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Thanks for not inking to me in the first paragraph where you wrote "those sorts".


Jen-Luc Piquant wouldn't let me; you're her hero. :) But honestly, I wasn't thinking of YOU, specifically. I think the effect is cumulative, not individual. I just found it very telling that the poor guy's first reaction was "Oh, great, another science sort who'll spend the next 15 minutes telling me everything we 'got wrong' in the show." Doesn't reflect well on science when we're known only for that. I'm just sayin'. :)

I was impressed by Grissom's summary of String Theory. As he started talking about it I thought to myself, "Oh no, here we go..." But it was almost taken straight from The Elegant Universe, in fact I think he used a similar metaphor to Greene (can't remember which one though). Did you catch the other scientist name? The burning guy was named Planck. I think there might have been another, but can't remember it.

Yes, the science for the different parts was quite well researched.
I only have a problem with the HCN (cyanide) from the carpet. - Where should it come from? - The PVC gives you hydrogen chloride. Also not nice, but you won't die from the small fire.

Jen, the other name was Bohr - the exterminator guy himself. Physics nerds squeal in joy.

Did you know that, in the bios of the characters, that Sara was supposed to have a degree in theoretical physics? Now I have another reason to miss having her on the show.

There are more strings, too, under the surface. One of the exec producers is a friend of mine, and he has a PhD in applied physics, once wrote an episode of "The Outer Limits" that did a similar "let's use physics names and terms" in an episode using the many worlds interpretation of QM, and used to write for Star Trek (albeit TNG, not TOS). It's all tied together.

Scientists are trained to look at all the little details and critique how they are used to make up the whole. To be accepted into a PhD program I had to, among other thing, read a journal article and present a reasoned argument about whether the conclusions were supported by the observations, what else the investigators could have done, and whether the research was leading in a direction that would be fruitful in the future. Seeing the whole from the small details becomes fun, and sometimes a small detail will open up understanding of a whole new paradigm. So there is the geeky sort of "did you catch what I caught" fun while watching a drama as well as looking to catch that small insight that will explain what one does not yet understand.

Sure, scientists are trained to be critical, and that's a good thing -- in the proper context, i.e., interacting with fellow scientists and assessing actual research. And most creative sorts appreciate the occasional bit of constructive criticism. We're not talking about that, we're talking about the "gotcha!' attitude that turns off many non-scientists and causes them ti just not listen to what scientists say. It's not easy to come up with useful constructive criticism, but here's a clue: be sure to start out with a brief recap of what someone got RIGHT, before launching into a laundry list of their sins...

The TASER has a maximum range of only 15 feet, not 35 feet.
Taser International Arizona confirms this and I am an instructer in it.
the TASER is a brand name as well as a description of the device.

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    • Heavy G
      The perfect pick-me-up when gravity gets you down.
      2 oz Tequila
      2 oz Triple sec
      2 oz Rose's sweetened lime juice
      7-Up or Sprite
      Mix tequila, triple sec and lime juice in a shaker and pour into a margarita glass. (Salted rim and ice are optional.) Top off with 7-Up/Sprite and let the weight of the world lift off your shoulders.
    • Listening to the Drums of Feynman
      The perfect nightcap after a long day struggling with QED equations.
      1 oz dark rum
      1/2 oz light rum
      1 oz Tia Maria
      2 oz light cream
      Crushed ice
      1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
      In a shaker half-filled with ice, combine the dark and light rum, Tia Maria, and cream. Shake well. Strain into an old fashioned glass almost filled with crushed ice. Dust with the nutmeg, and serve. Bongos optional.
    • Combustible Edison
      Electrify your friends with amazing pyrotechnics!
      2 oz brandy
      1 oz Campari
      1 oz fresh lemon juice
      Combine Campari and lemon juice in shaker filled with cracked ice. Shake and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Heat brandy in chafing dish, then ignite and pour into glass. Cocktail Go BOOM! Plus, Fire = Pretty!
    • Hiroshima Bomber
      Dr. Strangelove's drink of choice.
      3/4 Triple sec
      1/4 oz Bailey's Irish Cream
      2-3 drops Grenadine
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    • Mad Scientist
      Any mad scientist will tell you that flames make drinking more fun. What good is science if no one gets hurt?
      1 oz Midori melon liqueur
      1-1/2 oz sour mix
      1 splash soda water
      151 proof rum
      Mix melon liqueur, sour mix and soda water with ice in shaker. Shake and strain into martini glass. Top with rum and ignite. Try to take over the world.
    • Laser Beam
      Warning: may result in amplified stimulated emission.
      1 oz Southern Comfort
      1/2 oz Amaretto
      1/2 oz sloe gin
      1/2 oz vodka
      1/2 oz Triple sec
      7 oz orange juice
      Combine all liquor in a full glass of ice. Shake well. Garnish with orange and cherry. Serve to attractive target of choice.
    • Quantum Theory
      Guaranteed to collapse your wave function:
      3/4 oz Rum
      1/2 oz Strega
      1/4 oz Grand Marnier
      2 oz Pineapple juice
      Fill with Sweet and sour
      Pour rum, strega and Grand Marnier into a collins glass. Add pineapple and fill with sweet and sour. Sip until all the day's super-positioned states disappear.
    • The Black Hole
      So called because after one of these, you have already passed the event horizon of inebriation.
      1 oz. Kahlua
      1 oz. vodka
      .5 oz. Cointreau or Triple Sec
      .5 oz. dark rum
      .5 oz. Amaretto
      Pour into an old-fashioned glass over (scant) ice. Stir gently. Watch time slow.