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This is my life. [20110115|10:22]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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If you had told me ten years ago that I would be spending last Friday evening trying to explain the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle to the Rt Honourable Lord Justice Whosis using a salt shaker, a wine glass and a lot of hand-waving, I would not have believed you.

Holy Christian Bale, Batman. This is my life?

In conclusion, have a grainy film photo of me with some ponies, taken in Wicken Fen earlier this month.

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-01-16 21:03 (UTC)
Science and biochemically assimilated aides are a very good mixture. A lot of mental inhibitions fall away under the influence of a good buzz.
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[User Picture]From: mole6e23
2011-01-15 16:34 (UTC)
Nice hat, BTW. =)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-01-16 21:00 (UTC)
Why hello, friend! Thank you. I like my wonky, anatomically inaccurate owl hat.
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[User Picture]From: cosmiccircus
2011-01-15 17:25 (UTC)
Did he understand what you were saying?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-01-16 21:00 (UTC)
Yes, but he didn't believe it, unfortunately! I couldn't convince him that it wasn't possible to know precisely the position and velocity of an object simultaneously.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-01-16 20:58 (UTC)
Justice Whosis really didn't like the Schroedinger's cat thought experiment, especially the part about the poison!
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[User Picture]From: victorine
2011-01-15 21:13 (UTC)
Love the hat! And isn't it fun when life turns surreal?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-01-16 20:45 (UTC)
I love the hat because it's wonky. The owl face doesn't sit exactly straight on top of my head, and it's got ears, which don't go with the whole owl motif. :D
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[User Picture]From: helpful_mammal
2011-01-17 01:56 (UTC)
Not even if it's the long-eared owl (Asio otus)?

Edited at 2011-01-17 02:05 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-01-18 22:52 (UTC)
I guess since those aren't ears either, that would count! Although I think their ears are tuftier. (If tuftier isn't a word, it should be.)
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[User Picture]From: helpful_mammal
2011-01-18 23:01 (UTC)
And now, having encountered the comparative of 'tufty', I desperately want a occasion to use the superlative.

Something must be the tuftiest, dammit!
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[User Picture]From: sanat
2011-01-15 23:12 (UTC)
Oh, flashback! I totally read about Wicken Fen in a Marguerite Henry book when I was wee. I believe it was King of the Wind. All her books were about horses around the world, and this was about an boy and an Arab horse being shipped to England and trying to find a proper home, or some such.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-01-16 20:49 (UTC)
Oh, neat! Sadly it's not available for the Kindle but it's only about a pound for a used copy, so I've ordered it. Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: senusert
2011-01-16 20:39 (UTC)
Kudos: I'm fairly convinced I couldn't explain it to anyone, using anything; let alone a salt shaker, a wine glass, and my hands.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-01-16 20:44 (UTC)
Well, on the down side, my explanation failed, because he didn't believe me, no matter how many times I stressed that the instantaneous part of simultaneously knowing position & velocity was key to the principle.
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[User Picture]From: sneakypeteiii
2011-01-17 22:52 (UTC)
Use high-speed photography as an example? Like how you can't tell how fast an F1 racer is going if the shutter speed freezes its motion.
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[User Picture]From: helpful_mammal
2011-01-17 02:04 (UTC)
I fear any explanation I tried to give involving a salt shaker in the presence of wine would at some point devolve into "...position and velocity. Now, does that make sense or will this Dalek have to EX-TER-MIN-ATE you?!!!" *Moves salt shaker menacingly across table*
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-01-18 22:47 (UTC)
Oh wow. You know, there was a bright red sauce that came with one of the dishes that would have transformed my salt shaker into a beautiful modern Dalek. It's a good thing I didn't think of that at the time.
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[User Picture]From: painted_dreams
2011-01-17 07:12 (UTC)
You definitely lead an interesting life :-D
I find science to be fascinating but I don't have the head for it.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-01-18 22:48 (UTC)
If you had seen me these past two evenings, hunched over a pile of paper with a red pen, you would not have thought my life was interesting!
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[User Picture]From: dylsexia
2011-01-18 07:05 (UTC)
P.S. Among the Self_Portraits crowd I have the strongest cartoon of you in my head. I may draw you at some point. My apologies in advance.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-01-18 22:48 (UTC)
I don't mind, as long as you don't forget my ginormous gummy smile! :D
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[User Picture]From: mole6e23
2011-01-20 22:07 (UTC)
You could have pointed him to this link ...

http://xkcd.com/824/

(PS Unrelated and yet totally hilarious link for those of us who are nerds. Imagine fellow grad student CLP teaching quantum when you look at it ...)

http://xkcd.com/849/
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-01-22 17:58 (UTC)
The next time the bloke asks me where his keys are, I'm going to say I know too much about their momentum to tell him.
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