Entertain Yourselves

I’m off for a much-needed vacation, and will be Internet-less for the next week. Woo-hoo!

The plan of the moment is to set up a handful of physics “news” items to appear next week (the scare quotes are because some of these items are weeks old), but otherwise there won’t be any updates. If you’re wholly dependent on this blog for your daily entertainment needs, use this opportunity to get a frickin’ life, will you?

If you find yourself desperate for something to do, somebody has set up a stub ScienceBlogs page at Wikipedia, which could stand to be upgraded with more information about the network and the individual blogs. There’s also a general category page for science blogs, which is pretty pathetic at the moment (and is particularly lacking in the later part of the alphabet). If you’re so inclined, you could easily fill the whole week by adding and updating Wikipedia pages about science blogs.

Or, you know, you could pick up a heavy book (Misner, Thorne, and Wheeler, say), and hit yourself in the face with it. Repeatedly. Whatever floats your boat.

Anyway, I’m outta here. Don’t make too big a mess while I’m gone…


  1. #1 Thomas Themel
    July 29, 2007

    Heh… As bad luck would have it, I just got the infamous “Gravitation” from my university library this week… It’s in rather sad shape, though, so hitting it over my head might cause irreparable damage to both parties involved.

  2. #2 Jonathan Vos Post
    July 29, 2007

    In the Golden Age, it was less painful to hit myself on the head with “Gravitation” by Misner, Thorne, and Wheeler. It was still in pre-print and galley status, without those hard covers.

    On the other hand, we used to hit ourselves on the head with Feynman’s Lecture Notes in Physics, which were only available in hardcover. Feynman complained that he’d fail to reserve the paperback rights, because he never expected the book to have a paperback edition.

    Anyway, it’s much less painful to hit yourself on the head with a DVD.

    Now, in any case, the default is to hit yourself in the head with Open Source journals, PLoS, arXiv, and the like.

    But — are you hitting yourself with a single PC, laptop, iPhone — or with the entire Internet?

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