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  1. AKA My qualia rules (but so does yours).
  2. Finding the right medication. For severe chronic depression (near-catatonia, emotional pain feels physical) medication was the only thing that worked. I was damn lucky to find one that did.
  3. I have a lot of experience with bipolar I psychosis - have experienced it once, was in a support group for people with bipolar I with psychosis, and have two good high school friends with the same diagnosis. So I've both experienced and heard a lot of stories of bipolar psychosis; delusions and hallucinations both seem to vary greatly between people. Based on the variety, I would concentrate not on the specifics of the psychosis, but the patterns in general. Most people with bipolar I, even unmedicated, usually cycle from mania to depression, then have a period of euthymia. I don't know as much about schizophrenia, but it seems to go between positive symptoms such as psychosis to negative symptoms such as flat affect. (There is no euthymia, which literally means "good mood"). Many, maybe even most bipolars have both antidepressants and either a mood stabilizer or antipsychotics. Medication-induced mania from antidepressants is usually rapid-cycling and very different from the normal pattern of most people with bipolar I. Medication is highly individualized, based on the psychiatist and the patient, and there is a large overlap in medication between schizophrenia and bipolar; so the specific diagnosis might not matter.
  4. This is my experience also. If your partner is used to dropping everything for someone in crisis, and you are never in crisis, guess where you fall?
  5. I stopped cheating at games when I was six. I can't imagine staying with a partner that cheats, then flips the board when caught - serious issues there. Petty and ego-driven.
  6. *snoggles*

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      *snoggles* back atcha!

      Too busy moving to post now... keeping up with reading blogs though.

  7. Step one - get out of your trap / obsession. Only then will you have the perspective to figure out the "why."
  8. Who cares why? He's bad habit. Put a rubber band on your wrist, every time you think of him, snap it.
  9. Two of the most interesting people that I've dated didn't have college degrees. (I have a PhD.) They were autodidacts into lifetime learning - they knew much more than the run of the mill college graduate. Take people as they come; otherwise you are as much into snobbery as Mr-I-want-a-lawyer INTJ.
  10. I prefer fellow assertive introverts - those that will interact with people when their passions are in play, but need tons of alone time.
  11. Voting on the April book! I will be hosting a book on Earth Sciences. Please vote on book(s) in-thread, or PM me your choice(s) by February 24th. 1. Historical Geology: Principles of Geology by Charles Lyell - Available online, also as ebook, free. Basic science reader / Intro undergrad level. Uniformitarianism, Present is the Key to the Past. Huge influence on Darwin's thinking. Not modern earth science though. 2. Introduction to Geology: Earth's Dynamic Systems, 10th edition / 1st webedition. Full textbook available online, free: pdf download of chapters. Intro undergrad level. I would highly recommend doing this book as an overview to the hydrologic and plate tectonics cycles, since few people have studied even basic earth science; plus everyone could easily follow. 3. Geomorphology (study of the earth's surface): Geomorphology: The Mechanics and Chemistry of Landscapes by Anderson and Anderson. $32-78 print, ebook $58. Advanced undergraduate / Intro grad; pre-calculus math. This is geology on an intersection with human timescales, and things we can observe directly, which hopefully is of interest! My field, I've taught many times from this text. 4. Paleoclimatology (basic): Paleoclimate by Bender. free by 30-day trial (Scribner), $15-30. Basic science reader / intro undergrad level. Part of a series, so doesn't cover climate modeling / climate proxies in much detail. Mostly get scope of climate change from pre-Cambrian times to present. Most people could follow along though. 5. Paleoclimatology (advanced): Paleoclimates: Understanding Climates Past and Present by Cronin. $62-86 (new print only), $70 ebook. Advanced undergraduate / Intro grad. Includes overview of modeling / climate proxies, half of the book is deep time paleoclimates, including a section on four hyperthermal periods in the past to understand consequences of hyperthermal warming today; then the second half is recent paleoclimates / Holocene changes / changes today. (I learned climate modeling / paleoclimatology in advanced grad classes by reading papers - I selected two possible texts that seemed to be good and covered different price-points - unfortunately advanced texts are usually expensive, but I think the expense in this case is justified. I would consider a joint session where people could choose which text to read. I would recommend tackling the advanced text if you can afford it though - or we could pass around a copy / copies through mail.)
  12. Reading further into the history of oscillating waves... interesting things not cited in Wikipedia: I tracked down an English translation of Belousav's unpublished 1951 paper: A Periodic Reaction and its Mechanism (B. Belasov) translated 1985. Unfortunately it is an appendix of a $475 book, Oscillations and Traveling Waves in Chemical Systems. Too steep a price to satisfy curiosity. (Now the full text of his paper published as a two page note in 1959 - that might be worth inter-library loan; have not heard mention of that even in Russian). Parts of the translated 1951 paper are cited in a history of science paper on Belousav: B P Belesouv and his Reaction. [pdf download] Zhabotinsky is the person that picked up on Belousav's work as a graduate student in 1961. His first paper is in Russian and untranslated (1967) but he has an early Science paper (1970) [pdf] that is available online, depicting the 2D petri dish oscillations and developing the mathematics for a 1D long, slender tube (along with a graph of propagating waves. I have also been having fun skimming many articles describing the different dynamics possible in a chemical oscillating system and how they relate to biology and social structures (crowds / mobs).
  13. I would say yes, suicidal. I was in a state once where I didn't want to be alive. I was not actively suicidal, but took unneccessary risks to my life because I didn't count dying by "accident" as suicide.
  14. Some additional resources: The full text of the book, The Disappearing Spoon - which is a fun chemistry read in its own right - is available online through Archive.org. The history of the periodic table is in Part I, Chapter 3: "The Galapagos of the Periodic Table" - easiest thing to do is search within the text for "Galapagos." The back and forth between Mendeleev with his "ecka-Aluminum" and Lecoq de Boisbaudren's Gallium is extremely interesting - including who had the right to name the element. (Gallium is formally named after France, but is a sneak reference to himself as well, as the national symbol of France is a Gallic rooster "le coq gauloise" - Lecoq.) Also, in this case the theorist prevailed - Boisbaudren was initially wrong about the elemental weight of Gallium, which was correctly predicted by Mendeleev. (Mendeleev was lucky, he also guessed wrong on many elements...) For background on the scientists mentioned, and a look at their stab at elemetal tables (or cylinders!), there is the Royal Chemistry Society's Development of the Periodic Table. The Frenchman referred to by Boisbaudren as the first person to categorize elements to tweak Mendeleev is Alexandre Béguyer de Chancourtois, a geologist. He developed a "screw" of element progression on the outside of a cylinder - I am tickled by thought that a geologist needed three dimensions to describe the complexity that he saw. (In some ways the "table" would work better in 3D... I can see how it would work out well knitted... but I digress.)
  15. An addendum to LIGO / Gravitational Wave Detection - for the one year-anniversary, New Scientist is premiering a movie by LIGO about the detection of gravitational waves. They also have all of the articles and short video clips from the past year collected in an easy-to-browse format. Highly recommended reprise. https://www.newscientist.com/round-up/ligodetection/