SparkPeople Science, Engineering and Math (SEM) Enthusiasts Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=14351 Chemistry, Physics, Astronomy, Geology, Math, Engineering... this is an open invitation to all science and math enthusiasts! SparkPeople Science, Engineering and Math (SEM) Enthusiasts Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=14351 September Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x74254280 It is so hot here I am ready to start thinking about September Goals! <BR> <BR> Ha! I can't decide if I am going to melt or toast. <BR> <BR> Blarg. At least I got in my minimum steps before the day star chased me inside. <BR> <BR> Loren Wed, 26 Aug 2020 12:34:21 EST August Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x74098116 Hey Team, <BR> <BR> August is almost here. What are you goals and ambitions for the month? <BR> <BR> Post them here and then keep us updated. <BR> <BR> I still need to figure mine out, good thing I still have a few days left.... Wed, 29 Jul 2020 14:40:55 EST July Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x73912141 I know this is going up early, but I wanted to post before things go too busy and I forgot. <BR> <BR> July is almost upon us so please share your July goals and ambitions! <BR> <BR> I still need to figure mine out. Hmmm.... I'd better get one that. Sat, 27 Jun 2020 11:19:36 EST June Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x73766688 June is almost here and I am actually getting this up before it starts, yah! <BR> <BR> Please post your goals! Sun, 31 May 2020 20:32:57 EST May 2020 Goal and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x73586296 It is almost May, what is your plan? Thu, 30 Apr 2020 19:50:56 EST April 2020 Goals And Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x73429448 Sorry this one is going up a bit late. <BR> <BR> Post your goals! Fri, 3 Apr 2020 10:56:01 EST March 2020 Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x73235298 Okay March is almost upon us. So I wanted to get this ready to go. Fri, 28 Feb 2020 12:33:37 EST Febuary 2020 Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x73069805 Leap Year! What are you going to do for the 29 days of Feb? Thu, 30 Jan 2020 21:22:51 EST January 2020 Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x72868722 Time to get 2020 off to a good start. <BR> <BR> What are your January goals? <BR> <BR> Sat, 28 Dec 2019 19:29:36 EST 2020 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x72866605 Hey Team, <BR> <BR> 2020 is almost here!!! <BR> <BR> One of my December 2019 goals was to make some 2020 goals. Given that, I thought others might also want to share their goals for the upcoming year as well. <BR> <BR> Please share! Sat, 28 Dec 2019 09:59:52 EST Projects to Share http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x72769534 Hey Team, <BR> <BR> I had a request to share some of the metal projects my husband makes and I help paint. I thought having a place to share more generally would be nice (I know we have some sewers and stitchers, and some poetry writters too). So if you have something to share, please do! <BR> <BR> Sun, 8 Dec 2019 16:58:07 EST December 2019 Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x72721968 So right after Thanksgiving seems like a good time to work on December goals. <BR> <BR> So, for the last month of the year, what are your plans? <BR> <BR> I'm still considering mine. DH will be recovering from eye surgery, so my usually time is not my own until he can be more independent. Makes things a little more complex. <BR> <BR> Loren Fri, 29 Nov 2019 16:02:20 EST November Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x72555133 Hello Team, <BR> <BR> For North America, the holiday season is picking up steam, as is the questionable weather. So what are your goals and ambitions as we move into November? <BR> <BR> I haven't figured mine out yet. I'll be doing much traveling so that makes it more complicated. <BR> <BR> Loren Thu, 31 Oct 2019 10:26:00 EST Have you heard of the Draw a Scientist study? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x72405008 It seems to be all over my world in the past three days. <BR> <link>https://www.theatlantic.com/science/<BR>archive/2018/03/what-we-learn-from-50-<BR>years-of-asking-children-to-draw-scien<BR>tists/556025/ </link> <BR> <BR> At the Maker Fair in Nashville today, they had a Draw a Scientist station; <BR> <BR> At the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory Open House (that I missed today because I was in Nashville) they were running a continuous stream of images of their women scientists, inspire... Sat, 5 Oct 2019 19:17:43 EST October Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x72369015 October starts on Tuesday, what are your goals and ambitions? <BR> <BR> I'll be on the road for some of it, so I really need to figure these out. <BR> <BR> Loren Sun, 29 Sep 2019 20:55:46 EST September Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x72213960 Sorry this is coming out a bit late, i got distracted. <BR> <BR> Please post your goals and ambitions for the month, then let us know how you are doing! <BR> <BR> Loren Mon, 2 Sep 2019 10:46:31 EST August Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x71998628 Summer is in full swing. What are your goals and ambitions for the month? <BR> <BR> I am keeping mine simple. <BR> 1. Keep up my walking/jogging training. I have been enjoying that for July so I thought I'd keep it up. <BR> 2. Get in my 10,000 steps a day. <BR> 3. Eat when hungry, stop when full. Sat, 27 Jul 2019 11:31:46 EST July Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x71799432 I'll be traveling in July, so I wanted to get this up. <BR> <BR> Goals for July. <BR> <BR> I am only going to set onen: to continue my WT physical activities even while on the road. This should be interesting. <BR> <BR> How about you? <BR> <BR> Loren Mon, 24 Jun 2019 23:22:04 EST June 2019 Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x71648940 Hi Team, <BR> <BR> June is right around the corner, what are you goals and ambitions? <BR> <BR> For me I am focusing on physical activity. <BR> <BR> I am one week in to my bike challenge and need to get 200 miles, i want to get over 200. I need a little over 30 miles per week. <BR> <BR> I am also doing a fast WT routine every day. I have been skipping my WT so I wanted something to add in. I am two days in, so I want to keep that up in June. <BR> <BR> How about you? Thu, 30 May 2019 14:13:22 EST May Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x71461834 Tomorrow starts May, so we best be setting ourselves some goals. What are your plans? <BR> <BR> My goals: <BR> Fitness <BR> WT 5 days a week <BR> Get up and cardio everyday <BR> <BR> Eating <BR> Eat mindfully - and get a fruti/veggie, whole grain, and protein with each meal/snack. <BR> Don't go to bed hungry, it ruins the next day's workout <BR> <BR> Other <BR> Lose 8 pounds - this is a very stretch goal for me <BR> <BR> Make progress on my cross stitch (I need to be done in June) <BR> ... Tue, 30 Apr 2019 12:42:34 EST April Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x71231495 Hi Team, <BR> <BR> I wanted ti get this up before my trip. I'll be gone most of April, so I'll need to make some travel goals. <BR> <BR> What are your goals?? How about Ambitions?? Mon, 25 Mar 2019 07:13:01 EST Pi Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x71136140 So 3-14 is coming up next week. Any Pi day activities going on with you? <BR> <BR> Sat, 9 Mar 2019 17:39:46 EST International Women's Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x71110433 So I was wondering if anyone else here was doing something for International Women's Day on March 8th. <BR> <BR> My company is having some internal and external speakers coming and doing TED style talks. I'm pretty excited to see what they have to say. I work in a male dominated industry in a male dominated role so it is nice to hear from successful women. We are really pushing for women in STEM and STEM careers. <BR> <BR> The microleading non-profit KIVA.ORG is also having some events a... Tue, 5 Mar 2019 14:17:49 EST March 2019 Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x71069205 Hello Team! <BR> <BR> March will be coming in at the end of the week, so time to set in some goals. <BR> <BR> For me: I've been sick the last two weeks so I am so ready to be moving on! <BR> <BR> Goals, <BR> <BR> We have an AdVANture coming up in April, so we need to get the van up and ready to go. I am responsible for: <BR> - Determining window tinting and getting it installed if a good choice. <BR> - Meal planning and shopping. <BR> - Resewing my mattress pillow. <BR> - Evaluating... Wed, 27 Feb 2019 07:00:58 EST Jump in with your best science jokes & worst puns http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x70933370 Jump in with your best science jokes &amp; worst puns! Tue, 5 Feb 2019 12:54:20 EST February 2019 Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x70916350 Loren's out of town, so... <BR> <BR> What are you going to accomplish in February?!? <BR> <em>411</em> Sat, 2 Feb 2019 19:54:05 EST How is 2019 treating you so far? (0:3 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x70875515 How is 2019 treating you so far? (0:3 Sun, 27 Jan 2019 14:21:49 EST Chinese put cotton on the moon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11948x14351x70815865 In a controlled enviroment, that still didin't make it. But still!!! <BR> <BR> <link>https://www.npr.org/2019/01/17/68616<BR>9520/plant-china-mooned-over-dies-coul<BR>dnt-cotton-to-lunar-environment </link> <BR> <BR> Thoughts? Ideas? <BR> <BR> LV Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:49:42 EST What are you excited about? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x70692590 So there is a new month, a new quarter, and a new year upon us. It can be big things or little things. We want to be excited with you! <BR> <BR> What are you excited about? <BR> <BR> For me, I have ordered myself a drill. I am very excited about it since it will help me get some shelves up in one of my under utilized closets. Mon, 31 Dec 2018 10:44:44 EST January 2019 Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x70687261 January is almost upon us time to set some goals and ambitions. <BR> <BR> What do you want to accomplish and how are you going to get there? <BR> <BR> Don't forget to come back and tell us how you are doing! <BR> <BR> Loren Sun, 30 Dec 2018 13:10:00 EST 2019 Team question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x70668404 Hey Team, <BR> <BR> 2019 is almost here. I wanted to know how you wanted me to post challenges and things for the coming year. Right now I am doing things monthly, is that what you want or did you want some yearly or quarterly or something else entirely? <BR> <BR> Let me know what you would like and maybe we can shake things up a bit. Or if you like how it is, I'll just continue. <BR> <BR> 2019 is shaping up to be an interesting year for me, so things might change as the year goes on.... Thu, 27 Dec 2018 09:26:45 EST December Goals and Ambitions 2018 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x70512100 The last month of the year will be here soon. What are your plans and how are you going to get there? Thu, 29 Nov 2018 16:28:53 EST November Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x70333274 We are just a few short, holiday fulled days away from November. <BR> <BR> What are your goals and ambitions? <BR> <BR> LV Mon, 29 Oct 2018 07:12:30 EST October Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x70148355 So I know many of us are working to get back on the wagon or get it rolling again. <BR> <BR> So please let us know what you are going to do, and then let us know how your wagon trip is going! <BR> <BR> LV Thu, 27 Sep 2018 06:41:38 EST Back on the wagon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x70068512 So I had my yearly physical with my doctor yesterday. Other than my weight I am doing pretty good (I'll be getting the lab results in a few weeks). <BR> <BR> Other than the weight, ugh. So I think I am going to get back on the wagon and do something about it. I know if I track and workout I do lose weight, so that is what I am going to do. DH turns 40 next May, and we are going on a trip to the Pacific NW to celebrate. I want to be able to do all the active fun stuff without huffing and puf... Wed, 12 Sep 2018 07:14:44 EST September 2018 Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x69972795 Please post your goals and ambitions for September. Then come back and update us on your progress. Mon, 27 Aug 2018 17:42:38 EST Road Trips! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x69931447 Okay this isn't really science, engineering or math, but i love the topic and my lead in applies science, engineering and math principles so it counts right? <BR> <BR> Okay so late last year DH and I decided we should get a cheap used van and convert it into a camper ourselves. So last fall we got a 2002 full size 1500 Chevy express conversion van with an extended topper. Whew! <BR> <BR> We have spent the last few months striping out parts and building. The goal is to do most of it our... Tue, 21 Aug 2018 07:12:51 EST August 2018 Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x69766255 You got goals? Share them! Tue, 31 Jul 2018 20:13:04 EST On repelling mosquitoes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11948x14351x69348377 This article was just on NPR <link>www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/20<BR>18/06/30/623865454/a-guide-to-mosquito<BR>-repellents-from-deet-to-gin-and-tonic </link> and I was disappointed to see that the article didn't really have evidence about the gin and tonic remedies - it's mostly comparing different DEET compounds. It doesn't even give evidence to compare picardin and IR3535 that one of the scientists quoted said was just as effective as DEET, nor did it even MENTION nootkatone, whic... Mon, 2 Jul 2018 02:17:51 EST July Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x69324339 July is almost here. <BR> <BR> What are your goals? <BR> <BR> How are you going to achieve them? <BR> <BR> LV Thu, 28 Jun 2018 17:05:51 EST June 2018 Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x69144861 Alright time for June. What are you goals and ambitions and how are you going to achieve them. <BR> <BR> I know my June is going to be messy with travel, so I need to plan for that. <BR> <BR> <BR> Think think think! Wed, 30 May 2018 12:57:43 EST May 2018 Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x68964325 May is almost here. What are your goals and ambitions. <BR> <BR> I just got back from a road trip, so now I need to figure this out.... <BR> <BR> LV Sun, 29 Apr 2018 16:39:35 EST Workout Gear - Random Question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x68838546 When you work out do you use specialized clothing or other gear? I mean other than the bare minimum (basic skis for skiing). <BR> Why or why not? <BR> <BR> As a science minded and curious person I find the amount of research that have gone into the athletic textile industries is pretty interesting. <BR> <BR> Just wondering.... Sun, 8 Apr 2018 07:25:12 EST April Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x68772172 Okay so April is almost here. What are your goals an ambitions? <BR> <BR> Wed, 28 Mar 2018 17:43:09 EST NYC Science and Engineering Fair http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x68669198 Science and Engineering Fair was fascinating. <BR> <BR> First of all, the level of the projects was intimidating. There was a kid whose project required a polarized laser, spacial light modulator, and slices of rat brain. I'd hoped my kids would get ideas for projects that piqued their curiosity ('cause most of their proposals so far have been to demonstrate some scientific fact that is already known, and that doesn't qualify) <BR> <BR> My second reaction was elation. One of my students,... Mon, 12 Mar 2018 06:45:48 EST March Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x68558318 So I will be out of town Monday through Friday for business so I thought I'd throw this out here now. <BR> <BR> What are you plans? <BR> <BR> What are my plans? Hmm, I should figure those out.... Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:54:49 EST February goals and ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x68387802 I miss my monthly goals with this team, so I'm just jumping in. <BR> <BR> <em>363</em> my fitness goal is 75 km of running (and I get a new pair of running shoes when I get to 75) <BR> <BR> <em>293</em> I'm not sure what my food goal should be. Most winters I subsist on soups and sourdough and I haven't done that ONCE since I moved to New York City. Maybe my goal should just be to have a thriving sourdough culture by the end of the month. ??? <BR> <BR> four nerdy goals, one is rea... Sat, 27 Jan 2018 20:47:27 EST Fall/Halloween Demonstrations and costumes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x67697877 So is anyone planning on decorating for fall or Halloween? Any good costume ideas? <BR> <BR> DH and I put in a jack-o-lantern patch every year. This year it looks pretty good! <BR> <BR> LV Wed, 11 Oct 2017 07:29:32 EST October Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x67524080 I will be out the next two weeks so I wanted to get this posted. <BR> <BR> What are your October goals? Tue, 12 Sep 2017 15:44:26 EST So I bought this eggplant http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x67505441 Now I need to figure out what to do with it...? <BR> <BR> At the store they had baby eggplants. They were so cute :). I tried to cook an eggplant years ago and it didn't really work out. So this time I thought I'd ask you all, as you are a bunch of smarties. <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? It is pretty small but lovely. <BR> <BR> LV <BR> Sat, 9 Sep 2017 11:42:29 EST September Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x67431460 Soon it will be September. What are your plans? <BR> <BR> LV Mon, 28 Aug 2017 07:30:04 EST Eclipse http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x67390737 So is anyone planning on or has done anything special involving the north American-centered eclipse? Mon, 21 Aug 2017 07:18:20 EST Hot months http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x67221958 So as usual, as summer creeps along, I find myself less motivated to do things as the heat is cranked up. Snow and cold makes we want to walk around outside, heat makes we want to veg out. <BR> <BR> What about you? Heat lovers or hiders? <BR> <BR> Any tips for keeping motivated? <BR> <BR> LV Sun, 23 Jul 2017 18:43:58 EST August 2017 Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x67221948 I wanted to get this up as I will be traveling this coming weekend. <BR> <BR> What are your plans for August? How do you plan to achieve them? <BR> <BR> I"d better think or something, I have things that need doing!! <BR> <BR> LV Sun, 23 Jul 2017 18:42:01 EST July 2017 Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x67019579 Time to start planning for July. <BR> <BR> What are your goals? How are you going to achieve them? <BR> <BR> LV Mon, 19 Jun 2017 19:42:04 EST June 2017 Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x66893929 June quickly approaches and now is the time to make some goals to round out the first half of the year. <BR> <BR> What are you plans? <BR> <BR> I'd better get on this! <BR> <BR> LV Mon, 29 May 2017 10:10:36 EST May 2017 Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x66658507 So what are you May ambitions? How are you going to achieve them? <BR> <BR> I have meeting today with some friends from work, we are going to make out a group fitness plan. Then we are going to rock it. I hope to have defined goals before leaving on vacation! <BR> <BR> LV Thu, 20 Apr 2017 07:04:10 EST April 2017 Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x66505299 Time to start thinking and making some goals for April. Post them here and keep us updated? <BR> <BR> Anyone doing any spring specific goals? Races? Gardening? <BR> <BR> I feel like I should put some on my list :). <BR> <BR> LV Mon, 27 Mar 2017 07:13:54 EST March 2017 Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x66335295 Post your March goals here. Remember to come back and tell how you are progressing. Wed, 1 Mar 2017 07:08:05 EST February 2017 Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x66113890 Please post your Feb, goals and ambitions here. Then make sure to come back and keep us updated. Sat, 28 Jan 2017 17:20:57 EST SEM Person you remember from school http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x66070628 So do you have a person that you learned about back in school (any age) that you remember to this day? Who and why? Did they influence you? How do you feel when you come across them as an adult? <BR> <BR> For me, it is Leeuwenhoek. <BR> Important to science because he advanced microscopes. <BR> I learned about him in 8th grade and i remember him for two big reasons:1 the name :). That is an awesome and memorable name. 2. He thinks he sees wee beasties. Okay that isn't his quote it is... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 18:57:24 EST Keeping on track when times are tough http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x66052807 So I wanted to ask you all, what you do (or would like to do) to stay on track when life gets CRAZY? <BR> <BR> LV Fri, 20 Jan 2017 08:25:20 EST What do you track for calories burned http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x65964242 So I would like to know what you track as calories burned (i.e. cardio) and why? <BR> <BR> For me I have never tracked things like household work: cleaning, gardening etc. But I also don't usually do them for very long nor do I do them with gusto :). <BR> <BR> I have wobbled back and forth on tracking walks. Not powerful heart pounding walks, those get tracked if I can, but more of my just going outside and enjoying the outside walks. They are usually over an hour, but my heart rate stays... Sun, 8 Jan 2017 19:53:30 EST How would you summarize 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x65909686 So 2016 is now over. After some time to reflect, how would you summarize 2016? Sun, 1 Jan 2017 20:33:34 EST Hidden Figures Movie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x65908928 Seems to be in recent months women in the science, math and engineering have been getting some much deserved credit. Now there is even a movie coming out about three women working at NASA during the space race. <BR> Science news even ran an Article <BR> <BR> https://www.sciencenews.org/article/hidd<BR>en-figures-highlights-three-black-wome<BR>n-who-were-vital-us-space-program <BR> <BR> Thoughts? <BR> <BR> LV <BR> Sun, 1 Jan 2017 18:29:21 EST 2017 SEM related events http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x65908883 If you know of or plan to go to any SEM events this year, share them here. <BR> <BR> Loren Sun, 1 Jan 2017 18:21:11 EST January 2016 Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x65864178 So the new year is right around the corner. Let's get it off and rolling with a great start. <BR> <BR> What are your goals and ambitions? How do you plan to achieve them? <BR> <BR> LV Sun, 25 Dec 2016 16:52:07 EST December Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x65663663 So I wanted to post this one with plenty of time to spare. December is an important month for a variety of reasons. <BR> <BR> For many of us the weather becoming a motivator to do less and eat more. January is just around the corner and could use some time for planning a good way t o start the year. <BR> <BR> So please, consider your December goals. Plot them here and keep us updated. <BR> <BR> LV Wed, 23 Nov 2016 09:21:34 EST November Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x65515472 I hope you thought of some November goals because November is HERE, Right NOW! <BR> <BR> LV Tue, 1 Nov 2016 07:09:30 EST October 2016 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x65276387 October is galloping towards us! Time to take charge of that situation. <BR> <BR> What is your plan???? Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:12:32 EST September 2016 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x65103766 Sorry I late with these! I was on vacation and then got sick. <BR> <BR> It isn't to late to post your goals! Sat, 3 Sep 2016 08:25:25 EST August Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x64860555 Here comes August, so what's the plan? Fri, 29 Jul 2016 07:32:16 EST what the Sun is doing in 2017 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x64850454 August 21st of next year there will be a remarkably placed solar eclipse for Americans, with the path of totality tracking all the way across the contiguous US. <BR> <link>xjubier.free.fr/en/site_pages/solar_<BR>eclipses/TSE_2017_GoogleMapFull.html </link> <BR> How many of you are in the line of totality? Are you going to watch? I don't live in the path but I'll be travelling to Nashville for the weekend to see it. Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:22:13 EST costume ideas for Halloween run http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x64742232 Me and a 9-year-old. Looking for suggestions - whadday'all think? Mon, 11 Jul 2016 09:41:10 EST July Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x64621210 Next week is going to be super busy for me so I thought I'd get this out now. <BR> <BR> July! What's the plan? Fri, 24 Jun 2016 07:49:02 EST June Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x64402228 We have a little over a week left in May. That makes this a good time to think about those June goals. <BR> <BR> Make a plan and post it here. Then come back and keep us updated. <BR> <BR> Mon, 23 May 2016 08:15:00 EST Bacteria being cool :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x64204087 Okay this was too cool not to share :). What bacteria can do to help water freeze before the normal freezing point. <BR> <BR> https://www.sciencenews.org/article/bact<BR>eria-use-cool-trick-make-ice <BR> <BR> Mon, 25 Apr 2016 07:44:14 EST May Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x64200893 So is it too early to start thinking about May goals and ambitions? NO, of course not :). <BR> <BR> Get thinking and posting!! Sun, 24 Apr 2016 18:45:22 EST Allow me to (re)introduce myself, my name is JP http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x64082933 Hi everybody, <BR> <BR> I'm back on SparkPeople after several years away. When I was here before I had pretty good success. I lost almost 30 pounds, but I gained it back and more during my hiatus. <BR> <BR> I'm a husband, father, and engineer in New Orleans, and I'm trying to get in shape. Since I spend most of my day sitting at a desk, I definitely need to get out and exercise. Also, I am trying to eat healthy and practice self-control with my eating. It definitely takes practice. Fri, 8 Apr 2016 16:36:26 EST science of migraines http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11948x14351x64063162 <link>thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2016-04-0<BR>5/new-advances-in-the-understanding-an<BR>d-treatment-of-migraines </link> <BR> <BR> This made me think of you, Loren Wed, 6 Apr 2016 05:01:05 EST April 2016 Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x64010476 Okay so April is coming fast! <BR> For those in North America spring is right around the corner (or already here). <BR> Time for making some good plans. <BR> <BR> Once you know what you want to do, let us know. Then keep us posted. <BR> <BR> LV <BR> <BR> Wed, 30 Mar 2016 13:18:35 EST SEM education http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x63979296 Curious what opinions people on this group (people who succeeded in getting a good science/ engineering/ math education) think about how we SHOULD be preparing our kids. What worked for you? <BR> Personally, I had a huge advantage 'cause my mom was a math major and my dad an MD, so a rigorous understanding of how the world works was just part of the dinner table conversation. And I really enjoyed (enjoy) math for pure geekdom's sake. But I see with my students an awful lot of "when are we ... Sat, 26 Mar 2016 10:35:12 EST March Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x63732284 So March is coming by so fast, February will leap by and then bam! <BR> So-make your goals now! <BR> <BR> I'm thinking I've got some good ones.... <BR> <BR> LV Mon, 22 Feb 2016 14:00:51 EST Some info on the famous Elephant foot http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x63729575 One of the most famous photos from CHERNOBYL is the Elephant's foot. Here is a little light weight article on the picture. <BR> <BR> LV <BR> <BR> http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the<BR>-famous-photo-of-chernobyls-most-dange<BR>rous-radioactive-material-was-a-selfie<BR>?utm_source=facebook.com&amp;utm_mediu<BR>m=keywee&amp;kwp_0 <BR> Mon, 22 Feb 2016 07:49:28 EST what the sun was doing for 2015 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x63701050 A short article and video of the sun in 2015. <BR> <BR> http://news.yahoo.com/nasa-recorded-sun-<BR>every-day-195000666.html <BR> Thu, 18 Feb 2016 07:59:00 EST Feb 2016 Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x63544509 Time to think about and post your plans for Feb. Something special for the leap year perhaps? <BR> <BR> Loren Fri, 29 Jan 2016 07:39:30 EST Interesting events in 2016 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x63224962 Post events of interest for 2016. Sat, 19 Dec 2015 16:05:35 EST January 2016 Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x63224923 December is well underway. Time to spend some effort and think about goals and ambitions for January. <BR> <BR> So, what do you plan on accomplishing in January? How do you plan on accomplishing this? Be sure to come back and keep us informed on how you are doing! <BR> <BR> Loren Sat, 19 Dec 2015 15:56:43 EST December Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x63058736 The perfect place to post! Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:53:39 EST 2015 In Review http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x63042204 Each year has its ups and downs, what really matters is how you choose to handle both! <BR> <BR> How was your 2015, and what can be improved on? <BR> <BR> General thoughts on the year. Mon, 23 Nov 2015 07:33:13 EST 2016 Goals and Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x63042198 Okay I like to start thinking of my next years goals before the holidays take my attention. <BR> <BR> Please post your goals and thoughts for 2016. Mon, 23 Nov 2015 07:32:05 EST Winter Projects http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x63030657 So,winter is here. Really, it is snowing RIGHT NOW! <BR> <BR> Anyway, what are your winter projects? Sat, 21 Nov 2015 14:45:01 EST November 2015 Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x62846144 So November is spriting at us full speed! <BR> <BR> Better make some goals before it bowls into us! <BR> <BR> Once you have some goals, post them here! Wed, 28 Oct 2015 07:59:34 EST October Goals and Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x62609604 Boo! <BR> <BR> October is sneaking up on us. Better have some goals set to help combat it! <BR> <BR> So, what are you goals. Extra points for Halloween themed :). <BR> <BR> LV Mon, 28 Sep 2015 13:02:24 EST Eclipse http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x62583658 okay so if you didn't know there is a lunar eclipse Sunday night. <BR> <BR> Anyone staying up to see it? <BR> <BR> It would be late of me, but I think DH and I will make a night of it. Maybe get the firepit going, enjoy the outside and then watch the light show, or dark show.... <BR> <BR> LV Fri, 25 Sep 2015 07:42:00 EST Yams and portabella mushrooms http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x62451954 So I have two big yams and two medium portabellas. <BR> <BR> Normally I'd just bake the yams and eat them with maybe a little butter, or nothing at all. I like most of my food kinda plain. <BR> <BR> I don't usually have portabells.... <BR> <BR> That doesn't sound all that great, so I thought I'd see what you all suggest. They don't have to be together :). <BR> <BR> Maybe bake them all together with some apples.... That sounds odd. <BR> <BR> Hmmm <BR> <BR> Tue, 8 Sep 2015 15:58:17 EST September Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x62391685 You have them, and we want to hear about them. <BR> <BR> Post away! Tue, 1 Sep 2015 05:02:49 EST August 2015 Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x62103480 Okay August is so close I can smell it sweating in anticipation, so we had better be ready for it! <BR> <BR> Quick! What are you going to do?? Sun, 26 Jul 2015 17:50:15 EST Summer Projects http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x61947586 okay so , summer is here and it is warming up (at least in the northern hemisphere). So, what are you summer plans? Anything neat going on? Any awesome projects? <BR> <BR> As for me, 4th of July weekend is a local convention for me. Science Fiction and Fantasy (a fund raiser promoting literacy). It was good fun. I was a satyr, so I was extra toasty in my fuzzy legs. <BR> <BR> Other summer projects: <BR> Getting the electrical in the house up to code (gonna need a professional's help... Tue, 7 Jul 2015 07:26:58 EST hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x61909277 hello, i have a BS in electrical engineering and a BS in physics. My goal in life is to develop new kinds of solar energy, like MEG. i am so excited to be part of the team! Thu, 2 Jul 2015 12:11:40 EST July 2015 Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x61853692 Okay, July is sooo close I can almost taste it. It taste humid and salty.... <BR> <BR> Anyway- time to post those goals. <BR> <BR> Hurry! Before July gets here. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 06:48:48 EST June Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x61637308 Post your June goals here! Sun, 31 May 2015 19:02:51 EST May 2015 Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x61352958 Please post your May goals here and keep us updated. Wed, 29 Apr 2015 09:39:39 EST April Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x61076399 So April is almost here. Many of us are starting to thaw out and heat up (at least in the northern hemisphere). <BR> <BR> So what are you plans? Doing anything fun or exciting? Starting a new workout? Just like making goals and lists?' <BR> <BR> Post them here! Mon, 30 Mar 2015 13:16:01 EST March 2015 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x60790065 Please post your March goals and keep us posted. Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:40:37 EST Feb 2015 Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x60512440 Oh my, January is almost over. Quick, what are you going to do in February? <BR> <BR> Sat, 31 Jan 2015 07:10:26 EST Early adopters or established technologies or NA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11948x14351x60227596 So as we all know technology is changing at an amazing rate. <BR> <BR> Are you an early adopter, do you only go in with established systems or do you avoid technology all together? <BR> <BR> Why? Mon, 5 Jan 2015 19:30:20 EST Favorite type of diagram http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11948x14351x60227518 Okay just because I am wondering, what is your favorite type of diagram. <BR> <BR> I like vehn diagrams myself, they are the overlapping circle ones. I find myself thinking them those terms all the time at home and work. <BR> <BR> You? <BR> Mon, 5 Jan 2015 19:24:46 EST Jan 2015 Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x60083687 Post your January Goals and Ambitions here. Don't forget to come back and let us know how they are going. Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:33:18 EST 2015 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x60078032 So, if you didn't know, 2014 is almost over. That means it is time to make some 2015 goals. <BR> Post your goals here and check in to let us know how they are going. <BR> <BR> LV Sat, 20 Dec 2014 20:40:40 EST Dec Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x59897912 Wow I almost missed this one. <BR> <BR> On to December. So, what are your goals? Sun, 30 Nov 2014 17:20:41 EST Hands on projects for Students all ages http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11948x14351x59801605 Hey all. <BR> <BR> Chris and I have been emailing and that made me think that I should have a spot for people to share good hands on learnings for kids. As some of you know I go out into the community to do science with kids and talk about science careers. I have some ideas to share and hope that others will share their ideas too. I think the only limitation I have is that it has a hands on component, as that is what the kids love and remember. <BR> <BR> So, what would you like to shar... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 06:00:20 EST November Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x59584375 Okay this is going up kinda early so I don't get too busy and forget. I also need to make some goals before Nov. starts. <BR> <BR> Please make some goals too and join in! Mon, 27 Oct 2014 19:44:15 EST Can't figure out this accident http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x59362109 A picture is worth a thousand words here, but all I have is text, so here goes: <BR> <BR> I woke up just after midnight Saturday morning to the very loud sound of what I would have said was a shelving unit full of small rattly things (say glass jars full of screws) falling to the floor. Grabbed my glasses and ran downstairs to the sight of an SUV that had collided with a telephone pole and rolled onto its side. (Thanks to well-designed cars, the airbag had deployed and the driver was uninj... Sun, 5 Oct 2014 07:00:33 EST Just For Nerd Fun - Stoopid Math Problem http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x59350132 I remember this from my college days ... you may have seen this ... maybe not. But can you figure out what went wrong??? <BR> <BR> <BR> Let X = 1 <BR> Let Y = 1 <BR> Then, X = Y <BR> <BR> Multiply both sides of the equation by X <BR> Then, X2 = XY <BR> <BR> Subtract Y2 from both sides of the equation <BR> Then, (X2 - Y2) = (XY - Y2) <BR> <BR> Factor both sides of the equation <BR> Then, (X + Y)(X -Y) = Y(X-Y) <BR> <BR> Divide both side of the equation by (X - Y) <BR> Then, (X + Y) = Y ... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 20:24:24 EST October Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x59291314 So September is going by SO FAST, like some of the SEM runners and bikers :). <BR> <BR> Post your October goals here! Right here, or I guess up here ^^^^^ Sun, 28 Sep 2014 15:11:30 EST Nerd happiness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x59188062 Had this wonderful student in 2009-2010 in my physics class. She worked hard to be nice to me, but she informed me on a regular basis that she hated math and science. She CRIED the day of the final exam. She is a gifted artist and wanted to do design work. Well, Tuesday she trekked back to western Mass and visited the school - she wanted to let me know that she is finishing a degree in Mechanical Engineering and hoping to mix it with her design interest in architecture school! Nothing mo... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:49:47 EST Triathlon Pact http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x59127296 Anybody interested in committing to a sprint tri next summer? It's a 750-meter (half mile) swim followed by a 12-mile bike ride finished with a 5K run. Let's try to get a small group of us who are training together for an event at about the same time. <BR> <BR> GHK1962 found triathlons near him in June, July and August. <BR> June: Blue Lake Tri (Portland, OR) <BR> July: Girlfriends & Dudes Tri (Vancouver, WA) <BR> August: Midsummer Tri (Portland, OR) <BR> Sept: Aluminum Man Tri (The Dalle... Fri, 12 Sep 2014 22:21:05 EST Which part would you want to be bionic http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x59094781 A comment Greg made made me think of this: If you could choose a body part to just swap out for an improved version, what would it be? <BR> <BR> For me, this is hard, 'cause I feel a weird loyalty to this body that has been good to me (and has been me) for a long time now. But if I could have 20/20 uncorrected vision, I think I might trade in my eyeballs. If I could have telescopic range and maybe sense the UV and IR spectra, too, then I'd definitely go for it. Even though I really like ... Tue, 9 Sep 2014 18:45:36 EST September Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x59052243 Loren's not here this week ... so I am HIJACKING this section ... <BR> <BR> Well ... really just to say ... <BR> <BR> Post your September Goals here. Be they big, be they small, post, post,post and and do them all. (Was that Seuss enough?) <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> Fri, 5 Sep 2014 13:28:25 EST 5k training and traveling http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x58763754 So I am going on a trip soon, and I am working on a 8 week 5k training schedule. They conflict. <BR> <BR> I will be in London, Paris and Zurich. The B&Bs and hotels do not have gyms, and I am not in easy walking distances to any parks. The work outs are only about 30 minutes. <BR> <BR> I've heard London is pretty jogger friendly. I haven't looked up the others yet. <BR> <BR> My travel buddy is a non jogger. <BR> We will do doing tons of walking during the day. <BR> <BR> I have a tri ... Wed, 6 Aug 2014 17:32:44 EST August Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x58717821 Sorry this is a bit late! Sat, 2 Aug 2014 07:57:27 EST Races, competitions, events http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x58408800 Post them here! They are be in person or virtual. let us know what you have going on for training, doing all of it. Wed, 2 Jul 2014 15:27:59 EST July 2014 Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x58307522 Please post your 2014 goals and ambitions here. Then come back and let us know how you are doing. Mon, 23 Jun 2014 06:06:54 EST New Keyboard and Mouse Sadness http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x58251128 So since I computer a lot with work and home, and at home I use a laptop with a touch pad I decided to go more ergo. I now have a vertical mouse and a bendy keyboard. The mouse is a left handed design. I am a righty, but have been mousing left for about 6 years to help alleviate ergo issues at work so that wasn't too much of a shock. The button positions make sure I click on many random things ;). My biggest adjustment is the split keyboard. I was a pretty good typist on a standard keyb... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:58:54 EST Keyboard languages http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x58251067 So, most keyboards are set up for QWERTY any one use something else? Dvorak? <BR> <BR> LV Tue, 17 Jun 2014 18:54:03 EST Back on SP after being away for a long time! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x58237168 Hi, <BR> <BR> Like the subject says, I'm back on SP after being away for a long time. I've reset my goals, and I'm trying to get in shape again. <BR> <BR> I used the site for a couple of years probably 5 years ago and I lost 30-40 lbs. But since then I haven't been on consistently. Now I'm trying to get back into it. I was an active participant in this group way back then, but I this point, I guess I consider myself a "new" member. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I don't have time for a long intro,... Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:46:29 EST June 2014 Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x58087118 Okay, I have three goals for June, partially capitalizing on progress in May. <BR> <em>366</em> <BR> Running goal is the most precious one to me. My half is June 29th. I will complete the whole thing running, and I will finish in 135 minutes or less. That means being religious about the training plan between now and then. I can do this, and I really really want to! <BR> <em>341</em> <BR> Food goal isn't necessarily healthy eating, although I'm convinced my own cooking is always be... Mon, 2 Jun 2014 18:20:01 EST Plank http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x57735553 So for May I want to improve my plank time. This is the forearm plank. I find that one really difficult, so improvement would be good. <BR> <BR> If you would like to work on your plank this month, feel free to join in. <BR> <BR> LV Fri, 2 May 2014 21:43:08 EST May Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x57644967 May is quickly approaching so now is the time to post those goals! Don't forget to keep us updated as the month goes on. <BR> <BR> LV Fri, 25 Apr 2014 18:41:02 EST Hello Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x57593203 Hi Everyone! <BR> <BR> I'm new to sparkpeople but excited to get started and become part of the awesome community here! I'm a MEP/ mechanical engineer living in northern VA. I've lost 42 lbs so far on my weight loss journey and my goal is to lose 70 more. I enjoy cooking, working out outside, and being a geek in general :p <BR> <BR> Hope to talk to some of you soon! <BR> <BR> Angela Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:08:36 EST Exervises you love to hate. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x57496112 So do you have an exercise you love to hate? Like a well done villain is a great movie or novel. Something about it keeps you coming back. Tell us about it. <BR> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 12:00:18 EST April Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x57285445 Please post your goals here and keep us updated! Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:20:01 EST April Wall Sit Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x57168532 Hey! I know it isn't April yet, but I wanted to post this before I forgot. <BR> <BR> Me and my gym buddy are working on improving our wall sit times, so I thought I would bring the challenge here to you. <BR> <BR> So some time in March find out your maximum wall sit time, then in April improve it. Since we are all also different fitness level- direct competition would be hard, but we could do greatest time increase by % if you all want. Let me know. <BR> <BR> Also, let us know any var... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 06:26:44 EST March 2014 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x56927203 Please post your March goals and ambitions here and then keep us updated throughout the month. <BR> <BR> Yah! <BR> <BR> Loren Wed, 26 Feb 2014 19:27:13 EST speaking of Kickstarter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x56675433 The last time I supported a Kickstarted campaign, it got me the chance to help build a 6-story-tall balloon sculpture in the Sibley building in Rochester last weekend. Stupid fun! <link>www.13wham.com/news/features/top-sto<BR>ries/stories//images/balloonmanor_9341<BR>.jpg </link> <BR> I made a bunch of the grass, parts of the beanstalk, and some of the clouds underneath the giant's castle. It was a good way to blow a weekend! Thu, 6 Feb 2014 18:55:41 EST Feb. 2014 Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x56507380 Okay I know this is a little early, but I wanted to make it available to those early planners. <BR> <BR> Please post your February goals and ambitions and keep us posted as the month goes on! <BR> <BR> LV Sat, 25 Jan 2014 09:35:48 EST Favorite Cardio http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x56348844 So, what is your favorite cardio exercise and (the analytical part) why? <BR> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 17:24:33 EST Light: the book--32 hrs left to help publish... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x56244540 Hey howdy <BR> <BR> I have a physicist friend who is trying to get her book published. Its called "Light: the Book" and from talking with her in the past and the general gist of it, its a science book written in a way not-so-sciency types could understand. <BR> <BR> There's 32 hours left on kickstart for her to get backing, and we're about $650 away from her goal. if you want to know more about the book and project, check out this web address to help: <link>www.kickstarter.com/projects/... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 13:36:29 EST re-newbie (here before under other name) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x56244397 Hey howdy (formerly Psychojules) <BR> <BR> I am trying to get back on track and healthy a bit (and remember what teams i used to be on) and had to come back and say hello. Not in the sciences, per se, but a big fan of science and learning about math (and thanks to my time at my favorite battleship, very interested in engineering still). Well, working on a history master's thesis now, but eager to learn about science in the meantime for myself and to help students when i sub at the high sch... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 13:26:59 EST January 2014 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x56040923 So I will have on again off again computer access for the next few weeks so I wanted to get these up and running! <BR> <BR> Please post your January goals and ambitions here. If they arch over more than January, please feel free to post them in the 2014 Goals thread- that way they are easier to find and update as the year progresses. <BR> <BR> Onward! <BR> <BR> Loren Fri, 20 Dec 2013 09:35:14 EST 2014 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x56040902 I wanted a place for everyone to list BIG goals for 2014. They can be listed at anytime, but should not be ones you can complete within 1 month (that’s what monthly goals are for!). Monthly goals can easily be made to help complete this BIG goal. <BR> LIST AWAY! <BR> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 09:32:41 EST December Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x55777109 Please post your December goals and ambitions here. <BR> <BR> Be sure to drop by and update us as the month goes on. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 17:16:25 EST Did anyone else see 'Comet Encounters' tonight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x55712778 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> I just happened to catch this program that aired tonight at 10pm pst on PBS. It was about Comet ISON. I wish I would have known about this event sooner. I used to read all the science magazines, and kept up with everything that's happening. I think I'll have to just bookmark the websites, and make time to read again. I'm missing out! <BR> <BR> ISON is about to pass the back side of the sun, and either be pulled apart as it passes by, or swing pass and come ou... Thu, 21 Nov 2013 02:18:12 EST Just a fun website - nerdy songs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11948x14351x55641260 http://singaboutscience.org/wp/homepage/ Fri, 15 Nov 2013 02:48:42 EST Bubble wrap ... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x55579849 Ok ... this week someone asked me ... when wrapping something to mail and using bubble wrap ... do you wrap the stuff with the bubbles facing in ... or out? <BR> <BR> Explanation to your answer required as well. <BR> <BR> (I am glad I am not the only one taking meaningless polls at work!) Sun, 10 Nov 2013 00:10:35 EST Explaining what you do to "non-x" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x55554278 So, how do you tell people that aren't in your field what you do, or study, or have a passion for. Do you patiently explain it, give some easy to follow highlights, glaze over it, use big words to awe them..... <BR> <BR> Well? Thu, 7 Nov 2013 17:58:06 EST Beer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x55507631 Okay, so, it was mentioned on the intro thread that people seem to have a beer interest so I thought I'd start a thread on it. <em>297</em> <BR> <BR> I'm not really a beer person so someone with some knowledge is going to need to post smart things. <BR> <BR> My only comment- post responsibly, don't drink and post <em>20</em> Mon, 4 Nov 2013 05:00:00 EST Old Tech http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x55477732 So occasionally we find ourselves not using the latest and greatest gadgets. Let us know what you find yourself confronted with or even beholden to. <BR> <BR> LV Fri, 1 Nov 2013 16:16:53 EST What's in a name? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x55455259 Sooo ... I'm wondering what's the story behind some of the usernames I see. How'd we pick them? Is there a story? Is it a secret? (If it is, no worries on not divulging!) <BR> <BR> Or ... was it chosen by a cool formula generated in a spiffy spreadsheet, then data tested against other usernames to compare its coolness? <BR> <BR> For my part .... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 20:47:38 EST Competitions, races, events, training etc. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x55441926 So something came up in my life so I thought I'd make a topic. <BR> <BR> Please post your topical items here. <BR> <BR> Greg I know you have events, you too Rebecca! <BR> <BR> LV Tue, 29 Oct 2013 19:15:24 EST Rebecca and Mark - totally not SEM related http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x55408135 Am I dating Mr. Crush? That’s actually a surprisingly hard question to answer. We have gone out together (played pool and shared a beer, gone for a hike and out to dinner…) nine or ten times, but that’s over a period of six months. Except for hello/goodbye hugs the last couple times I saw him, he hasn’t touched me at all, even in response to my touching him. That sounds like a mixed-gender friendship, right? Which would be cool. But he pointed out that he didn’t ask me out the first tim... Sun, 27 Oct 2013 03:14:05 EST Expanding Universe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x55407356 So, I was reading an article about the universe expanding ... and every time I think about it, I can't quite wrap my head around ... what is it expanding into? <BR> <BR> I think I have flawed thinking ... and totally don't understand this kind of physics. <BR> <BR> I have heard of the multiverse theory (multiple universes exist and expands, some apparently merging and overlapping one another). <BR> <BR> And I have also heard the explanation that the expanding universe can be thought of as... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 23:48:27 EST November Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x55394000 So we are getting into one of the busiest times of the year. Events, travel, vacations, family, work, all that good stuff. <BR> <BR> So what are your goals and ambitions for this month? How are you doing? <BR> <BR> LV Fri, 25 Oct 2013 18:45:46 EST New Spark Start Page http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x55343724 So I finally came back on line (after mostly recovering from my cold) and I noticed the Spark Start page had changed. <BR> <BR> Change is hard for me :). <BR> <BR> What do you think about the new page? Faster tracking, too flashy? <BR> Also, if you have any tips on how to use it, share share! <BR> <BR> Loren Mon, 21 Oct 2013 17:40:21 EST Happy Birthday NASA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x55104495 Today is NASA's 55th birthday! <BR> <BR> Happy Birthday NASA. Tue, 1 Oct 2013 19:33:18 EST Halloween/Fall Thoughts, Plans? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x55104474 So do you have any plans for Halloween or fall in general? Please share. Tue, 1 Oct 2013 19:31:37 EST October 2013 Goals and Ambitions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x55060678 Please post your October goals here and keep us updated. Sat, 28 Sep 2013 07:25:02 EST astronaut wannabes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x54981663 I bet I'm not alone in this group, but I've wanted to be an astronaut since I was a in third grade. When we had rain, instead of recess, we had to stay inside and play checkers or read or something sedentary like that that was my personal hell as an 8-year-old. Anyway, one rainy day, I picked up a Readers Digest that had a story about John Glenn's first orbit around the Earth, and the whole exciting mess with their not being sure the heat shield was going to hold up on reentry. I read it b... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 10:32:49 EST ARGH! Talk like a pirate day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11948x14351x54955080 So today is talk like a pirate day. Good thing I am wearing my blue socks with light blue sharks on them :). <BR> http://www.jackthreads.com/unsimply-stit<BR>ched/basics/socks/shark-ditsy-socks/pr<BR>oducts/100662 <BR> <BR> Tick tock. <BR> <BR> LV Thu, 19 Sep 2013 06:12:35 EST Who do you admire? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x54928302 So.... I was just wondering, who do we admire? Those of us here in the SEM team I mean? Math gods? Science extradonaires? Medical gurus? Philosophical physicist wowser? <BR> <BR> I was just wondering ... are the people we admire basically the same as the rest of the world? Or do we (the science and nerd..errr.... engineering, and math dudes and dudettes) admire those in the sciency field? <BR> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 22:50:23 EST What are you listening too http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x54924987 This could be music, audiobooks, pod casts, etc. <BR> <BR> Let us know! Mon, 16 Sep 2013 18:01:17 EST What are you reading http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x54897109 So what are you reading, it can be books, web comics, magazines, anything. <BR> <BR> Please share! Sat, 14 Sep 2013 08:50:10 EST Question on messages http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x54829832 Loren, <BR> <BR> If this is not the place to ask this feel free to move or remove. <BR> <BR> But ... I recall getting notifications when a new topic was added here ... and also when people I friend posted things...but I am not getting them now. Uhmm... I cannot figure out why! Sun, 8 Sep 2013 18:58:28 EST Gadgets http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x54828768 So, do you have any gadgets that help you in your spark journey? <BR> <BR> I have a heart rate monitor, no software involved. Other than that, I like to keep it simple. <BR> <BR> You? Sun, 8 Sep 2013 17:07:50 EST Eating after working out http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x54727220 So after a long and/or hard workout, what do you like to eat? <BR> <BR> When I was growing up after a long day of swimming (I use to live in a tropical area) I really craved mac and cheese. It was so satisfying. Then a nap :). <BR> <BR> Today after a long bike ride, I was hungry but not for anything in particular, I mostly wanted a shower :). <BR> <BR> What about you? <BR> <BR> Loren Sat, 31 Aug 2013 11:03:23 EST September Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x54726929 Team, <BR> <BR> It has been a while since we had a monthly goal tread so I thought I'd make one. <BR> Please post your September goals here and keep us posted. <BR> <BR> LV Sat, 31 Aug 2013 10:38:39 EST August 2013 goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x54352124 Anyone for setting and tracking some goals for the new month? <BR> <BR> I like to set an eating goal, a fitness goal, and a SEM goal, but this time I'm going to swap in a financial goal. By the end of August, I will <BR> <BR> <em>328</em> My fitness goal is a pull up. Just one, 'cause I have to be able to do one before I can do 2 or 10 or 100. I need to use the assisted pull-up machine, but I'm often intimidated in the weight room. Gotta just make myself go on the odd numbered days... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 09:29:09 EST Graduating Engineer Trying to get healthy. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x53003706 Hello guys and gals, my name is Megan and I will graduate this May with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. I'm very stressed out that I haven't found a job yet but I'm going to try really hard to keep posting so I can keep focused on my weight loss goals. <BR> <BR> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:05:52 EST Where are you? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11948x14351x52691418 Is there anyone out there that is at the University of Alabama in Huntsville? <link>www.uah.edu/ </link> <em>387</em> <em>10</em> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 19:57:03 EST March Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x52340327 Make some goals for the nice weather that should be coming in! Fri, 1 Mar 2013 12:35:44 EST Feb. Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x51923732 January went by so fast! It is already time to post Feb. Goals, and tell us how you did in Jan. <BR> <BR> LV Fri, 1 Feb 2013 07:07:48 EST January goals and results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x51624097 I miss Loren, but while she's away I thought I'd try to get the goals forum going again. <BR> <BR> I always make three: <BR> FITNESS: some kind of interval cardio training every day - I lost a lot of ground with an ankle sprain, but I'm determined to get through the Sweetest Half this spring. <BR> DIET: I'm going to cook everything from my CSA instead of starting my compost in the back of the fridge. <BR> NERDINESS: revise the archaeometry expedition for my seventh graders <BR> <BR> 1/13 ro... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 17:27:02 EST a DSLR manual for astropho tography http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x51617903 I so didn't think they'd take me, cause I know NOTHING about the subject, but I just got accepted to help write an astro photography manual for novices. I sold myself as a good writer with a scientific mind who would be a good model of their intended audience. I'm psyched to take n the challenge! Any of your used digital photography to measure variable star magnitudes? If you can recommend background reading for me, tht would be GREAT! <BR> <BR> Workshop Info Page: http://www.aavso.org/... Sun, 13 Jan 2013 10:43:34 EST OMG Flex Baumgartner Jump http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x50385964 <em>198</em> I'm impressed with the dive. WOW Sun, 14 Oct 2012 14:58:02 EST Okay, need angles assistance if possible... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x50136532 Naturally my construction streak is ended after only a few hours with the need to clarify and figure out angles. Mathematics is a harsh mistress to me. <BR> <BR> I do remember pythagoras and the pythagorean theorem, which is always helpful, though i gotta remind myself how to configure the radical numbers to something useful...like inches. <BR> <BR> Unfortunately, i can't remember how to find the angles in the triangle once you've got the lengths figured out. I will have to cut the wood a... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 18:19:57 EST I'm building a spaceship...in 29 days. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x50131894 Granted its of the earthy-type material known as wood and whatnot, but i am definitely working on it. I'm about to go out there this morning and start my first day of work on it properly (had to get a plywood base last night and some more materials). <BR> <BR> Well, when it comes down to it, I'm gonna have some fun, whether it works well or not. If you have ideas, commentary, or wanna check my progress, take a look at my blog as it goes on. I have 29 days to get it done, and I wanna do my... Thu, 27 Sep 2012 11:39:24 EST Hi All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x49923146 Just wanted to introduce myself. I am a geologist and have been in the environmental industry for 6.5 years. I currently live in Tampa, Florida. I joined this site a while back but just started actually getting into SP a month or so ago. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 20:54:29 EST Sept. Goals and Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x49803768 Sorry this is much on the late side. <BR> <BR> Post your goals here and let us know how they go. <BR> <BR> Thu, 6 Sep 2012 19:35:04 EST Curiosity is safely on the ground! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x49327548 Seven minutes of terror ended in high fives and hugs. I posted Curiosity's self-portrait in the photos. <BR> <BR> Now the exploration begins... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 02:42:52 EST August Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x49323291 Sorry this is a little late. <BR> <BR> Post your August Goals here. Sun, 5 Aug 2012 19:44:53 EST August Goals and Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x49290976 Hi, I've been rowing a personal challenge from Concept 2, Rowlympics and now adding a second challenge Dog Days Of Summer that runs the month of August. I've really reved up my rowing to try to get to the Gold level in the Rowlmpics. Once the Olympics are over the I will drop to 50,000 meters per week to complete the Dog Days Of Summer Fri, 3 Aug 2012 13:02:38 EST What exactly is a Higgs Boson?? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x48987542 Can someone dumb it down for me because even Wikipedia is confusing.. Sun, 15 Jul 2012 01:44:30 EST Nikola Tesla Day (apparently), today, July 10... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x48927039 Well, i was reading a friend's facebook post and they mentioned Tesla. Don't know as much as I want to about him, but there was something that said today was Tesla's day. hmm...birthday? dunno yet. <BR> <BR> Anyhoo, for celebrating a true geek and genius, i am doing so in three ways (in the next 24 hours because I got the word a bit late). <BR> <BR> 1. Reading this comic online (worth it, that's for sure, though if you have sensitivity to harsh language and worship Edison, you might not... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 23:54:31 EST Science nerd looking for a fitness buddy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x48803713 Hi, I'm currently working on an undergrad in physics in hopes of eventually becoming an astrophysicist. I love science in general, but especially astrophysics, paleontology, and zoology. <BR> <BR> My current fitness goal is to get back down to a healthy BMI, which means going from 185 lbs to 160 lbs. (I want to get down to 130 lbs eventually, but first things first!) <BR> <BR> My current fitness problems are lack of motivation and overeating. My last couple quarters at university were REALL... Tue, 3 Jul 2012 04:41:53 EST July Goals and Results http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x48798751 Please post your July Goals and follow up as the month goes on. <BR> <BR> Loren Mon, 2 Jul 2012 20:19:29 EST An engineering landmark needs help... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x48586796 Hey howdy there! <BR> <BR> Okay, its pretty much a given that if i've barely been on here (playing catch up in between duty the past week), i've been helping pump out my baby girl, the USS Texas. The state has earmarked funds (after years of begging) to dry-dock the old girl, but sometime between the night of June 8th and the morning of the 9th, the ship sprung some major leaks. Since that morning, they're pumping her out round the clock to prevent more damage. this is gonna take some work a... Mon, 18 Jun 2012 23:14:12 EST June Goals and Resolutions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x48357104 Please post your June Goals and Resolutions. Keep us updated as the month goes on. <BR> <BR> Loren Sun, 3 Jun 2012 17:03:59 EST Science Twitter Feeds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x48099808 Anyone know of some good science twitter feeds? <BR> <BR> You can follow my science communication and museum twitter @scicommAmy Wed, 16 May 2012 17:40:42 EST printf("Hello world!"); http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x47773642 Hi everyone :) <BR> I am a mathematical physics major (and a computer science enthusiast) in Canada, and I'm very happy to see that there is a whole group for STEM people! Why didn't I discover this months ago!? <BR> <BR> I'm on the site to maintain a healthy lifestyle - it's surprising once you start tracking how unhealthy many foods really are, and also how important exercise is (and how little of it I used to do!). Just here to have some fun, meet new people, and also look great for a s... Thu, 26 Apr 2012 10:23:50 EST May Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x47700139 I know this is going up early, but I wanted to make sure I didn't run out of time to post it. <BR> <BR> Post your May goals here and drop by to let us know how they are going! <BR> <BR> Loren Sun, 22 Apr 2012 07:56:54 EST ...to get into (NOT computer) engineering? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x47372905 hey howdy there <BR> <BR> part of this could be sleep deprivation, but I'm having one of those migraine-inducing brainstorms of a possible idea. I'm debating whether or not to pursue a degree in engineering. I dunno if my school even has it as a possiblity, but i'm gonna end up looking anyway (goodbye digital media--i'll teach myself how to make films instead if that's the case!) <BR> <BR> anyhoo, i'm wondering what kind of strong basis you'd want/need to be in an engineering program--wha... Sun, 1 Apr 2012 15:54:43 EST Post your Woo Hoos! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x47366214 Celebrating with those that are making success is highly motivating. <BR> Sharing success is also highly motivating. <BR> Doing something awesome should be shared, spread the awesomeness. <BR> <BR> Post your woo hoos, oh yahs, I did its, check this outs here. <BR> <BR> Loren Sun, 1 Apr 2012 07:49:45 EST April Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x47366193 Post your April goals and self challenges. Keep us posted on how you do. Sun, 1 Apr 2012 07:47:38 EST Help me plan my costume for April 15th 5K http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x47145062 I suckered another of my students into running her first 5K with me and our moment of truth is Sunday the 15th of April. Besides prizes for winning the race (I am NOT in contention) there are prizes for the best costume, and I have NO idea what to wear. <BR> <BR> It's April 15th - tax day. ??? <BR> It's sponsored by the Spicy Green Bean Deli. , <link>http://www.spicygreenbean.com/fun.ht<BR>ml </link> <BR> It's a teacher and student running together. ??? <BR> It's called the Diva Run. ... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 18:15:44 EST March Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x46880738 Sorry this is a little late, I've been really busy. <BR> <BR> Please post your goals for March. Sat, 3 Mar 2012 10:58:28 EST Back after a long time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x46869824 Hi everyone. I'm back on SP after a 2 year hiatus. (If you want the long version of my SP journey, check my blog. <em>30</em> Anyway, I just wanted to say hi. I'm recommitting to my health, so you should be seeing me around here. <BR> <BR> Fri, 2 Mar 2012 16:32:30 EST February Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x46305975 Please post your goals for February and how you plan to achieve them. Don't forget to keep us posted. <BR> <BR> These goals can be anything- school, weight, fitness, social. Go for it. <BR> <BR> Loren Sun, 29 Jan 2012 15:46:33 EST Creating an informative linkedin page http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x46059594 Did you know that posting projects on your linkedin can get you noticed by recruiters and employers? It also prevents you from being screened out from positions because it maps your experience, interests, makes you stand out, and causes you to show up in employer and recruiter web searches. Don't take such actions for granted I find in interviews employers are often misinformed about how related college experience can be to engineering projects conducting on the job. I just posted a report pr... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 10:17:46 EST hello :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x45866423 my name is kimberly... i'm a single mom and making a move into another career... i'm not telling my age, but i'll say i was born in the disco era :D i am a phlebotomy student and working towards my bachelors of science in medical technology. i am passionately curious about clinical pathology, biology, forensic pathology, neurology, etc. i LOVE learning and glad there is a group like this one :) <BR> <BR> i have approximately 100# to lose and i'm fascinated by the effects of our brain on... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 17:52:28 EST Physics!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11948x14351x45640245 I'm asking around to find the best physics books. I'm not really looking for pop physics books. Since I changed my major from biology to physics mid-semester I won't actually be taking physics till next fall. I've downloaded lectures from itunesU and other sources but I do love books. <em>150</em> any suggestions or general advice or just expressing your love of physics would be awesome! <em>30</em> Sat, 24 Dec 2011 23:18:55 EST 2012 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x45553073 I've been in the process of making my 2012 Goals. I can't work towards something if I don't know where I want to be :). <BR> <BR> So what are your goals, and how do you plan on attaining them? <BR> Mine aren't done yet. I am making a poster of them. When they are done I'll post them. <BR> <BR> Loren Sat, 17 Dec 2011 20:23:01 EST January Goals and Self Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x45553055 Please post your January Goals here. I know this is going up EARLY, but I didn't want to forget. <BR> Post early and often! <BR> <BR> Loren Sat, 17 Dec 2011 20:21:27 EST December Goals and Self Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x45263531 December is a big month for letting things slide. What do you plan on doing? Do you have some goals you want to accomplish before the end of the year? <BR> <BR> Loren Sun, 27 Nov 2011 20:49:22 EST Surviving the end of the year http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x45164712 For most of us the end of the year can be rough. Finals, projects at work, traveling, holidays, people.... Please share your tips and troubles about dealing with this time of the year. Are you going to continue your healthy plan or just go with the flow? Do you have tips for those having a rough time with family, stress or food choices? <BR> <BR> Post away! <BR> <BR> Food pushers can be an issue around this time of the year so here are some strategies for dealing with them. I also ha... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 07:52:36 EST November Goals and Self Challenges! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x44834124 So after the spooks and treats we have November on the way. As we get into the celebratory months and hot comfort food season (especially in North America) it is a great time for some goals. Please post your goals here. They can be related to anything that you want a goal for (working out, eating right, work/school projects, home improvement etc) post away and be sure to keep us updated, <BR> <BR> Loren Sun, 30 Oct 2011 13:32:23 EST Share you Charts and Graphs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x44707094 Hey All, <BR> <BR> As you might know, Spark has some basic stats and graphs that users can use. Having friends that are math, science and engineers I know you guys got to have some awesome graphs, charts, tools that you employ as well. <BR> <BR> So tell me about your charts etc. They don't have to be home made, they can be really cool websites or just excel files. If they are super cool, maybe we can email them around, and not reinvent the wheel. As a scientist I know that my best dis... Sat, 22 Oct 2011 08:50:02 EST Have Puppy Need Name http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x44421541 I just picked up a new puppy from the rescue societies. If you have any ideas for names, I'd be interested in ideas. It's a little girl. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo<BR>urnal.asp?id=Q8PRINCESS&abepu=true </link> Tue, 4 Oct 2011 11:27:44 EST October Goals and Self Challenges! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x44342585 So October is almost right on top of us. Amazing! <BR> <BR> So please post your October Goals and self challenges here, and then drop by and keep us updated as the month goes on. Mine will probably be up a little late, but they will be up! <BR> <BR> So, what are you plans, ambitions etc? How are you going to reach them? <BR> <BR> Loren Thu, 29 Sep 2011 20:43:06 EST Third time's the charm http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x44188395 Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Becca Smith, and I am a 20 year old college student. This is the third time I have tried spark people, but the first two times I didn't take time to get to know anyone or make any spark friends. I am determined to be more successful this time. My short term goal is to lose 25lbs, but in the long term my goal is to lose 50lbs. If you would like to talk, I'd love to get to know you! <BR> <BR> Becca Tue, 20 Sep 2011 19:01:17 EST Review: Android OS vs. Windows--any thoughts? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11948x14351x44032901 I've been around windows my whole experience with computers when it came out, so i'm super used to it. i haven't been brave enough to try out mac more than a few minutes at a time, just not used to it. <BR> <BR> But i've barely heard anything about Android OS, and found lots of netbooks having that available. Apparently its the big threat to Apple's operating systems, but I barely know anything about all this. I've got a netbook with Android shipping over to me next week and it was a very de... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 22:20:41 EST understanding computer tech for dummies- -HELP!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11948x14351x43833947 Hey howdy there <BR> <BR> I'm taking a course called "Technical foundations of digital media" and i'm already lost. not so much because of the instructor, but more the fact that i've got little to no background in basic computer stuff. I mean, things like how transistors work and binary code--I have powerpoint slides of his info that he gave out, but he went relatively bare bones about all this, as though we should still know this. I think he said something about "oh, this is high school geo... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 14:59:12 EST September Self Challenges and Updates http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x43766736 So September will be joining us about half way though the week. Please post your goals, challenges and updates here. <BR> <BR> Onwards towards fall. <BR> <BR> I'd better get my goals done.... Sat, 27 Aug 2011 20:32:23 EST Calculus III anyone? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11948x14351x43622569 Who's taken Cal III? I have heard it is easier than Cal II. Any truth to that? Fri, 19 Aug 2011 11:58:00 EST Allow me to reintroduce my self (1.5 years away) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x43309962 Hey all, <BR> <BR> I'm JP and I'm returning to SP after almost a year and a half. My wife and I started SP together a few years ago. We followed the program faithfully for over a year and both saw good results. Unfortunately life got in the way and we both stopped coming to SP. We still try to use the things we learned here and live a healthy lifestyle. <BR> <BR> Well to be honest, I've kinda got away from the healthy eating and excercising thing. Which is why I'm back. I want to recommit t... Mon, 1 Aug 2011 14:29:45 EST August Plans and Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x43278279 Ahh August. <BR> <BR> Okay, so it is almost August and planning makes goals achievable so I thought I should start the August self challenge thread. Post as often as you like and feel free to keep us up updated as to how you are doing. <BR> <BR> LV Sat, 30 Jul 2011 19:58:12 EST Shark Week is coming... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x43266874 YAY! SHARK WEEK! YAY! <BR> <BR> Can't wait--this is my Super Bowl--gotta start it off right and watch "Jaws" early morning Sunday before last year's reruns come on to celebrate (love that movie). <BR> <BR> Sunday, discovery channel, shark week is around the corner! whew! Fri, 29 Jul 2011 23:52:00 EST Hello ^_^ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x43208397 Hi, I'm Megan, I'm a Junior Biotechnology Major with an interest in behavioral genetics. I'm planning on getting a Masters Degree in Forensic Science as soon as I graduate. I'm very interested all fields of forensics and would love to one day do research on criminal genetics. <BR> <BR> When I'm not doing science, I love drawing and making comic books. I'm working on trying to combine science and comics to make a new form of teaching and showing information. :) Tue, 26 Jul 2011 18:17:38 EST HI.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x43130421 I just discovered this team, and I think I might just fit in, even though I haven't really seen any atmospheric scientists around yet. :) <BR> <BR> I'm currently studying at my local community college ($), but next year I hope to be at Mississippi State University where I will get my BS is Meteorology with a minor (double major?) in Physics. From there I hope to go on to University of Alabama at Huntsville to get my MS in Atmospheric Science. With any luck I can get my foot in the door of th... Fri, 22 Jul 2011 10:13:28 EST Hello :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x43044632 Hi everyone!! <BR> <BR> My name is Danielle and I'm 18 years old. I will be a freshman at NC State University next year and I'm really excited about that! I plan to major in Chemistry! <BR> <BR> Before I switched over to SparkPeople, I did SparkTeens for awhile and was really getting into it but for some reasons I just kinda stopped really trying. I hope to be able to get back into the swing of things and lose weight! <BR> <BR> I love making new friends so feel free to message me anytim... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 23:13:08 EST Tracking vs. Journaling? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x43000683 How do you keep track of your diet? <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> Do you track it on Spark? <BR> <em>252</em> <BR> <BR> Do you write it in a journal? <BR> <em>149</em> <BR> <BR> Do you plug it into Excel and have it print out a graph or six depicting your relative health based on mathematical formulas? (Oh come on, SOMEONE here does it!) <BR> <em>17</em> <BR> <BR> I've been seeing a lot of posts on Sparkpeople in which members are struggling to start or maintain consistent tracking... Fri, 15 Jul 2011 09:54:24 EST hello, I'm new http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x42979494 hello, my name is Lauren. I am in a dual degree program in which I attend my liberal arts school for three years as a physics major, then another university for two years as an electrical engineering major, graduating with two bachelor's degrees. I know, its weird lol. Anyway, next semester I will attend the university and I'm really looking forward to it! I would like to get a Master's in electrical engineering and maybe work in something like photonics or solid-state systems. Or maybe desig... Thu, 14 Jul 2011 07:09:45 EST Geologist in PA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x42747872 Hi <BR> <BR> I'm Maurisa! I just joined the group today. I'm a geologist currently living in Harrisburg, PA. I went to school at Temple University in Philadelphia. Go Owls!!!! <BR> <BR> Hoping to lose this extra weight I gained since I finished school! No more field school (I lost 25 pounds hiking 350 miles through WY), field trips, and camping trips. I still do these things on my own just a little less frequently now. Getting older with less activity = extra pounds. On my way to ... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 12:35:19 EST No environmental science! =[ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x42710233 I was scrolling through the list of boards with college major topics and this seemed the best place for mine, although not entirely accurate. <BR> <BR> I'm an undergrad student at the University of Iowa majoring in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Geology. (Minoring in Arabic). (Will be attaining a B.S.) <BR> <BR> My name is Jess, I'm 20, just got married, and loooove SP. Wed, 29 Jun 2011 13:51:21 EST July Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x42653411 Okay I know it isn't July yet, but I wanted to get this thread up and running. I will be at a SciFi/Fantasy convention this weekend and I still have costume stuff to do this week, so I figured posting now is better than forgetting. <BR> <BR> Please post your goals for July and keep us updated. <BR> <BR> Loren Sun, 26 Jun 2011 18:53:22 EST quick q about Numb3rs... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x42391537 I was subbing a math teacher in the afternoons during state testing week and she had me put on Numb3rs for them. I watched two episodes and I was hooked. I got season 1 dvds in the mail yesterday, and I've been watching them in between other stuff today. I love cerebral T.V.--down with "reality" TV! I have to get my fix until Shark Week arrives (whimpers and paws at the August calendar) <BR> <BR> Anyhoo, have you guys ever seen Numb3rs? Also, for those who did (or didn't), did you notic... Sun, 12 Jun 2011 23:45:50 EST architecture /engineering question (naval related) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11948x14351x42315246 I'm hugely interested in architecture, specifically naval architecture, but to understand that, some basis in the basics would no doubt be helpful. <BR> <BR> I've been volunteering with the restoration crew (and eventually as an occasional docent) on the Battleship Texas when I get the chance and I'd love more info to help me out with knowledge on ship construction and all that. I'm really interested in learning how they built things like battleships, that they knew they could design them in... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 16:20:54 EST hello there--totally new and rediscovering math... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x42313389 Hey howdy there! <BR> <BR> I'm a sponge for new (or renewed) knowledge and love to learn about anything. I'm a substitute teacher (certified in social studies already, but no jobs at the moment) and i sub math and science an awful lot, but i hate not being able to help students who might have issues. Its why i've been saving video lectures on my iTunes U space (bless you podcasting!!!) and so far, reteaching myself algebra a few hours (and notebooks with colored pens) at a time with old vi... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 14:22:27 EST June Self Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x42153021 Please post your goals, ambitions, rewards, dreams here. Then keep us updated as the month goes on. <BR> <BR> Now I need to make me some goals.... <BR> <BR> Loren Tue, 31 May 2011 19:13:05 EST What have you just learned? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x41819688 If you learned something you think is neat, post away. <BR> <BR> Last week I learn mangos are actually quite yummy. <BR> <BR> I also learned that antifreeze will slightly preserve insects. Sat, 14 May 2011 12:15:41 EST May Self Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x41500862 Hey All! I can't believe it is almost May. This year is going by so fast, at least for me. <BR> <BR> Please post your goals here, and keep us up to date. They can be fitness related, work/school related, or just random. <BR> <BR> Happy Posting! <BR> <BR> Loren Thu, 28 Apr 2011 17:09:05 EST April Self Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x40930820 So what are you going to do this month? <BR> Post and keep us updated! <BR> <BR> Loren Fri, 1 Apr 2011 05:20:39 EST Back again, for Round 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x40659948 Hello everyone! <BR> 3rd year college student here, working towards that B.S. in Computer Science with a specialization in Computer Audio/Music. I had signed up a bit ago, but never did anything on the website and ended up deleting it, because it was making me feel guilty. :D <BR> <BR> This last quarter was kind of rough, and I realized I need to start prioritizing my health/fitness as much as I do my classes! So I chose to try Sparkpeople again - I like that here, you do little things to... Sat, 19 Mar 2011 15:57:55 EST Pi Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x40534394 Tomorrow is Pi-Day! Anyone making a pi(e) tomorrow? Sun, 13 Mar 2011 18:28:08 EST March Self Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x40210947 Okay I have NO idea where February went, but no matter it is time for March goals. Please post them here and keep us updated. <BR> <BR> Loren Sun, 27 Feb 2011 18:14:21 EST What do you do for a study break? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x40012003 So I'm hitting the wall with my statics homework tonight, and my first exam is looming ahead of me (Monday morning... ick!) <BR> <BR> I know that everyone has been there at least once, and taking study breaks/work breaks is important for sanity's sake. Lately I've been stopping for a cup of coffee or tea, a bit of facebooking/sparking, and of course I have resolved to go to ballet class twice a week whether I feel like it or not. Workouts always constitute a study break, since its hard to m... Fri, 18 Feb 2011 18:18:20 EST Anyone know of a good statistics book? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x39740379 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I'm taking statistics this semester and my professor is unanimously voted the worst statistics instructor EVER, apparently to the point that the engineering department puts another professor's name on the course during registration because otherwise, his section will be empty (this is all wild conjecture, but its a logical conclusion). <BR> <BR> ANYWAY, my query is this: since I am not getting anything out of the lectures and the take-home exams are kicking my tush, can an... Sun, 6 Feb 2011 22:38:33 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x39589888 Hi all, <BR> I am a 21 year old college junior, studying chemistry, biochemistry, and applied mathematics! <BR> Hope all is well..enjoy this storm of the century here! Mon, 31 Jan 2011 20:34:48 EST February Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x39537020 Hey All! I can't believe January is almost over! Since it is, it is time to make some February goals. <BR> <BR> So, please post your goals here, and keep us up to date. They can be fitness related, work/school related, or just random. <BR> <BR> Happy Posting! <BR> <BR> Loren Sat, 29 Jan 2011 16:29:55 EST Hey... an introduction http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x39438142 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I joined SparkPeople about 2 weeks ago and have put off posting a message until now. (I'm a little shy and self-conscious - even online.) My friend told me about SparkPeople and I'm really glad that she did. I have found it to be an invaluable tool in managing nutrition and fitness records; it's the most comprehensive and user-friendly site that I've ever found. Anyway, just stopped by to say 'hi' - FINALLY. =) <BR> <BR> <BR> -Amy Tue, 25 Jan 2011 14:33:03 EST How Physics Changed My Life http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x39343845 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_j<BR>ournal_individual.asp?blog_id=3948062 <BR> <BR> A blog I wrote, SEM Enthusiasts appreciate :) Fri, 21 Jan 2011 16:34:01 EST Spring 2011 Classes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x38906800 If you're still in school... <BR> <BR> what classes are you taking this semester? It would be fun to have a study AND sparkpeople buddy. :) <BR> <BR> - Engineering Physics 1 <BR> - Calculus 1 <BR> - Physical Geology <BR> - Technical Writing <BR> - US History 1 Wed, 5 Jan 2011 13:48:40 EST January 2011 Self Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x38835473 I just got back from vacation so this is going up a little late. <BR> <BR> Anyway, please post your January challenges here and keep us posted on progress. <BR> <BR> Loren Mon, 3 Jan 2011 09:03:17 EST Eek - newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x38493454 Hi! I'm joining up because I love math and science and computers. I earned my degree in chemistry about 7 years ago; tutor in chemistry, physics, and math; and work as a front end (transitioning to back end) web developer. I am definitely a geek - but I also love to have fun. Wed, 15 Dec 2010 14:57:17 EST Integration by Parts: An Odyssey http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x38390278 I'm in Calculus II at my university, and I have a professor whose teaching is... inconsistent. I'm rather slow at math. I have to see things written out, step by step (including basic arithmetic and algebra) and explained in plain English in order to understand it, which puts me behind sometimes. Well, this professor taught us integration by parts way back. There is one solitary math major in my class who raised his hand and in a very coy, know-it-all manner said, "Couldn't you use the tabula... Thu, 9 Dec 2010 18:39:43 EST December Challenges http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x38158219 So December can be a really hard time of the year for food and exercise. Between the cold, lack of day light and the goodies EVERYWHERE staying on track can be hard. So Post your plan and self challenges here and keep us posted. <BR> <BR> Loren Sun, 28 Nov 2010 07:57:36 EST 11-10-2010 Spark down for maintance. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x37855057 From Spark Coach Nancy" <BR> <BR> FYI... Our site will be down tonight (11 pm EST) until tomorrow morning so if you are a team leader would you mind posting this on your team page! <BR> <BR> Thanks so much!! <BR> Nancy <BR> <BR> ----- <BR> Now you know. <BR> <BR> Loren Wed, 10 Nov 2010 17:09:27 EST How do you stay on track when you are sick? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x37685564 Since I seem to have some kind of flu, the question arose, how do you handle your diet and exercise when you are sick? I have been sticking with the diet plan as much as my body will allow. However, just walking from the car to the classroom winds me at the moment, so I'm certainly not working out. I feel like a week from exercise will slide me back from what I have been working so hard for. I'm up to day 3 and the symptoms have just changed, not abated. Any thoughts? Tue, 2 Nov 2010 11:10:27 EST November Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x37594823 State your self challenge(s) here and keep us updated as the month goes on. <BR> <BR> Loren Thu, 28 Oct 2010 16:55:58 EST Doing something you haven't done before http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x37296494 So on Saturday I am running my first marathon. That got me thinking I wonder what others have done this year or will by years end. <BR> <BR> So in 2010 (happened or too be) what have you done (will do) that you have never done before? <BR> <BR> Loren Wed, 13 Oct 2010 19:37:17 EST Question ~ Do you get hungry after exercising? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x37207191 Ok...so will pose this question (here and in several other places). <BR> <BR> Do you get hungry after exercising? <BR> <BR> I ask because my wife is always hungry afterwards...and it seems many people are. However, for myself, I find after exercising I am even less hungry. Is that strange? Sat, 9 Oct 2010 10:55:47 EST Rewards http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x37175627 Like many people, family celebrations have become a reason to go out to dinner. This simply isn't going to work any more. If someone in your family does something amazing how do you congratulate or reward them? It is easy enough to find rewards for yourself for reaching a milestone. What I can't figure out is what to do as a family if someone does something wonderful. Feedback on this would be great so that I can start to change my families habits. Thu, 7 Oct 2010 18:05:49 EST What brings me here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x37015456 I am a college student that is headed to graduate school to specialize in Mariculture. I am tired of being uncomfortable in my skin. I will be in the water a lot and don't want to hate getting into a bathing suit every time I need to do it. Hopefully, next year I will be living at the beach for graduate school so will have to face the dreaded bathing suit a lot. I would also love to be able to keep up with my very energetic 6 year old and be as playful as I used to be. I look forward to ... Thu, 30 Sep 2010 09:28:38 EST October Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x37012659 Post your goals and self challenges here. Keep us posted! <BR> <BR> Loren Thu, 30 Sep 2010 06:49:01 EST I like the self challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x37012323 I like the self challenge. I'll post a spot for Oct. and sticky note it. <BR> <BR> LV Thu, 30 Sep 2010 06:12:14 EST What does your Spark name mean? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x36478444 Ok...as I've been roaming around the site...sometimes reading posts...sometimes reading blogs...the names I have seen sometimes makes me wonder how they got chosen and their meanings. Sooo...just wondering. <BR> <BR> Mine is pretty simple and boring really. <BR> <BR> ghk are my initials <BR> <BR> 1962 is my IQ. Hahahaha...no way...if anyone's IQ was that high their head would explode! It's the year I was born. <BR> <BR> Oh...almost forgot...I chose that name because I panicked when I s... Sat, 4 Sep 2010 09:32:49 EST Two of my favorites: math and gardening http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x36426616 A friend is growing what I call fractal cauliflower. It's beautiful! Tasty! <BR> <link>www.fourmilab.ch/images/Romanesco/ </link> Wed, 1 Sep 2010 19:43:34 EST What are you reading/ istening too http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x36426571 So what are you reading? <BR> Pleasure, school, or both? <BR> What makes it worth while? <BR> <BR> Loren Wed, 1 Sep 2010 19:40:41 EST Slice of Pi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x36408068 I can go more than 11 places!!! <BR> How I wish I could recapture pi. Eureka! cried the great inventor. Christmas pudding Christmas pie, is the problem's very center. Wed, 1 Sep 2010 00:51:40 EST September Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x36378819 So tell us your goals for September and how you plan to achieve them. They can be any thing you desire. The come back and post how you have done. <BR> <BR> Loren Mon, 30 Aug 2010 19:19:26 EST Ideas for Sept Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x36347610 So I am fishing for ideas. In August we did a post your goals and report back. Did you want to do that for September or are there something else you would like to do? <BR> <BR> Loren Sun, 29 Aug 2010 10:23:22 EST Hello, Future Thin Chemist here. :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x36226638 All right, here goes... I'm 20 years old, college student majoring in chemistry, mother of a 4-month old, engaged to a wonderful man. Need to lose 35 pounds (160 to 125) for many reasons, one of which is to help my intellect abilities. Looking for motivation from some fellow science geeks. :D Mon, 23 Aug 2010 13:18:48 EST Hydro plant vs 9 foot catfish http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11948x14351x35675090 I didn't know catfish got this big. WOW. So preserve the wildlife and the trips to the spawning pools or build hydro plants? <BR> <BR> http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38435722/ns/<BR>world_news-world_environment/?gt1=43001 Tue, 27 Jul 2010 20:51:31 EST August Challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x35636657 Hey All, <BR> <BR> August is just about here so it is a great time to set ourselves some goals. <BR> <BR> Please make a goal/challenge for yourself and post it here. Then let us know your progress. <BR> <BR> I'm going to need to think about mine.... <BR> <BR> Happy Posting! <BR> <BR> Loren Mon, 26 Jul 2010 06:11:16 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x35605983 Hi my name is Paula and I had just joined this team.I am 51 and I have been interested in science all of my life. Sat, 24 Jul 2010 11:35:10 EST Fish Deep under the great barrier reef! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11948x14351x35504930 This is really cool, with pics <BR> <BR> http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/a<BR>rticle-1294967/Pictured-The-incredible<BR>-deep-sea-fish-discovered-Great-Barrie<BR>r-Reef.html <BR> <BR> You wouldn't want to bump into any of these fish while snorkelling on holiday. <BR> <BR> But these amazing pictures of creatures of the deep sea have been captured by scientists working at record low underwater levels underneath the Great Barrier Reef. <BR> <BR> Experts from the University of Queensla... Mon, 19 Jul 2010 18:00:51 EST Periodic Table of Irration nonsense http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11948x14351x35504893 Some people have too much time on their hands. <BR> <BR> http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RQjQvxtmK8A/TE<BR>JLxLVEBvI/AAAAAAAADLY/EvwH1MI9WQM/s160<BR>0/Woo+Table+v1.4.png Mon, 19 Jul 2010 17:59:11 EST Hello all - so happy to find this group! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x35481360 Hello all - just joined SparkPeople today - am thrilled there's a science group in here! I'm a chemist by trade, but probably should have been a physicist given the things that pique my interest :-). Health-wise, am looking to drop ~40 lbs and clean up my eating habits a bit. Good luck to all and I look forward to reading more on this forum! Sun, 18 Jul 2010 16:51:20 EST Summer Heat, what do you do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x35313596 The East coast is experience some real heat. So when it is hot where you are how do you beat the heat and keep on going? <BR> <BR> Loren Sat, 10 Jul 2010 06:48:32 EST Solar power, coming to a waffle house near you. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11948x14351x35307217 http://www.11alive.com/news/news_story.asp<BR>x?storyid=146180&catid=40 <BR> <BR> It just seems so odd. <BR> <BR> The Norcross-based restaurant chain reported its first solar energy deployment on a restaurant near its headquarters. Atlanta-based First Century Energy installed four solar hot water collectors on the roof of the Jimmy Carter Boulevard restaurant. The installation will provide nearly half of the restaurant's daily hot water needs. Fri, 9 Jul 2010 19:33:23 EST BP Oil Slick and Hurricans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11948x14351x35307161 http://www.drroyspencer.com/2010/06/eviden<BR>ce-of-elevated-sea-surface-temperature<BR>s-under-the-bp-oil-slick/ <BR> <BR> There are some really "good" areal shots of the oil mess in the gulf. <BR> <BR> Loren Fri, 9 Jul 2010 19:28:31 EST Could this be the perfect team?! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x35285586 I've been a member of sparkpeople for a couple of years now but i've recently come back to restart my weight loss. I've got a long way to go, but i'm feeling great so far. <BR> <BR> I've only just come across this group but fingers crossed, I'll be right at home here! <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know some of you! Good luck to everyone! <BR> <BR> Anna [= Thu, 8 Jul 2010 18:15:01 EST 4th of July- What did you do? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x35215618 For the 4th of July my DH and I went to the last day of the Sci-Fi convention. It was a lot of fun. We had quite a few friends from out of state come by as well. <BR> <BR> I didn't eat super well and working out involved wandering around in large costumes ;). My DH and I took first place in the costume contest though :). <BR> <BR> Loren Mon, 5 Jul 2010 12:45:28 EST What do you do to burn the calories? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x34342661 So what do you do? <BR> <BR> I've started running. I also do weight training. In the past I use to do indoor rockclimbing. That was a blast and I highly recommend it. <BR> <BR> Loren Mon, 24 May 2010 05:51:22 EST Video Tour of Inter. Space Station http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11948x14351x34301116 Pretty neat video done to music. Some of those areas are really small! <BR> <BR> http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=H8r<BR>Harp1GEE Fri, 21 May 2010 20:14:34 EST Hey, Mech Eng in New Orleans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x34299018 I'm a mechanical engineer in New Orleans. I currently do structural analysis (classical & FEM) for the space program. But I've just started putting my resume out there, because there's a lot of uncertainty with the future of my program. <BR> <BR> I'm so excited to find a Engineer team. Somewhere I can talk to other super-nerds like me. :) I'm really here to lose weight and get healthy, though. I've been on SP for about 2 months and it's really made a difference. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I hope thi... Fri, 21 May 2010 18:06:24 EST Who or What Inspires You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x34183047 Is there anything that inspires you? A book, person, feat, idea or ideal? <BR> <BR> If so post here! <BR> <BR> Loren Sun, 16 May 2010 19:32:49 EST Genetic engineering meat hydrogen fuel cells http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11948x14351x33491209 This is pretty neat. <BR> <BR> http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcas<BR>t/episode.cfm?id=engineered-virus-harn<BR>esses-light-to-10-04-14 <BR> <BR> Loren Fri, 16 Apr 2010 20:28:49 EST How to balace studying and being healthy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x33189764 I feel like I am not devoting the kind of attention to my studying as I am to my fitness and diet. I can always find the motivation and energy to work out, cook well, and take care of myself, but here it is, Sunday morning, and I didn't touch one bit of my homework Friday afternoon or all day yesterday. It's not even like I can put it off, either. I have 100 lines of Cicero to review (in Latin), 6 sections of calculus homework to do (because I didn't do anything last weekend, either), and som... Sun, 4 Apr 2010 10:04:20 EST Thursday 25 2010 a good look at mars http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11948x14351x32968001 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/36027216/ns/te<BR>chnology_and_science-space/?GT1=43001 Thu, 25 Mar 2010 20:16:19 EST HI all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x32871810 I am a student at a junior college in California, majoring in math. I went to the University of Chicago for three years, didnt do so well, but now im back to get my degree. I want to be a teacher, preferably at a junior college (but maybe high school): so that i can inspire young people to love math, too. <BR> <BR> So, thats a little about me. Now off to study.... Mon, 22 Mar 2010 08:38:35 EST Strange foods or food combos you love http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x32536904 <BR> <BR> I like baking sweet potato fries, with salt, pepper and garlic. Yum. <BR> <BR> Regular oatmeal makes me sick and I got tired of steel cut oats so now I eat BULGUR. It is actually pretty good. <BR> <BR> Any interesting foods you'd like to share? <BR> <BR> Loren Mon, 8 Mar 2010 17:39:23 EST Should the Shuttle program be extended? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11948x14351x32395930 http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastro<BR>nomy/2010/03/01/should-the-shuttle-pro<BR>gram-be-extended/ <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> What do you think? <BR> <BR> Loren Wed, 3 Mar 2010 06:29:27 EST When I do poorly, I do very poorly. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x32110165 I was wondering if anyone else does the same thing. Instead of just cheating a little and eating one thing that is unhealthy, I either go the whole day eating horribly or I go the whole day eating really well and within my calories. I can't seem to stick to eating well for more than a few days, when I completely over indulge. Any advice on how to avoid these days? Sat, 20 Feb 2010 19:30:47 EST Picture gallary from National Geography Mag. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11948x14351x31896636 http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2009/12/<BR>pollen/oeggerli-photography <BR> <BR> This is a nice set of pictures about pollen. Now you can see what cause your allergies. <BR> <BR> Loren Fri, 12 Feb 2010 06:25:12 EST Anyone bring super nerdy books to the gym? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x31840979 <em>213</em> <BR> I'm new here. I love that there is a team like this. I graduated in biology and secondary ed, and I've worked in a Bee Lab, and my husband is an environmental engineer. So ya, we are pretty much nerds. (And proud of it!) Anyways, are you one of those people seen reading a science-related book at the gym instead of PEOPLE magazine? What are you reading right now? <BR> <BR> I'm reading "What Evolution Is" by Ernst Mayr <BR> Wed, 10 Feb 2010 00:55:35 EST Hi. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x31834674 My name is Melanie! I've seen SparkPeople before and I tried to use it, but I didn't stick to it. However, I've finally really started to commit and I have lost 8 lbs since January 5th. So, I figured since I have committed so far without SP, I can do even better with it. Also, I keep slipping with food and would like a support group to come to for problems like this. <BR> <BR> I am a Biology and Chemistry major with hopes of becoming a botanist. I joined this group because I'd like to find n... Tue, 9 Feb 2010 20:18:33 EST Introducing ...... Me! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x31751218 Hey! I'm Crystal and I am a new member to Spark People. I am a an aspiring mathematician at a university in NC. I hope to achieve some weightloss before I graduate in 2012. My main reason for weightloss is because I want to look on the outside the way I feel on the inside. I enjoy clothing and dresses and looking nice and sometimes It's hard to look good when you don't feel it. So I hope to change that! I wish you all major success! <em>249</em> Sat, 6 Feb 2010 20:11:53 EST Bacterial are so cool! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11948x14351x31354953 http://www.fark.com/cgi/vidplayer.pl?IDLin<BR>k=4961782 <BR> <BR> E.coli signaling is just neat, adding florescence makes it better! <BR> <BR> Loren Sat, 23 Jan 2010 22:21:25 EST Abnormal building materials http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11948x14351x31354911 We have a few members that are into environmentalism and reusing materiel. I think this is just plain awesome! <BR> <BR> http://www.worldmaxtravel.com/2010/01/bu<BR>ilding-cheap-and-stable-house-out-of-r<BR>ecycled-bottles/ <BR> <BR> Loren Sat, 23 Jan 2010 22:18:44 EST Always Proof Read http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11948x14351x31354827 http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100121/ap_on_<BR>sc/sci_un_climate_change;_ylt=AtlyvO3W<BR>J4vpBT_Ta73ZiTWs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTFlcWQ0<BR>MnJhBHBvcwMxMTUEc2VjA2FjY29yZGlvbl9zY2<BR>llbmNlBHNsawN1bmNsaW1hdGVyZXA- <BR> <BR> <BR> This is one of those things that just should not have happened. <BR> <BR> Loren Sat, 23 Jan 2010 22:15:26 EST Spring Schedules http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x30920255 Hope everyone enjoyed the winter break, if they had one. <BR> <BR> I posted a schedule on my blog with my plans for keeping up with exercise during the semester. I start some really hard courses this semester, so I had to arrange it around study time. <BR> <BR> I promise that scheduling exercise in helps a lot, as well as scheduling meals and snacks. I know part of it comes from my pleasure in micromanagement, but if the task of working out while at school is daunting, making it an appointm... Sat, 9 Jan 2010 12:29:42 EST 2010 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=12050x14351x30469906 What are your goals for 2010? How are you going to accomplish them? <BR> <BR> Loren Tue, 22 Dec 2009 15:51:48 EST Computers from the 1940s-1960s http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11948x14351x30333457 http://royal.pingdom.com/2009/12/11/retro-<BR>delight-gallery-of-early-computers-194<BR>0s-1960s/ <BR> <BR> <BR> A little computer history lesson. <BR> <BR> Loren Mon, 14 Dec 2009 18:01:05 EST Christmas lights meet guitar hero http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11948x14351x30333345 This is just cool. A former Disney employee creates a Guitar Hero game out of his HUGE light display. <BR> <BR> http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories<BR>/2009/12/14/disney-man-creates-amazing<BR>-guitar-hero-christmas-lights-show-out<BR>side-house-115875-21897102/ <BR> <BR> Loren Mon, 14 Dec 2009 17:55:12 EST Hi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x14351x30328513 Hi, I'm a chemist currently residing in TN. I'm getting into better shape. I'm glad I found this team, wish I found it earlier. Mon, 14 Dec 2009 13:24:11 EST National Geographic Lepoard Seal Encounter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11948x14351x29926633 http://www.petapixel.com/2009/11/16/a-nati<BR>onal-geographic-photographers-incredib<BR>le-arctic-experience/ <BR> <BR> "Here’s a video that’s going viral on YouTube. National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen traveled to Antarctica to photograph leopard seals in the water. After arriving, they came across one of the largest leopard seals his experienced guide had ever seen. What happened next you’ll have to see to believe:" <BR> <BR> The video is slightly graphic in a dead penguin sort ... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 17:00:56 EST Meteor over Utah, caught on tape http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=11948x14351x29926450 That is one bright fireball! <BR> <BR> http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badast<BR>ronomy/2009/11/22/midwest-megameteor-m<BR>akes-media-madness/ <BR> <BR> Loren Mon, 23 Nov 2009 16:50:36 EST Question of the Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x14351x29919560 I decided to initiate a question of the day today. <BR> <BR> What is something that you've been lax about recently that you're going to get back on the ball with today? <BR> <BR> I have been extremely lazy and haven't gone to the store to buy some fresh veggies. The local fruit stand that I used to love is under new management and the guy who owns it now is a jerk in personality, so I don't go there anymore. I'm going to the grocery store today to grab a bag of broccoli and carrots at the ... Mon, 23 Nov 2009 11:03:19 EST