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Nothing like 45% or so withholding, eh?
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Wel at least me being pissed off made somebody smile.biggrin.gif

"intelligence without a practical application is imbecillic" - i understand what they are saying, and it IS fucking hilarious. dreamers with a PHD in idiot.

a theoretical physicist won't be the one who puts man on neighbouring planets.

Obviously, you do not. I feel absolutely comfortable in stating this because my doctorate will be in theoretical and mathematical physics. From your statements, it is obvious that I know more about this than you do.

Without the developments of theoretical physics - in your example special, but also some general relativity - there would be no way that any engineer or experimentalist could begin to do more than think about jumping off the ground. Without theoretical physicists, you would not have a computer because the semi-conductor devices within them rely upon the accuracy of the theory of quantum electrodynamics.

We do far more than you think we do.
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good luck, tits. i know you can do it.

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Nothing like 45% or so withholding, eh?

Of course the IRS manages to throw a wet towel over this wonderful day frown.gif
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Of course the IRS manages to throw a wet towel over this wonderful day frown.gif

I always look on it as getting two bonuses. The one at year end and the one at tax refund time.
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I always look on it as getting two bonuses. The one at year end and the one at tax refund time.

 

Which is only a few months away.

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Did you have to work five minutes into your proscribed lunch hour?

I had a working lunch. frown.gif
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I had a working lunch. frown.gif

You should demand some PTSD therapy sessions over that. frown.gif
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Obviously, you do not. I feel absolutely comfortable in stating this because my doctorate will be in theoretical and mathematical physics. From your statements, it is obvious that I know more about this than you do.

Without the developments of theoretical physics - in your example special, but also some general relativity - there would be no way that any engineer or experimentalist could begin to do more than think about jumping off the ground. Without theoretical physicists, you would not have a computer because the semi-conductor devices within them rely upon the accuracy of the theory of quantum electrodynamics.

We do far more than you think we do.
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Certain realms of theoretical physics can seem a bit masturbatory (string theory?), but when they're on to something, it really pays off. We discovered the Higgs because the theoretical guys predicted it something like 50 years ago. Understanding the universe is what science is all about, and we aren't going to push the envelop without the theoretical folks.

Einstein was a theoretical physicist and that worked out pretty damn well. His work on emission and absorption coefficients predicted lasers way ahead of their time, and without that, the experimentalists may never have known where to push to invent them.
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You should demand some PTSD therapy sessions over that. frown.gif

I may file a workers' comp claim.
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I had a working lunch. frown.gif

Be careful. Too many of those and you could have a bad case of fibromyalgia on your hands.
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Be careful. Too many of those and you could have a bad case of fibromyalgia on your hands.

Bring on the SSI checks!!! bounce2.gif

I think I'm better off going the old-school route: pick up a case of paper, cry out in pain, claim back is thrown out. Then file a complaint, saying government staffing cuts forced me to perform a task outside the normal course of duties. Then, collect cheddar.
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Bring on the SSI checks!!! bounce2.gif

I think I'm better off going the old-school route: pick up a case of paper, cry out in pain, claim back is thrown out. Then file a complaint, saying government staffing cuts forced me to perform a task outside the normal course of duties. Then, collect cheddar.

 

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The Army ruined my legs but I won't file for disability on principle. I will probably regret this later in life.

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The Army ruined my legs but I won't file for disability on principle. I will probably regret this later in life.

Dude...you gotta ride the gravy train.
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Do you know the paperwork involved? I would be able to file for PTSD afterwards.

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Originally Posted by Gibonius View Post

Certain realms of theoretical physics can seem a bit masturbatory (string theory?), but when they're on to something, it really pays off. We discovered the Higgs because the theoretical guys predicted it something like 50 years ago. Understanding the universe is what science is all about, and we aren't going to push the envelop without the theoretical folks.

Einstein was a theoretical physicist and that worked out pretty damn well. His work on emission and absorption coefficients predicted lasers way ahead of their time, and without that, the experimentalists may never have known where to push to invent them.

Obviously I'm biased, but my experience with this has been that they seem masturbatory until you get up to the full explanation of the problems that they're trying to solve. N=4 SUSY Yang-Mills is not a "real" theory of quantum gravity, but it's studied and used because we don't yet have a real theory. It makes certain calculations - that will have to be done in a real theory - easier and can help point us in the right direction for how to go about solving those. Another great example is the FLRW metric in Cosmology. This is known not to describe the universe by itself, but it's something we understand well and so can be used as a stepping stone. In my case the study of anyonic excitations in topological phases using category theory seems to be a total mathematical diversion to some. However, the abstraction provides a way to sweep aside all of the microscopic nitty gritty that we're not interested in and lets us figure things out about ways we may be able to realize quantum computers.

For the most part, I've noticed it takes ~50-60 years before the things we do and develop make it into the mainstream, but by then nobody notices it.
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