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Lucas Kovar: Electron Band Structure In Germanium, My Ass.

"The exponential dependence of resistivity on temperature in germanium is found to be a great big lie."


A short postscript on my trip to Brazil:

If it wasn't so hard to get there, Natal would probably be a nice beach resort.

In Rio, I got to eat at the restaurant where ‘Girl from Ipanema’ was supposedly written, a chic street-corner spot. We also visited the Sugar Loaf and the 2330-foot Jesus.

Sorry, no pictures from the beach.

All about the Girl from Ipanema.

Lyrics to ‘The Girl From Ipanema’.


Well, I'm back ... and I only have left 3 picks left in the final 8. Ouch.


On my way to Brazil for a week, and I've packed my speedos.

CIA World Factbook: Brazil.

"Area -- comparative: slightly smaller than the US."

Here's the update on Wally Picks 2004.

100 Most Often Mispronounced Words and Phrases in English.


ABC News: Courtney Love Arrested at NYC Nightspot.

> Courtney Love is like a car accident; you don't want to look, but you just have to --

Houston Chronicle: Courtney Love joins Letterman's crazed gals.


O.K., here it is -- Wally Picks 2004.

> Unfortunately, I'm going to be out of the country, so I'll miss most of the tournament this year.


The Official Rules of Calvinball.


Nature: Snapshot taken of the tiniest time interval.

"A group led by Ferenc Krausz of Vienna University of Technology used pulses of laser light to watch electrons moving around atoms, and were able to distinguish events that took place 100 attoseconds -- or 10-16 seconds -- apart1.... The attosecond (10-18 s), also known as a quintillionth of a second, is the timescale of atomic events. In Niels Bohr's 1913 model of a hydrogen atom, it takes about 150 attoseconds for an electron to orbit the proton."

NYT: Hubble closes in on Big Bang.

"Among the roughly 10,000 new galaxies revealed by a million-second-long exposure of a small patch of dark sky in the constellation Fornax are several dozen faint reddish spots that could be infant galaxies just emerging from the ‘dark ages’ that prevailed in the first half-billion years after the Big Bang, when stars had not yet had time to form, the astronomers said."

> Except, obviously, there were some stars.


Nature: Satellite tots up volcanic heat.

"Volcanoes throw out only a tiny fraction of energy compared with that produced by mankind, say scientists who have used satellite measurements to do a survey of the Earth's heat output."


Houston Chronicle: State orders schools to serve less junk food.

"Children today have a shorter life expectancy than their parents for the first time in 100 years because of the epidemic of obesity...."


Jet Propulsion Laboratory: Opportunity Rover Finds Strong Evidence Meridiani Planum Was Wet.

"Clues from the rocks' composition, such as the presence of sulfates, and the rocks' physical appearance, such as niches where crystals grew, helped make the case for a watery history."


God Hates Shrimp.

"Why stop at protesting gay marriage? Bring all of God's law unto the heathens and the sodomites."

Walter Kessinger

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