Maximizing Entropy, Chaos and Noise

On a day of darkness, sweet news from the Nightosphere

So Marceline from Adventure Time, and her dad (a true patron of Science), have released an album. I ask you to rob a collection plate and buy it, now. Among many other Musical Accomplishments and Humorous Lies, this guy Martin Olson (Marcie’s eeevil dad in the Land of Ooo) wrote most of the music for Phineas and […]

Come to Daddy

At least they’ve changed the muzak in my dungeon. PIs: this is how to talk to your grad students. (“Come to Mommy” also works.)


This is what they are playing 24/7, in my dungeon.

Jungle dahn the boozah

A quiet evening out with the research group. Drinkies.

Romentum, Winertia, and Moneyball Moments

There is much talk among the beltway pundits of “momentum” saving Mitt Romney’s Presidential campaign, and our Chief Scientist-Decepticons are pushing back hard. The conflict is being called Politics’ Moneyball Moment. Nate Silver, regrettably, appears to have confused the concepts of momentum and inertia. (For those who don’t have their Handy Pocket Book of Physics […]

An Ideal Gas of Bouncing Sheep

Null Models are Science’s most elegant lies, explaining the most Intricate of God’s Handiwork as merely Ghosts in the Noise. A good Null Model protects a Mortal from Divine Wonder, by filling them instead with a sort of Bland Ennui. In Satanic Media Relations, it is the ultimate stalling tactic. The ideal gas theory is […]

Why we must be careful about letting Mitt Romney kiss babies

This video (featured by Max Headroom in the first episode, back in 1984) reminds us of the early promise of robots, and also that you should never let your audience backstage.