Back in the ‘60s Scientific American published a compilation of their Amateur Scientist projects in hardback form. These were real-deal science experiments, not kid stuff. One was a particle accelerator that ran on tens of thousands of volts. I still have my copy.
“...1966 Jerry Lewis sex comedy Way… Way Out...”
The final scenes in Halt and Catch Fire were set to Peter Gabriel’s Solsbury Hill. The lyrics are so on-the-nose for Pace’s character that I wonder if they had that music in mind the whole time, and purposely built the show to that conclusion.
Saw Blinded By The Light. Excellent. Been listening to The Boss all weekend.
Fun facts: the TV set on the president’s desk is a Philco Predicta H3412L, and the microphone Steve is using is a Shure 520SL. It trouble me that my brain is full of stuff like this.
“We’ve avoided a lot of nuclear wars.”
No need; I’ve still got my Zune. What more do you need?
Here in the DC suburbs* we have both a Lamborghini and a Ferrari dealer. Some of these cars are capable of going over 200 mph. In DC.
I always wipe my electronics and then donate them to a local thrift shop that supports a woman’s shelter. I get rid of my old stuff, and help increase the amount of goodness in the world.
Speaking of the Smithsonian, it’s a truly wonderful museum, actually a group of museums. My favorites are the Museum of American History (Fonzie’s leather jacket) and the Air and Space Museum (Wright Flyer, Spirit of St. Louis, touch a moon rock), both on the mall downtown. There’s also the very large Air and Space…
In 1953 when I turned 4 (yes, I’m really that old) my folks threw me a cowboy-themed party complete with hats, toy gun belts and ponys. My big present was a battery-powered space ray gun and a space helmet. It was the greatest birthday ever.
But do you have a flag? You need a flag.
Yes. In 1971 Apollo 15 flew to the moon. Astronauts Dave Scott and Jim Irwin landed, walked, picked up some rocks and flew home. On the aircraft carrier Jim noticed he had a mechanical pencil in his pocket that he’d had with him the whole time, even on the moon. He gave it to a NASA PR guy and, long story short, it…
Reader’s guide for young people: until 1970 the only tools we had to work with numbers were a pencil and a piece of paper. If you were a geek you carried a slide rule, but you still needed pencil and paper to lay out the problem and organize the answer. Graduating in 1971 I did an undergraduate degree in physics with…
I rode motorcycles for about 40 years, for a long time with an open-face helmet. Getting bugs in your teeth is just part of the two-wheel experience.
In related news... the sun has gone out and we’re all doomed. Film at eleven.
Rags the robot dog from Sleeper. Woof... woof...
Krypto deserves a picture. Good dog.
Thanks. I’m a college professor, and a compulsive explainer.