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calichix
03-09-2009, 12:35 PM
what is/was your major? and do you think you're ever going to use it or did you just do it cause you thought it was interesting and wanted a degree?

and

I wanna know some cool stuff about physics or microbiology or geometry or communications or any of the other subjects I'm not going to study any time soon.

here's an example of something cool: when a girl mosquito wants to get it on with a boy mosquito they flap their wings in unison and make a humming song but if the boy mosquito can't flap hard enough the girl mosquito is like, "you aren't man enough for me" and doesn't give it up.

Al Coholic
03-09-2009, 12:43 PM
Let's say you come across a perfect, right angled triangle. Happens to me all the time. And of course, as usual, you know the length of the two legs but not the hypotenus. Believe it or not, the length of the hypotenus is the square root of the added length of the squares of the other two sides.

Pretty cool huh?

0r4ng3
03-09-2009, 12:58 PM
Ah, so I take it you're a history major?

JohnnyNemesis
03-09-2009, 01:05 PM
what is/was your major?

Africana Studies and English double major HOLLA BACK~!!


and do you think you're ever going to use it

In life/conversation? Every moment of every day. Jobwise? Meh, not really. I teach now, and I coulda done that with any major.


or did you just do it cause you thought it was interesting and wanted a degree?

Yeah, mostly 'cause I thought it was interesting and thought it would be pointless to study anything that made me less than happy. I wanted to have fun with school, I'd already done the whole job-grind-rent-paying shit before I did my undergraduate work.

jacknife737
03-09-2009, 01:54 PM
History and Political Studies - Joint Major

Do i use it: certainly, as JN mentioned everyday conversation, ect, then yes. Career wise, probably. I'm debating about what i'm going to do after my undergrad. I'm think about law school, but i'll have to see what my gpa is like/LSAT score. If not that, i've always wanted to work in the civil service, so i suspect i'll end up in some sort of government job. I worked in a museum last summer, so that is another possibility; or I may just stay in academia the rest of my life. My future career will have something do with liberal arts, so i'm relatively certain that it will be of some benefit.

Why do i study this? Its something that i've been extremely passionate about since i was little; i love going to class everyday. I find that people who treat university as job training (see Commerce majors) usually end up pretty miserable during their time studies; of course there are always exceptions.

Alison
03-09-2009, 02:03 PM
Right now, I'm doing 'Arts', so I'm doing English, Geography, Philosophy and Art History. It's basically the course that everyone does and skips half the lectures of. So...i probably wont make use of it.

And something interesting...i just did an essay on bernini, so im gonna tell you he worked for 8 popes during the counter reformation. Not very interesting...but fuckit

Rag Doll
03-09-2009, 02:37 PM
I'm a Political Science/Women's Studies double major. I find it to be useful in every day conversation. It's also useful because I currently intern for the district office of a US Congressman....sometimes issues come up related to my studies. I am planning to eventually get a job teaching Women's Studies, after grad school. I'm not even starting grad school for a year though. In the time between undergrad and grad school, I may end up working for a non-profit of some sort, like a women's shelter or planned parenthood.

T-6005
03-09-2009, 02:44 PM
Anthropology. I was also an Economics major for a year.

It doesn't carry much interest in general conversation, mostly because the field of Anthropology - while the part I love about it is that you look at what people do and wonder to yourself why they do it and how their world works - is filled with redundant terms and concepts, each more difficult to explain than the last. They take simple and elegant concepts like social hegemony and make them into convoluted discussions involving far too much social discourse and whatnot.

Outerspaceman21
03-09-2009, 03:16 PM
I'm a music major right now, but I'm gonna switch to Undecided or English.

chicapowerpunk
03-09-2009, 04:18 PM
:cool:Force (mass) (acceleration)
In the case of the weight of the body, which believes that s'lo serving furza the action of gravity, the acceleration to get into that formula is the gravitational acceleration (g = 9.8m / s)
The weight is measured in Newtons, which are units of mass fuerza.La a person is measured in kg, g, Ib ,...... clearing is located above equation m = P / G

Llamas
03-09-2009, 07:23 PM
My major is in German Culture and History. My minor is in Teaching English as a Second Language, but TESL ends up pretty much being a second major for me due to the fact that I put just as much time and effort into it, I learn the same amount from it, and I'm going to be using it sooner.

Will I use it: well I sort of just answered that. Yes, I will end up using at least TESL if not both. This year I will move to the Czech Republic with my certification to teach English. Hopefully after that I will go to graduate school in Germany in order to become a professor.

Something interesting: German at its very oldest, as far back as German can be traced, is actually considerably more similar to English than modern high German.

Something interesting regarding TESL: this is kinda typical and you might already have heard this before... but there's a word in the English language, "ghoti", and it's pronounced the same as "fish". The "gh" is from the sound in "tough"; the "o" sound comes from "women", and the "ti" comes from "ignition".

Endymion
03-09-2009, 07:53 PM
i do physics, mostly. sort of. i study how nature stores and processes information, evolutionary dynamics, and some other stuff.

i don't really have any cool little quips i can make about my research, sorry.

sKratch
03-09-2009, 08:33 PM
:cool:Force (mass) (acceleration)
In the case of the weight of the body, which believes that s'lo serving furza the action of gravity, the acceleration to get into that formula is the gravitational acceleration (g = 9.8m / s)
The weight is measured in Newtons, which are units of mass fuerza.La a person is measured in kg, g, Ib ,...... clearing is located above equation m = P / G

What. The. Fuck.

I also study physics. My undergrad was physics BS and math BA.
I'll be studying phonon transport in thin films and thermoelectric measurements on the thin film scale.

calichix
03-09-2009, 08:49 PM
girlfriend that fish fact made my toes curl.

nieh
03-09-2009, 08:55 PM
Something interesting regarding TESL: this is kinda typical and you might already have heard this before... but there's a word in the English language, "ghoti", and it's pronounced the same as "fish". The "gh" is from the sound in "tough"; the "o" sound comes from "women", and the "ti" comes from "ignition".

Ghoti's not a real word, it was specifically created as an alternate spelling of fish as an attempt to argue for spelling reform.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghoti

Llamas
03-09-2009, 09:11 PM
Well Shaw did actually use the word, though (and he wasn't the only person who used it). Just because it didn't make it into common language doesn't mean it can't be considered a word.

Besides, many to most words are "constructed" in some way or another.

RickyCrack
03-09-2009, 09:44 PM
i think you mean sea kittens.

Llamas
03-09-2009, 10:06 PM
"ignition".
THEY CALL IT AN OBSESSION. i THINK IT'S KINDA BITCHIN'.

Little_Miss_1565
03-09-2009, 10:28 PM
THEY CALL IT AN OBSESSION. i THINK IT'S KINDA BITCHIN'.

U STOLE MAH LOLZ.

I was so going to post this :(

JohnnyNemesis
03-09-2009, 10:31 PM
I was going to post it too, but decided it against it.

Llamas
03-09-2009, 10:37 PM
I win yr faces. <3's for having equally awesome ideas.

Except for Ricky deciding against posting it. U SUX.

Little_Miss_1565
03-09-2009, 10:42 PM
But seriously, I was an English major and loved every second of it until I lost my job last summer and realized I had zero marketable skills. Just say no, kids.

Llamas
03-09-2009, 10:48 PM
But seriously, I was an English major and loved every second of it until I lost my job last summer and realized I had zero marketable skills. Just say no, kids.

It's awesome to do what you enjoy in school, but it's definitely so important to have a real plan with it. I mean, my major is completely useless on most levels, but I know what I want to do with it. There are certainly things you can do with an English degree... they just might not be things you are interested in doing, you know?

But with the economy right now, very few degrees are at all useful...

ninthz
03-09-2009, 10:53 PM
English/Journalism Double Major

Fact: the last essay I wrote had a 387 word sentence in it.

I
am
a
jerk

IamSam
03-09-2009, 10:57 PM
History education major. Supposedly I'm going to be a teacher. Where at though is up in the air. I did decide today for sure that I will be continuing on with my MA after this and have been looking at schools. So far, UC San Diego and San Diego State have had the biggest pluses. I looked at Fordham and almost died seeing it would have cost nearly $90,000 to get my MA there. Depending on how the MA goes, I might jump right into possibly getting my PHd after that. Who knows.

EDIT: Cool Roman history story.

In ancient Rome their naval fleets would carry a flock of sacred chickens. On the advent of battle, these chickens would be fed. If the chickens would not eat it meant defeat. If they ate it meant victory. A certain drunken admiral, upon hearing that the chickens would not eat before a battle, flew into a rage.

"If they will not eat, THEN LET THEM DRINK," he bellowed as he booted the sacred chickens over the side of the boat.

The Romans went on to lose almost their entire navy in the ensuing battle.

calichix
03-10-2009, 09:16 AM
aw good fact! tragic, yet cool.

sKratch
03-10-2009, 01:20 PM
My cool factoid (prepare for science!):

Almost any material has something called a "thermoelectric" effect. This means that if you take a piece of material and put a temperature gradient across it (make one end of it hotter than the other), you will get an electric potential across it (a voltage). Thus, you can convert temperature differences directly to electricity (this is more specifically called the Seebeck effect)! However, usually this effect is very, very small, so you don't get any usable current out of a temperature difference. Theoretically, however, there's no reason we can't make a material that has a very large Seebeck effect. We can then convert waste heat into usable electricity among other things. The problem is figuring out exactly how to make such a material.

JohnnyNemesis
03-10-2009, 01:28 PM
^My mind = blown.

wheelchairman
03-10-2009, 01:31 PM
I'm doing a double major, like Ricky except that mine's only a bachelor :(

Cultural Encounters and Global Studies are the two subjects. Cultural Encounters is more commonly known as Cultural Studies I believe, but this focuses more on the interaction between two cultures.

My plan is to use these two bachelors to continue on to a master degree of some kind. And maybe further from there if I don't get sick of studying. Otherwise I'll probably end up working in the foreign ministry. (Oh the horrors).

Facts... Did you know there are several different kinds of welfare? The Scandinavian Model, the Bismarck Model, and the British 'Beverage Model'.
The Bismarck model is naturally the German model, making Bismarck the most socialist leader to ever outlaw socialism.

_Lost_
03-10-2009, 02:08 PM
I just put in a major change request from Biology to Theater. I was torn between the two for a long time, but chem has effectively kicked my ass.

Cool Fact:

Bob Fosse, one of the biggest names in Broadway history (Sweet Charity, Chicago, Cabaret - the movie version, Pippin, Damn Yankees, and many others), was made famous for his unusual take on both jazz and stage movement in general. Some of his signature tells included the use of fedoras/bowler hats/top hats, rounded shoulders, and toes turned inward. The use of hats came from his going bald at an early age and being incredibly self-conscious about it. He also slouched a lot and was pidgeon toed, so rather than work to straighten up when choreographing, he taught the dancers to take his form instead and became famous for it.

hshduppsnt
03-10-2009, 03:15 PM
I was a Mathematics BA and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science BS (with a minor in near eastern studies: persian :))

In about a month I'll be an M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Hopefully in 5 years I'll be PhD.

As for the fun aspect of it, I prefer math but as for marketable skills I used the engineering aspect to further the opportunities I had (not that Math Doesn't have its opportunities - but they are definitely specific types).

It's important to think about that, especially the way we are now, though hopefully people deciding now will be ok 4 years from now. However, don't discount Enjoying what you are doing. If you don't like it, it doesn't really matter how marketable it is... you're going to be miserable.

EDIT: umm... cool factoid? I can come up with more as I think but off the top of my head... Did you know Amdahl's Law, which states what a speed up of a program will be based upon its sequential and parallel portions says any code we write that has some sequential part to it (where step A needs to happen for Step B which needs to happen for step C) will inevitably slow down performance drastically essentially meaning Intel and co are putting multiple cores together but are not sure what to do beyond four because we can't figure out 8 and until someone comes up with a solution we're going to see a performance drop in some respect of computers getting better every year?

Good for the consumer I suppose... your computer will now be obsolete in 1 year instead of 6 months ;)... bad if no one figures out how to get around this!

Yeah that was really nerdy... i'll try to come up with a better one...

As for the area in between those two options... guess it just depends :)

coke_a_holic
03-10-2009, 05:59 PM
Majoring in (electrical?) engineering. I haven't decided yet, but I'm leaning towards electrical.

Too bad, I wanted to be a movie star.

nieh
03-11-2009, 06:15 AM
Too bad, I wanted to be a movie star.

That explains why you kept taking your top off during our webcam sessions.

Omni
03-13-2009, 06:19 PM
:cool:Force (mass) (acceleration)
In the case of the weight of the body, which believes that s'lo serving furza the action of gravity, the acceleration to get into that formula is the gravitational acceleration (g = 9.8m / s)
The weight is measured in Newtons, which are units of mass fuerza.La a person is measured in kg, g, Ib ,...... clearing is located above equation m = P / G

Thats the same person who said this:


jajaja this is not the worst kid, I saw my teacher bathroom walk naked girl, a pig was done, was the most horrible

My heart is so warmed right now.