Archives for October, 2010

Why I Always Get Excited About Columbus Day!

“I was like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.” -Isaac Newton “Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in…

Weekend Diversion: Happy 70th, John Lennon

“If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that… I believe in what I do, and I’ll say it.” -John Lennon John Lennon, assassinated thirty years ago, would have been 70 today. Sometimes, a simple song can say…

“You can’t have a light without a dark to stick it in.” -Arlo Guthrie You know the story. Every galaxy we look out at, with hardly any exceptions, appears to be moving away from us. Not only that, but the farther away a galaxy appears to be, the faster it appears to move away from…

Counterclockwise, but there are exceptions

“Imperfection clings to a person, and if they wait till they are brushed off entirely, they would spin for ever on their axis, advancing nowhere.” -Thomas Carlyle When you take a look up at the sky, the two most prominent objects are the Sun and the Moon. And every day, like clockwork, they rise in…

The Story of the Neutrino

“Neutrinos, they are very small. They have no charge and have no mass And do not interact at all. The earth is just a silly ball To them, through which they simply pass, Like dustmaids down a drafty hall Or photons through a piece of glass.” -John Updike It was so much fun talking about…

Mission control: You need to bend your knees a little more. Keep your head down. Alan Shepard: I’m… wearing a space suit. Mission control: Just trying to help. Apollo 14, the third crew ever to land on the Moon, pulled one of the most iconic stunts of all time. Along with Stuart Roosa (left) and…