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Old 03-16-2010, 09:03 PM   #511 (permalink)
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trees are evil...

except when they shade me from the evil sun.
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Old 03-17-2010, 01:00 PM   #512 (permalink)
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i hate group work. its university.. why the hell do i need to do it! (this may come up every week or so as an "i hate")

oh, i also hate people who can't seem to figure out cruise control
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Old 03-18-2010, 12:51 PM   #513 (permalink)
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GOD FUCKING DAMMIT!!!!

I'm about to submit an NIH grant. A fancy phrase that simply means begging the gov for $$$ so I can put food on my table and samples on my lab bench. The guidelines are strict as hell... and I don't mean proper conduct of research guidelines, I mean page limits, fonts, margins, etc..etc.. All the stuff that the committee of scientists reading this thing DON'T care about.

These rules exist for one thing: To give the people who make these stupid rules a job. They are the ones who say 'You're using Arial 10... you have to make this Arial 11. You've got no white-space between these two section, you'll need a carriage return.' Now, mind you, if you don't follow these rules, your grant gets kicked back and you have to wait a new cycle to resubmit.

These people are paid out of the same pool of money my grant money comes out of. They are a bunch of fucking saprophytic philistines sucking up money that could otherwise go to research for curing cancer... but no, it goes to these guys so they can be picky about fucking fonts and fucking page limits. Their jobs exist only to give themselves jobs.

Anyway, I was about to hand this to my PI for proofing. I was in his office, checking to make sure he'd be here at the end of the day so I could give it to him. As I was on my way out, his secretary calls me over and breaks the news to me: The format requirements have changed... again. The NIH has been handing out this type of grant for years and year... why do they need to change anything anymore?

Now I've got to go back to my files, burn a hole in my virtual clipboard with all the copying and pasting, and cut a page and a half out of my grant. For anyone not in the know, this is no small feat. Grants are EXTREMELY dense - writing them in itself is an art form of concision, bluntness, and strategic use of the delete button. Grants are already seriously constrained by page limits to allow the board to review as many as possible. We already leave out white space between paragraphs and type it out single-spaced to cram as much as we can in there.

I fucking HATE bureaucrats. I hate them with a passion. There is NO need to change the format. They pull this shit all the time.... you'd think after decades of grant reviews and funding, they'd figure out what format they want.... but nooooooooooo.... little fucking GED pencil pusher needs a job. He 'proves' he's an essential part of the chain by pulling this fast-change shit and 'guarding' the review committees from grants that don't follow his fast-change shit.

The review committees DON'T FUCKING CARE!! Keep it below 10 pages, make it direct, to the point, easy to figure out... and they're happy.

ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR RRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 03-18-2010, 01:26 PM   #514 (permalink)
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I feel your pain, we have been working on a government contract extension for the past month....they are redundant and tedious and once you think you have all your ducks in a row, they tell you the fucking format has been changed or that they do not like the format and want you to change it anyway......my favorite is all the future budget shit......they want us to break down a budget for a year that hasn't occurred yet then nitpick your guess work.....fuckers! I think they have their kids write them and then laugh at us when we try to decipher it.....
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Old 03-18-2010, 02:32 PM   #515 (permalink)
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As a consultant, I have been in meetings where they go over technical documents nitpicking wording, spacing, and other bullshit that really doesn't make a difference. Then you go back, revise the document, and go through the process all over again. These meetings have 8-10 people in them, and go on for 3-4 hours. It absolutely ridiculous how much money government wastes.
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Old 03-20-2010, 04:56 PM   #516 (permalink)
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So I'm in line at Starbucks to order a coffee, I've got my crutches, my books, and I'm trying to find my wallet in the abyss that is my purse, and this woman walks right in front of me. So I politely say 'Excuse me, but I was in line' The woman turns around, gives me a once over and says 'Yeah, so?' and the turns around again. So I say 'Yeah so? back of the line!' She turns around to look at me again and says 'yeah, I dont think so.' and then proceeds to order! Do people not have any manners these days? Lines are there to create order. Arg people piss me off sometimes!!!!
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well my dad thinks i'm a failure because in my last year of high school i decided i dotn want to go into engineering, but he's still making me take the science courses i decided to take on my option sheet because he wants me to be an engineer.

now after taking a 3rd week off for march break, i'm probs gunna have to work 5 f*cken days this week, cuz i take all this time off, yet my manager won't hire a 5th person, like there clearly has always been in my department, cuz he thinks my friend who got ligaments torn in his hand will be coming back to this shit hole of a job i work at, not knowing if he's ever even gunna be able to use his hand. and i have fucking night mondays and wednesdays, which means i won't have time to ever do homework. my parents want me to play roller hockey this season, which i have no problem with, but it would mean that i would take another day off from work, which i would rather just quit, cuz i dont even need that fucken money for now, considering i'm probably going to stay another semester, which leads back to my father thinking i'm an idiot. and my mom thinks i'm going to sit on my ass if i quit my job, well no shit, i'm gunna be sitting in my room trying to keep my grades up so i can get somewhere in life, and not feel like the biggest idiot in the family cuz i'd rather go into college than university.

F*CK MY LIFE!

but after much thought, i decided i'm quitting that shithole job. i own too many things, which i plan on seling this year, to get some cash back in my pocket.
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Hah....you paSs them every uphill and then they pass you downhill while angrily throwing glances you way.
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Old 03-23-2010, 11:05 AM   #519 (permalink)
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i hate group work. its university.. why the hell do i need to do it! (this may come up every week or so as an "i hate")

oh, i also hate people who can't seem to figure out cruise control
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amen....the damn "rocking chair driver"......
I especially hate them on a 2 way highway, they pass you in the passing lane, then slow down so you have to sit behind them until the next passing lane...

I also hate the people who move to the right when there is a passing lane, then proceed to speed up so no one can pass anyway... then slow back down when the passing lane ends.

I actually got stuck behind one guy that was speeding up to 150+km/h when the passing lane would start, then drop back down to 80-85 when it ended. This was in a 90 zone, and there were no less than 20 cars/trucks behind the guy. All very pissed!
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Old 03-23-2010, 12:48 PM   #520 (permalink)
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twice a week i do this drive... i set cruise in hamilton and drive an dhour and half on highways, setting cruise once, and thats it...

today, one guy... fuck... it was like we were playing leap frog. and he kept giving me death stares every time i passed. i know your car! cruise control was standard that year... use it!

oh, and right now.. in the library... i've had to listen to this group of guys play this video 20 fucking times. bad enough regarding repetition... but man.. its a video of some rappers or gang members or something and every other work is fucker or ni**er... NOT APPROPRIATE!
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