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Old 12-14-2012, 12:50 AM   #21
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Don't worry about it. Just be truthful to yourself about who you are.

It's likely you're not an ahole, but perhaps you are uncomfortable around others.

I'm very awkward in social scenes, so I avoid them as much as possible. I can't even go to my beer club because of this. Sooner or later we all have to accept who we are and just play that hand.
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:07 AM   #22
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Biology. Yeah... I study fungi...
Yeah, definitely a self absorbed ash... Haha. Where are you doing your work?

 
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:09 AM   #23
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Yeah, definitely a self absorbed ash... Haha. Where are you doing your work?
Here in NM for now. Next semester though will start doing field sampling in Alaska or Antarctica hopefully. Irrelevant to whether or not I am an a-hole though.

Not a woe is me thread. More of an observation. Like... "The sky is blue? Never noticed that before". Or I HAVE noticed it, just never admitted it. OR... wow this is getting deep lol.
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:15 AM   #24
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Stuff like this happens to me occasionally too, where I try to correct someone's misunderstanding of something and they get defensive about it. I do my best to be as non-threatening & non-confrontational as possible, but some people don't take well to that no matter how gentle it is. Everyone's seen it a hundred times on these forums. My guess is you might not have been a jerk, they just felt threatened by correction (especially public correction).

In those kinds of situations I try to step away--they are obviously more interested in saving face than in gaining knowledge, and I can live with that. Obviously, there's nothing wrong with sticking it out, and I don't think people who do are a$$holes. It's just that my preference is to not escalate things if I know it's not going to go anywhere but to more arguing.
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:22 AM   #25
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Here in NM for now. Next semester though will start doing field sampling in Alaska or Antarctica hopefully. Irrelevant to whether or not I am an a-hole though.

Not a woe is me thread. More of an observation. Like... "The sky is blue? Never noticed that before". Or I HAVE noticed it, just never admitted it. OR... wow this is getting deep lol.
That sounds great! Hopefully your group keeps the funds rolling. I only make the ash crack as a fellow phd student myself. Does it seem like the further you go along, the less you understand your old friends, family members (non spouse), general public, ect...? It seems like climbing the thought ladder has driven at least something of a small wedge between myself, and myself a few years ago.

On another note, on a scale of 1-10, how much do you enjoy the question "How much time before you graduate?", where 1= and 10= ..lol

 
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:24 AM   #26
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I might someday graduate? Get out!
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Old 12-14-2012, 01:31 AM   #27
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This is why I hate talking to people about stuff I know at parties and what not. I either have to dumb everything down, or bite my tongue when someone pretends to know something about it... And the ******* inside me just won't let that happen.

It is refreshing when I find someone that either does know what they're talking about, or doesn't bull**** and doesn't mind learning.

 
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Old 12-14-2012, 02:02 AM   #28
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^^^^

I totally agree! I can't stand know it alls that know nothing at all. I just walk away thinking wow you're an idiot, And never have a conversation with them again!

 
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Old 12-14-2012, 02:12 AM   #29
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I totally agree! I can't stand know it alls that know nothing at all. I just walk away thinking wow you're an idiot, And never have a conversation with them again!
You must never have to work with/deal with upper management. Try explaining things to a VP of IT that doesn't have a clue about current technology. Bad enough having to dumb things down for mom, or my sister, or BIL (who has a computer science/programming degree but can't do much to fix a system, or properly set one up), but to have to for most of IT management just sucks donkey balls.
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Old 12-14-2012, 02:12 AM   #30
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Just make sure they know to refer to you as "Doctor" when you're finished with school..

 
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