Welcome to Sirdarksol's Laboratory: Now Funded by Aperture Science

sirdarksol

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"We do what we must because we can."

In the past few months, I've had a few ideas for water quality experiments, and am going to start putting these experiments into practice (fishless, of course). I'm going to use this blog to chronicle my tests and results, as well as fish-breeding results and DIY hardware.
 

Shawnie

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awesome!! I love a "madd scientist"!! can't wait to see this blog develop!
 
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Lucy

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I agree, it's sounds interesting. I'm looking foward to your findings.
 

Devon

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Yay this sounds like fun! Can't wait to see what you do!
 

mrsmuffin

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Your title sounds very ominous...and interesting!
 

PetSmart

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This chemistry major is interested...
 
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sirdarksol

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PetSmart said:
This chemistry major is interested...
Ah, good, a chem major. I have a good background in science and logical reasoning, but there may be points where I need help figuring things out. Since most of these experiments are going to cover water chemistry, I may ask for your help. My experiments and research, when I do them properly, tend to blow way beyond anything I expect, and sometimes I have to do more research just to understand my research. ;D
 

Dino

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While I am 4 hours short of a chemistry minor, if you need any help, let me know.
 
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sirdarksol

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Dino said:
While I am 4 hours short of a chemistry minor, if you need any help, let me know.
Meh... I'll wait until you get those last four hours...
Seriously, though, thanks. I had already planned on asking you and CWC for help, too.
 

pinkfloydpuffer

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Sounds exciting! I'll be waiting to hear about your crazy experiments!
 

Dino

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Those last 4 hours were under a professor I could not stand.
So I graduated without the minor.
 
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sirdarksol

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More like this:



Should be scary to some people ;D. Most will just say "huh?"
 
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Lucy

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Huh?
 

Wyoming_Bound

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Good luck.
 
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sirdarksol

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More info:

The reason I'm doing this is that so much of our information is based on series of facts like:
"I set my tank up as x."
"My fish lived."
"Therefore, x is good for fish."

While this is a decent method for determining things, it also possesses the possibility of going out of control. For example, we say "Cycle doesn't work." We list the reasons it doesn't work, and it seems to be good scientific reasoning, but how many of us have actually done a detailed experiment on Cycle's effects on an aquarium's cycle?

I periodically see people say "I do that and it works so I must be right" or "I never do that, because it has this impact," and, while their input is wanted and useful, neither is solid scientific reasoning or logical argument, which is why I want to start working on some of the most common bits of info that we take for granted, to see if I can support/deny each of them.
In short, I'm doing something like a less fun, less dramatic Mythbusters.
 

PetSmart

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Aperture Science...is that from Portal? Am I the only one who may have caught that?
 
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sirdarksol

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Take a look at the first line in my first post.
It's a line from "Still Alive" by GlaDos, the supercomputer from Portal. It's become my favorite song in the whole world. My wife and I will just randomly start singing "This was a triumph. I'm making a note here, HUGE SUCCESS." ;D
 

PetSmart

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I was never a fan of the end of that game. I shut my PS3 off when the song started playing. That explains why I didn't catch it.
 

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