An acadmeic thesis that was actually read!
An acadmeic thesis that was actually read!
Moving to UK for school. Went horrible:
- Flight departed about 3 hours late due to needing to wake up the Air Canada maintenance crew (who were at home) to sign off on our plane, which needed repairs to the tail section due to a suspected lightning strike on previous flight.
- Despite discussing it with the gate attendant, who assured me I would make my connection, I missed connecting flight in PHL. Had to stay overnight in PHL (for the 2nd time in my life) as there were no further flights to LHR that night. US Airways tried to claim the flight was delayed due to weather, and several of us passengers had to argue with them that it was in fact a maintenance problem to get our hotels comp'ed.
- Next day, rerouted through BOS. Finally get on the plane to LHR, but now with British Airways instead of US Airways (an upgrade in my opinion!).
- 8 hours later, I arrive in Heathrow and my luggage is no where to be seen, and they (neither US Airways or BA) have no record of it being checked in anywhere. So here I am, alone, moving half way across the world, and all of my worldly possessions are lost in the ether. Luckily BA delivered it to me about 5 days later.
I suspect I have a travelling curse:
Total round-trip flights: 8
Percentage of times passing through PHL that I get stuck there overnight: 100%
Percentage of flights where my bags have been delayed: 37.5%
Cumulative hours spent in airport terminal: ~35 h
Longest journey time: 28 h
I wonder if this is being voted funny because of the long number, or because people actually get the reference?
There were so many fun little things tied into this game. Cool tricks for points. Setting trees on fire. Knocking over people. And of course, the surprise monster ending!
It's properly spelled bacteriophage--which are viruses of bacteria. These viruses make bacteria 'explode' so that newly replicated virions are released into the environment.
One mechanism that could account for this is "risky behaviour", which is flu-vaccinated people being less concerned about being in contact with symptomatic people due to their perceived protection through the vaccine. Since the regular flu vaccine does not protect against "swine flu", vaccinated people are more likely to get it. The flip-side being unvaccinated people go out of their way to stay away from symptomatic people, and so are less likely to contract it.
The senior author is a professor at the university I attend--he is a super nice guy and does very interesting non-zombie related research too.
Ahh GeoWorks, the "OS" that was on my first computer. The ribbon does remind me of GeoWorks somewhat, although I think that GeoWorks did it better.
I've always thought that Darwin Pond was a cool piece of free (beer) software that could be used to teach evolution. It's a simulation game with swimming organisms that compete for food and mates. There's even assortative mating built in.
What's great about it is there's no fixed goal, it's completely up to the player--maybe you want to try to breed fast swimmers or cool moving swimmers. You can watch the abundance of types change through time, try out your own "designed" types or introduce random mutations into the population.
I would recommend games like this.
That something like this had been around when I was a kid!
Resistance is futile.
If you think about it from an evolutionary point of view, trust is an excellent adaptation for a social species. Being trusting is the sort of thing that might not work so well for a given individual but works out for the species in the long run.
Except evolution acts on individuals, not species. In order for trust to evolve, individuals must gain benefit from it.
It's like cuteness. What's the evolutionary purpose of finding creatures with infantile features and proportions cute? Easy: it's so we don't murder our young. If those little darlings didn't worm their way into our hearts at first sight, it's for damn sure they wouldn't make it through the third night of random crying, feeding, and diaper changes.
It's so we don't eat our own children, which would remove our genes from the population.
In seeking the unattainable, simplicity only gets in the way. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982