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     I'm taking some time out from reading my physics textbook to post this.  I just finished the chapter on magnetic fields and am about to start the one on the magnetic field of a current.  I was quite happy with what I've read so far, considering that I know understand the basics of how cyclotrons, synchrotrons, and Hall-Effect ion engines work (what else could you want from life?).  The drosophila lab was less fun than I anticipated.  Due to a snow day last week we were forced to do two labs today.  That meant that both labs got pared down a bit to fit in the allotted time.  Instead of selecting, beheading, and mashing our own victi...er...flies, we were given the pteredine solutions premade by the TAs (TA=Teaching Assistant).  It was still interesting; I've always liked chromatography.
     l've been listening to mp3s of two radio shows, the Non-Prophets and Infidel Guy, and I have to say I prefer the Non-Prophets.  Not only are they funnier, but Infidel Guy has some little tics that occasionally annoy me, which I won't get into right now.  They're both pretty good, though, and I would suggest them to anyone interested in learning more about the worldview of Atheists, Agnostics, and other freethinker folk.  We are probably the most misunderstood minority group in the US right now, and a poll recently came out that showed us to be the least trusted members of society; those that "least share" the "American Vision."  I humbly beg to differ.  Anyone who thinks that atheists/agnostics are some sort of bogey-men (or women) that have never done anything for the world seriously needs to watch this video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fdVucvo-kDU .  Yes, we really are productive members of society.  
       I'm a member of the RSFA, our local science fiction society/anime society, and have so far found it to be a very worthwhile experience.  We usually do three showings a week, monday and thursday for anime, and wednsday for live-action scifi.  I've been following Battlestar Galactica (the current version) from the miniseries way back in 2003, and it has quickly become my favorite television series.  It is gritty, dramatic, has battle sequences that put everything that came before it to shame (capital ships rule!), and has great characters.  Over the past few months we've been watching it over from the beginning, and I have found a lot of things that I didn't notice before are apparent to me now.  Some of them are positive (seeing symbolism or metaphors I hadn't picked up on before), and some are negative (plot holes and contradictions, of which there are gloriously few).  On the whole, this is one series I don't mind seeing more than once, and the enjoyment of those of us who are seeing it for the first time only adds to the experience.
     Speaking of that, I've noticed that when you watch something with people, it is a very different experience than when you see it alone.  I find myself laughing more freely, something which I am most happy for.  When I see things on my own, I tend to have a more internal response, and it seems that the humor sometimes doesn't hit me as hard without other people around.  I've always been somewhat restrained around strangers, which would make my loosening up in their presence a bit odd, but I think that this is mitigated for by the fact that this is a group of people with whom I know I share many personality traits.  I have always been very emotional and open with my friends, and I suppose that that helps explain it.  I consider all RSFA members who are not already my friends as at least potential friends, and that helps me to open up.


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