Saturday, June 17, 2006

And that's when my head exploded ...
I listen to Quirks and Quarks on CBC on Saturdays while eating lunch. The host, Bob MacDonald, always makes me feel so smart because I can understand when he talks about subjects which my feeble little mammal brain cannot normally grasp. And then I realise that all the credit belongs to him and his ability to explain complex subjects to laypeople like me.
And I love it when he discusses quantum physics because as he is explaining things like current research into allowing larger and larger quantum particles to be isolated from other particles, thereby potentially allowing these quantum particles to capitalise on their ability to be two places at the same time, it all makes sense. We'll be teleporting before you know it!
And then the show ends and I am once again as dumb as a post.
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A Happy Father's Day tomorrow to all the dads in the world. I hope you enjoy that big-assed steak or that fishing rod or crappy tie or whatever other token of gratitude you receive from your family.
You deserve it!

11 comments:

John Mutford said...

Ever read any Stephen Hawking? He has that same ability to make those unreachable topics a little more at our fingertips.

kelly said...

i wonder if the gov''t will tax teleporting...or if there will be teleport improvement fees....shit at least in alberta you won't have an advantage cause you guys don't pay pst anyhow

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I have not read Stephen Hawking, John. I should. But I did enjoy Bill Bryson's "A Short History of Nearly Everything". He has that ability as well, which is quite astounding, considering he is normally a travel writer. (In a Sunburned Country was one of the funniest books I've ever read)

Teleport improvement fees, Kelly, along with teleport fuel taxes and teleport security charges. Those teleport bastards; it's all a money grab with them!

Barbara said...

Barbara B that is exactly how I feel when I watch or listen to shows like that. I get it at the time but when I try to explain what I thought I just learned... pffft, forget it.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I know, Barbara W, it's like a switch gets turned off in my brain.
smart *click* dumb

michelle said...

I tried to read that Stephen Hawking book and nearly made it through the first chapter! Christ that's some heady, smart reading.

But listen to you, sitting down for a bite of lunch, a spot of tea, and some light entertaining quantum physics to occupy your mind. We are not worthy!

Science does rule, though.

michelle said...

And hey - your Quote of the Day... very funny, VERY funny!

Matthew Good 'The Bright End of Nowhere,' eh? Here we go again, Barbara... guess what's on my iPod right now?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Michelle! Get out of here! (shoves you hard across the room) See, I really think we were separated at birth. At least we've got some kind of physic link happening, and personally I find it very comforting. And I'm sure Matty does too.

The weird thing is, quantum physics can be light and entertaining when the right person explains it to you. But 5 minutes later. Gone.
At least you attempted to read Stephen Hawking. I read a travel writer's attempts to explain the universe and it took me over a year.

Will said...

Sounds like a great show - I really got to check out the CBC. Now, I follow the link because I want to hear your radio interview, but I can't seem to find it. :(

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You are absolutely right Will, the interview is gone from the website. Hmmm, is this a conspiracy?
I did not actually hear the interview on the radio last week, so I'm wondering if it even aired; maybe it will air tomorrow instead or something. I'll check into it. Thanks for the heads up, buddy.

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