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by cathrl
Thu Jul 14, 2011 7:22 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Utility of Language Major/Minor?
Replies: 7
Views: 2955

Re: Utility of Language Major/Minor?

Just language probably isn't useful unless you see yourself as a language teacher. People who are employed because of their language skills (i.e. translators and interpreters) are almost all bilingual / trilingual, or at the very least they are completely fluent. Taking a few courses in college isn'...
by cathrl
Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:03 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Choosing a US/Europe physics college
Replies: 18
Views: 3230

Re: Choosing a US/Europe physics college

druce, one issue would be the level that you've been taught at so far. You're obviously very good at physics, but you say you're 17 and finishing your first year of university. Is everyone else 19? Because if not, if university is where people go at 16-17 where you live, then you may not be a transf...
by cathrl
Wed Jul 13, 2011 9:48 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Are you Major-ist?
Replies: 303
Views: 29623

Re: Are you Major-ist?

Izawwlgood wrote:I've never met a physicist who said "Damn, neutrino oscillations are tricky to understand"


You have now, at least online.

Guess what my then fiance's thesis was on. Guess who was proofreading it.

I need a brain exploding smilie...
by cathrl
Wed Jul 13, 2011 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0923: "Strunk and White"
Replies: 94
Views: 23330

Re: 0923: "Strunk and White"

Thanks Jordan! Will play with, though I suspect my fandoms are so tiny that it's not going to work too well for me... I'm afraid you've fallen foul of the canned response brigade. Fanfic's been mentioned? Point out how it's all crap, repeatedly. After all, enough of it's crap that it's almost imposs...
by cathrl
Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0923: "Strunk and White"
Replies: 94
Views: 23330

Re: 0923: "Strunk and White"

How appropriate... I'm just launching (to the general public) a tool that lets people skip over the shite of fanfiction, straight to the good stuff using hueristics and backlinks. There's a huge demand for timesaving tools in this part of user generated content. (The tool I built is free, and only ...
by cathrl
Thu Oct 21, 2010 12:12 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: A slightly random Rant on Harry Potter (Spoilers, naturally)
Replies: 80
Views: 12747

Re: A slightly random Rant on Harry Potter (Spoilers, natura

It's 1990 . People didn't own mobile phones in 1990. (Well, some people did. My aunt did, as she was a vet and needed to take emergency calls). It cost an arm and a leg to buy, and even more to receive or make calls. And there is no way in hell she'd have had any signal in northern Scotland, or inde...
by cathrl
Wed Jun 23, 2010 11:11 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What is good code?
Replies: 38
Views: 5865

Re: What is good code?

I don't agree that good code necessarily needs to be well commented. I would like to replace it with "self-explanatory". Which by all means -may- be through comments, but not necessarily. I'd even go further than that. Any code which is incomprehensible without comments is not good code. ...
by cathrl
Wed Mar 24, 2010 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Books on programming with Fortran
Replies: 14
Views: 2709

Re: Books on programming with Fortran

Anything by Mike Metcalf - I think he's written an "Essential Fortran (n)" for every n since 66. Possibly including 66 :) That's a funny way round, though - are you sure you didn't mean write Fortran 90 and be familiar with Fortran 77? I can't imagine why you'd be dealing with Fortran 90 c...
by cathrl
Thu Mar 11, 2010 4:12 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How unique are your browser settings?
Replies: 100
Views: 12711

Re: How unique are your browser settings?

Not sure I believe it. I'm allegedly unique too. I don't have any fonts which aren't standard Windows or standard Office. I use Firefox out of the box. Plain, boring, fairly recent Dell laptop. And I've got AdBlock Plus installed. How is this at all unusual? Apart from AdBlock, I spend zero time cus...
by cathrl
Thu Mar 11, 2010 3:49 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: EEE Bristol vs Edinburgh vs Warwick need help deciding
Replies: 2
Views: 671

Re: EEE Bristol vs Edinburgh vs Warwick need help deciding

I'd have said there wasn't a great deal of difference between those three, rep-wise. All good universities. If that was me, I'd be picking based on which exchange program I was most interested in. Um...I'm a physicist rather than an engineer, but I think you're mistaken about Birmingham. It has a ve...
by cathrl
Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:46 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Stupid mistakes on Tests.
Replies: 51
Views: 5508

Re: Stupid mistakes on Tests.

I got halfway through a question (the sort of question that you do 4 of in a 3 hour paper) on a physics finals paper, and had this sudden awful realisation that it said "transverse", not "longitudinal". Restart job. I came out shaking from working so fast. Years earlier, on my O ...
by cathrl
Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:37 am UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Academic competion
Replies: 25
Views: 3558

Re: Academic competion

Captain of my college's University Challenge team, currently through to the semi-finals... Well, I'm impressed. Will now have to watch and guess which one - at least two of them would be described as colleges :) Ten year old son and I are UC addicts. He's dead chuffed every time he can answer a que...
by cathrl
Sun Jan 03, 2010 5:31 pm UTC
Forum: Your art and links
Topic: What do you think?
Replies: 3
Views: 1777

Re: What do you think?

I'm afraid I think "Oh look! It's Early Edition." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_Edition Or possibly Tru Calling. Or even Medium. And it's not that far from Quantum Leap, except without the time travel. I'm not saying you couldn't write a book using it, but basically what you have ther...
by cathrl
Sun Dec 06, 2009 12:40 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: foreign language for an engineer? which, and how?
Replies: 18
Views: 2526

Re: foreign language for an engineer? which, and how?

I got my current contract (working on software for a big engineering company) at least partly because I speak French. It's a big US company with a French subsiduary, and their testing department is based in Lyon. Although all their senior engineers speak at least some English, having two common lang...
by cathrl
Sun Dec 06, 2009 12:26 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: Cambridge interview
Replies: 32
Views: 3791

Re: Cambridge interview

Other people have suggested this, but I'll say it explicitly because depending on your personality you may have to be consciously aware of it...I know I did. Do not say "I don't know." They know you don't know - the questions are designed that way. They want to hear you think out loud. Goo...
by cathrl
Wed Oct 21, 2009 12:04 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Books/series you'll never read again
Replies: 33
Views: 6881

Re: Books/series you'll never read again

The Twilight series. French existentialism of any kind (I hated La Peste with a fiery passion) Anything new by Anne Rice. I really dislike when something I thought was great slides gently into bad soft porn and I find myself still reading because it's Anne Rice and I know she can write really. Anyth...
by cathrl
Wed Oct 21, 2009 11:58 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Author's original work, or edited versions?
Replies: 7
Views: 8842

Re: Author's original work, or edited versions?

But I read a couple of half-decent works of fan-fiction where it was painfully obvious that they could have been so much better if a competent editor had come along and said "Okay, this is too long by half. That scene, half this dialogue, those unfinished plot threads, just cut them out comple...
by cathrl
Wed Oct 21, 2009 11:46 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Twilight?
Replies: 1018
Views: 144323

Re: Twilight?

Brother Maynard wrote:This really doesn't bother me as Westerfeld and Rowling aren't terribly good.


Aren't terribly good what?

Rowling is a superb children's author. Westerfeld is a superb YA author.

You need to not confuse "good" with "writes for an adult audience". It's apples and oranges.
by cathrl
Fri Oct 09, 2009 6:43 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0647: "Scary"
Replies: 271
Views: 53707

Re: "Scary" Discussion

I was having a discussion along these lines with my kids recently. They couldn't believe that when I was a child we had no means of recording TV programs to watch them later, that there was no daytime TV (just the test card), and that all phones were connected to the wall with a cord. My grandfather...
by cathrl
Mon Oct 05, 2009 8:17 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Rereading books as you get older
Replies: 38
Views: 6671

Re: Rereading books as you get older

Lord of the Rings first read them when I was 6


And? So did my son. If you can't find a single thing to say about how your experience of reading it was different when you were older, it doesn't sound like you got much out of it.
by cathrl
Mon Oct 05, 2009 8:08 am UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0645: "RPS"
Replies: 185
Views: 47288

Re: "RPS" Discussion

Am I the only person here for whom RPS already has a well-defined, internet-specific meaning? I guess I spend too much time on fanfic sites...

I'm afraid a sausage seemed rather bland compared with the theme I was expecting.
by cathrl
Fri Oct 02, 2009 7:39 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Westerwelle: "This is Germany, speak German"
Replies: 37
Views: 3962

Re: Westerwelle: "This is Germany, speak German"

I like being able to go to Germany without having to learn a new language. Most Frenchmen know English, most Germans know English, and most Europeans know English. Why set up barriers that prevents Americans, Britishmen, and Europeans from visiting Germany and communicating in a common language?? B...
by cathrl
Fri Oct 02, 2009 7:21 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: A slightly random Rant on Harry Potter (Spoilers, naturally)
Replies: 80
Views: 12747

Re: A slightly random Rant on Harry Potter

I think you're missing that the HP books are basically a parody of traditional British school stories. Most of the major "look how unrealistic this is" points are parodied points in the first place. Parodies distort things to the point of ridiculousness. That's what they are . And I'm bemu...
by cathrl
Tue Sep 29, 2009 7:09 am UTC
Forum: Fit Club
Topic: five-a-day fruit and veg
Replies: 20
Views: 3226

Re: five-a-day fruit and veg

Drinking too much water can be fatal. It's just there is a good habit of trying to debunk myths here and any evidence you have will do so. Um...he's stating a well-known fact. You're the one propagating the myth. http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?artid=1770067 http://en.wikipedia.o...
by cathrl
Mon Sep 28, 2009 4:33 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 0642: "Creepy"
Replies: 411
Views: 76757

Re: "Creepy" Discussion

Dear shallow, rude, unpleasant bitch. No, and now he never will. You should have learned that playing hard-to-get doesn't work a decade ago, when you said you didn't want sweeties and instead of making a fuss over you, Mummy took you at your word and you didn't get any. Seriously, why would he even ...
by cathrl
Fri Sep 25, 2009 3:29 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Dan Brown's new book. The Lost Symbol. (Spoilers)
Replies: 31
Views: 10235

Re: Dan Brown's new book. The Lost Symbol. (Spoilers)

Especially since he brags about how much research he does. “I’ve thought a lot about life and I’ve spent a lot of time studying history and science." (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32842155/ns/today-today_books/) Uh, no, Dan, you haven't. Anyone who's spent "a lot of time studying...science&...
by cathrl
Sat Sep 19, 2009 9:52 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: First programming job
Replies: 39
Views: 5188

Re: First programming job

Cosmologicon, the very first thing I'd ask you based on that portfolio is how you plan to find and fix the bugs in Shipchase :) I strongly advise you to have some answers ready for that one. Hmmm, thanks for the tip. I really wouldn't know what to say to that! It's just... playtesting and debugging...
by cathrl
Fri Sep 18, 2009 9:10 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Rereading books as you get older
Replies: 38
Views: 6671

Re: Rereading books as you get older

I've reread Lord of the Rings more times than I can count. I'd like to think I now get more out of it than my initial wild crush on Aragorn (I was ten, okay?) I think the book which has affected me most differently as an adult is Peter Pan. I read it as a kid and it was a fun story. I read it as an ...
by cathrl
Fri Sep 18, 2009 9:05 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Dan Brown's new book. The Lost Symbol. (Spoilers)
Replies: 31
Views: 10235

Re: Dan Brown's new book. (Spoilers)

I'm not going to read it. To me the dreadful, lazy science is a showstopper - Angels and Demons is one of a single figure number of books I've read half of. Not because I insist all science in books has to be real (heck, I write fanfic about five teens who can transmute into birdsuits with a wave of...
by cathrl
Mon Sep 14, 2009 3:54 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: First programming job
Replies: 39
Views: 5188

Re: First programming job

n thing "don't try to go freelance until you have some real experience". Even if you get the job, you're still going to need to be able to lean over and say to someone "okay, the client says he needs x but I've never even heard of it - do I need to spend a week learning about it or i...
by cathrl
Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Should Typing be a mandatory Course in School?
Replies: 90
Views: 5540

Re: Should Typing be a mandatory Course in School?

After my last day in 5th grade cursive, I was never again required to use it, nor have I. And regardless of the claims that it is faster, I've also *never* seen anyone take notes in cursive. All of those hours teachers have spent trying to instruct kids that an 's' doesn't look like an 's' it looks...
by cathrl
Fri Sep 11, 2009 9:35 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Cool Chapter Titles
Replies: 5
Views: 3891

Re: Cool Chapter Titles

I don't normally take a great deal of notice of chapter titles, but I do like the chapter numbering in "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime". Only prime numbers.
by cathrl
Wed Sep 09, 2009 12:20 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dutch court case to stop 13 year old's solo yacht trip
Replies: 169
Views: 16892

Re: Dutch court case to stop 13 year old's solo yacht trip

Well, that wins today's "huh?" award. She contacted the ship on radio? Why the hell didn't she just alter course so she didn't hit it ? She's in a poky little sailing yacht, it's hardly difficult - and in a "busy shipping lane", surely it had occurred to her that there might be s...
by cathrl
Thu Sep 03, 2009 11:48 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dutch court case to stop 13 year old's solo yacht trip
Replies: 169
Views: 16892

Re: Dutch court case to stop 13 year old's solo yacht trip

Dreams can't be packaged up and stored until they're convenient. If you delay for too long, then the original dream changes or goes away. You're forever stuck with a memory of something that you could have and should have done, but - for no reason that can make sense - you did not do. Some people d...
by cathrl
Wed Sep 02, 2009 4:21 pm UTC
Forum: School
Topic: (UK) After Secondary School
Replies: 17
Views: 2103

Re: (UK) After Secondary School

My brother spends a lot of his day writing software and testing/ debugging it and he has a Physics degree.- He'd never have got the job without the degree (or the large salary). Me too. Except in my case it's 100% of my day. I don't think any of my fellow technical programmers are CS graduates - it...
by cathrl
Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How often do you shower or bathe?
Replies: 168
Views: 20687

Re: How often do you shower or bathe?

It completely depends on the weather and what I'm doing. If I've sweated, I'll have a bath in the evening (we don't have a shower at home). If I've driven to work, sat in an airconditioned office all day, driven home, cooked dinner, and not done much else all evening, I won't.
by cathrl
Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:36 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 152516

Re: Are you Ready for some Football!!! NFL Discussion

Sky Sports? They were showing four games a week last year. And I'd say you can always go to the Wembley game, except that you'd have had to buy your tickets in February. (I presume you're in the UK from the rest of the post, at least). 1) Stop thread jacking, and go talk european football elsewhere...
by cathrl
Mon Aug 31, 2009 6:25 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: ROTC Student Suspended for asking classmate to remove hijab
Replies: 83
Views: 6464

Re: ROTC Student Suspended for asking classmate to remove hijab

I presume the ROTC has also told her they have no interest in seeing her again until she demonstrates she's actually a decent human being who understands that not all Americans share her religious beliefs - and that, shock horror, not all good guys are American? How does she even know this girl is a...
by cathrl
Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Are you Ready for some "Football"!!! NFL Discussion
Replies: 804
Views: 152516

Re: Are you Ready for some Football!!! NFL Discussion

Actually, I'd love to see a live NFL game. Or one on tele, come to think about it. The only off putting thing is all the advert breaks and pauses. I like a bit more flow with my sports. Sky Sports? They were showing four games a week last year. And I'd say you can always go to the Wembley game, exc...
by cathrl
Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:47 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Dutch court case to stop 13 year old's solo yacht trip
Replies: 169
Views: 16892

Re: Dutch court case to stop 13 year old's solo yacht trip

Thing is, people here are saying "she can just nip into port if she wants to give up." No, she can't . The time she's likely to want to give up is when she's in the middle of a raging storm, has had no sleep or hot food for 4 days, her mainsail's in shreds and she needs to repair the top o...

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