ENTER: The understudy

ENTER: The understudy

The other day I went to a play and right before it started, the director came out to tell the audience that one of the main players had damaged his vocal chords so his role would be played by the understudy. The understudy would be carrying a script to be sure he got...
May the force be with you: the physics of wealth, part 2

May the force be with you: the physics of wealth, part 2

Isaac Newton was obsessed with understanding gravity – particularly the Earth’s gravitational pull on the moon – ever since an apple hit him on the head while he was sitting under a tree. The historical record confirms that the core of that story (pun intended) is...
Bring me a rock school of management

Bring me a rock school of management

Lesson from the BRING ME A ROCK SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT, or how to turn annoying into absurd into awesome. Have you ever done business with someone who wants something from you but they don’t tell you what it is? They clearly want you to do something for them, and they...
What does physics have to do with your life? Everything.

What does physics have to do with your life? Everything.

I woke up this morning thinking about physics. Which is weird for me, because I have not taken a physics class in 37 years. Nonetheless, when my eyes popped open this morning, and it was still dark and cold outside and it was warm and cozy under my down comforter,...
Why I play Pokemon Go

Why I play Pokemon Go

I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I have been playing Pokemon Go. Here’s why: 1. Because the animation is beautiful. The gestures and expressions of the creatures are so lifelike and funny, I’m continually amazed by the brilliance of the...
How to become magnetic

How to become magnetic

MAGNETIZING 101 Definition of a Magnet: a body, as a piece of iron or steel, that possesses the property of attracting certain substances, as iron. A magnet produces a magnetic field that is invisible but clearly exerts a force that is attracting or repelling. Make...