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Ask Emmy Questions

The blog is recovering from the transition to WordPress, but I’m still not fully confident in it. So We’ll turn to another corner of the social media universe for my procrastinatory needs this morning: Having Emmy answer physics questions on Twitter. The same deal as when we’ve done this before: If you’ve got a physics…

SteelyKid: Daddy, would you like to go to visit Jake and the Never Land Pirates? Me:: In principle, sure. But it’s a cartoon. We can’t go there, it’s not a real place. SteelyKid: Yes it is. Never Land is real, we can go there. Me: Well, look, if you find some pixies dust that we…

Musical Poll: Lyrical Crimes

I’m killing time waiting for something I can’t talk about yet, so here’s a silly poll to pass the time, brought to you by a couple of songs served up on the radio this morning while I was running errands: Which of these awkward song lyrics is the worst lyrical crime against English grammar? I…

I want a story. The story about one little pig, and the wolf. I’ll need you to help me with it, OK? Yeah. OK, once upon a time, there was one little pig, and he… What did he do? He built a house out of straw. Right. He was a little bit silly, so he…

Once upon a time, there were three giant hippopotamuses… No, Daddy, it was three little pigs. This is a completely different story, honey. Once upon a time, there were three giant hippopotamuses, who lived together in a river in Africa. They lived in a house. Well, hippos spend most of their time in the water,…

Quantum Musical Interlude

The title says it all: an animated video of Heisenberg singing about the Uncertainty Principle: So, you know, there’s that. It’s pretty good, but he’s no Feynman:

Wacky Football Mishap Poll

So, my Giants edged out Kate’s Patriots again in the Chateau Steelypips Bowl, in a game that was certainly not without its drama. I’m not going to gloat about it, because a couple of different bounces here or there easily could’ve changed the outcome. Also, I didn’t see the third quarter at all, really, because…

Proving that you can find physics in everything, Sean Carroll points to a strange anomaly in the Super Bowl coin toss: the NFC has won 14 coin tosses in a row. The odds of this happening seem to be vanishingly small, making this a 3.8-sigma effect, almost enough to claim the detection of a new…

Incredibly Serious Sunday Poll

Like many Americans, I’m going to be hugely preoccupied today. Thus, a poll for your blog-like entertainment needs: The Super Bowl is today. Who’s going to win? If you choose the last option, please arrange to have contacted me in the past to tell me who to have laid a significant bet on so I…

Academic Poll: Day One

It’s the first day of class today (for me, anyway– classes technically started yesterday, but I don’t teach on Tuesdays this term). This, of course, means that something will go horribly wrong. The question is, what? What will go wrong on the first day of class today? This is a class for first-year students, so…