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Go Jennifer! You're going to be awesome in this job. I can't think of a better person to help make these two worlds understand each other.

Congrats on your new position! It's always a good day when women in science excel!

Brilliant! I can't wait to see the fruits of your labor!

Thank goodness! Every time I read an article that says the prevailing attitude in Hollywood to science fiction movies is, "It's only science fiction - it might as well be magic." I throw a wobbly (that's an English expression, meaning, roughly, having a spluttering incoherent expression of disbelief and anger.)
It's SCIENCE fiction! With SCIENCE!
All right, even Isaac Asimov admitted that you need FTL travel, otherwise it would be hard to advance a plot, and time differentials might be a bit hard to explain, but I'm so glad there's a writer who's good at explaining science, and who won't stand for nonsense in a position to make a difference.
Or at least move magic to one side and science to the other; you can't banish fairy tales.

Wow, I hope the big guys from Hollywood are going to attend the SEE November Symposium. Fortunantely, this can be a mindchanging experience for them.

what an awesome job. i'm insanely jealous. i bet you'll even get to go to the Technical Oscars next year!!

Very cool! It seems like there's a lot of lip service paid towards science in Hollywood, and a lot of SF TV shows claim science advisers, but still there's not much plausible science that makes it to the screen. That makes me a bit skeptical as to how much influence the SEE will have, but I'd love to be proven wrong!

Jennifer, you are a professional b.a. Can't wait to watch some movie, TV show or other production with surprisingly believable scientific scenarios -- and know you were behind it :)

Also: I think if I see another movie with a monstrosity comparable to the "nuking a fridge" bit in the latest Indiana Jones movie, I'll cry myself to sleep for a week. So just remember that when you get asked for help on your first assignment...

Well, the launch event was a smash hit, I think, so chances are good we'll see a sharp reduction in "nuke the fridge" moments as we get up and running. :)

Jennifer, I was prompted to revisit this blog by today's (Sunday 7 Dec 2008) Los Angeles Times, whose article "Sci-Fi in Hollwood", by Mary McNamara, p.E8, mentions you and Science and Entertainment Exchange. Perhaps you can link to the L.A. Times' page, with its snapshots of John Noble as Walter Bishop on "Fringe", Rufus Sewell and Marley Shelton on "Eleventh Hour", and Emily Deschamel and David Boreanaz on "Bones."

You do know that I'm a scientist with megawords published (search for my full name on arXiv, and GoogleScholar) who has minor film and TV credits for science and space documentaries, uncredited Technical Advisor on Philadelphia Experiment II (replacing my busier friend Dr. Thomas D. McDonough who was credited Technical Advsior on Philadelphia Experiment) and who did story and rewrite for Steve Barnes's most popular episode ever of "The Wizard" (and was live in NBC-TV "Today Show" with my guest-of-guest Isaac Asimov, as well as other national live broadcasts on CBS, ABC, and various Fox and PBS gigs). So do put my name in the database, and give me a call the next time you run one of the Producers/Directors meet Scientists events. Don't mention that I won a unanimous California Supreme Court decision against the two producers at Raleigh Studios who refused to pay me and my Physics professor wife for our work on the edutainment CD-ROM "Voyage Through the Solar System" and sequels. Do mention my coauthorships/coeditorships with Sire Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury and Robert heinlein, and that my start in video was on a grant directly from fellow Caltech alum Frank Capra.

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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.
    • 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.