For those of you who wonder what life "in the trenches" is like for a science nerd, here is a copy of a part of a recent im conversation between me and one of my friends (also a scientist). Somehow, we got onto the topic of women and dating, and this conversation ensued:
[Part1: Warming Up- A Little Background]
EquusNomVeritas: this one girl, I'd been talking to either via facebook or by aim for several months on a nearly daily basis
EquusNomVeritas: met once in person
SG3k: Facebook is the devil
EquusNomVeritas: lots of common interests, common values
EquusNomVeritas: one night, I ask her what she's doing, and she replies "making a care package for my bf; he's in florida"
SG3k: that's pretty good evidence against a long distance relationship, it's a much larger trust chasm
EquusNomVeritas: very much so
EquusNomVeritas: because at least when you see the other person, you have a prayer of reading the "not interested"
SG3k: well, you're a good guy ENV, and I'm a stunning example that waiting pays off, you'll find your perfect girl and forget the waiting in no time
EquusNomVeritas: (or at least, very likely)
[Part 2: Opening the Floodgates]
EquusNomVeritas: actually, the problem may be that the tolerances that I allow for "perfect" are too narrow. I may need to relax those a little...
EquusNomVeritas: to apply engineering principles to a non-engineering problem...
SG3k: not too much though, never sell yourself short
EquusNomVeritas: true as well
SG3k: and the advice I give to my friends who REALLY suck at relationships, always ask yourself if you're happy more often then you are angry or sad
[Part3: The First Line Should Be Suficient Warning...]
EquusNomVeritas: I just had a really nerdy thought...
SG3k: make a model? :-P
EquusNomVeritas: kind of
EquusNomVeritas: are you familiar with Langrangian-Eulerian meshes?
SG3k: I'm familiar with Langranges, Euler, and meshes, but not all together...
EquusNomVeritas: so the concept is that there are Langrangian meshes and Eulerian meshes
EquusNomVeritas: in the langrangian mesh, the mesh is an actual part of the object being modelled, it moves with the object
EquusNomVeritas: in the Eulerian mesh, the mesh and object are not attahed, the object moves through the mesh
EquusNomVeritas: so usually, the former is preferrable to the latter
EquusNomVeritas: but it the object gets too complicated, the mesh tears
EquusNomVeritas: Eulerians don't have this problem
EquusNomVeritas: so a solution is to create an arbitrary Langrangian-Eulerian mesh
SG3k: I'm afraid to think of where this is going :-P
EquusNomVeritas: yeah, I know... I said it was a nerdy thought
SG3k: you are such a nerd, but in the good way
EquusNomVeritas: yeah, I know...
[Part4: Cooling Down]
EquusNomVeritas: i just wish I had a little more background in computer modelling so that I understood these models better and could therefore do a better job of reworking them
EquusNomVeritas: usually, they're used to model hydro-dynamics, by the way
EquusNomVeritas: basically, any fluid, including plasma
SG3k: wow, I don't want to explore that aspect of it with association to women....
EquusNomVeritas: yeah, I was thinking of figuring out how to apply it to personality
EquusNomVeritas: if it worked, I would become a very rich man...