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September 08, 2005

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m.visaya

well, i thought of this sometime ago but i recall people used to entertain themselves in labyrinths and frozen lakes... (STS-107)

cvj

Dr O'C said: "When did I become such a nut job about all things Harry Potter?"

I say: Well, I have a suspicion that as scientists, we are attracted to stories of people learning about hidden specialist knowledge that helps them open up and get access to parts of the world (fictional, and magical in this case) that most others don't see. We relate to that for obvious reasons, and often relate to the characters involved in doing that. Harry Potter is one such example. As a youngster, I first got attracted to other books (some better, some worse) in this very genre because I was curious to find out how the wizards, sorcereres, apprentices, (or whatever) managed to perform their wonderful feats. And along these lines, and as a young woman in the (unfortunately) male-dominated world of physics, you'll love the themes explored with great humour in "Equal Rites" by Terry Pratchett, if you have not already read it. (Equal Rites....young girl growing up wanting to be a wizard...very very good light reading for the bedside table.)

Cheers,

-cvj

jeffrey hixson

looking for anyone who knows senator kennedy.

Gordon Chalmers

I hate to be a curmudgeon. But if you look up Harry Potter in the quark table, when you arrange the information in base 8 then you will find JK Rowlings. That is not a joke. You will also find the Lord of the Rigns there with Tolkien. Boo Hoo. I am scrooge.

Gordon Chalmers

Yeah, I am scrooge. You have to arrange the quark names around the clock two by two. Or you can stack them up, letter by letter. Or you can pick them according to the clock last or fist letter first, with the base 12. Or you can select them in multiple bases reading letters like the Babylonians, mod 60. It works. You will have fun. I did it for two years, and then I stopped because I didnt enjoy it. Apparently, Rowlings is then there. I would give my notes on the subject, but then I would have to kill you.

Gordon Chalmers

You also have to appreciate the actual masses of these little guys, as you can also the time and events with people and governments there too. Good luck with the experiments. What, YOU DONT KNOW THE ACTUAL MASSES YET. Well, I stopped at three significant digits.

Gordon Chalmers

I guess you have to use your brain on that one. Try multiple bases in the information also. I really cant figure out how James 'Joyce' figured into it, except for G_2 holonomy. Pretty close though.

Gordon Chalmers

Yeah, I really really hate Star Wars. Star Trek is better.

Gordon Chalmers

You really have to thank the army, at some point, whether you like or not.

Kyle

"How did the world exist without the modern-day miracle of the iPod?"

Should I feel embarassed or relieved at not having one?

Gordon Chalmers

By the way, I have to tell you to lay the quarks in a line and 'stack' words. You will find much information there also. You might even good ol' Albert there sitting away.

Gordon Chalmers

But then I also have to tell you, that if you knew my old friends, that is 20 years plus ago, that you would a nice radar hanging out in the solar system just floating away. And it should be built, but I cant remember.

Caolionn

CVJ: I will include Pratchett on my next trip to the bookstore. I am happy to add a little variety to my obsession.

Kyle: There is a whole world out there waiting for you to discover it. It is a commitment to a life-style, but plane flights are so much more enjoyable.

cvj

Caolionn, I'm not sure how easy Pratchett is to find over here (the stuff is better known in the UK). And I specifically mean "Equal Rites" and not one of the several he churned out which are all a bit too much really. That particular one was one of his early ones. Let me know if you can't find it and I'll happily drop you off my copy next time I'm up at Caltech, or mail it.

Cheers,

-cvj

m.visaya

gordon c.,
how does a bose-einstein entity as tail and body of a superstring recursive descent holding down leptons/photons?

Caolionn

cvj: I'll be dropping you a line if Vroman's doesn't carry it.

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