by littlefish:
quote:
Originally posted by quantumfluff:
2798 / 238 => 11.75

Why do you think this is this a good game? It could easily be won by someone who posts once a year for 10 years.

238? Check your working! (unless you had a different username)
Duhh.... 10 years is not 240 months, it's 120, so it should be 23.5.

I must have been thinking pay periods :-)
 
Posted by Richard Wolf VI (Member # 4993) on May 06, 2010, 21:44:
 
1340/49 = 27.35

Well, kinda average, though my participation has dipped in recent years.
 
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on May 07, 2010, 03:01:
 
____ GrumpySteen, So you used your time machine, to set-up a phony website, write this totally BS rant. Then you use it as a link to to totally rant & rave at us, really neat, then you claim your alter ego is loony. GrumpySteen you're good.

____ From your writings why are'nt there 24 days in a day? Only the British and USN have it right ZULU TIME all around the world, the rest is left up to the locals. Ships log, 0940Z.
 
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on May 07, 2010, 07:25:
 
quote:
Originally posted by GrumpySteen:
quote:
Originally posted by MacManKrisK:
quote:
Originally posted by Ashitaka:
quote:
Originally posted by GrumpySteen:
You fool! Time is already cubed!

WTF, that is crazy,
Not only is it crazy, it truly resembles the ramblings of a truly delusional person. A bigoted, racist, anti-Semitic, delusional, probably schizophrenic person.
It's not just a resemblance. The guy who made the site is a complete loon. It's not a parody, a joke or an attempt to troll people. The guy is genuinely insane.
Man...that's a pity. It /looks/ like satire gold!
 
Posted by CommanderShroom (Member # 2097) on May 07, 2010, 07:32:
 
quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
quote:
Originally posted by GrumpySteen:
The guy is genuinely insane.

Man...that's a pity. It /looks/ like satire gold!
Of course he is insane. The entire web page was made with Microsoft Office tags. Who in their right mind would use Office to create a web page?
 
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on May 07, 2010, 11:24:
 
quote:
Originally posted by CommanderShroom:
quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
quote:
Originally posted by GrumpySteen:
The guy is genuinely insane.

Man...that's a pity. It /looks/ like satire gold!
Of course he is insane. The entire web page was made with Microsoft Office tags. Who in their right mind would use Office to create a web page?
Don't get me started...
 
Posted by Sxeptomaniac (Member # 3698) on May 07, 2010, 13:01:
 
quote:
Originally posted by GrumpySteen:
quote:
Originally posted by MacManKrisK:
quote:
Originally posted by Ashitaka:
quote:
Originally posted by GrumpySteen:
You fool! Time is already cubed!

WTF, that is crazy,
Not only is it crazy, it truly resembles the ramblings of a truly delusional person. A bigoted, racist, anti-Semitic, delusional, probably schizophrenic person.
It's not just a resemblance. The guy who made the site is a complete loon. It's not a parody, a joke or an attempt to troll people. The guy is genuinely insane.
Amazing how long that site's been up, too (since 1997, apparently). It's been several years since I last saw it, but I remember that site being even more of an assault on the eyes. Is my memory faulty, or has he cleaned it up a little (very little)?
 
Posted by GrumpySteen (Member # 170) on May 07, 2010, 15:20:
 
Sxeptomaniac wrote:
I remember that site being even more of an assault on the eyes. Is my memory faulty, or has he cleaned it up a little (very little)?

It hasn't been cleaned up. We just all have higher screen resolutions now than we did then and the huge fonts aren't quite as bad as a result.
 
Posted by toobe (Member # 3783) on May 07, 2010, 22:18:
 
Hmm... 174/61=2.85

And back to my corner.
 
Posted by Moe Monkey (Member # 1900) on May 09, 2010, 07:16:
 
<Crawls out of hole, blinks eyes>
1.6 for me
(no second decimal place, Heisenberg is spanking me as I post this)

...there's an image...
[Big Grin]
 
Posted by snupy (Member # 1211) on May 09, 2010, 10:48:
 
quote:
Originally posted by CommanderShroom:
There are a few names I haven't seen in a while. I certainly hope that they occasionally peek in. People like csk, Winter Solstice, Just Jess, Yayawoman, more from Jessycat, Rednivek, even a rant from -ct- would be refreshing.

The list could go on and on.

**PEEK**
 
Posted by fs (Member # 1181) on May 10, 2010, 03:52:
 
Ash, if you want it to be accurate, you should add 1148 to my post count and calculate the months from July 2001.
 
Posted by spungo (Member # 1089) on May 10, 2010, 05:16:
 
quote:
Originally posted by snupy:
**PEEK**

[Applause] [Applause] [Applause]
 
Posted by snupy (Member # 1211) on May 10, 2010, 09:56:
 
I see lots of changes since I've been here. MRS Xanthine??? Wow! Perhaps someone can fill me in on all the other pertinent news from the oldtimers like me?

I've just spent 7 weeks in the states visiting my mum, who has been ill. It was supposed to be just over 5 weeks, but this little volcano erupted-I don't know if any of you heard??? [Roll Eyes]

I realised I really miss home, but with a preexisting medical condition now, I may never get to live there again. [Frown]

Glad to see so many still around! [Smile]
 
Posted by CommanderShroom (Member # 2097) on May 10, 2010, 11:08:
 
Good to see you snupy!!

Saw you peek in and I immediately thought, "Her too!"

I do hope you stick around for a bit longer. It is funny how many names you miss seeing until they are no longer there.
 
Posted by DoctorWho (Member # 392) on May 10, 2010, 16:44:
 
13.14 here.
 
Posted by fs (Member # 1181) on May 11, 2010, 05:23:
 
I wonder where Swiss Mercenary is these days. Supaboy too. Who else? Oh, Cheezi git. Yayawoman. Superflippy.

Plenty more.
 
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on May 11, 2010, 06:07:
 
quote:
Originally posted by snupy:
I realised I really miss home, but with a preexisting medical condition now, I may never get to live there again. [Frown]

Hi Snups, good to see you again.

I haven't been following the detail all that closely, but I'm pretty sure abolishing the "pre-existing condition" nonsense is part of Obama's health care reforms, so you need not be an exile forever.
 
Posted by snupy (Member # 1211) on May 11, 2010, 10:44:
 
Yeah, I know-I've been watching closely, and it has given me hope, but it will take awhile for these changes to take effect. Plus, things can change so quickly.

I think it's more wanting to know the option is still open, rather than feeling trapped with no options. I doubt hubby will want to leave here anytime soon.
 
Posted by snupy (Member # 1211) on May 11, 2010, 11:06:
 
quote:
Originally posted by fs:
I wonder where Swiss Mercenary is these days. Supaboy too. Who else? Oh, Cheezi git. Yayawoman. Superflippy.

Plenty more.

Zorro, Capn Vic, Gmx???


and looking through some old posts to see who's still here, can I just say, SKYLAR is 24 now? Man, do I feel old.... [Big Grin]
 
Posted by Xanthine (Member # 736) on May 11, 2010, 17:29:
 
quote:
Originally posted by snupy:
MRS Xanthine??? Wow! Perhaps someone can fill me in on all the other pertinent news from the oldtimers like me?

Yeah, I can't believe it either. I also graduated, so it's Mrs. Dr. (but not the kind that helps people) Xanthine. And, er, let's see... Well in 2008 my then-boyfriend now-husband and I decided we ust couldn't keep a home running without someone to direct us so we got a cat. So long as everyone remembers who's in charge, it's all good.
 
Posted by Venture (Member # 32021) on May 11, 2010, 23:27:
 
Hi everyone, Time for the hazing to start. I'm the new guy. I would fall into the geek category of Computer science with an amateur interest in physics. I have an AAS in Computer Engineering Tech. and will be starting a Bachelor of database programming. I regularly have 4 or more computers running in my house for various reasons. I spend most of my time reading, studying, learning but not a great deal of socializing. [Geek]

/*hope to meet some new friends*/
 
Posted by Ashitaka (Member # 4924) on May 11, 2010, 23:44:
 
hi, venture, what time is it in SC when you posted 3am?

Welcome

We have some Com. Sci. geeks here, though we tend, as recently discussed, to consider ourselves geeks, not by what hobbies we ahve, but by how we approach our hobbies.

Later


-ash
 
Posted by Stibbons (Member # 2515) on May 11, 2010, 23:45:
 
1072/78 = 13.7 posts/month. Not as low as it could be [Smile]
 
Posted by Venture (Member # 32021) on May 11, 2010, 23:58:
 
Ha, yeah getting close to 3am. I don't sleep much. This crazy mush in my head keeps transmitting electric pulses while keeping me awake.

I def agree to your notion of geekory. I have a great deal of respect for the passion that one has for any subject of interest.
 
Posted by geekygoddess (Member # 15702) on May 17, 2010, 19:09:
 
*Wipes the dust off the keyboard*
Well, it's been a while for me, but I still manage to post on the average about 13.7 if I added it right. I go through spells..when I am out of school I post more, also when I am caught up on all my series I missed last semester. Missed all ya'll:)
 
Posted by MacManKrisK (Member # 955) on May 17, 2010, 20:33:
 
I want to take this opportunity to say: Welcome Venture! It seems like you'll fit in around here very well! What do your various computers do?
 
Posted by Venture (Member # 32021) on May 18, 2010, 08:35:
 
Well, thank you. My computers, humm.... well.. I am in school for computer science so the purpose of my computers are always changing due to just teaching myself what ever the subject may be. my laptop stays the same mostly and is used for my personal computer. At the moment I am studying for my Linux certification so I have the others with Linux so that I can practice configuration, networking, etc. One day when I am makin the big bucks, my whole house will be computerized. My toaster will have an IP address! hehe
 
Posted by MacManKrisK (Member # 955) on May 18, 2010, 08:48:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Venture:
One day when I am makin the big bucks, my whole house will be computerized. My toaster will have an IP address! hehe

IPv4 or IPv6? [Razz]
 
Posted by Venture (Member # 32021) on May 18, 2010, 09:11:
 
ah, still version 4. but the need for version 6 is on the horizon. I don't plan on getting too deep into networking because those guys get yelled at too much. lol I am mostly interested in programming. :-)
 
Posted by MacManKrisK (Member # 955) on May 18, 2010, 09:41:
 
As a programmer, do us all a favor and pay extensive attenton to your user interfaces! I've had to use a lot of programs (especially in the sciences) that were functional but severely limited because of shitty interfaces.
 
Posted by snupy (Member # 1211) on May 18, 2010, 14:33:
 
quote:
Well in 2008 my then-boyfriend now-husband and I decided we ust couldn't keep a home running without someone to direct us so we got a cat. So long as everyone remembers who's in charge, it's all good.

LOLd at that! Sooo true!

Congrats on the marriage, graduation, and the cat!
 
Posted by littlefish (Member # 966) on May 18, 2010, 17:53:
 
quote:
Originally posted by snupy:
I see lots of changes since I've been here. MRS Xanthine??? Wow! Perhaps someone can fill me in on all the other pertinent news from the oldtimers like me?

Well I'm engaged and now have a date: 11/9/10. I'm currently sitting in a hotel in Gaithersburg, MD after an interview that I think went pretty well, so hopefully I'll soon be working in the USA.
 
Posted by Xanthine (Member # 736) on May 18, 2010, 20:23:
 
Good luck littlefish! If you get the job, we can commiserate over the thrills of navigating the NIST bureaucracy. The scary part is, the secretaries absorb 90% of it!

quote:
Originally posted by MacManKrisK:
As a programmer, do us all a favor and pay extensive attenton to your user interfaces! I've had to use a lot of programs (especially in the sciences) that were functional but severely limited because of shitty interfaces.

Were these programs, by any chance, home-brewed? Not that it really matters because even commercial software in the sciences can be a little, uh, how do I put this, counterintuitive to anyone who hasn't been using it since version 0.0 came out, but home-brewed science software belongs in a class all to itself. Part of the problem is most scientists, myself included, don't learn how to program anything in any language until we have to and then we're basically learning as we go. The results are a little bit catastrophic. Seriously. I feel like I've gained too much insight into the psychology of my predecessor on my project just because I've been dealing with her programming for the past year. Being a crappy programmer, and seeing as we code in Labview (which puts a very graphical spin on "spaghetti code) you can only imagine the kludgy mess I stapled onto the disaster I just described. I included many comments because I was getting lost. [crazy]
 
Posted by Ashitaka (Member # 4924) on May 19, 2010, 00:04:
 
quote:
Originally posted by littlefish:
so hopefully I'll soon be working in the USA.

I'm sorry, if you get the job i'll be interested ot hear what you think. Most americans I meet think america is the greatest place to work, but having worked abroad I just don't understand that.
 
Posted by Xanthine (Member # 736) on May 19, 2010, 00:27:
 
I've met Europeans who prefer doing science in the US to doing science in their home countries. Usually they cite bureaucracy - apparently, in France, you need special permission from the university to work past 7 pm (this is what a French post-doc told me, but I've been hoping like hell it's b.s. because the alternative is just too insane). I think the funding over here is a bit easier or more generous or something. Oh yeah, and there are jobs here that can lead to something good. That's not necessarily true in Europe, even in the richer parts of Europe.

Also, if you're into really big and exotic toys, there are only so many positions available in so many places. And NIST and the other federal labs have some really cool toys...
 
Posted by MacManKrisK (Member # 955) on May 19, 2010, 00:42:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
Were these programs, by any chance, home-brewed?

Not at all! The first that comes to mind is HP Chemstation for the HP4400 ICP-MS, but that one is pretty good compared to the software for the Milestone DMA-80 Direct Mercury Analyzer. I can't forget the Leeman Labs PS1000 ICP-AES software, either, that was F-key driven and operated entirely on macros. The PS1000 software didn't even have built-in data collection, if you lost one of the printouts that spit out of the printer after every run (or, God forbid, the printer jammed!), you had to run the sample(s) again.

All of these softwares required Win 98/Win NT4 or lower because they all operated through kludgy peek and poke directly at the hardware level. That's something Windows 2000 and XP (and up) simply don't allow, and for good reason!
 
Posted by Ashitaka (Member # 4924) on May 19, 2010, 01:07:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
[QB]- apparently, in France, you need special permission from the university to work past 7 pm (this is what a French post-doc told me, but I've been hoping like hell it's b.s. because the alternative is just too insane). QB]

Here to ( for sat. and sun. and after 11 pm), it takes about 20 seconds to send of the email and a few minutes to get a response. I like this because if I need to I can always work on the weekends, and if they ever deny me permission,, and I don't finish my work, I have written proof that they wouldn't let me finish. They can't force me to work overtime. My career just won't advance as quickly, and if I do work overtime here, it quickly becomes less expensive for the company to hire me help.

Though, I have heard that people in research might actually be denied permission to work on sundays bacause it costs the company more.
 
Posted by Xanthine (Member # 736) on May 19, 2010, 08:35:
 
Let me put it this way: if I had to ask permission to do my job, there'd be blood. On the walls, on the ceiling, on the floor, all over the lab benches, and not all of it would be mine. I'm salaried. It costs my employer exactly nothing times nothing if I need to put in overtime.
 
Posted by Ashitaka (Member # 4924) on May 19, 2010, 10:44:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
Let me put it this way: if I had to ask permission to do my job, there'd be blood. On the walls, on the ceiling, on the floor, all over the lab benches, and not all of it would be mine. I'm salaried. It costs my employer exactly nothing times nothing if I need to put in overtime.

I used to work as a salaried chemist in america, 60-70 hour weeks, going into work every day, for no more money than what I would make working 40 hour weeks.

My PhD chemist boss had it great. He worked 40 hours a week, took 2-3 week long vacations in the carribean, and dropped in jaw in wonderment the day I told him I was emigrating.


After six months without a free Saturday I got pissed off, not at the company, I figured any other option I had for work would be the same. That is one of the main reasons I emigrated. That is one of the main reasons I don't like the US, that is why I asked what Littlefish thinks of working in the US.

I am sure for many people america is a great opertunity that you don't get elsewhere. But I also think the lower you go, the more it is not worth it to be a worker in america.


Its not about not loving my country, it will always be my home ( well I think of myself more as a hoosier than an american but still)
 
Posted by Xanthine (Member # 736) on May 19, 2010, 12:24:
 
Management's a dice roll. Where I am, everyone works 50+/week and what we do about vaction varies. Usually, though, I'm the one using as much time as they'll let me have to go to some exotic place. And I have always gotten away with it because I am that good.

ETA: it took me about 5.5 years to get tired of no free Saturdays and the increasingly frequent not-free Sunday. So I graduated. [Razz]
 
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on May 19, 2010, 14:09:
 
Vacation time...what's that? [Razz]

I actually have a ton of it, but actually /taking it/ is the hard part.
(I'm still working on last year's days...)

Of course, this year, as in others, I simply took the 'it's better to ask forgiveness' tact and simply stated that I'll be out for a good fortnight. [Big Grin]

My phone won't work, and a nice little map with possible locations/countries will be affixed to my monitor. [Big Grin]
 
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on May 19, 2010, 15:44:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Ashitaka:
I used to work as a salaried chemist in america, 60-70 hour weeks, going into work every day, for no more money than what I would make working 40 hour weeks...

After six months without a free Saturday I got pissed off...

I really wish management understood how damaging to the company that bullsh1te is.

Many years ago I was working for an aussie company that got bought out by an American company, so of course they had to send an American manager over to show us The Right Way.

So, we found ourselves working for a guy who'd spent the last 25 years selling computer systems in Chicago, had minimal understanding of the technology we produced, but he had the right accent, and the company-approved slave-driver attitude.

First thing he did was try to increase the hours/week we worked. We were all given a stern lecture about how slack we all were, and how much harder the guys at head office in Merkinstan worked, and he made a point of noticing when we arrived and left, and watching the little lights on the phone system to see who was talking on the phone too much (almost always to customers). Oh, and we were all issued with keys to the office so we could work weekends. The more he tried to bully us, the more strictly 9-to-5 we all got, and he couldn't fire us, because we were the only people in the world who knew the technology his company had just paid big money for.

But we could quit, and one by one that's what we did. 100% staff turnover in the 18 months before I quit, and 100% again in the 12 months after, then the company folded because there was no-one left who knew how anything worked.
 
Posted by Xanthine (Member # 736) on May 19, 2010, 15:56:
 
I don't ask permission either. I just make my plans, inform my boss both verbally and in writing (I've never had a boss who'll remember my departure and return dates), and go. I do make sure I've got my projects arranged so it won't be a disaster for me to leave and as the departure approaches I'll ask my boss if there's anything he wants done before I go. Of course, that doesn't mean something won't come up while I'm gone, but hopefully that's not my problem. It shouldn't be, but sometimes... [Roll Eyes] And, of course, since I favor vacations that take me out of range of anything but a satellite phone or shortwave radio (and those also have limitations), when I'm gone I'm gone...and occasionally in peril of never coming back. But it's good to keep your boss on his or her toes like that. [Razz]
 
Posted by quantumfluff (Member # 450) on May 19, 2010, 18:54:
 
quote:
Originally posted by MacManKrisK:
quote:
Originally posted by Venture:
One day when I am makin the big bucks, my whole house will be computerized. My toaster will have an IP address! hehe

IPv4 or IPv6? [Razz]
IPv6 seems to be the way to go for home based sensors and autonomous devices which can be reached from outside. Punching holes in the NAT firewall does not scale at all.
 
Posted by Venture (Member # 32021) on May 19, 2010, 21:28:
 
Thats very true, I have seen this type of thing done by setting up a novel netware network up on the inside so that the difference in protocols creates a sort of firewall. But I really don't see much of a threat to my personal network. I have a hardware and software firewall, and most of my computers are Linux. :-D
 
Posted by geekygoddess (Member # 15702) on May 20, 2010, 04:50:
 
Venture...not trying to change the topic..but I lived in North Charleston for ten years. it was my favorite place to live, and would move back in a skinny minute. Small world:)
 
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on May 20, 2010, 05:14:
 
____ GG, it seems that you have baited the hook and dangling it in the water. However Venture has said, he has a GF.
 
Posted by geekygoddess (Member # 15702) on May 20, 2010, 05:19:
 
MoMan...I was just welcoming the newbie. I have sworn off men, and only date men I meet in real life. Tsk Tsk...
 
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on May 20, 2010, 05:27:
 
____ This isn't real life? Damn.


____ I personelly think that an electric blanket is a very good bed warmer, and it doesn't get upset if you stay out late, or don't come home. It doesn't make demands on your time or life style.
 
Posted by geekygoddess (Member # 15702) on May 20, 2010, 05:37:
 
MoMan..I think you are on to something. *goes to the store to buy an electric blanket*
 
Posted by Ashitaka (Member # 4924) on May 20, 2010, 06:08:
 
quote:
Originally posted by TheMoMan:
__I personelly think that an electric blanket is a very good bed warmer, and it doesn't get upset if you stay out late, or don't come home. It doesn't make demands on your time or life style.

YES BUT, try taking a shower with an electric blanket, or traveling the world (wrong plugs) or asking your electric blanket to get you a cold one from the fridge.
 
Posted by CommanderShroom (Member # 2097) on May 20, 2010, 08:38:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Ashitaka:
... or asking your electric blanket to get you a cold one from the fridge.

I would get exactly the same kind of luck, without the beating.

Electric blanket...

Could become a new Japanese fetish, eh?

Are we going to see some 30 year old male marrying his pink blankie in the near future?
 
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on May 20, 2010, 09:50:
 
____ Well with an Electric Blanket, get one with dual controls, then it could be hot and cold at the same time.....
 
Posted by Venture (Member # 32021) on May 20, 2010, 11:36:
 
quote:
Originally posted by geekygoddess:
Venture...not trying to change the topic..but I lived in North Charleston for ten years. it was my favorite place to live, and would move back in a skinny minute. Small world:)

Wow, really? small world indeed! I am actually doing everything I can do get out of here! hehe It is a beautiful place and the weather is nice, but thats about it. I grew up in Washington DC and I very much prefer the city life as well as being surrounded by people that have some sort of intellect. Thanks for the welcome goddess!

quote:
Originally posted by TheMoMan:
____ GG, it seems that you have baited the hook and dangling it in the water. However Venture has said, he has a GF.

... and actually no gf here, I have been avoiding that scenario while in school, as it makes for a major distraction. :-D
 
Posted by GrumpySteen (Member # 170) on May 20, 2010, 14:20:
 
TheMoMan wrote:
with an Electric Blanket, get one with dual controls, then it could be hot and cold at the same time.....

That's the Katy Perry model, right?
 
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on May 20, 2010, 16:39:
 
____ Venture, Sorry bout that, I seemed to get you confused with Sprocket. Must have had brain gas.
 
Posted by maswan (Member # 269) on May 24, 2010, 01:46:
 
quote:
Originally posted by GrumpySteen:
5498 / 125 = 44.34

But that doesn't include the pre-UBB days. Also, I just realized I've been on this forum for over ten years... over a quarter of my life, in fact. [Eek!]

65/125 = 0.52. [Smile]

But of course, that doesn't include the pre-ubb days for me either...
 
Posted by GrumpySteen (Member # 170) on May 24, 2010, 07:42:
 
maswan wrote:
65/125 = 0.52. [Smile]

I think that makes you the winner of Ashitaka's game.

You win one (1) can of pork brains in milk gravy which includes a lifetime supply of cholesterol!
 
Posted by Ashitaka (Member # 4924) on May 26, 2010, 13:06:
 
OK I declare hum the winner, but I was hoping more lurkers were out there, but maybe pork brains isn't enough to lure them out of the shadows.

oh BTW, this'll be my last post for a while, i'm heading off to the states for a while and will be without an internet connection for the next 19 days or so.
 
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on May 26, 2010, 17:30:
 
____ Ash, Please never prewarn, the bad people will know that your place is ASHLESS, tell us afterwards not before. So you stay put and then leave.
 
Posted by YaYawoman (Member # 4505) on May 29, 2010, 01:54:
 
Boo! Did I scare you? Huh? Huh? [Big Grin]
 
Posted by CommanderShroom (Member # 2097) on May 29, 2010, 06:48:
 
/ me waves!

Hi Yaya. Good to see you around these parts again.

Now how's about a "this is the kinda hell I've been raisin'" post?
 
Posted by macmcseboy (Member # 1232) on May 29, 2010, 08:58:
 
OMG it's YaYa!
 
Posted by snupy (Member # 1211) on May 30, 2010, 08:02:
 
quote:
Originally posted by littlefish:
quote:
Originally posted by snupy:
I see lots of changes since I've been here. MRS Xanthine??? Wow! Perhaps someone can fill me in on all the other pertinent news from the oldtimers like me?

Well I'm engaged and now have a date: 11/9/10. I'm currently sitting in a hotel in Gaithersburg, MD after an interview that I think went pretty well, so hopefully I'll soon be working in the USA.
Wow! I never knew you had any interest in working in the US-any particular reason, or is it just a great job?!

So, we're contributing to the cosmic balance by swapping sides of the pond, huh? How funny!
[Big Grin]
 
Posted by littlefish (Member # 966) on May 30, 2010, 12:19:
 
No particular urge to work in the US, but it's a nice job. I'm still waiting to hear how I got on, so the cosmic alignment is still off.
 
Posted by Tominfla (Member # 6767) on June 20, 2010, 12:01:
 
Hello, again. I'm Tominfla. I haven't been in the forums since 2007, but I've been a Superfan since then, quietly helping out on a monthly basis. I'm really glad to see that things are still jumping here at Geek Culture.

One of the reasons I haven't been on is that I'm not much of a forum browser. Another reason is that I was sucked into an unassuming little game called World of Warcraft. I used to play every night and it kind of crowded out my other social venues. Now, I don't play as often but I am still very active. Other things in life take up the slack, like keeping a house and all that goes with it.

Recently I had to restart my Superfan subscription with Paypal (it cancelled for some reason), and I just wanted to let the bosses know I wasn't deserting. I thought, since I am here, I might as well take another look around. I see some familiar names!

-- T
 
Posted by Tominfla (Member # 6767) on June 20, 2010, 12:18:
 
I am reading this thread backwards and at the beginning is a contest to see who has the lowest post score based on posts/months since registration.

Mine is low but perhaps not low enough. It's 242 posts divided by 42 months (I registered Jan. 1 2007).

242/42 = 5.76

Also, I noticed my signature is still there. Marvin Martian??? Yes, he's cool, but I should come up with something new.
 
Posted by MacManKrisK (Member # 955) on June 20, 2010, 12:44:
 
hey! Tamiflu! erm. uh. Tominfla!

Welcome back, stick around! [Smile]
 
Posted by ewomack (Member # 3225) on July 12, 2010, 16:45:
 
I still poke around here once in a great while. Many of the old folks have moved on to things less virtual... but me... I'm liking the virtual at the moment...

AUGH!! I just noticed that I registered in Oct of 2001... Whoa a way a no a whoa... I've been here almost 10 years... augh a way a whoa a way a no a way a whoa a...

Sorry... getting dizzy...
 
Posted by MrJ (Member # 730) on July 29, 2010, 11:47:
 
Still more lurkers out there...

34/112 = 0.30 (July 2010)
 
Posted by garlicguy (Member # 3166) on August 20, 2010, 13:30:
 
3662/68 = 53.85 = Loser!!
 
Posted by Ugh, MightyClub (Member # 3112) on August 23, 2010, 10:09:
 
Aw, gg, you're never a loser in my book!
 
Posted by garlicguy (Member # 3166) on August 23, 2010, 11:27:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Ugh, MightyClub:
Aw, gg, you're never a loser in my book!

Aw, shucks, Ugh! Now yer makin' me blush.
[blush]
 
Posted by CyberGoddess (Member # 147) on October 09, 2010, 10:42:
 
*pokes her head back into the forum*
 
Posted by Eponine (Member # 548) on October 20, 2010, 07:38:
 
*peek*

I couldn't resist! I'm not back, just poking around. *waves to Snaggy and all* Lots of people I remember from the old days, I miss them!
 
Posted by Snaggy (Member # 123) on October 20, 2010, 12:13:
 
EEPIE!!!!! YIIPIE!

Welcome back! :-) [Applause]
 
Posted by Eponine (Member # 548) on October 20, 2010, 21:28:
 
Hi Snaggy, what's new with you?

I haven't been called Eepie in... about 10 years. [Smile] Maybe 8 or 9.
 
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on October 20, 2010, 23:23:
 
Holy mackeral...I remember that nick! Greetings! [Smile]
 
Posted by spungo (Member # 1089) on October 21, 2010, 05:24:
 
Yes, Welcome back! [Applause]
 
Posted by Cap'n Vic (Member # 1477) on October 21, 2010, 13:16:
 
/Stumbles out of forest
 
Posted by Snaggy (Member # 123) on October 21, 2010, 13:45:
 
Attention all hands! Cap'n on deck!

[Big Grin]
 
Posted by spungo (Member # 1089) on October 22, 2010, 04:44:
 
Ladies -- guard yer arse-pics!
 
Posted by Spoongirl (Member # 2143) on January 17, 2011, 02:38:
 
This seems as good a place as any to say hey.

[Beard of Peter Gabriel!]

God, I've missed that emoticon.
 
Posted by Callipygous (Member # 2071) on January 17, 2011, 03:16:
 
[Applause] [Applause] Spoony! [Applause] [Applause]

How lovely to see you again!
 
Posted by Snaggy (Member # 123) on January 17, 2011, 08:59:
 
Spooooooon! [thumbsup]

[Beard of Peter Gabriel!] has missed you too!
 
Posted by csk (Member # 1941) on March 07, 2011, 22:00:
 
/delurks
 
Posted by HalfVast (Member # 3187) on March 08, 2011, 04:05:
 
Whoa... I just glanced at this thread and it was
like 2007 all over again. [Happytears]
 
Posted by Xanthine (Member # 736) on March 08, 2011, 08:11:
 
quote:
Originally posted by csk:
/delurks

/me faints
 
Posted by macmcseboy (Member # 1232) on March 08, 2011, 10:25:
 
HE LIVES!
 
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on March 08, 2011, 13:37:
 
Holy crap!
 
Posted by Callipygous (Member # 2071) on March 08, 2011, 13:47:
 
Now now don't be too hasty csk, take your time [Wink]
 
Posted by csk (Member # 1941) on March 08, 2011, 19:59:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Callipygous:
Now now don't be too hasty csk, take your time [Wink]

Yea I should make my next post in another few years time! Oops .. Too late...
 
Posted by garlicguy (Member # 3166) on May 02, 2011, 04:55:
 
quote:
Originally posted by csk:
quote:
Originally posted by Callipygous:
Now now don't be too hasty csk, take your time [Wink]

Yea I should make my next post in another few years time! Oops .. Too late...
It's probably that 6 weeks thingy in your sig.

 -
gg
 
Posted by Rhonwyyn (Member # 2854) on May 02, 2011, 14:43:
 
csk's knot's been tied for more than a week now, but it appears he's been too busy to announce it. [blush]

and welcome back, garlicguy! It's so good to see you again!!!
 
Posted by Rednivek (Member # 1148) on September 22, 2014, 14:01:
 
quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
quote:
Originally posted by CommanderShroom:
There are a few names I haven't seen in a while. I certainly hope that they occasionally peek in. People like csk, Winter Solstice, Just Jess, Yayawoman, more from Jessycat, Rednivek, even a rant from -ct- would be refreshing.

The list could go on and on.

/me raises a glass to absent friends
Hey, Mrs. Dr.

I'm Randonneuring and working in AI & NLP.
 
Posted by Xanthine (Member # 736) on October 13, 2014, 02:36:
 
Hi Red. My post-doc from hell ended a week ago and I'm looking for a job. I was looking long before it ended, but pickings be slim.

I also had a kid. Entertaining time sink, she is.
 
Posted by TheMoMan (Member # 1659) on October 13, 2014, 08:14:
 
"WARNING"

"WARNING"

"WARNING"


Quarantine the LAB one of them has replicated!!
 
Posted by Snaggy (Member # 123) on October 13, 2014, 13:04:
 
Xan!

Congrats on surviving post doc, and propagation!!
[Applause]
 
Posted by The Famous Druid (Member # 1769) on October 14, 2014, 05:44:
 
Congratulations Xanthine!
And if you think little Theobromine's a handfull now, wait till she's a teenager...
 
Posted by Xanthine (Member # 736) on October 14, 2014, 20:34:
 
Heh. She's got her daddy wrapped around her little fingers. We're already frakked.
 
Posted by MacManKrisK (Member # 955) on October 15, 2014, 10:50:
 
I just stopped by to say congratulations Xanthine!

And also to say hi.

Hi. [Smile]
 
Posted by Ugh, MightyClub (Member # 3112) on October 15, 2014, 15:02:
 
Hey, Xanthine, good to see you again. Belated congrats on the kiddo! And on the post-doc survival.
 
Posted by quantumfluff (Member # 450) on October 16, 2014, 01:01:
 
Congratulations. Little ones do add a bit of chaos.
 
Posted by spungo (Member # 1089) on October 20, 2014, 09:38:
 
Well done, Xanthine! [Applause] [Applause]
 
Posted by dragonman97 (Member # 780) on October 20, 2014, 22:32:
 
Mag valour!
 
Posted by zorgon (Member # 546) on October 28, 2014, 16:12:
 
I'm going for the longest-registered / lowest post-rate record
 
Posted by Serenak (Member # 2950) on November 08, 2014, 12:00:
 
I still drop by to check what's going on. And HI Xanthine, and congratulations on the ankle biter... I have 3 now and yes get ready to have no life of your own for about the next 20 years... or more if you go and do it again [Big Grin]
 


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