Archive for the humor Category

Ancient Roman Joke Book

Posted in humor on April 9, 2009 by Mike Procario

Beard’s favourite joke is a version of the Englishman, Irishman, Scotsman variety, with a barber, a bald man and an absent-minded professor taking a journey together. They have to camp overnight, so decide to take turns watching the luggage. When it’s the barber’s turn, he gets bored, so amuses himself by shaving the head of the professor. When the professor is woken up for his shift, he feels his head, and says “How stupid is that barber? He’s woken up the bald man instead of me.”

from an article in the Guardian, hence the English spelling of favorite, http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/mar/13/roman-joke-book-beard

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BNL Is the Villan in WALL-E

Posted in humor, physics on July 4, 2008 by Mike Procario

I went to see the new Pixar movie, WALL-E, last night. I throughly enjoyed it. The villan of the movie was a corporation, Buy N Large, which makes Walmart look like a boutique shop. It is abbrievated all throughout the movie as BNL. I hope my friends from Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) don’t take it personally.

This Is Funny Only if You Know Unix

Posted in humor, physics, Science, Technology and Software on May 26, 2008 by Mike Procario

XKCD got written up in the NY Times. I discovered from the article that the author is a physics major. I knew he had to be a geek, but physics is as good as it gets.

LHC on XKCD

Posted in humor, physics on April 3, 2008 by Mike Procario

Normally I would not mention xkcd again since my last post is about it. However, the Large Hadron Collider gets mentioned on xkcd, so I had to link to it. If he mentioned blackholes, it would have been really topical.

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XKCD Strikes Again

Posted in humor, physics, Science, Uncategorized on March 20, 2008 by Mike Procario

Mythbusters, Zombie Feynman and a meditation on the meaning of science. What more can you ask for?

Joel Achenbach Visits Fermilab

Posted in humor, physics on February 18, 2007 by Mike Procario

Joel Achenbach’s Sunday Washington Post Magazine column discusses his visit to Fermilab and how much he learned. I felt compelled to post two comments, including one on an attempt to build a cloud chamber at CERN.

The mention of the cloud chamber required me to tell this story. I did my Ph.D research at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. We used a bubble chamber which is much the same idea as a cloud chamber but used cryogenic liquids instead of humid air. There were only a small number of American graduate students at CERN in those days, and we tended to hang out together when we weren’t working. One day we decided to build a cloud chamber. One of the key components of a cloud chamber is dry ice. Well, it turns out that modern particle physics labs do not stock dry ice. You can get liquid nitrogen by the ton or liquid helium, but no dry ice. We took a bus all the way across Geneva to find dry ice. The cloud chamber worked and we saw particles in real time.

All Bunny Blogging All The Time

Posted in humor, personal, Photo on April 1, 2006 by Mike Procario

IMG_1785.JPGFriday bunny blogging was delayed this week, but I will be making amends for that faux pas. Due to demand from my many readers (You know who you are.), I will be dropping all science blogging, book reviews, technology tidbits, and insightful observations on the world and switching to all bunny blogging all the time. Pictures of bunnies will be featured everyday and not just Friday.

To start of the the new theme of the blog, here is Bquark. He is one fat bunny, although I did see him hop yesterday and successfully get all four paws off the floor at once. Bquark is a mixed breed, half Holland lop and half hippopotamus.