“Voyagers discover that the world can never be larger than the person that is in the world; but it is impossible to foresee this, it is impossible to be warned.” –James A. Baldwin Sometimes, good things happen. And sometimes, you need to get out there, however down you’re feeling, and make them happen. For me, … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Road Trip time!
Four years of football are calculated to breed in the average man more of the ingredients of success in life than almost any academic course he takes. –Knute Rockne Of course, academics are (mostly) on summer vacation right now, so the worst you’re likely to run into is getting stuck behind a school bus on … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Special Academic Moves!
“All that I desire to point out is the general principle that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” –Oscar Wilde It isn’t only the wonders of the Universe themselves that impress me. Oftentimes, just as spectacular are the technological achievements that have brought those wonders to us. (Or, in the case of … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Art imitating Space!
“Shave off your beard and wear a dress. You would be a great female impersonator.” –Simon Cowell No, this post has nothing to do with Simon Cowell, but like American Idol, I do have a song for you. Have a listen to Almost Cut My Hair by Crosby, Stills & Nash, while you enjoy the … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Hey, Beardo!
“When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson We definitely need a good song for … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Taking Virtue to the Virtue Cops
You see that there is no war within you. You’re on your own side, and you are your own strength. –Terri Guillemets Many of you don’t know this, but over the last couple of months, my wife and I have been taking night classes in partner acrobatics! Why? Just because it sounded like a fun, … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Partner Acrobatics!
“I walked on your face!” –Buzz Aldrin, to the Moon Do you watch my favorite show on television, 30 Rock? If you saw this last week’s episode, you know that Tina Fey’s character Liz Lemon got to meet Buzz Aldrin, who… randomly yells at the Moon. (I’m sure this video will get taken down soon, … Read moreWeekend Diversion: Would you like to yell at the Moon with Buzz Aldrin?
Starts With A Bang! is off to a great start; each the past three days we have topped the 100 visitor mark, bringing our total number of unique visitors up to 1,413! I’m going to attempt to start a new tradition here of making a weekend post on a topic that I just find neat, … Read moreWeekend Diversion: An Optical Illusion
In preparation for the launch of startswithabang.com, I am attempting to embed a video I had found on youtube, of the slow-motion ignition of a lighter. How does this work? The video demonstrates that to make something very simple happen (to get a sustained, controlled flame out of a compact piece of equipment), a lot of … Read moreSetting up for the Blogosphere