Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Why You Should Never Let a Physicist Name Your Cat

Me: *whispering* Aren't they adorable?
Marty: What are you going to name them?

Me: Well, since you've never had cats before, I figure you get the honors.
Marty: Hmmm....

Three Weeks Later, after Much Deliberation

Marty: I've narrowed it down to two options. Want to hear them and help me decide?
Me: Sure!

Marty: So, it's either Lepton and Tachyon...or Joule and Fermi. What do you think?
Me: Uhhh....can you wait here a minute?

(runs to bathroom, closes door, begins shrieking)

Marty: Uhm, sweetie? Is that a vote for Lepton and Tachyon, then?
Me: (yells from bathroom) I REFUSE to have a cat whose nickname is TACKY!

A Physicist and his Cats. Maxwell, left. Faraday, right.

Meet Faraday and Maxwell. Yeah, they're named after famous physicists.
Hey, better than particles.


So about that original set of names?

According to Wikipedia (which is, you know, always right and all)
a Lepton is involved in Beta Decay. Or something.

And, surprising no one, a Tachyon is a faster than light particle. Beats the heck out of me what the animated gif is showing, but hey, #prettycolors.

Oh, and...

#yeahitreallyhappened !!


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

What to Buy a Physicist

Marty: This. I want this. (points to portable mass spectrometer)

Me: Yeahhh, a small plastic thingy that glows purple when you push the button....
Marty: It's a mass spectrometer.
Me: Uh-huh.
Marty: A portable one.
Me: Uh-huh.

Marty: It'll scan the molecular structure of anything. Look! (gestures to website)
Me: (gasp) It's 250 freaking dollars!
That's, like, two Prime subscriptions. Plus six months of Netflix!

Marty: Your point? (looks at front porch) Oh yeah, I totally see where your priorities lie.
Me: What? A girl's gotta have her Prime.
That's shopping and entertainment. See? I have all the bases covered.

Marty: (waves at spectrometer) This is entertainment.
I can entertain myself for hours with this.
I fail to see your point.

Who needs two Prime subscriptions? This is a ploy, isn't it. You're trying to distract me.

Me: Ummm...
Marty: Tell you what. You can order it on Prime. Will that make you happy?
Me: Fine.


Photo Credits

SCiO Pocket Spectrometer photos (yeah it's real), by Consumer Physics.

Amazon Prime delivery (NOT my front door, BTW)
courtesy Drew Stephens via Creative Commons & Flickr

Friday, July 10, 2015

What to Pack for a Night of Stargazing

Marty: You want to go out tonight and look at the stars?
Me: Oooh, sweetie, that sounds awesome! I'll just pack a few things....

Marty: (enthusiastically) yeah, me too!  

...an hour later...

Marty: ...and this is Ursa Minor.

Man, this new 532 nm laser is great. Perfect for pointing out stars!

Me: Gee, and all I brought was a blanket and some wine.
Marty: Good thinking. It's a lot easier to point the laser when lying down.

Me: uh huh...   *sigh*



Saturday, July 4, 2015

A High Flyin' Fourth

Me: I gotta admit, life with a physicist can be pretty cool sometimes.

Especially when it comes to celebrating the 4th of July.

At altitude.

(okay, he might have had a little help flying the plane...)

Marty: Did I ever tell you I hate it when you do the backseat driving thing in the air?
Me: Well, technically, it wouldn't be backseat driving...

Marty: I'm serious. I've been a pilot about 20 years longer than you have.
And you do it when we drive, too.

Me: Um. Well... uh...
Oh wow, look at that! Soooo cool!



Friday, July 3, 2015

A Physicist's Contacts List

Me: Wow, that was a long conversation.
(picks up his cell phone)
Who'd you call? 

Me: OMG you have them on speed dial??!?
Marty: Well, someone has to store numbers other than food.

Me: I can't help it if I have priorities.