Meet Your Guest-Bloggers

As mentioned several times hereabouts, Kate and I are headed to Japan on Saturday, where we’ll be spending three weeks touring around and attending the World Science Fiction Convention in Yokohama. We will have at least some Internet access, and I may post the occasional travel update from Japan, but I’m not going to try to schedule three full weeks worth of posts to keep the blog going during my absence.

If, for some strange reason, you find that you are wholly dependent on Uncertain Principles for your computer-based entertainment needs, have no fear– I’m not going to leave you totally bereft, hitting “Reload” on the same old posts for day after agonizing day. I’ve arranged for a couple of guest bloggers during my absence, so there will be at least some fresh physics-blogging goodness for you to enjoy while I’m off in the land of the metaphorical rising sun. They’re both physicists, and friends from my Usenet days, and I’m sure they’ll have interesting things to say while I’m out of town.

Nathan is another AMO physics type, and in fact is currently a post-doc in my old group at NIST. He was an undergrad at Berkeley, and did his Ph.D. at Caltech, but had a brief stint in the real world in between, working for a lab in the Boston area. He’s got slightly more indie cred than I do, when it comes to pop music, but squanders it by being fond of heavy metal.

Aaron is a string theorist, brought in to supply a little diversity of opinion around here. He was an undergrad at Yale (graduating shortly before I went there as a post-doc), and did his Ph.D. at Princeton, and is currently a post-doc at Texas A&M. He’s put up with a lot of grief from me about string theory, and is an extremely good sport about it.

They’ve got the run of the place for the next three weeks, and I’ve given them the keys to the disemvoweller, so don’t go thinking you can get uppity in the comments. I plan to check in from time to time, but even if I don’t, you’ll be in good hands.

Mata ne. See you in September.


  1. #1 Kurt Montandon
    August 16, 2007

    Wait … you mean they’re both still alive?

    and I’ve given them the keys to the disemvoweller, so don’t go thinking you can get uppity in the comments.

    Now why would anyone possibly do that.

  2. #2 Asad
    August 16, 2007

    Hi Aaron.

  3. #3 Nathan
    August 16, 2007

    Shit, I thought you were joking.

  4. #4 Aaron Bergman
    August 16, 2007

    Why do I have this urge to start laughing maniacally?

  5. #5 Skwid
    August 17, 2007

    YKYBRTMrasfwrjW: You see Bergman confess to maniacal laughing urges and cringe, thinking “Uh-oh…must be blood in the water…”

  6. #6 Johan Larson
    August 17, 2007

    Aaron: The urge to laugh maniacally is one of the classic early symptoms of Malign Hypercognition Disorder. Perhaps you also find yourself growing a goatee, wearing a cape, or explaining your intentions at length?

    If caught early MHCD is treatable. Try Metropolis General; they did much of the early research.

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