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“Bethany: Is your house on fire, Clark? Clark: No, Aunt Bethany, those are the Christmas lights.” -National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation Ahh, Christmas. It’s easy to forget how much the invention of the light bulb in 1879 reduced the number of tree fires in people’s homes. It was a mere three years later that people began…

“We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry.” -Maria Montessori The Universe has some wonderful sights to show you if you know how to look for them, and that’s maybe most apparent when you look at some of the amazing images from…

Weekend Diversion: Homeschoolers Anonymous

“Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever the universe has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved?” -Carl Sagan It’s a challenging thing,…

Weekend Diversion: A Stacked Photo Fantasy

“Unfortunately, I’m not one of those people who take pictures, you know, carry a camera. Because if I did I’d have stacks and stacks and stacks of different acts.” -Edwin Starr You’ve been outside enough to know that the deepest photos of the Universe — of the night sky — aren’t quite the same thing…

“Education is a continual process, it’s like a bicycle… If you don’t pedal you don’t go forward.” -George Weah I don’t know how many of you out there have an office day job, sitting hunched over at a desk for the better part of 8+ hours a day, but it’s pretty well known that it’s…

“I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.” -Fred Rogers I know it’s still the middle of November,…

Weekend Diversion: One for the Experimenters

“My idea of perfect happiness is a healthy family, peace between nations, and all the critics die.” -David Mamet As a theorist in physics, most of my research time is spent looking for errors in painstaking calculations, writing and running simulation code, and trying desperately to connect some very abstract concepts to potential observables in…

“My strength is much greater than yours!” -Zangief, Street Fighter II I hope everyone had as great a halloween as I did, and — although I know it’s sad — it’s time to bid a fond farewell to my Zangief avatar that once graced the top this blog. To be honest, I’ll miss Zangief quite…

Happy Halloween 2013: Rainbow Dash edition!

“I’m not ashamed to dress ‘like a woman’ because I don’t think it’s shameful to be a woman.” – Iggy Pop Well folks, it’s that time of year once again: to share my favorite holiday with you and change my digital avatar for the next 365 days! Traditionally, I’ve dressed as superhero-figures from my childhood,…

Weekend Diversion: The Andromeda Project

“If it’s true that our species is alone in the universe, then I’d have to say the universe aimed rather low and settled for very little.” -George Carlin Whatever you may think of the chances are for intelligent life in our galaxy are today, I can guarantee you they’re going to go up dramatically in…