You Know What’s Worse Than a Rejection Letter:

So, I get another year off from a PhD program. While there could be dozens of reasons I didn’t get in, that is definitely not what is stressing me. I also have to reapply for my job this year and it comes with a chance I won’t keep it. Sorry for any bother but I need to get it out and move on with my day.

Apparently during the term of the last Interim department head, I was pushed through to full time without being vetted. I had questioned it, no one could give me a direct answer and apparently some people complained at the time and during another search. So while I understand the need and importance of procedure, I am worried I may not have my full time position in the Fall. I’ll still be able to stay on part time, but it means essentially 1/2 pay and most likely a need to go back to working retail or finding another part time job until someone else leaves, which is highly unlikely anytime soon.

I think I have a good shot. 4 years of teaching experience (2 in my current full-time position), a lot of current research, and they would have to give my current responsibilities outside of teaching that I do for service and other job related reasons to other faculty members. And there is only one other person, another Instructor who I used to share an office with, that is going up for the position. I am still incredibly worried and anxious.

I want to cancel everything for the rest of the day and go home to my son and wife and get hugs.

Posted 1 week ago.

I am typing up a massive discussion section on a massive set of data concerning fan typology differences within the Brony fandom. It has led me to some pretty interesting conclusions as well as some potentially powerful hypotheses for future examination and research.

some of which may help to…

Posted 2 weeks ago.

So…Saturday I was in New Orleans. My brother and his wife Beth got a group of friends together and we entered the group costume contest as the 7 dwarves. My only 2 stipulations is we did Tolkienesque dwarves and I could be Doc.

Turns out after the worst wait ever (4 hours before we got on stage because of Heroes of Cosplay) we ended up winning!!!!!!!!!!!!

My share of the winnings paid for parking. Totally worth it to win and so happy our work paid off. You cant see a lot of the minute detail but we were so personalized and ended up just playing our characters on stage well enough to win. (Sleepy has a bearded sock monkey I wanted to steal).

Ill post some more pictures as they come in and I upload them. I am the grey bearded dwarf, inspecting the diamond you cannot quite see.

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so with ‘are psychopaths’ quoted like that I read this as the Daily Mail Reporter being snarky and sarcastic. Like some journalist hates kids.

(i keep reblogging to the wrong blog tonight)

Posted 1 month ago.
How do vaccines cause autism?

This is important.

thank you. thank you so much for posting this.

Snow…Well Freezing Ice Pellet Days

Edit: You can also ask/follow me on ScienceInChaos, my mod blog, I post a bit more fandom general related/science/or random things I find interesting there)

Schools out early. When you live in Louisiana there tends to be a bit of a panic with any heavy freeze and the University is shutting down for the next two days in anticipation.

Its a bit understandable…I have seen people react to rain and the sudden loss of intellect while driving while water falls from the sky. I only imagine what happens when it snows.

With that said, maybe I can actually take a break from research (maybe) and post something pony related, which i have been lacking on for a while, maybe at least something artistic (which I have been in a major funk over). Or at the very least ill analyze some data and post some findings or discuss over the next few days some of the research I am currently working on. Ill try tonight to put up a list of topics I am looking into with the Brony fandom, fandoms in general, and some other research I have done. and maybe do some general Q&A or discussion for anyone on/still following me through this major lull in posting anything.

Posted 1 month ago.
Back to School

First day back for the Spring Semester! I will focus on sciencey and psychology stuff in lieu of things I am avoiding posting.

The best part is, if you compare this to my post at the end of May 2014, we can all see how well my excitement to start goes!

Posted 1 month ago.

Yippee, my first animations in Mathematica!

Let a circle roll around a circle twice as big. The shape traced by a point on the outer circle is a cardioid. Now consider a third circle rolling around the second one as well (again, half as big); its trace is already less familiar. The more circles, the more fractal-ish the resulting curve will be. In the limit, the traced curve can be described with this parametric formula:

$\dpi{120} \begin{cases} x=\displaystyle\sum_{i=0}^\infty\dfrac{\cos(2^i\,\theta)}{2^i}\\[6mm] y=\displaystyle\sum_{i=0}^\infty\dfrac{\sin(2^i\,\theta)}{2^i} \end{cases}$

Source of inspiration: http://www.mathrecreation.com/2013/12/brain-curve.html.

Pretty awesome.

"Introverts, in contrast, may have strong social skills and enjoy parties and business meetings, but after a while wish they were home in their pajamas. They prefer to devote their social energies to close friends, colleagues, and family. They listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation. They tend to dislike conflict. Many have a horror of small talk, but enjoy deep discussions."

Susan Cain (via cleamour)

Some psychology in lieu of anything else. As an Introvert I actually empathize with this very well and try to make it a point to explain this when discussing personality in class, the stereotyped views of introversion and extraversion in reality get pushed away to a much more nuanced and complex realization of human behavior.

Until next time.