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What’s New to Move To Another Dimension? February 3, 2008

Posted by gordonwatts in politics, science.

I’ve been reading What’s New on-and-off for years. This is written by Bob Park and is a sarcastic take on the non-science crap that goes down (usually) in Washington. Sadly, the first entry of this week’s issue was:


It will start next week. Issues of support need to be resolved. Except for the week the tree fell, it will be the first break WN has taken in 25 years. We’ll be back when we can. I appreciate all 1274 opportunities I’ve had to share my concerns with you – there is much to be concerned about.

I’ll definitely miss you Bob — I hope the support issue is worked out. And he temporarily exits the room with a bang (i.e. typical style):


I was invited this week to join a panel of “experts” on “It’s Your Call with Lynn Doyle,” an Emmy Award-winning, viewer-interactive news talk show on the Comcast Cable Television Network. The subject was “Are we alone?”

The object was to increase advertising revenue by pandering to a public that lives in a mythical world. I was the token scientist; Ted Schick, a philosophy professor from Muhlenberg, was the other rationalist. Then there was a delusional M.D. who saw lights she couldn’t explain over Phoenix, and the delusional head of the Paradigm Research Group, devoted to exposing the imaginary UFO cover-up. But the “experts” hardly mattered; the stars were the callers, with tales of strange lights and space aliens who can walk through walls. Is that really possible? “Of course it is,” a caller explained, “quantum physics has proven it.” The aliens, another cautioned, may be in another dimension – “there are eleven you know.” What have we done?

🙂 I’ll miss the weekly dose of plain-text depressing science humor. Hope you are back soon!



1. andy.s - February 4, 2008

“What have we done?”

There’s nothing that you’ve done.
There’s nothing you can do.
This is as good as it gets.
And there’s more of them than you.

But on the bright side, they haven’ t brought out the torches and pitchforks for several hundred years now.

2. pace - February 4, 2008

I specifically left the most recent What’s New email in my inbox to provide inspiration. Perhaps it will encourage me to write a blog post about anything I see this week that might have otherwise made it to the What’s New desk. Hopefully, we’ll see a large collection of posts next week from all walks of physics, made by people trying to fill this void. It would be asking a lot for these to have Park’s wit, but it will be better than nothing.

3. gordonwatts - February 4, 2008

There are always more of them than of us. Shouldn’t stop us. I like the idea pace! Now, if I only had the time to really pay attention to DC…

4. pace - February 8, 2008

If you’re interested, I did write that post. If you go to the bottom of my homepage you will see a four item list of the most recent posts. The link for “What’s This? – Number 1” is the one you want.

Last time I put a link in a comment it got caught by your filter, so I hope this is an acceptable way to point out the post.

5. gordonwatts - February 9, 2008

Pace — those are excellent!!

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