dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Cartoon2)
Mt Wilson has been declared safe.

Also, we have discovered that XM Classic Rewind puts the kitten to sleep. Now if we could just sleep through that we'd be all set...

Bah. :-)

Sep. 1st, 2009 10:05 pm
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Simpsons)
Rumours of Mt Wilson's imminent fiery demise are apparently greatly exaggerated. A sensible person is blogging about the fires here:
http://joy.chara.gsu.edu/CHARA/fire.php

I got sucked in to LA Times' hysteria? I must be more tired than I thought.

Eclipse!

Feb. 20th, 2008 07:17 pm
dianec42: Joshua tree against a blue sky (Default)
I wasn't even going to bother looking for the lunar eclipse because it was so cloudy. Then some time around 4:30 or so it got incredibly windy, and all the clouds went away!

I saw the eclipse approaching totality as I was leaving the office, around 6:40 PST. That was really cool. Actual totality is, of course, incredibly boring. I'll go out around 7:50 and see if I can see it come back, or it might be behing a building or another cloud by that point.

Mmm science.
dianec42: Mug of tea (Tea)
Apparently at least two of my cow orkers have ALWAYS WANTED TO KNOW why, if you microwave a mug of water and then put a tea bag in, the water fizzes and bubbles madly.

Now they know, because I gave them the full physics explanation of it, complete with liberal usage of the phrase "nucleation sites".

Apparently this made several people's day. It certainly made mine.

(As a bonus, I never actually make tea that way.)
dianec42: Cartoon character Daria reading a newspaper (Daria)
Surfer dude stuns physicists with theory of everything

None of this fourteen-dimensional shenanigans needed, either...

edited to add: And come on, how many "respectable" physicists use the phrase "Holy crap" in interviews?

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