Here is virtual proof that fritz = physicsdude = prof. See if you can find the prof below.
Physicsdude has deleted his posts, but I remember they all had 5 main themes.
1] He sometimes says hes a Princeton or Harvard student and other times an admission prof.
2] Hes in astronomy.
3] He often debates about use of rankings.
4] He often mentions Ohio State.
5] He is very mean to others, especially twistor, quizivex and grae131.
Here is some physicsdude posts that survived as quotes from other students:
physicsdude wrote:Chill, shouravv. If somebody is stupid enough to use this piece of s**t to make any decisions, they deserve to get screwed. It is a simple Darwinism.
It seems to have gotten the Santa Cruz losers excited, though:
http://www.ucsc.edu/news_events/press_r ... p?pid=2550
No wonder people here are so obsssed with rankings, when even actual scientists will issue a press release based on such lousy analysis. I guess their motivation is quite clear:
physicsdude wrote:Hi forecast8,…
You should also realize that kids here revere admissionprof, as he/she
(no, I don't know neither) is the only grown-up who takes them seriously, sort of. After all, these are people who have to ask on internet where to go to graduate school.
And, by the way, I am also an admission prof in a Top 10 physics program. I was just pretending to be an obnoxius undergrad from Princeton to have fun with the kids here But quiz, I meant everything I said about Princeton Plasma Lab.
physicsdude wrote:… Relax, Max, it is a small community indeed. And I probably know at least as much about graduate programs as you do, and unlike you, I have actually taken a look at that particular piece of crap discussed here. Santa Cruz is certainly a good place, but issuing a press release based on such obviously bad data was a loser thing to do and reveals a deep-seated inferiority complex (or a desperate attempt to get some extra money from the administration).
Here are some responses to physicsdudes (deleted) posts that show you how mean he was. You can search them to see.
excel wrote:Physicsdude, if you are indeed a faculty member, I am disappointed that you would think taunting and abusing students who are stressed in connection to the career-defining admission process an acceptable and responsible form of humor.
grae313 wrote:you really are a prick, aren't you? It's not just an act with you.
littlemonster wrote:@ physicsdude
nobody is stalking you buddy-- lets just chill out a bit.
fermiboy wrote:I love physicsdude's post. "Why am I a prick?" Then he answers his own question.
fermiboy wrote:physicsdude: Me go to Ivy League school. Me have first author publication, and it's not my first first author publication. Me so busy working on my non first first author publication that me don't have time for this forum, but me keep posting. People who post on here a lot are losers. Repeat.
RG wrote:last year ther was devilzadvocate, this year we have physicsdude!
Do you guys come from the same family or may be you guys are twins.
fermiguy wrote:physicsdude wrote:… Edit: I forgot to add that given all the info many kids have posted here and the info I have as an admission prof, it was quite easy to ID a whole bunch of the regulars here. But don't worry, your secret is safe.
... And as for IDing a bunch of people here... I dare you to do that... Because of confidentiality rules (as I am sure you are aware of) doing something like that is grounds for termination from your job. Then again, you are a nutbar so I wouldn't put it past you... Although... I don't think anyone here applied to University of Physicsdude's Basement!
Guess whos secret aint safe much longer!
So now lets take look at Fritz.Zwicky.
The first thing on this “new users” mind is astronomy rankings, not the GRE, SOP or other…
Look who comes to answer his own question.Fritz.Zwicky wrote:Hi all, a new guy here, applying to astronomy. I am confused about this ranking controversy. I tried to read that astro-ph paper, but I could not figure out how it was relevant for chosing which graduate program to go to? Also, some places had huge shifts between the two tables.
This ironicaly was physicsdudes last post and from then on, Fritz became an active poster.physicsdude wrote:Hi Fritz, as already said here, that is because it is not relevant, even if it was not based on wrong data (again, Princeton with 150 papers published over a decade ) That particular statistics has nothing to do with your likely success in graduate program…
Look what thread Fritz started:
Must Wants to see when OSUs competitors are sending notificationFritz.Zwicky wrote:Has anybody heard about any astronomy decisions yet?
And guess what… physicsdude made the same thread last year, 366 days ago to be exact…
And now things get very interesting… Check the link.
What a nice resume. He was at both Princeton and Harvard. Nobody else gets his humor either... But at least he doesnt harrass nervous applicants for fun??!?!?!Fritz.Zwicky wrote:I am still puzzled that OSU astronomy would admit people even before their deadline, but I guess they can do whatever they want (I am happy for you, Valkyrie, just trying to figure out how that works). Anyway, all my stuff seems to be in, so we will see what happens.
I was looking around their site and found this:
How to choose a graduate program in astronomy: advice from the other side
Some of it might be useful, but overall it seems weird and complicated. And I don't get the guy's sense of humor.
Fritz.Zwicky wrote:Is that OSU physics or astronomy? If astronomy, I would just e-mail the guy and asked, he seemed pretty responsive.
…and he has a great sense of humor too.
Just email that nice, responsive guy.Fritz.Zwicky wrote:A person here was just admitted to OSU astronomy. No word for Fritz. Fritz is sad
Just “quickly” browsing internet, happens to stumble on Ohio State again.Fritz.Zwicky wrote:I think UT is a good astronomy program, and I have at least a slight twinge of regret I have not applied there, but let's not start "cooking the numbers" because they have admitted you:
Caltech: 25 faculty/25 graduate students (+spirit of Fritz)
OSU: 20 faculty/26 graduate students
Princeton: 17 faculty/22 graduate students
just quickly looking at some of the astronomy websites.
Fritz "I Still Can Count" Zwicky
Here we go again:
alistar wrote:Ive come up with some new raking based on the number of Hubble fellowships each department has received… Here is my ranking based on this measure:
Why would he suggest such a reranking? why 2000? Maybe to make his program looks better?Fritz.Zwicky wrote:How about doing the same thing, but only since 2000? I don't really care if some department was strong (Hubble Fellowship-producing) in 1990, I want to know who is producing them now.
Fritz "There Should Be a Fellowship Named After Me" Zwicky
So Alistar tabulated new rank. But Fritz wasnt pleased:
Promoting his program isnt wrong. his attitude is. Fritz then had a vulgur feud with twistor, on the "Cornell admissions" thread, just like he did last spring. Then he insulted quizivex (for the 100th time) on the “Am I scrwed thread”.Fritz.Zwicky wrote:Ohio State seems to be missing from your list, with 5 Hubble Fellows since 2000 (I did not check the other fellowships).
Almost makes me not want to come to the US if people like this are profs in charge.