Question of the Week
Have you seen that video of the Physics professor pouring liquid nitrogen over a laptop and smashing it?
I sure have. A coworker sent it my way, completely unaware of my blog; I just have a reputation for enjoying freezing things with liquid nitrogen and smashing them. And is there anything wrong with that?
No, no there isn’t.
He doesn’t quite have a sense of dramatic flare, but he is a Physics professor so it kind of comes with the territory. The video’s a bit shaky and it misses the money shot, but considering that he’s destroying the laptop as a means of illustrating his distaste for distracting technology in the classroom – and I do believe a camera would count as just that – I kind of understand why the student filming it tried to be inconspicuous.
Liquid nitrogen is awesome.
Graph of the Week
Instead of generating my own graph this week, I’d like to point you to Breakdown of the Blogosphere
It seems about right and you know I’m a sucker for blogging stats and for infographics, so how could I resist this one?
Links of the Week
There are certain topics of discussion I deliberately avoid and one of those is anthropogenic climate change. It’s not because I don’t have my own opinions – I do – it’s just because it’s an issue that’s been so heavily politicized (and, I believe, mixed in with religion as well) to the point that having an informed and intelligent dialogue on the topic is nearly impossible as it quickly breaks down into name-calling along party lines. Which is something that should never happen in science.
Earlier this week Phil Plait linked to a couple of NASA-generated resources on the issue that I’d like to share with you. Perhaps one day I’ll be brave enough to inform myself on the topic of global climate to the extent that I can talk about it intelligently in a post, but for now I’ll let you form your own opinions. Just make sure to use awesome thinking when you do so.('’) delicious