Posted tagged ‘Feynman’

Total change of topic for the day: sporks, AC/DC and Richard Feynman

March 12, 2010

They say that along with bereavement and getting married, moving house is one of the most stressful things you ever have to do.

I’m not only moving house but country, to start a research post in Barcelona (cue chorus of “bastard”s). So I’ve been a bit slack on the blog writing front, while I try to sort through a massive pile of largely pointless but maybe-useful-someday items.

Unfortunately every item, no matter how large or small,┬átakes the same amount of thought and emotional input. The problem is that 99.9 percent of them are tiny. So each one makes very little difference if I pack it, but I only have 20 kg of hold luggage. So do I pack a spork, in case I go camping, or leave it behind and buy another one if I need it? Shame to throw it away… and so it goes on. Do I bin my 1996 AC/DC t-shirt just because it has seen better days?

So, while I carry on with this nonsense, here’s a clip of the brilliant Richard Feynman from 1983. Reading his books and his biography (Genius by James Gleick) influenced me hugely in my teens, and were probably as responsible as anything else for me ending up studying physics.

Also, check out these blogs, just 3 of my current favourites.

And if you haven’t seen it yet…

And finally, to round off this hastily cobbled together filler blog post, here is an excerpt from the start of my writing career (circa 1986). Obviously there was some potential there, I got a gold star. I’ll be back next week with some cool stuff, hopefully by Wednesday!

Squirrels can't make tea, but monkeys can.

Can you swim? Yes. Can a Squirrel make tea? No. Do fish like ice cream? No


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