Re: Brains

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Obviously these are not super similar situations

There are those who argue that they're exactly the same situation, actually, and that undiagnosed brain trauma is one of the drivers of later PTSD.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-28-14 7:49 AM
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And even if that hypothesis doesn't hold traumatic brain injury is an enormous problem for the military (think about what happens in an explosion) and CTE-type symptoms are likely to be one of the biggest classes of symptoms veterans will have to deal with down the road.

A lot of the current research into understanding TBI and concussions is funded by the military, although its sports-related injuries that generally gets the press.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-28-14 7:51 AM
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I meant that playing professional football is not exactly like being sent to Iraq. The only difference being the selectivity.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-28-14 7:51 AM
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Oh.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-28-14 7:52 AM
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Anyhow I got to ride my pedantry horse around in a pretty little mansplain circle.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-28-14 7:53 AM
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It's going to be very funny when Sifu tells us he isn't really getting a degree in this stuff. Psych!


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 08-28-14 7:55 AM
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5: Don't worry your pretty little head about such things. Tell me again what the plus and minus screwdrivers are actually called?


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-28-14 7:56 AM
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7: you touch one to the cathode and the other one to the anode.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-28-14 7:57 AM
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Tell me again what the plus and minus screwdrivers are actually called?

I never thought of that before. I also have a multiplication screwdriver.


Posted by: Moby Hick | Link to this comment | 08-28-14 7:58 AM
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Football is war.


Posted by: Spike | Link to this comment | 08-28-14 8:00 AM
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6: I was just thinking the other day about whether I can get away with assuming my (future) degree gives me carte blanche to be a know-it-all. That is definitely my favorite part of teaching so far (among many, many not-favorite parts).


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-28-14 8:02 AM
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Your post made me think that maybe you were suggesting that you had some kind of brain damage at some point that enables you now to get so excited about wallpaper.

I'm curious about the wallpaper diva. What did it take to conciliate him? Did they smooth out the wall for him>


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 08-28-14 8:14 AM
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I recall seeing a talk by someone who was using a mouse model for brain trauma due to being around explosions. One slide was especially memorable. It was out in the desert somewhere and there was a) a stake in the ground with a bomb on top of it and b) some distance away a whole row of stakes in the ground, each with a cage on top containing a mouse.

Science!


Posted by: AcademicLurker | Link to this comment | 08-28-14 8:21 AM
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He quit! He stormed out, and then called me later and told me that he'd work for me, but not for my contractor. By that point the contractor had a second opinion guy in who said he could just sand down the rough patches and get going, so everybody agreed that the diva was outtie.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 08-28-14 8:21 AM
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14: Wow! It's rough being a diva these days!


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 08-28-14 8:25 AM
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14,15: Still better than being a mouse though!


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 08-28-14 8:27 AM
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This is the refurb thread? The house next door is being totally gutted and rebuilt as a much larger house. A ridiculously large RSJ is going in on Monday, and the builders have apparently never done this kind of thing before (they are from eastern Europe and I'm getting the impression they build houses in a very different way -- they aren't used to brickwork either.) One slip of the RSJ and they'll have a hell of a lot more brickwork to practice on.

The owner suggested I could help out by holding a rope and I noped the hell outta there so fast I left skid marks. Gonna have to find somewhere else to be Monday and hope both our houses are still standing when I get back.


Posted by: W. Breeze | Link to this comment | 08-28-14 8:34 AM
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Oh yeah, I forgot! We had a builder around yesterday to quote for some minor work and asked if the building inspectors had checked on the work next door because he thought the brick work won't pass, and that the RSJ is far too large.

Good times!


Posted by: W. Breeze | Link to this comment | 08-28-14 8:36 AM
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RSJ in this context is what we in the US would call an I-beam?


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 08-28-14 8:46 AM
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Yes, I assumed it was something like a bulldozer or backhoe until looking it up.


Posted by: Cryptic ned | Link to this comment | 08-28-14 8:49 AM
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RSJ = rolled steel joist. I googled, and it still took a little effort to find that out.


Posted by: peep | Link to this comment | 08-28-14 8:51 AM
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Yes, an i-beam


Posted by: | Link to this comment | 08-28-14 9:00 AM
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Don't buy an i-beam now; Apple is coming out with a new one next month.


Posted by: MAE | Link to this comment | 08-28-14 9:13 AM
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They don't actually make i-beams anymore*; they're wide flanges.

I have a screwdriver that's both addition and multiplication; I just need to rotate it 45ยบ.

*I suppose it's possible someone does, but they were superseded 50+ years ago.


Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 08-28-14 11:16 AM
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