What kind of college has its first day of classes on the same day as a total solar eclipse? I don’t think I’ll drive to Nebraska after all. Look, I get that a total eclipse is a spectacular thing to see, but college or no college, this is Nebraska we’re talking about. (Yeah, or any … More Overshadowed

A leisurely few days of aaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrgggggghhaaaaaaeeeiiiiiiieeee

Last summer somehow most of the things I wanted or needed to do didn’t conflict much. This year is being more difficult. So the SoLID collaboration meeting ended up being Thursday and Friday, not Friday and Saturday, so that was good, but I still had to get back before the rest of the weekend’s activities. That … More A leisurely few days of aaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrgggggghhaaaaaaeeeiiiiiiieeee

Speed of sound, Or, No, it’s not freezing in here

I was thinking about my frequency measurements and how I kept getting best fit slopes corresponding to very low values of the speed of sound. I’d hypothesized this might have something to do with the mouthpieces I was using, and I found some possible corroboration in Arthur H. Benade’s book Horns, Strings, and Harmony: “To be sure, an … More Speed of sound, Or, No, it’s not freezing in here

Universe Song, quantitatively evaluated

Something reminded me recently of the Universe Song from the 1983 Monty Python movie, The Meaning of Life. You’ve seen that clip, right? It’s a funny song and a funny sketch. It also is, unlike certain science fiction TV shows, reasonably accurate with its facts and numbers. You quite literally could use nothing but your knowledge … More Universe Song, quantitatively evaluated

The ninety percent

Yesterday my wife and I were talking and the subject of faster than light neutrinos came up. “Someone did something wrong,” I said, “either the experimentalists or the theorists.” Then I added, half jokingly (if that) “Probably a bad cable. Ninety percent of experimental physics is finding the bad cable.” Today’s news: It may have … More The ninety percent