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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…

“I think one of the reasons that we like conspiracy theories is I think that we like to feel like there is a group of people who are so smart and powerful that they can pull the wool over an entire country or in fact even an entire world’s eyes. That certainly makes us feel…

“Haters are like crickets; they make a lot of noise you can hear but you never see them, then you walk right by them and they’re quiet.” -Unknown The sound of crickets adds an unavoidable hum to the evenings and nights in many places throughout the world, a familiar sound — I’m sure — to…

Weekend Diversion: The Physics of Flamingos

“Is there anything more beautiful than a beautiful, beautiful flamingo, flying across in front of a beautiful sunset? And he’s carrying a beautiful rose in his beak, and also he’s carrying a very beautiful painting with his feet. And also, you’re drunk.” -Jack Handy The diversity of the world’s animals is one of the most…

Weekend Diversion: The Edge of the World

“Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black And the dark street winds and bends. Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow, And watch where the chalk-white arrows go To the place where the sidewalk ends.” -Shel Silverstein No, there’s not really…

Weekend Diversion: An Underwater Waterfall?

Note: This post has been updated and improved as of 2014 here, at the new Starts With A Bang blog. What follows, below, is the original version that was first published here. “I love the sounds and the power of pounding water, whether it is the waves or a waterfall.” -Mike May The world’s oceans…

“Why should people go out and pay money to see bad films when they can stay at home and see bad television for nothing?” -Samuel Goldwyn There are few experiences that we can share together — no matter the great distances in space or time — like a good movie. Encapsulating a great variety of…