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Re: Episode #531
« Reply #15 on: September 14, 2015, 10:01:49 AM »
I also love the new segment, and look forward to more.
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Re: Episode #531
« Reply #16 on: September 14, 2015, 01:00:10 PM »
The new segment is already my favorite.

Yeah I think the new segment has a lot of potential. Excellent idea! Where do I send word suggestions?

I think Cara is really starting to shine. I hope she stays around for the long haul.

I am finding her a little bit talky.  I feel like if the podcast were unbounded she and Steve would go on for hours.  Which isn't totally a bad thing, of course : )

I think she does better on a panel like SGU than on her own interview podcast - where she asks good questions and then mixes in too much of her own thoughts and experiences with the guest answers... and I don't think I've heard a single episode where she hasn't talked about her PhD.
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Re: Episode #531
« Reply #17 on: September 14, 2015, 01:56:57 PM »
I haven't heard her podcast, but I find that a lot of people do better on the SGU podcast, than they do in similar circumstances (like other podcasts). Mostly I've put it down to it being a bigger group so there's more variety and interaction, less chance of one person going stale on a train of thought.

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Re: Episode #531
« Reply #18 on: September 14, 2015, 09:33:15 PM »
Thank you, Cara!!! I got my PhD in stochastic processes, and am currently doing a postdoc in that field. It has been so hard to tell people what "stochastic" means. You did a great job!!!

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Re: Episode #531
« Reply #19 on: September 15, 2015, 12:51:15 PM »
I'm surprised that Steve didn't mention that research has implicated brown-headed cowbirds in destroying nests of birds that do not accept their parasitic young. Cowbirds also will destroy unparasitized nests to force the unwilling foster birds into laying more eggs which are then parasitized. I've always wondered how the fledgling cowbirds manage to figure out that they are cowbirds and don't try to breed with the species that raise them, but they are corvids like crows and jays, a smart group.

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Re: Episode #531
« Reply #20 on: September 18, 2015, 09:36:19 AM »
What's interesting is Haber was Jewish (although he converted to Christianity at some point). The reasoning goes: without his process Germany it would not have been a long war and conditions would not have been such that saw the rise of Nazism. The Nazis force Haber to flee Germany and died in exile.
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Re: Episode #531
« Reply #21 on: September 18, 2015, 12:42:29 PM »
When Cara mentioned the star display above LA I was reminded of a favorite line in the movie "LA Story" when Daryl Hannah looks up to the sky and says to Steve Martin,  "Look at the stars.  There's dozens of them".

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Re: Episode #531
« Reply #22 on: September 22, 2015, 03:55:42 AM »
Many congratulations to Jay and Courtney and their family!

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Re: Episode #531
« Reply #23 on: September 28, 2015, 05:39:45 PM »
Hey  :steve:
Sometimes a time machine IS a phone booth!
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Re: Episode #531
« Reply #24 on: September 28, 2015, 06:15:45 PM »
Hey  :steve:
Sometimes a time machine IS a phone booth!

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Re: Episode #531
« Reply #25 on: October 07, 2015, 03:56:27 PM »
In the "what's the word" segment, Cara mentioned's frequency estimate and commented that the algorithm used was likely proprietary.

I strongly suspect that's not the case, and that it's just a simple count from a large corpus of text. It might even be directly from the Google Books corpus, as the figure of 1 in 350k words (not pages) matches the frequency given by

It may once have been difficult to come by such information, but with so many digitized textx these days, it's become a matter of telling a computer to count elements in a (very long) list.
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