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There's something strange about not wearing shoes indoors? Whoa!

I was an astronomy secretary for 14 years, and you just encapsulated them for me. Thanks!
(I took it further though, I married one of them...)

I feel like we are kindred spirits in a way... I've always been a science junkie but I'm awful at math. Now, I produce science related shows for well known cable networks. I could write a bogus paper or two myself. Thanks for the lovely post!!

Dearest Allyson:
First off, I'm a writer. After reading the part about the guy working on "moon" I realized that YOU are EXACTLY the one person I TRULY need to talk to. I need your help on a few technical questions on my current project. And I'd rather talk to you about it than the scientists (although I love them madly. truly. madly.)

PLEASE contact me at whenever you get a little time to yourself that does not require looking for Dr. Morton's car keys, Dr. Chiang's "lost" bicycle, or the making of cookies.

That said, you are THE best sci-fi writer I've ever come across. And I've come across many. (And I can even relate to naked scientists who haven't bathed in a few days because they were too busy discovering planets.)

Both of these albums are dedicated to the science team of Kalas, Chiang, et al. And to Allyson Beatrice and Phil Plait, Champions Of Science.
Thank you for your hard work and creativity.
Thank YOU for giving US a reason to just go on. I love you all.
"Mars Is Worth Fighting For."
--adam (cloan)

When my husband started his first corporate job, his department had a group of three admins. He started in January. In April, on Administrative Assistant's Day, I had flowers sent to all three admins and continue that tradition today.

Why? Because they do the shit that needs to get done so he can do his job.

And it's a good policy to NEVER fuck with the person who handles your food, your mail or your travel arrangements.

Good thing someone mentioned Phil Plait, because I'd forgotten why this was in my "to read" tabs.

I'm very glad I kept it there, though. This was a wonderful read. The world need more people like you. And reading this suddenly made me realise what is wrong with the Danish system - at least as it was two years ago when I had my breakdown.

Thank you.

Thank you, Sili:
I appreciate that someone who saw my album dedication to Phil Plait and Allyson was that kind. It almost makes me feel (SLIGHTLY) less of a jackass.
I wrote the Cocktail Party editor a request to kill both of those comments because I felt that I was going overboard in being both spammy and obnoxiously lame. Those links will only be in here for a little while longer. So I won't have to feel so bad at my terrible misbehavior.
Although they are both still dedicated to those people, the music is no longer a free download. Everybody but the heroes was downloading them and I'm the skittish type. The Fomalhaut record will come out officially at some future time. It'll still be dedicated to Allyson and Phil and Kalas et al, if they can ever forgive me for being...well, me.

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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.