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SteelyKid's birthday party is next Saturday, so she spent the afternoon decorating the house with balloons and bits of shiny ribbon.
Too fried to handle reviewing page proofs today, so I wrote something new instead. Putting the "pro" in "procrastination."
A look at what's really changed for kids these days, from a @LanceMannion post: http://scienceblogs.com/princip...
Now the kids are being visited by horrors from my childhood, as SteelyKid picked up a "Laff-a-Lympics" DVD from the library.
Seriously considering using my UK trip to hunt down and slap the people responsible for these awful 10-minute Thomas cartoons.
And now, The Pip is wailing because SteelyKid picked a different Thomas episode than he wanted. At least it can only last 10 minutes?
...These awful 10-minute mini-episodes end just about the time I've recovered what I was doing before the last interruption. #aargh
It's bad enough having my morning broken into half-hour chunks by demands for more Jake or Scooby-Doo or Backyardigans...
Oh, God, The Pip wants to watch Thomas the Tank Engine. Which is 1) insipid, and 2) in 10-minute segments.
SteelyKid was very proud of filling this whiffleball bat with enough sand so it could stand upright. https://twitter.com/orzelc...
SteelyKid has friends over, and my first reaction was "Great! While they're playing, I can do yard work." #SuburbanDad #YardMonkey
Why going back to the original papers is a lousy way to learn science: http://scienceblogs.com/princip... (PM repost, serious version)
Dumb joke via my subconscious: A wizard whose powers grant supernatural control over marginally edible sugary discs: A Neccomancer.
John Bell = Lou Reed, Bill Wootters = Joe Strummer, Peter Shor = Kurt Cobain http://scienceblogs.com/princip... (PM repost, clickbait version)
The whole concept of a list of must-read papers to learn quantum physics is misguided: http://scienceblogs.com/princip...
Also need something good to cover black holes. Thorne is the best I've read, but probably too long. Maybe photocopy sections.
Still need a good overview book. I like the general approach of Cox and Forshaw, but recall the Thales joke as creeptastic. Others?
Current thinking on gen ed relativity books: Einstein's Clocks, Poincare's Maps for history of ideas. Maybe also Einstein's Dreams.
The problem with trying to pick a book for a gen ed relativity class: if I liked any existing ones I wouldn't've written my own.
Vaguely related to the last tweet, Weasels by Elys Dolan is a delightful kids' book: http://nosycrow.com/books...
Not reading this, as no story can live up to the headline "Russia loses contact with satellite full of geckos" http://www.theguardian.com/world...
The image with this is basically the inverse of my books... http://www.theonion.com/article...
A #tbt from fall 1992, in the lab where I did my undergrad thesis research, Bronfman 220. https://twitter.com/orzelc...
If I ever stop being surprised and gratified that people buy and read my books, somebody slap me right upside the head.
Thought I had an electronic copy of this: http://www.nature.com/nature... but I don't. Can somebody send me a PDF, please?
The cheap and fast data journalism of @FiveThirtyEight and @voxdotcom is a feature, not a bug: http://scienceblogs.com/princip... (PM repost)
The best thing about @FiveThirtyEight and @voxdotcom is that they approach journalism like physicists: http://scienceblogs.com/princip...
SteelyKid: Hey! The radio news mentioned Israel! I'll have to tell [her JCC camp counselor]! Me: I kinda think she knows, honey...
The dog and the goat drive back home in the convertible in a state of great excitement. #BedtimeStory #13Words
RT @IamAGoodDog: IM QUITE ENJOYING THE ME DAYS OF SUMMER
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