…for anyone who hasn’t seen this one yet…


I love this… from GraphJam.


Pie I Have Eaten: http://graphjam.com

If you’re one of the three people (like me) who hadn’t seen the Large Hadron Rap yet — absolutely divine. A worthwhile 5 minutes of your time.

In the spirit of science raps you can also check out the Exploratorium Explainer’s fabu rap for Einstein’s birthday (which also happens to be Pi Day… March 14).

And while we’re on the theme, Cocktail Party Physics let us all know about this video that I haven’t been able to get out of my head, “I Will Derive”.

At first I was afraid, what could the answer be?

It said given this position find velocity.

So I tried to work it out, but I knew that I was wrong.

I struggled; I cried, “A problem shouldn’t take this long!”

I admit, I just love geeky humor like this. And it’s not just science geek humor that’s funny. ANY kind of geek humor is funny. I’m using geek in one of it’s original senses, “A person with a devotion to something in a way that places him or her outside the mainstream. This could be due to the intensity, depth, or subject of their interest” (from Wikipedia). I contra dance, and I find stupid contra dance jokes (about certain dance figures, for example), hilarious. My mom’s a retired librarian. Librarian jokes are de rigeur in our household (Anyone see the movie Party Girl? A real stitch for librarians). These kind of in-jokes are just so terribly funny. I’ve always wondered why that is. “In jokes” have a certain brand of funny, you know what I mean? In part, I imagine it’s making fun of ourselves. In large part, too, I imagine it’s seeing something familiar in a new way — a pun on a word that we use in all seriousness quite often, for example, or (as in the YouTubes posted above) a song about something that we’re used to taking seriously. It turns something familiar on its head, and our brains seem to love that.

I might get flamed for posting this after the lively discussion on women, science, stereotypes, and smart vs pretty.  But I’m never one to skirt around an issue.  Ahem.  Last week A Blog Around the Clock posted an article about Science vs. Britney Spears, about how the public is more likely to be surfing the internet looking for information about Britney+Spears+naked than about the Large Hadron Collider (hmm, maybe my blog stats will go up when I post this!)

So I’m taking this as an opportunity to point people to a place where the twain SHALL meet — the wonderful Britney Spears’ Guide to Semiconductor Physics. No, really. It has nothing to do with Britney Spears, except for the delightfully tongue-in-cheek photographs sprinkled throughout the rather good primer on semiconductor physics. I used the attached photo as an illustration in a presentation I gave in a graduate physics class while getting my PhD. I was the only woman in a room of 5 men. The professor shook his head and said, “You’re the only one in this room who could get away with that.”

I guess that’s sort of like how it’s OK for Jewish people to make jokes about Jewish people.