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I'm sure that most of us will never have to worry about this since we're all readers and writers here... and not people who regularly stream ourselves playing video games. I do like to point out that there is a public resource that is being misused in this process, however. I hope that there are law enforcement here who read this and become aware of 'swatting' attempts.

For anyone who doesn't know what "swatting" is, it's the practice where you use someone's personal information to make a false 911 call... say a bomb threat or active shooting incident. This causes the dispatcher to call the police/SWAT teams out during the live stream. While rare, it still is a terrifying experience... especially if you have speakers on while playing a video game involving guns, bombs and extreme violence. The viewers and the person who called it in get to watch the streamer be face planted, handcuffed, questioned, etc.

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Fri Jul 25, 2014 at 07:08 AM PDT

Dear Howard

by Future Gazer

You were supposed to be my second older brother... which would make you the middle child. I'm your little sister.

But you came into this world without a brain and a brain stem. You were severely disfigured for not having a brain, a cranium, a brain stem... you were incomplete, as far as a "normal" human being goes. The doctors called you "anencephalus" - literally a no-brainer.

And then you were discarded as medical waste. There was no birth certificate for you. There was no death certificate for you. There was no funeral for you. There was no grave for you.

That's okay. You'll get a tree planted in your memory... once I own some property. I owe the normalcy of my anatomy to you. I'm short but that just really means I'm travel-sized.

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There's a nice fellow from the Lansing Delta Township (LDT) plant in Lansing, MI that I enjoy talking to.

LDT builds GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave, Chevy Traverse and once upon a time, Saturn Outlooks. I mean, some might come from Spring Hills, TN (overflow plant)... but well... majority of the vehicles concerned in the new recall come from LDT. I might be missing a few other plants, so feel free to call me out on it.

He is a 2007 temp to full hire guy... has done all sorts of jobs in general assembly. Wire harness, door line and now engine dress.

So, I asked him about the latest recall of vehicles which concern the models that go through the assembly line where he works.

The following is just a chat transcript. It's not going to offer consolation if you're griefed already by spending much money on a vehicle just to have (at the very least) concerning defects in it.

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Wed Aug 21, 2013 at 08:42 PM PDT

What Goes Around, Comes Around

by Future Gazer

even if it wasn't entirely your fault...

I'm in Goleta, CA. UC Santa Barbara has a bunch of workshops and conferences going on right now. The dormitory I'm housed in is less than 2 min walk from the beach.

Really nice to come back to California to enjoy weather and all. I have nostalgia for running up and down beaches because I'm lame like that.

It's my fourth day here and after the workshop is over, I eat dinner and head straight for the beach in flip flops... like I have been doing since I got here.

Except tonight, I come back to take a shower after being on the beach and I realize there is some brown schmutz on my left foot.

I thought I stepped on shit. People do take their dogs to the beach and not pick up the doodoo.

But no... soap and my nails can't take it out. I got some on my nails and thought if it was shit, it would wash off. Might it be some kind of petroleum crap?

It was. Now how do I get it out? ... onward to google.

Discuss

Ah no, I'm not talking about a Ph.D. in Exotic Dances. Science. Research. Paradigm shifts in technology. These are things people care about. That I'd think they'd care about anyway. You'll end up reading about what your tax dollars are going to. Some of them.

Sequestration (BCA cap is already there) is going to hit the amount of money that funding agencies have to grant to research proposals. I rely on research funding (given via submitted proposals that are recommended for funding) to pay for my 40k/yr tuition, my stipend, my health insurance, my conference travels and my research supplies and equipment. I currently rely on an an American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund grant... this is seed money that will help me with all those things. It's not forever and it's meant to be the seed money for larger proposals. So what to do when I'm a 4th year? My professor will wonder too... Write another proposal? Hm, sure. Get a company on board? Maaaybe. We probably need to hold a patent first. After all, we would let lawyers talk to each other. Start a company? I would need my Ph.D. first.. and maybe some training in management/business school (I am so tired of taking classes). Give up and start a ramen shop? I wouldn't put myself through a Ph.D. program if in the end all I'd do is open a ramen shop.

Funding agencies like DoE, DoD, NIH, NASA... tend to be application oriented with the results of a project intended for immediate commercialization or use. DARPA (subset of DoD, I think) funds projects that are WAY out there with pretty crazy goals. I think one of them was like growing a single layer of graphene on a substrate. $1mil. Go.

Fundamental science is still there, somewhat... but you still kind of need it to understand exactly the mechanisms behind the fruits of your research... so while you might have a cool theory, you should have just as cool and widespread application to justify your time and spending other people's money. The politics and business of self-serving interests are very complicated. I don't think I could clearly talk about them without being shot to pieces. I'm naiive and optimistic. Good luck to me, I suppose.

So taxpayers like you, through the taxes you pay (or rather, the money you don't get back every year from the IRS), take some of the risk on the science adventures. I'm in energy storage, so I am indeed quite applied. If you ask me if I've come out with a battery that lasts longer, I will tell you that I am working on it.

Some information you might find interesting and no I'm not someone paid to post these links who do you take me for:
Summary: Federal R&D and Sequestration In The First Five Years
The AACS churns out Science journal. Actually I'm not sure if that link is the original, original source... but anyway.

US Energy Information Administration
Nice handy source of information, statistics and graphs... I like taking information from here when making introduction to presentations. The information is available to all so why not? I think it's enlightening stuff. It is like okay so we know this and this will kill us yet we use so much of it... what should I do to advance a front that counters that? Will the counter leave a different kind of poison trail?

So maybe I can highlight some of my time as an engineering Ph.D student. It might be helpful for others when they consider engineering/science graduate school. I'm too big of a weirdo for my department to post my experience on their website for recruitment.

I don't think names are THAT important so I leave them out for the most part.

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Finished! I'll have a bowl now and pack some for later.
I'm really big into cooking. I share with my friends sometimes and they'll eat their portion faster than I eat mine. Usually I'm the faster eater. :|

When I cook, I make a lot of food - for the week. Variety is nice but the most I can do is nuke my food since I'm out of the door by 7:30am and I come back between 6pm and 8pm. I cook for Mr. Gazer as well. We have roughly the same taste so it makes things easy! However, I can never make him eat cucumber and he'll never get me to eat a banana.

There are also times when a cold or flu likes to sneak up on me and I will make a soup. Lots of it. I'll eat some of it to help me get through the cold/flu and then freeze the rest so that the next time it sneaks up on me, I have a very trusty soup. I don't like buying soups from Panera or whatever because it just doesn't taste right to me... or it's too damn salty. Or... the establishment somehow refuses to give their workers healthcare so when they work, they're sick and then I get sick.

If you have the spare time to prepare foodstuffs for when you're a sick puppy, read on.

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Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 01:36 PM PST

I Walked into a Gun Show...

by Future Gazer

... and came back alive! Oh, big whoop. Everybody else that went also came back alive plus or minus a few heart attacks. For those of you who are sick of reading gun rants and posts, kindly push the back button on your browser. I'm not exactly a gun freak myself - I never saw a gun until I was 18... but it's worthwhile writing about the reality in Michigan which may be true everywhere else.

Gun shows now are PACKED. It's a sausage fest of people trying to buy AR-15 parts, the real deal, brass cartridges, .223/556 ammo and 20+ capacity magazines. There are some details about this frenzy that may make you happy... or unhappy if you actually want one of these things.

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Hello everyone. The final exams have ended and I am in that waiting stage in research where I get to choose between reading Daily Kos or reading actual scientific literature.

Reading scientific literature is what I should be doing. >.>

Instead, I write a thank you diary to the beloved Fishgrease who randomly selected me to receive a 1 year DailyKos subscription. Which (blush) is very, very kind of him. Fishgrease, if you are around Ann Arbor, I will be happy to treat you to lunch.

Donate and subscribe just like Fishgrease and many others. Santa has a list of who is naughty and nice around DailyKos.

So... Fishgrease, I declare a very public and open...

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Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 04:10 PM PST

Towards Slower Food

by Future Gazer

Disclaimer: I just finished a tough physics exam and a radiation material science presentation outline. I will probably be deficient in English skill because I've had abstract variables and scientific jargon in my head. All. Week. Long. The writing exercise of a diary helps me remember the bees, butterflies and trees.

I read about the 'slow food' movement a while back. Even though 'slow' is not exactly an adjective I want to describe my food because it's a nice way of saying, "takes for-f'ing ever." "Wholesome" and "simple" are the ways I'd describe it. Based on my impression on it, I'd say it's a small part to establishing a local economy based on local production to meet a local market demand. Civilization is grounded upon irrigation and the toilet. Two things [of many] you do constantly while you're alive: You eat and you poop.

Bakersfield, CA has more or less befallen to large agribusiness. Go to your supermarket/grocery store and you'll probably find carrots by Grimway/Bolthouse farms along with anyone else that might grow carrots regionally. Same with the grapes (Delano/Arvin!) up until December when you'll start seeing them come from Chile. I'm not sure how they are grown. I'm not sure what's on them. I have an idea who picked them. I'm not certain where they've been processed before being shipped anyway. Likewise, same with anything that gets shipped in from long distances.

Monsanto has made a name for itself. I won't talk about them because everyone else who got screwed by them already has and I have nothing more to add.

Let's move forward. Over the orange Krossaint we go.

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Disclaimer: 1st diary. You have been warned.

The people who are all pouting that their guy didn't win the election and Branco Bama is going to tax them to death, instill Sharia Law, etc... You know, the usual stuff we roll our eyes at.

But let's examine what it means to renounce your citizenship. The process has already been mentioned here.

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