Archive for the ‘Just for Fun’ Category

Previously I wrote about a great quote by M. Mangano regarding the safety of the LHC. Here’s an even better response to the cult of LHC doomsday-ists, by Prof. S. Aaronson of MIT: As a concerned citizen of Planet Earth, I┬ádemand that the LHC begin operations as soon as possible, at as high energies as […]

Goodbye, Durham


I left the UK just a couple of week ago, completing an adventure that began in September of 2006. With the culinary help of my (also physicist) flatmates, we made made sure I had a proper send-off. Below are some shots of the table spread. (Not pictured are the MSSM amaretti that I couldn’t help […]

I’m finally back in the United States after being in the UK since 2006. I have plenty to write about returning to the US, but let me catch up with a few posts about my last days in the UK. Regular readers know my fascination of putting physics on food (gingerbread, pancakes, pies), so below […]

Exams in both Durham and Cambridge have just about wrapped up, so congratulations to the students all over the world who are graduating (or have already graduated) this summer. Since I’ve been feeling rather sentimental about England, I feel obligated to share one of our anthems during the Part III exams in 2007: (I decided […]

A few memorable quotes from the past week. On Wilson loops in AdS/CFT: “This is obvious. It’s so obvious that people kicked themselves when they first saw this. I kicked myself. I kicked some other people, too.” On wrapping branes around Calabi-Yau manifolds: “And indeed, this is exactly what happens in the real world… meaning […]

It’s common for departments to have a Friday ‘happy hour’ event as a chance to relax and socialise with colleagues. (The CMS in Cambridge recently began such a tradition this year.) Semi-recently, in an attempt to encourage more attendance, the organisers of one American university’s `Physics Beer’ politely proposed changing the events name to de-emphasise […]

Now here’s a good example of using youtube to rally public support for science funding. Here’s the blurb from the Silk FM myspace page, explaining how the local radio station stepped up in support of the Jodrell Bank telescope. When the Science and Technology Facilities Council announced plans to cut back the funding for Jodrell […]

I received the following promotional image in my e-mail today, and couldn’t help but share: As part of `Brit Week‘ celebrations (commemorating 50 years of the British Consul General’s residence in Los Angeles) the British American Business Council has arranged a celebration of British culture in LA during the upcoming Los Angeles Galaxy footba… er, […]

Today’s snarky epiphany, while thesis-writing in the office: It was rather warm in the office even though the heater was turned down and the window was a bit open. After a brief conversation with my officemate, Luis, we decided that the heat came from the eight computers in the room. All this time I had […]

I don’t usually do this. A native Los Angelino is too chill to ask for autographs, even from physicists [1]. However, when John Ellis came to Durham this week to give the 2008 Rochester Lecture, I couldn’t resist asking him to sign a copy of the original paper that introduced `penguin diagram’ into physics nomenclature. […]