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I'm immensely impressed by the stylish Jen-Luc and will speak for many readers when I ask: can I get Lee to style me? As a physicist, I've rather neglected the styling aspect of my life, so a professional stylist could take me on as a challenge. Perhaps Lee only styles virtual people? Assuredly this is the worst form of prejudice. I suppose that virtual people never have body odor and always fit the virtual clothing.

I'm afraid you're right, Alison. Styling real people is rather daunting, and I include myself in that category. I've found that it's not a bad thing to have a fairly limited wardrobe to choose from, however, whether virtual or physical. Find a style that works and stick with it, I say, even if it's geekchic. Sadly, unlike Jen and Jen-Luc my avatar is much cooler than I am. The only thing we share is the sticky-up hair and the funky glasses. Her wardrobe sense is much better than mine.

By the way, I think that Jen may have overlooked commenting on this:

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/10/dining/10drin.html?ex=1304913600&en=d7d8b7c9587e8845&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss0

As the summer replacement bartender, the responsibility falls to you.

Actually I linked to that same article in my post ¨Happy Hour¨, still listed on the sidebar...

Well, I'll comment anyway, even though Jen did indeed cover it. I feel it's my duty as a bartender, virtual or otherwise, to defend the honesty of the ingredients over the catchy gimicks. (I've never wanted anything the consistency of a gumdrop in my drink.) The coolest thing I ever saw a bartender do was use an atomiser to apply vermouth to the inside of of a martini glass before pouring the gin and adding the olive. I don't think martinis get any drier.

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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
      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.