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OOOhhhhh, I might make that Seattle data on January 6! That would be too cool.

Good luck with the book release and the trips. Give a heads up if
you make it to the Great White North (aka Minneapolis). Though we've had only 1/5 inches of snow so far, and temps are expected in the 40's tomorrow (so I say "Go Global Warming!).

That is, 1 and 1/2 inches of snow (the 1.5 didn't come through - serves me right for not using the perfectly good PREVIEW button, just sitting there, waiting to be clicked!).

Maybe you can enjoy the AAS/AAPT meeting while in Seattle. Feb 20 at Stacey's San Francisco is a possibility, that is right after the AAAS Meeting. Should I spread publicity there about your appearance?

What? No visits to the South? My sense of honor is offended .... :)

Congrats on the book! I want a much better inscription this time. LOL

You're kidding don't know why the Welsh (and pretty much everyone else that does the Saint thing) calls the 26th St. Stephen's Day?? Well, then, this Jewish pagan shall instruct you. ;-)

St. Stephen was the first martyr. At Yeshua ben Yosef's trial, he kept insisting that the guy was a Savior and the Son of God and, more damningly, the Messiah. His insistence so enraged the crowd that immediately after the sentencing, Stephen was dragged outside the court and stoned to death.

In Ireland and Wales this particularly gruesome death is inflicted on harmless birds, to wit, the wren. (Hence you standing in my front room, while we sang songs about dead wrens all those many years ago for Twelfth Night. I don't expect you to remember.) LOL Traditionally, a dead wren is carried around in a box and the boys who committed the crime gleefully go about on St. Stephen's Day begging money with the following:

The wren, the wren, the king of all birds,
On St. Stephen's Day was caught in the furze,
Although he is little, his family is great,
I pray you, good lady (or lord), give us a treat.

Followed by any number of verses until they are paid to go away.

This lesson in Saint's Days brought to you by Ar nDraiocht Fein, Grove of the Other Gods. (

Cheers and a Happy New Year to ya!


Since I am a theoretical physics grad student and my gf is a psycologist with a women's studies style obsession with buffy (i think we've watched the musical 8 times, and there's no telling how many times she watched it before she met me) i have decided that yr new book could be a real milestone in our relationship. A merger of two previously disparate worlds and what not.

I just have to make sure she reads it.

We'll be at yr event in Chicago in march, provided we are in town, but being in NYC inspired me to seek out a personalized copy that much sooner. Can they be ordered? I need a great inscription to inspire her on the physics. Spike has too many great quotes, and he's really more of a lover than a thinker, so maybe willow is a better mouthpiece for science. Early nerd willow of course. I'll see what I can find :)

either way, congratulations on the new book; i can't wait to read it. May i suggest a sequel; perhaps The Physics of Joss Whedon? Firefly might be a harder nut to crack, but surely interesting, and i'm sure there is great physics in alien and toy story, though those books may have already been written.


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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!
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      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.
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      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.