Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Parker Model

Astrophysics IV was, in it's way, one of the most interesting classes I ever had. Easily one of the most difficult (made all the harder by the instructors merciless taunts about our lack of intellectual talent and constant quips about what we got wrong on our quals), we spent the better part of a semester on one of my favorite subjects, magnetohydrodynamics. Specifically, how MHD applies to star formation and how the Parker Model for solar wind and accretion disk coupling works.

Now days, there is just a cool video.

Sunday, June 24, 2007


Girl Genius does a riff on what it would be like of someone invented a machine that made coffee taste as good as it smells. You know, the Anti-Starbucks.

Heil Honey I'm Home!

I could not make this up.

Shyness Cure

Medical science is now touting a "cure" for shyness, a condition I would argue is neither medical nor involuntary. Fortunately the so-called "cure" has a list of side-effects longer than my arm, so it seems unlikely to make much headway.