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2012-12-26 01:13:58 PM  
4 votes:

Millennium: There's a certain myth of a "pure" scientist out there: someone for whom the pursuit of scientific knowledge, not necessarily to do anything with it but simply to know, is life's highest and ultimate calling, to be pursued with quasi-monastic zeal. This myth is what institutions like the ones mentioned in TFA are pursuing.

What do these institutions know about "pure" science? They though my methods weren't "pure" for their know-nothing, close-minded attitudes. Backwards fools, they are! But I'll show them pure....I'll show them all!!!
2012-12-27 12:49:23 AM  
2 votes:
Here's a joke I heard soon after starting (mechanical engineering) grad school:

A professor, a postdoc and a grad student are walking back to their lab from the Student Union one day, when they come across an old, beat-up brass lamp. The grad student picks up the lamp, and slightly polishes it. Out pops a genie, who says "For releasing me from my prison, I will grant each of you one wish of your heart's greatest desire."

The grad student thinks for a moment, then says "I wish I was on a sailboat in the Caribbean with the world's most desirable supermodel." POOF! The grad student disappears.

The postdoc says, "I wish I were sunbathing on a beach in Tahiti with my wife." POOF! The postdoc disappears.

The genie then turns to the professor, who says "My wish is that those two are back to work in my lab in 2 minutes."
2012-12-26 05:40:00 PM  
2 votes:

RexTalionis: I have a friend who is a marine biology PhD candidate whose hobby is apparently taking risque pictures of herself.

Cool bra story.
2012-12-26 03:15:24 PM  
2 votes:

Z-clipped: As someone with widely varied interests contemplating grad school for Physics while trying to knock my wife up, I am not getting a kick out of these replies.

Don't fret, man.  We're all trying to help you with the wife.
2012-12-26 04:49:36 PM  
1 vote:
Dear Mr. Feynmann,

We received your application and we are impressed with your history of accomplishment. However, your interest in "drumming" makes us conclude that you are not properly focused on science, and we have decided to give the scholarship to a geek drone who won't come up with any creative solutions.
2012-12-26 03:55:49 PM  
1 vote:
I have a friend who is a marine biology PhD candidate whose hobby is apparently taking risque pictures of herself.
2012-12-26 02:35:59 PM  
1 vote:
"I was curious about the alcohol content of my mouthwash, but the label on the bottle didn't say anything about it. I guess the proof was beyond the text of this Scope!"
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2012-12-26 02:09:20 PM  
1 vote:
This is where Chinese students make great grad students - they're machines.  They simply toil, hour after hour and day after day.  Most I knew would work 7 days/week, 12-18 hours/day, for years.  Fark that.

/PhD biochemist
//Likes beer and sports more than the lab
2012-12-26 01:38:33 PM  
1 vote:
WTF is cribbage?
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