Ross Moorman: “I first came to know you when the chairman of my department (University Hospital, Jacksonville, FL) greeted us on the first day of my residency. He did NOT offer great words of wisdom about the treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis or how to tell whether chest pain was a heart attack or last night’s […]
First, reaction to the Geodesic Oversight Dome (wherein satellites can read lips, as in, “Please G.O.D., help me — I’m drifting out to sea”):
Bill Coppedge: ” I hope it’s not a cloudy day!”
Dana Dlott: “You can’t beat the laws of physics. The ability of a space telescope to resolve features is proportional […]
First, a little electron humor . . .
Anonymous: “In your Niels Bohr column, you mentioned physicist Werner Heisenberg. I’d like to invite you to the next meeting of […]
10:03 am — I click on to www.urbanfetch.com.
10:07 am — I click SEND.
10:57 am — Doorbell rings.
To wit: six fresh bagels, a quarter pound of smoked salmon, a quart of milk, a pint of Ben & Jerry’s cherry Garcia frozen yogurt. Plus, if I had wanted it, shaving cream, the newspaper, a movie rental […]
Of the dining room table with flaps that fold up and allow the dishes to be washed in place, I wrote: “Sound impractical? What if the dishes were glued to the table, so they didn’t move as the soapy jet stream hit them, or need to be re-centered once clean? This gets better all the […]
This is column #1098, and it occurs to me that you may actually have missed a few.
For the first few years, they appeared on the site of a deep-discount broker called Ceres (which was soon renamed Ameritrade).
Here — in the spirit of summer re-runs — is the very first one, from four and […]
Satellites are so powerful they can now read license plate numbers on the ground. Soon they will be reading lips. The ultimate voice recognition.
On this first day of summer, this has given me an idea.
You know how, in The World According to Garp, John Irving warns his young son to be […]
Gennady — who sent in that joke about Meyerowitz, who lost $500 at poker and dropped dead — also sent me this:
The following concerns a question in a physics degree exam at the University of Copenhagen:
“Describe how to determine the height of a skyscraper with a barometer.”
One student replied:
“You tie […]
David D’Antonio: “As I’m sure others will tell you, its a mean trick to have ‘fake’ links. Both of the ‘here‘s in your final sentence Thursday weren’t links, they were in fact, just blue-colored words! Bad author, no biscuit!”
George: “The other day you wrote a bit about Thor, the Viking who stood […]
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If you think it's messy there, said Albert Einstein of his paper-strewn office, you should see it up here, he smiled, pointing to his head.~.
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