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Physics Christmas Carols

December 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Continuing with the Christmas theme of recent posts, I stumbled upon this awesome little collection of Christmas Carols re-written with physics-related lyrics. Pure gold!

My favourite: Phrosty the Photon (sung to Frosty the Snowman)

Phrosty the Photon was quite a quantum sight,

with a zero mass and an endless life,

and a speed approaching light.

There must have been some magic in a physics lab one year,

for when they studied X-ray beams

ole Phrosty did appear, Ohhhhhh,

Phrosty the Photon says he knows he’s not that large,

but he said one day if he comes this way,

he’ll give us all a charge.

Thumpity thump thump, thumpity thump thump, moving fast as light.

Thumpity thump thump thumpity thump thump, Phrosty’s out of sight!!

A Star Wars Christmas Special That’s Actually Good!

December 23, 2010 Leave a comment

“Obi-Wan already has a brown Snuggie!”

I’m Sick of these Mother F#@!in’ Germs on this Mother F#@!in’ Plane!

December 23, 2010 1 comment

Via Wikimedia Commons

I’m sitting in the airport, patiently waiting for my flight home to board. Its late, I’m tired, and I just want to go home.

To pass the time, I decided to catch up on my news reading. So I open up Google Reader and one article jumps out at me for some reason:

6 Places Germs Breed in a Plane

Thanks CNN, like THATS what I need to see right now.

At least they admit in their opening paragraph that they are just trying to score readership by scaring as many weary travellers as possible.

We dug deep to identify the major germ zones on planes (and tips to avoid them). No, you’re not likely to contract meningitis, but better safe than sorry, right?

The article goes on to identify certain “hot zones” to watch out for germs (the lavatory is one, surprise!), and what kind of deadly viruses they may carry (i.e. the flu, and a “superbug”! Booooo!)

Ok, maybe its the skepticism in me, maybe its the sleep deprivation. But seriously, is anyone buying this?

The truth is that ANY high traffic area will contain germs. Every single one. The bus I took here had some. My workplace had some. YOUR workplace had some.

So does writing an article like this help us at all? I would argue no. As long as you practice good hygiene and common sense (get your flu shot!), you are no more at risk of catching anything on a plane than you are at any other public place.

So shame on you CNN for trying to scare innocent holiday travellers like myself just to drum up readership.

But you know what? I’m gonna forgive you. Why? Partly because its Christmas, but also because I know it will happen again and I’m just gonna have to deal.

Could you pass the hand sanitizer?

My Favourite Holiday Song Ever

December 23, 2010 Leave a comment

David Bowie is awesome, and Bing Crosby is classic. How can you not like this song?

Republican Senators: You Are Killing 9/11 First Responders

December 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Today is my office Christmas Party, so I will be drunk for the majority of the day. Therefore, no science stories to share with you until tomorrow :(

However, I did want you all to see this. Recently I wrote a griping post about a Republican filibuster blocking all legislation until the Bush tax cuts were extended.

Bills that the Republicans felt were less important that the wealthiest people in America getting a 3% tax increase included repealing the military’s ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell‘ policy; as well as a bill providing health coverage for 9/11 first responders who have since developed health problems from breathing in the dust of the collapsed World Trade Centre.

It makes me throw up in my mouth a little bit.

Last night, Jon Stewart interviewed 4 9/11 responders from the NYPD and the FDNY who have all developing health issues from their time working at the WTC.

Please watch and share. Stewart pointed out earlier in his show that none of the major news networks have even mentioned this bill in the past 2 months.

America makes itself out to a be a nation that honours its heroes. I hope any Americans reading this are as disgusted as I am.