It's great to share blog space with a colorful Faux-French avatar, but sometimes I find myself feeling the need to assert my independence. And sometimes Jen-Luc Piquant needs a bit more Cyber-space, as well. So once a month, I leave her to her own devices and head over to another blog, 3 Quarks Daily, where (as some of you may know) I write a monthly "Monday Musings" column called "Random Walks." This week's entry is a rumination on modern marriage and that rabble-rousing revolutionary, Jane Austen. And it just so happens to be a neat tie-in to last week's invigorating discussion on encouraging the next generation of Geek Girls in science. (UPDATE: The links were all typed incorrectly; they should now work. Thanks to Jeremy for alerting me to the problem.)
Having a post up at 3 Quarks Daily means today's Cocktail Party Physics pickings are a bit, um, sparser than usual. So here's a few past "Random Walks" columns to take up the slack, in case anyone's interested:
"Past Perfect": An ode to the great San Francisco earthquake and subsequent fire that destroyed most of the city, with asides on Full Metal Alchemist and symmetry breaking. No, really....
"Narnia, Schmarnia": Was C.S. Lewis little more than a misogynistic, fundamentalist, conservative didact, or can we find a more complex character lurking in his lesser-known works?
"Band of Brothers": A salute to the end of the "Gracie Golden Age" of the Ultimate Fighting Championship tournaments.
"Casino Royale": James Bond prefers "the gentleman's game," baccarat, but poker is fast becoming the most popular form of legalized gambling in the US -- especially with celebrities getting into the game.
"Heart of Darkness": A not-so-fond reminiscence about the childhood psychological horrors inflicted upon me by Jack Chick and his hellfire and brimstone comics. (Per Jen-Luc: "May he rot in heaven while I party in hell. Amen.")
We're quite proud to be associated with such a fine blog, and thrilled to have an opportunity to reach a slightly different audience and to stretch our writing style and range of topics. Were I to employ an automotive metaphor, I would say that Cocktail Party Physics is a Lexus (decked out with all the extras), whereas 3 Quarks Daily is more akin to a Porsche, although Jen-Luc is proud, and would beg to differ with that modest assessment. Frankly, if we're going to choose a spiffy new sleek automobile to personify our blog personality, we'd pick the newest all-electric luxury Lotus models being developed by Tesla Motors: so exclusive they're being sold not through dealers, but via Internet auction to a select few buyers. There's no price listed on the Website, either, which we take to mean, "Don't even think about purchasing this vehicle unless your last name is Rockefeller." Nonetheless, we can dream....