Fly there and ride in some of the less interesting sessions - not sure I have the time though, will check the schedule for the sessions
been a couple of times for work, it always confuses the administrators when I don't submit any travel receipts for travel within the country, I have to explain that I took my bike, then they look at me like a crazy person because I think its a good idea to ride rather than take a train...
@WYSIWYG Not really. But he didn't specify. It's just that Switzerland doesn't strike me as the sort of country you could easily get around on by bike. Unlike you are Lance Armstrong or some similar chap, possibly.
@FaheemMitha What would such a simulator even look like? Maybe a bunch of rocks over a foam pit to land in would work, but if you soften the rocks you affect their friction and all sorts of things, making them not as useful
@FaheemMitha Maybe a stationary bike with independently articulated front and rear wheels so you can do wheelies and things on them and swing around. Put the whole thing in a giant monowheel that tilts to fake forward acceleration
@FaheemMitha I was kind of cavalier about some health problems I should have been more careful with and my GPA got into hot water really fast. I needed a 3.0 to stay in the program and I got 2.5 my first semester back from medical leave. I only took two classes, so it's an extremely flexible 2.5. A single class with an A would have put me at 3.0. :/
@FaheemMitha Ugh, tell me about it. Someone asked a question on here about the lightest and densest animals, and I spent probably three hours trying to find scientific data on fruitbat volume. I had to eventually extrapolate from a paper on dinosaur volume and bone mass, it was a disaster.
@FaheemMitha Ugh tell me about it also applies to bioinformatics databases. NCBI is especially slow today for some reason
@FaheemMitha I think the biosample database schema is my favorite. It has a field for every conceivable statistic you could ever want for a sample you've taken. pH. salinity. altitude. Gender. HIV status. Single/married. Soil type. Pressure. it's truly wonderful/insane
Also the automatic email updater. I get an email when I submit a genome, when it passes initial validation, when it enters the annotation pipeline queue, when it actually starts getting pipelined and when it's finished.
When there's an error I get a confirmation email my submission went through, then an email telling me there's an error, and another email is coming to actually explain the error.
@Resonating I generally just invite such people to the main chat room. I've done that a few times in U&L.
Creating a separate chat room is unnecessary, imo. Though SE seems to think it is a good idea. And in theory, other people could participate in the conversation, though that rarely happens in the U&L chatroom. These conversations are usually for debugging purposes, and people generally aren't interested in debugging other people's problems.
In fairness, the kinds of problems we see in U&L are usually pretty silly. People with no clue breaking their systems but doing something dumb.
@FaheemMitha No well-designed studies have shown an effect, but there haven't been many of them. Could be a subtle interplay of vitamin C and other stuff. The common health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/… refrain is "in the absence of a deficiency no effect".
"There is still much that researchers don’t know about the intricacies and interconnectedness of the immune response." I think they mean to say - we don't have a clue.
@Resonating It's water-soluble, yes.
"Vitamin C. The jury is still out on vitamin C and the immune system. Many studies have looked at vitamin C in general; unfortunately, many of them were not well designed. Vitamin C may work in concert with other micronutrients rather than providing benefits alone."