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hi there. not a truly physics comment, but since you are listing cocktails, which one is your favorite physics' drink? just curious.

Welcome to the blogosphere, Jennifer! And congrats on the great reviews your book is getting. I keep seeing it in all the bookstores.

I found this via Cosmic Variance. Looks like I'll have a new blog to keep up with.

On your site I see you're writing "Physics of the Buffyverse", which has to be the coolest thing evar.

The physical world itself is very interesting as I learned from my family. And those interested in such things are not always"strange nerds."

But it's more than prose.
Please read this at for some insight into why, perhaps, 'outsiders' don't latch onto physics:
J. Murray Gibson, Argonne NL, in CSWP (Women's) Gazette, Fall 2003 "Arrogance: A Dangerous Weapon of the Physics Trade." AND, there is an ongoing discrimination complaint against the very organization that published this article.

The problem lies in some "experts," who can't seem to be bothered to relate to or accept the "mere humans" or "their ways" around them. Just because you may be, or were, marginalized in so-called "nerdy" disciplines--perhaps as a child who "didn't fit in"--there's no excuse for not showing some interest in engaging people in some fashion as an adult, even if you are smarter than them.

It goes both ways. I hope your lightness and humor can bring the 'worlds' together and away from stereotypes.

I was disturbed enough by the last comment's assertion about gender discrimination at the American Physical Society (of which CSWP is the women in physics committee) to check it out. The only threatened discrimination complaint, to the best of my knowledge, was not actually filed, and the woman's firing had nothing to with her gender.

Every organization has its issues, and I am certainly of the opinion that the APS, as well as the physics community at large, could do better in encouraging women (or minorities) to pursue physics as a career. But I've seen a lot of improvement over the last ten years in that respect.

Incidentally, the head of APS for the last 8 years or so is a woman physicist. During her tenure there have been two women elected as the Society's president (back to back, no less), and there are currently more women on the Executive Board than at any other time in the Society's history.

In every other respect, I couldn't agree more with your comments. Bridging the gap is a real challenge, but it's become a necessity...

i am curious and do not know who to ask:

is it possible for something to travel faster than the speed of light? (or said another way, has it been proven theoretically that something can but we are left to theory because we reach our perceptual limits at the speed of light?)

if so, is it possible for whatever "matter" moved that fast to reach such velocity that from our perspective it would move backward in time?

if the latter, might the "matter" that moves at that speed and in that temporal direction be incapable of measurement (or even description beyond theory) simply because we have to measure things in a linear and forwardly temporal way (place an item on a scale, measure and read the results in the "future," no matter how brief that later perception of the reading is -- thus measurement an impossibility as this "matter" moves in a backward direction in time)

might that phenomenum (in whatever form, whether capable of being recognized by us now as a form of measurable matter or not) be able to surround or overtake light, causing a reversal in the speed of light and in fact a reversal in direction temporally? i.e., somethinkg akin to a black hole?

might it contribute to other non measurable phenomena -- ESP (a sense or recognition of something past), or apparitions? (I swear I'm not a nut, I just lack training in this area and am curious)

if so, might the medium be in the form of a quasi-spritual or psychic energy (not perciptible by us on any real level)?

Hello there!!!

I'm a Physics student here in Mexico. For many years I wanted to read something in internet related with Physics and was very difficult to find something until now. I found your blog. I thank you for writing this blog. I think its a great idea because, even for physics undergraduates, is difficult to understand many topics of physics. Actually I'm finishing my second term and find difficult to read more things about physics I haven't studied before.

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    Physics Cocktails

    • 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
      Fill shot glass 3/4 with Triple Sec. Layer Bailey's on top. Drop Grenadine in center of shot; it should billow up like a mushroom cloud. Remember to "duck and cover."
    • 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.