Archives for May, 2011

Taking a Vacation! (Finally!)

“Too much work, and no vacation, Deserves at least a small libation. So hail! my friends, and raise your glasses, Work’s the curse of the drinking classes.” -Oscar Wilde It may seem like it’s been forever since I’ve taken a vacation, because it has been. So this coming Memorial Day Weekend, I’m going to make…

“We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.” -Stephen Hawking You’re probably familiar with the standard picture of our Universe. You’ve heard it all before: that the Universe we know of — stars, planets,…

Where is everybody?

“If the Universe Is Teeming with Aliens… Where Is Everybody?” -Stephen Webb As egocentric as we are, we know that not only are we but one planet of many orbiting our Sun, but that when we look up in the heavens, every point of light we see is another chance — another opportunity — for…

“There is nothing more contemptible than a bald man who pretends to have hair.” -Martial It’s been far too long since I introduced you to a great musical artist you may not have heard of, so let’s get right to that. Kristin Hersch, famed leader of the punk/alternative band Throwing Muses (which she started at…

Dark Energy Confirmed Again!

“We all need to look into the dark side of our nature – that’s where the energy is, the passion. People are afraid of that because it holds pieces of us we’re busy denying.” -Sue Grafton No, not the dark side of our nature, just the dark side of nature! Because if all our Universe…

The Fun of Going Faster-Than-Light

“There is also an amplitude for light to go faster (or slower) than the conventional speed of light. You found out… that light doesn’t go only in straight lines; now, you find out that it doesn’t go only at the speed of light! It may surprise you that there is an amplitude for a photon…

The Fate of the Universe

Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate To say that for destruction ice Is also great And would suffice. -Robert Frost Sure, if…

“I’m going to fight if you touch me or hurt me or do harm to my family. But if you call me a bad name, or whatnot, I’m too smart for that. That’s the message the kids need to hear coming from me. I tell them, ‘If I fought every time somebody called me a…

On Being What You Want, and Bigotry

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery For me, personally, it isn’t the endless immensity of the seas that calls. It’s the endless immensity of…

How Far Away is the Farthest Galaxy?

“Master looks after us now, we don’t need you anymore. Leave now and never come back!” -Smeagol, LOTR You all know how to find the farthest galaxy ever, right? You take the most powerful telescope in the world, put it into space, and have it stare into the darkness for days on end. What do…