Last month, I ran into an acquaintance at work in the hallway. His first comment upon seeing me: "There isn't a publication in the last few days that I haven't seen you in." It was at that point I realized I was becoming the Paris Hilton of physics – totally over-exposed, but, thankfully, without the sex tape with slimy ex-boyfriend. Consequently, I haven't been very forthcoming about the latest round of publicity: a NOVA episode, which Stephon has written about. Not anything big, I don't actually talk on the program, so the embarrassing moments will be somewhat limited. Just me occasionally looking pensive and writing on a clipboard (if it even makes it into the program). I told my brother that I was physics eye-candy, he almost peed himself he laughed so hard. Yeah, I thought it was funny, but I didn't think it was that funny.
Everybody knows and loves NOVA. That is where half of us first learned science. I'm actually not included in that statement, since I wasn't allowed to watch TV during the week while growing up. When I finally earned TV minutes (60/week), I spent them on other educational programs like Beverly Hills, 90210. Such are the transgressions of youth, but, again, not as bad as video with slimy ex.
The program is on Einstein's E=mc^2 equation (see promo - I have no idea how the modern physicists fit into the period theme, so don't ask, remember I am eye-candy only. But on the site they don't call me physics eye-candy, instead I am one of "brightest young stars in physics" – understandably, I am going to get nothing but s**t for that. Why do people always insist on hyperbole?) Now as part of their webpage package, they want a 3-page essay on what E=mc^2 means to me. How the hell does somebody (namely, me) write an essay on that aimed at non-physicists? Does anybody have any good ideas because I am clear out. My brain shut down yesterday afternoon and I don't think it will be coming back on for a little while.
So any ideas? Come on people, let's propel me out of "eye-candy" status into intellectual powerhouse (to wit: Britney Spears teaching semiconductor physics). I am also willing to settle on ideas that are reasonably intelligent should your suggestions not quite attain the caliber of intellectual powerhouse. Just help me, please. Credit will be given in the form of undying gratitude, as I will be claiming any ideas offered as my own. Thank you.