Two Body Interactions: A Longitudinal Study
February 24, 2013 9:13 AM   Subscribe

"My boyfriend of 7 years and I are both physicists. Here's how he proposed to me." [Via: Reddit.]
posted by DarlingBri (35 comments total) 26 users marked this as a favorite

 
I don't care how smart they might be, you shouldn't date seven year olds.
posted by Drinky Die at 9:19 AM on February 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


I hope they tested this longitudinal study with horizontal data. Very cute tho!
posted by chavenet at 9:21 AM on February 24, 2013 [7 favorites]


Aw.
posted by LobsterMitten at 9:23 AM on February 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


That was incredibly adorkable.

Since we're gonna nitpick about grammar, two things: "Boyfriend of 7 years" is a perfectly cromulent way of indicating the length of the relationship, not the age of either of the participants; is it standard in physics to not hyphenate "two body interactions"? Because it made me twitch and want to change it to "two-body interactions."
posted by rtha at 9:23 AM on February 24, 2013 [7 favorites]


"principle bodies"??? Ack!Thpft!
posted by hank at 9:27 AM on February 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


If it'd been proofread (just a little!), this would be my idea of the best proposal ever. And I'm not even a physicist.

The happiness chart showing high confidence in a projected upward trend is just adorable and charming and aww.
posted by Superplin at 9:31 AM on February 24, 2013


I am swooning in nerd-worship of the romance. May they have years of excellent research exceeding the expected projected happiness levels.
posted by rmd1023 at 9:33 AM on February 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


This reminds me of the creepy/hilarious "objective" origin story about sex/love that Siri Keaton writes for his girlfriend in Peter Watts' Blindsight.

This probably says more about me than physicists-in-love, but yeah. :\
posted by byanyothername at 9:36 AM on February 24, 2013


Notice how he plotted 2012's happiness level lower than 2011's?
posted by mantecol at 9:37 AM on February 24, 2013


I dunno, do you think their IRB request materials are in order? I would hate to have the funding institution cancel the grant this far into the project....
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:39 AM on February 24, 2013 [6 favorites]


Notice how he plotted 2012's happiness level lower than 2011's?
posted by mantecol at 12:37 PM on February 24 [+] [!]


The plots are alternating up and down each year. To accommodate the curve neatly.
posted by bilabial at 9:42 AM on February 24, 2013


One of the few times that you'd actually have to fill out the section on 'research on prisoners', I'd imagine.

oh ho ho ho ho
posted by codacorolla at 9:43 AM on February 24, 2013 [3 favorites]


The only way this could be better is if it was posted on Arxiv or another preprint server.
posted by pombe at 9:43 AM on February 24, 2013 [5 favorites]


The only way this could be better is if it was posted on Arxiv or another preprint server.

With some citations to the Intended's work to attract their attention with a citation alert).
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:44 AM on February 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


I don't think I would have realized it was a proposal.
posted by kbennett289 at 10:00 AM on February 24, 2013 [4 favorites]


I hope they tested this longitudinal study with horizontal data.

Cite: Semi-bound state, 23 May 05. (Or is that not a correct interpretation of the available data? I do not have an academic mind, though I do have a dirty one.)
posted by DarlingBri at 10:05 AM on February 24, 2013


He didn't even care enough to make his own graph.
posted by empath at 10:06 AM on February 24, 2013 [10 favorites]


I dunno, do you think their IRB request materials are in order?

Yeah, you can tell they're physicists.

This is never going to get past the IRB. It's not anonymized, and there's no mechanism specified to keep private data confidential. In fact it sounds like they plan to conduct substantial portions of the study in public view, including the primary induction into the study. And there's no clear plan to debrief the subjects on conclusion of the study [does not apply if they're Mormon, I guess].

Not to mention that this study might involve additional underage participants. The author gives no discussion of how these participants will be recruited, much less any plan to maintain their anonymity and welfare.
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 10:08 AM on February 24, 2013 [20 favorites]


Does "the effects of a consistent weekly multi-body interaction" mean sexy times or parties or swinging or all of the above?
posted by orme at 10:09 AM on February 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


Empath, points to you for finding the source of the fit.

BUT. Linear axes? Units in years? The fit parameters aren't even given! How did he produce the projected data? Listen, lovebirds, I don't care how adorable you are, but I'm writing up a hell of a referee report here.
posted by RubixsQube at 10:28 AM on February 24, 2013 [2 favorites]


LaTeX!
posted by Sokka shot first at 10:33 AM on February 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


I keep TELLING my wife that LaTeX is romantic, but for some reason she prefers a card a beautifully typewritten report.
posted by supercres at 10:50 AM on February 24, 2013 [6 favorites]


I keep TELLING my wife that LaTeX is romantic

No glove, no love?
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 10:55 AM on February 24, 2013 [7 favorites]


This is how the world will end:
nobody in the physics group will recognize a word mispelt in the program;
they'll all think the popup warning is a mistake.
posted by hank at 10:56 AM on February 24, 2013


The only way this could get better is if someone else cites this paper. I'm not sure of the appropriate context, but I would love to see it.
posted by benito.strauss at 11:35 AM on February 24, 2013 [3 favorites]


I couldn't marry a LaTeX user, Xyvision 5eva.
posted by Ad hominem at 11:38 AM on February 24, 2013


There's a misspelling in the punchline. Grar.
posted by Yowser at 12:13 PM on February 24, 2013


If he really loved her, he'd have made her coauthor.
posted by metaBugs at 1:04 PM on February 24, 2013 [6 favorites]


The only way this could get better is if someone else cites this paper.

Once it's been through peer review and the concomitant revision, it'll be an indecent suggestion from the Professor.
posted by Segundus at 1:12 PM on February 24, 2013


A possible avenue for further experimentation:
Development and Production of Human Embryo with Cute Little Face
Ruben MK, Ruben AJ1

1 Yes, I'm second author.

posted by zamboni at 2:14 PM on February 24, 2013 [7 favorites]


You are not allowed to propose like this without using an ABBA design to rule out order effects.
posted by srboisvert at 3:03 PM on February 24, 2013


Proposal with an ABBA design?
posted by benito.strauss at 3:22 PM on February 24, 2013


Super great. This reminds me a lot of (MeFite) redfoxtail's wedding program.
posted by painquale at 3:59 PM on February 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


If it'd been proofread (just a little!), this would be my idea of the best proposal ever.

Just think what could have been if she had returned it with proofreader marks.
posted by BlueHorse at 4:02 PM on February 24, 2013 [1 favorite]


A guy I knew sent his boyfriend a 'financial trouble with the council' Valentine. I should state at the outset that his boyfriend knew this guy was a joker and enjoyed his sense of humour, so took place within a context where pranks were okay between them. It went something like this:

Boyfriend was in the process of sorting out some financial difficulties. This guy, let's call him John, created an official-looking letterhead, and wrote several paragraphs about the various issues going on. In the middle of the penultimate paragraph, he wrote: 'Mr John Doe of 10 Somewhere Street hereby serves notice that he loves you.'

Boyfriend was white as a sheet for most of the letter, and overjoyed by the end.
posted by Kit W at 2:29 AM on February 25, 2013 [1 favorite]


« Older Photos of 30 Beautiful Abandoned Places and Modern...  |  Performers who project relatab... Newer »


This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments