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quizivex
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To everyone hiding on the sidelines of this forum... :)

Postby quizivex » Thu Jan 10, 2008 5:00 pm

Hey. It's been great getting to know some of the interesting characters on this forum and learning some important things from each other.

It'd be even cooler if some of the ~1000 students who browse this site regularly without posting anything would introduce yourselves and post a few things :D

I think it'd be awesome to hear from some new people. A few newbies have posted in recent days... so let's get some more!

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Postby gluon » Thu Jan 10, 2008 5:57 pm

Bait taken.

I'm an undergrad at a public school. I'm applying in condensed mater theory. What more do you want from me? :D

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Postby physicsdude » Thu Jan 10, 2008 7:42 pm

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Postby quizivex » Thu Jan 10, 2008 8:14 pm

Thanks gluon, I don't need anything else. My post has achieved its purpose :P

Anyone else?

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Postby fermiboy » Thu Jan 10, 2008 10:30 pm

Gluon, what I want from you is to not apply to any of the schools I'm applying to, since I also want to go into condensed matter theory. :P

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Postby juel993 » Fri Jan 11, 2008 12:01 am

oh there's women here. actually, a few obsessive women. case in point... me :D

i'm an undergrad at a private school, applying to astro & high energy, undecided btw theory and experiment (although theory is really what i want :wink: )

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Postby trupti » Fri Jan 11, 2008 12:45 am

Hi...I am trupti, an international student and a woman
:D ...I am an engineering student and want to apply for astro..

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Postby cancelled20080417 » Fri Jan 11, 2008 1:06 am

u must be from india

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Postby trupti » Fri Jan 11, 2008 11:19 am

ya me from india...you are also international right?? from india??

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Postby cancelled20080417 » Fri Jan 11, 2008 11:27 am

yeah I am an international too! But I am not from India, and I go to College in the States.

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Postby grae313 » Fri Jan 11, 2008 8:09 pm

I already outed myself as female but I guess I'll do it once more here. I'm also a CA native.

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Postby anthonyk » Sat Jan 12, 2008 2:52 am

american male from small public university, applied to experimental condensed matter and experimental high energy programs, but my research background has been in astrophysics.

just got back from the american astronomical society meeting in austin, tx today, anyone else go?

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Postby goodfromfar » Sat Jan 12, 2008 4:45 am

Hi!

I'm from CA, applying for experimental particle physics with (hopefully) an emphasis on medical physics and/or detector physics. Although my degree is in astrophysics and my work experience is all in particle physics
Female (you can tell because my posts are quite long and not at all to the point!)

just curious, anyone else stoked on the orange box? Portal lived up to the Zero Punctuation review beautifully. And who doesn't have fun playing a game where the protagonist is a physicist?!

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Postby zxcv » Sat Jan 12, 2008 5:31 am

The Orange Box has been how I've been wasting my break when I'm not writing applications or revising my thesis.

Portal is a entertaining game, and I appreciate the realistic physics. Now if only someone could make an entertaining game based on realistic quantum mechanics...

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Postby twistor » Sun Jan 13, 2008 2:31 am

Game based on realistic quantum mechanics = life

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Postby goodfromfar » Sun Jan 13, 2008 2:42 am

haha - how great would it be to make a game where you are a random electron..start off in the sun and make your into an electron microscope on earth, and finally annihilate with a positron..in between those be in an indeterminate state..

on second thought, that sounds completely boring
but HL2 is awesome - just started a few days ago and am very impressed with the physics rendering

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Postby will » Sun Jan 13, 2008 3:26 am

I always thought a general relativity game would be fun. Like Super Mario Galaxy on steroids.

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Postby cancelled20080417 » Sun Jan 13, 2008 3:39 am

I never thought any computer game would be fun ever!

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Postby quizivex » Sun Jan 13, 2008 12:48 pm

how great would it be to make a game where you are a random electron..start off in the sun and make your into an electron microscope on earth, and finally annihilate with a positron..in between those be in an indeterminate state..


I'd be careful not to repeat this... this sounds like something ETS would make up a problem based on and put it on the next GRE...

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Postby cancelled20080417 » Sun Jan 13, 2008 1:15 pm

:lol:

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Postby zxcv » Sun Jan 13, 2008 5:35 pm

Actually, I'd be happier with any game involving more physics than merely grabbing "energy balls" to shoot into "containment fields" to power things. For all the alleged physics in half-life that seems to be half of it.

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Postby goodfromfar » Mon Jan 14, 2008 1:07 am

there is so much more than that! What about the mechanics of the abandoned cars in the mineshaft are extremely well done (HL2 E2)? Or the individual movements of particles in a system when you blow something up? Or the fact that I was able to defend myself against a zombie using an extremely well rendered flower pot?!
Granted, I've been out of the computer gaming loop for about 7 years so I'm probably raving about what is now considered standard....I'm still impressed!

They even have high schools that specialize in game programming...wish I had gone to one of those

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Postby jdhooghe » Fri Jan 18, 2008 8:39 am

My name is Justin and I am from Ukiah/Chico, California! I am almost done with applications and I have also been slacking on computer/xbox games until school starts up again. I am interested in HEP theory but I doubt with my intelligence I will get into a program. Ok, I am getting way too depressing...


Over and out...

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Postby grae313 » Fri Jan 18, 2008 6:49 pm

woah, jdhooghe, did you go to Ukiah High? I graduated from there in 2001. And no, I didn't take seven years of classes because I took two years off from school :P

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Postby goodfromfar » Fri Jan 18, 2008 7:36 pm

I don't know grae... I know how you norcal people are!
My brother is currently finishing up his *eighth* year at Humboldt State.....!!

Glad to hear I'm not the only person who took a slightly more scenic route to grad school.

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Postby jdhooghe » Fri Jan 18, 2008 8:21 pm

Yup I did! I graduated in 2003. I transferred there as a sophmore though so I doubt we saw/knew each other. :)

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Postby grae313 » Fri Jan 18, 2008 8:28 pm

yeah I wasn't exactly a social butterfly either...

did you have mr. bishop for physics or any of your math classes? that guy rocks!

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Postby jdhooghe » Sat Jan 19, 2008 3:31 am

I actually didn't have a highschool physics course but I definately heard about him. I was a tad unclear on what I wanted to do with my life back then and didn't care too much about grades. If I was as motivated then as I am now, I would have definately chosen a better university than Chico. The physics faculty is great but it's definatly not the type of school that says, even in modest terms, "wow" to graduate admissions...




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