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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:
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.
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: (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 (PM repost, clickbait version)
The whole concept of a list of must-read papers to learn quantum physics is misguided:
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:
Not reading this, as no story can live up to the headline "Russia loses contact with satellite full of geckos"
The image with this is basically the inverse of my books...
A #tbt from fall 1992, in the lab where I did my undergrad thesis research, Bronfman 220.
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: 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: (PM repost)
The best thing about @FiveThirtyEight and @voxdotcom is that they approach journalism like physicists:
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
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