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  1. Don't have a TV, so never really watched it there, but borrowed all seasons on DVD from a friend, watched all 4 season in span of 3 days. Watched season 3 and 4 back to back. A bit painful (sitting for that long). But a very addicting show.
  2. Just curious, but do you know what the gulag is/was. Cuz I'm hard pressed to figure out what the gulag has to do with stuff like this. Thanks.
  3. In terms what you'd learn in high school physics, you aren't missing much. The people who teach highschool physics usually don't know anything about physics. Anyways, hardest part of physics for people taking freshman physics is the math (mostly algebra) not the physics. On the other hand, if there is chance in the future that you would need that course as a prereq, the red tape could be a huge headache depending on where you go for university. I know where I did my undergraduate, (U of MB) getting permission to take first year physics without the prereq would be a pain in the @55 like you wouldn't believe, even though its your money that you would waste if you failed. Just one last bit of advice, you prolly heard this before, but try to keep you options open as long as possible. Most people go to university planning on studying one thing and end up in something entirely different. One of my friends enter university in the fine arts honours program, but now he's just started his M.Sc. in physics. Things change really fast when you start going to university. You also learn really quickly which of you hs teachers were good and which were bad.
  4. This is a matter that I think about a great deal, as my parents as well as one of my step parents, and a few of my friends are nurses. While I firmly believe that health care should be free for everyone, I also think that it is getting to the point where we have to realize that the Canadian health care system is incredibly broken. In terms of nurses, while compensation is important, by far the largest reason for leaving is the deplorable conditions that nurses are forced to work in. The task list of nurses in Canada is ever expanding, and the new duties are often ones that have nothing do with their training, such as heavy lifting and cleaning shit. Another source of great frustration is the outdated, and poorly maintained equipment that they are expected to use. Now I would be lying if I said that the additional money offered by the USA hospitals, along with the lower taxes, were not huge incentives for nurses moving to the US. However, when you couple that with much, much better working conditions, and being provided with the proper tools to really help people, its a pretty easy decision for many to move south. Consistent under staffing is a problem with our health care system. In the case of doctors, this is a direct result of a lack of doctors. However, in the case of nurses, this is not necessarily true, 50% of nurses in Canada are work full time, while I would be a fool to say that all the other 50% want to be full time (a lot of nurses like to be able to work 0.5's or 0.7's) but there are a significant number of nurses who are available to work more than they do, but management is not interested in using any nurse in a manner other than that that perfectly fits their agenda. I would estimate the maximum debt of a nurse exiting a Canadian school to be $30k-$40k, typically, these people graduate with minimal debt ($1k-$2k). Student loans aren't a big deal to a nurse for the most part, at least to the point where a grace period would be effective in terms of retention. No strings attached free tuition would increase enrollment, but also in number of those leaving. A contract free tuition (ie. free tuition for 4-5 years of working in Canada) would probably not be used by many students. In terms of doctors, Canada's med school tuitions have consistently been quite low, but are rising. However, it is still unusual for a Canadian med student to graduate with more than ~20k-50k debt, not exactly debilitating, especially in the US, where med students routinely carry 100k in debt. Furthermore, if we really want to keep our best, we have to recognize that these are the people that probably have full fellowships all through out their schooling, and as a result carry virtually no debt. As far as bonuses go, it would be nice, in know a lot of US hospitals recruiting nurses offer $10k bonuses, along with substantial relocation packages, often on a 2-3 year contract. For Canada to be competitive on bonuses, we would have to pony up some serious cash, and with very little guarantee. Bonuses for doctors would have to be significant, ie. on the order of 50k, for them to be interested, and like I said, we have to aggressively court the BEST doctors we have. I don't know if a small copay is the way to go, but I completely agree that wasteful behavior needs to be cut down on. I have lived in the US for the last year, and have realized how often I, and my friends in Canada, would go to the doctor or emergency when it was absolutely unnecessary. Free health care is fundamental, however, people must be made to respect how valuable it really is. To sum this up, while health care is free when you walk in the door, it is not FREE, everyone pays, and it should not be abused, but it will be. In the end, while monetary incentives could solve some problems in the short term, I firmly believe that the only path to long term sustainability is to force the people in charge of management to develop more efficient techniques. The management of their resources, particularly their personal, is extremely poor, and is really what is costing so much.
  5. Whats the difference between a dead baby and a ham sandwich? I don't cum on a ham sandwich before I eat it.
  6. Work at Boston University, www.bu.edu Its like harvard... with a lot less smart people and a lot more bums.
  7. A few questions answered. ecnarf: Its not that gravity affects space-time, its that gravity arises from the effect of a mass on space-time. A mass (like a star or something) changes the space-time around it, as such any body affected by it follows the law of physics as usual, but it "sees" a non-euclidian space, thus it appears to us as though it moves under the influence of a force. this explaination makes it seem as though gravity isnt really a force, but it is, its exchange particle is the graviton. This particle has no mass (same as a photon which is the exchange particle for electromagnetic interaction) this moves at the speed of light, thus the delay between a gravitational event and its observation. Currently, a great amount of effort is being made by theorists to unify all 4 forces, however, gravity is a really pain in the ass. Daedalus: haha, you resisted the urge, I didn't, and in physics, in my experience, class averages mean absolutely nothing, where you sit in the class with respect to the other students is pretty much all that matters. My grad QM course has had class averages of 50% or less on every test. HoboFactory: your thoughts on ejection of mass are actually pretty accurate, this was something that NASA people looked at during the early days of the space program. It turns out that it doesnt matter, mostly because the mass of the earth is on the order of 10^24Kg, so to make a change of the mass of the earth on the order of even a hundredth of a percent you would have to eject 10^20kg, which is a hell of alot. There are other stability of orbit, and momentum conservation factors, I won't go into thoses. Toadman and Calgarydave: about trying k=G, toadman is correct to say that its not realistic due to units. One way around this is to create characteristic force scales associated with certain physical situations, ie. plug in the mass of electrons, and charge of electrons, and you have the effective force magnitudes. This is greatly complicated, and made somewhat worthless due to the fact that the electric interaction can be screened.
  8. Bah, why do people always have to make up wild ideas of nano-robots. Nanotech (a stupid term anyways, most "nano" tech stuff is really on the scale of a micron) is just a buzz word. I mean, really, what is chemistry, 90% of chemistry is "nano" technology. Basically, what I'm saying is why do people have to come up with wild and crazy ideas (that are not feasible) to make something as inherently interesting as nanoscale fabrication and self-assembly more interesting. I look at stuff like carbon nanotubes, quantum dots, quantum rings, single electron transistors, nano-mechanical oscillators, DNA motors, DNA computation etc, etc.
  9. Change of season is my favorite song of the album if I listen to it beginning to end. PTD is a top 5 overall tho.
  10. Wow, I never thought I'd see the day when 54-40 got slagged like this. They're not the greatest band ever, but there are a very good canadian band. If you live in canada, you have without a doubt heard at least one of their songs.
  11. Its making fun of chavs, you should make fun of chavs too. Its all written in fuckwit, which is pretty much designed to make you chuck. Chavs certainly exist in England, however, this site is a joke.
  12. The major record labels, large movie studios, major networks, and major publishers all prey on people too lazy to search out quality. Thats the way things are going to be for the forseeable future. The fact of the matter is there exists top quality music of any genre. However, that music is rarely released mainstream.
  13. blink's drummer was added to tim armstrong's (rancid, op ivy, DHC) transplants side project with rob aston. Doubt the transplants project will ever release again, it was just something tim wanted to experiment with. travis used to be the aquabats drummer, so he might get back together with them considering they are releasing a new cd. As far as the other two members of blink go, I hope boxcar racer does not return, but something tells me that it will.
  14. restivity is resistance per unit (cross-sectional) area. The opinion of the general public with regards to fudging data would be a problem, if anyone in the general public ever did a serious scientific. Thankfully, they do not.
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