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Inri137 commented on a post in r/iamverysmart
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thanksguythathelps 131 points

I ask my professor his thoughts on quantum mechanics and partial derivatives.

quantum mechanics and partial derivatives.

How I envision this going:

"Salutations Dr. so-and-so, would you be so kind as to opine to me about partial derivatives?"

"You'll learn about them in multivar, they're an important skill to have."

"Yes, but I'm interested to know what you think of them. I personally am enthralled that it is possible to differentiate a function with respect to only one of its variables. It defies common, brainlet understanding, don't you think?"

"I guess so?"

"Have you read the Wikipedia article on quantum mechanics? ..."

Inri137 1 point

I cringed at the same line. I had an acquaintance who was a bit mentally impaired and would want to sound smart so he'd parrot the names of things he thought smart people would care about. My favorites were things like, "I really enjoy Einstein-notation physics," or "I think PCR genetics is fascinating." And you just have to let it go because there's no way you can engage him without completely crushing his worldview and confidence.

rustyrocky 21 points

Damnit, I just realized I need to do this already.

You should always make multiple reservations when making one. You never know what can happen.

Selling them isn’t exactly simple though

Inri137 12 points

I've never had a problem with it. Usually just sell or give them away to coworkers or barring that craigslist and reddit always have people who are interested. You just give them the name you booked under and they go and give that name. Not like anyone cards for dinner reservations.

Inri137 commented on a post in r/offmychest
Inri137 1 point

If I could translate through the lens of my own experiences:

"I hate how little I respect myself that I agreed to be in a relationship that clearly violated all my values, and instead of using this as an opportunity to work on myself I'm going to redirect that self-hatred at an entire community that doesn't accommodate my lack of self-esteem."

You're not poly. And that's ok! In fact, you're lucky because most people (even most LGBT!) aren't poly. The real question is why did you stay so long in a poly relationship when it was so obvious to you that's not what you needed?

Beyond that, I'm so sorry that you had a partner that didn't recognize or didn't care about your hurt. That's the worst feeling in the world. My best advice is to try to figure out what kept you from realizing/leaving sooner and work on that so you don't get burned again by this in the future...

CharlotteNetherlands 2 points

The relationship ended pretty quick tbh, it burned hard and fast; but the scars were there and still aren’t gone

Inri137 1 point

I'm so glad to hear that you were able to recognize and get out of it fast. I'm sorry it hurt you and left such a lasting mark on you, but just try to maintain perspective and remember that not all relationships are for all people. I'm sorry you fell into an incompatible one but hopefully you've learned some red flags to recognize in the future.

Inri137 commented on a post in r/AskReddit
Inri137 8 points

Not me, but one I witnessed. I was a researcher in a very cutting-edge laboratory and the undergrads were studying the interactions between specific kinds of radiation and specific kinds of delicate silicon chips. The head of our lab had ordered this $60,000 chip for testing and was working with a student on explaining the procedures for the experiment, which involved building a radiation shield out of heavy lead bricks. The student, eager to impress, begins assembling the shield without withdrawing the chip and just straight up drops the first ~25 lb lead brick right on top of it, in front of the lab director, crushing it.

There is a five second pause where no one says anything, and then the lab director looks at him and just says, "I'm not mad at you, but you need to leave, right now."

We vacate and lab director orders a new chip, this time making sure to emphasize that you don't place the chip in the shield until the last possible opportunity...

FlakF 6 points

So, he was mad, right ?

Inri137 8 points

Yes, but he handled it very professionally and was very mindful of the fact that he's working with a 19 year old student at the very start of his career. He probably took an hour to get over it and then it became something funny and a cautionary tale/learning experience. Overall he was a fantastic man and a great scientist.

assetmacro 1 point

AssetMacro.com API provides free access to historical data for 120,000+ Financial Securities (Stocks, Bonds, Commodities, Currencies, Credit Default Swaps, Indices) and Macroeconomic Variables for 120 countries.

Inri137 1 point

Holy crap that website looks like it was formerly hosted on geocities. Autoplaying videos with sound, malformed mouseover nav bars, dead links that don't go anywhere, the API "documentation" is literally just a 100-line broken code sample. Are you sure this is a real company? It looks like a scam.

Inri137 commented on a post in r/relationships
Inri137 2 points

While I agree with all the advice about breaking the truth to your son you should almost certainly engage the services of a professional LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) who can help your son deal with the incredibly complicated feelings that this will stir up.

Inri137 commented on a post in r/iamverysmart
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KA1N3R 39 points

Dude lost a child, his wife and his best friend.

I'd feel strange in the Hollywood echochamber as well.

Inri137 7 points

Hijacking the top comment to say I see this speech, or something like it, attributed to him on reddit every few months but I've never been able to source most of these things. I can't find any interview, video or text or otherwise, where he says this. Maybe someone with better google-fu or more Keanu wisdom can point me in the right direction, but I don't think it's a real quote. I'm convinced most Keanu quotes are fake at this point.

Inri137 commented on a post in r/offmychest
Inri137 5 points

I understand the frustration, but I think it's just simple curiosity, right? I use military time and Celsius and I just explain that I just understand those better. People are interested in what's different. If you're feeling up to it, take it as an opportunity to strike up a conversation. If not, just say "it's just easier for me!" :)

Inri137 commented on a post in r/Documentaries
TheSecretLion -13 points

My parents are first cousins and I'm one of their four children. We are all perfectly healthy children. My two sisters are pharmacists, my brother works in finance and I'm doing my last year at University. The problem lies in continuous cousin-breeding throughout a number of generations. Not one. I believe this documentary is slightly misleading. They should go into more detail.

Inri137 2 points

The problem lies in continuous cousin-breeding throughout a number of generations. Not one. I believe this documentary is slightly misleading. They should go into more detail.

I mean, they go into a lot of detail about how specifically one generation of cousin sanguinity is not very likely to cause a lot of problems but that in successive generations it becomes more and more likely that genetic defects manifest. They literally spend probably 5-10 minutes going over this exact point. Did you not watch through it?

Inri137 2 points

This was so hard to watch. I can't imagine the suffering of those children and young men and women...

Inri137 commented on a post in r/batman
Inri137 20 points

Caine's performance was the perfect mix of supportive ally, concerned guardian, and age-old friend. I don't know how much of it was the acting vs. the writing but his portrayal nailed it in all those respects.

One of the key elements to Batman is the tension between being Bruce and being Batman, and you really got the sense that Caine's Alfred struggled with wanting Batman to succeed while wanting Bruce to survive. He's one of the only cinematic portrayals of Alfred that actually confronted and chastised Batman in a non-superficial or comical way, and he managed to come across like a father figure without being patronizing. It's a fine line to walk but Caine just crushes it.

Inri137 commented on a post in r/ApplyingToCollege
Inri137 5 points

Making technical concepts easy to understand for non-technical audiences is an important skill that you are expected to have and develop as an MIT student. Your essays should be accessible and you should demonstrate this particular skill. If you have a really technical description such as a publication or blueprint or codebase, it should not be a part of your essay but you can attach it or attach a link with a summary. If they need to, they'll reach out to faculty or students with the appropriate background who will help them determine how impressive it is.

Source: MIT admissions while I was an undergrad there, and then I was an MIT interviewer for 8 years.

joshisstillonfire 2 points

Really? They reach out to faculty? How often did that happen? The popular opinion here seems to be "Nobody cares that much, they'll assume you're full of hot air and throw your application away."

Inri137 2 points

At MIT the adcom is made up of full-time admissions employees (including former students) and faculty, so chances are SOMEONE gets what you've done. While they are not experts they are relatively well-informed and can generally understand the impact of your work. In most cases they care way more about what you learned from your work rather than what you actually discovered. Very few applicants do something so groundbreaking that the admissions officer wouldn't be able to understand it if it were explained well, and usually those instances are accompanied by related accolades (recognition in some contest, some publication, some newspaper, etc.).

When you accomplish something really technical (e.g. patent, original research, startup, etc.) and write about it in your essays, one of the following happens:

  • Your essay does a great job at describing your accomplishments to a non-technical reader. They understand the scope of what you've done and what you've learned and don't need to ask outside the admissions office itself. This is the result 98% of the time something like this comes up.
  • Your essay does a great job describing your work but it's either so advanced or so esoteric that no one in the adcom gets it, in which case they'll reach out to a faculty member to look over it. The faculty member will assess the work and then their assessment becomes a part of your application. This is only a handful of cases each year.
  • Your essay does a really poor job describing your accomplishments and it's not clear to anyone what the scope of your achievements is, even from the rest of your application. Even if the work is fantastic, you are obviously not that great at making it accessible and understandable, which is a large part of MIT's mission and paradigm. They'll probably evaluate the rest of your application and decide whether or not taking it up with external faculty is worth it. Again, maybe a handful of cases a year.

What I'm trying to say is, they may reach out to faculty, but you should do your best to make sure they don't have to. Again, I don't know what you've accomplished but unless it's incredibly cutting-edge or avant-garde, the adcom is way more interested in what you learned about yourself than they are in what you learned about whatever incredibly technical thing you worked on. That is, it's great that you discovered a way to make wireless packet swapping 2% more efficient, but what did you learn about the process of doing research, collaborating, giving presentations, etc. along the way?

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Inri137 commented on a post in r/ApplyingToCollege
Inri137 1 point

In my experience (representing the university), it brings out the best in students (who are trying to do everything to become and present as the best versions of themselves) and the worst in their parents (who seem to think of admissions as a trophy their child deserves).

Inri137 commented on a post in r/scifi
cloutier116 620 points

The ships are constantly burning fuel, so all the ships would be slowly accelerating the entire time. When they run out of fuel, they stop accelerating, which makes them appear to slow down relative to the other ships, which have continued to accelerate.

There's no explanation for the tumbling though

Inri137 1 point

If there is something generating artificial gravity and all of a sudden that thing loses power, it could cause a tumble due to the conservation of angular momentum?

Inri137 commented on a post in r/AskReddit
MaralDesa 240 points

"Never have i ever..." is brilliant usually. Up to the point where you have to drink to forget...

Inri137 9 points

This is fun but it almost always degenerates into "whoever is the most sexually liberal gets trashed." My friends and I play a fun variant where you can't ask about sex stuff, and then you get to the ACTUALLY interesting stuff.

Inri137 commented on a post in r/exmormon
Inri137 7 points

I mean, in Texas, I know for a fact that the LDS accidentally posthumously baptized a dog (presumably getting the information from his burial plot alongside his master, which did not indicate he was a pet). What are the theological implications of this? I remember someone posting in /r/exmormon a while back that the church posthumously baptized some fictional characters from his grandfather's novel. Does anyone follow up on those kinds of things?

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