Saturday, December 17, 2005

science is magic that works*

(actually, as we were to learn, we had the 3-D glasses on backwards. instead of looking three-dimensional, wearing the glasses backwards makes everything on the screen look like it has collapsed to a single point.)

My friend Kathryn came a-calling to Cambridge yesterday. We went to the science museum. Whenever I end up on my deathbed, I suspect I will look back over the whole of my life and regret that I did not spend more time in science museums. I did use this particular excursion, though, to make my very first Flickr photoset.

Hanging out with Kathryn is always fun, even though we are very different in my ways. For example, to me, the word "noon" is pronounced with only one syllable. Also, she completely kicked my [slang term for posterior] when we went head-to-head on this "dexterity and coordination" test they had which involved putting little yellow shapes in their proper holes (indeed, she posted the best time of this day, while me, as is typical for cognitive tasks that also require fine motor skills, finished well below the mean).

* From Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle, and a recurrent signature quote used by Jeremy Freese, inveterate e-mailer and spasmodic technophile.


eszter said...

That's a fun Flickr set, thanks for posting! And I definitely want to go to that museum next time I'm in town.
  Also, I started a caption contest with this one.
  Finally, re Flickr user-friendly URLs, you can specify something more memorable as your account's URL. I don't remember where you do this, but the help page should point you in the right direction.

jeremy said...

Eszter: I don't know if it is obvious, but the photo before the photo you linked to is the same pose, only with the flash off instead of on. I love those electro-balls.

eszter said...

Right, the idea of the caption is that you're about to do something to the globe and it's your last thought before you infuse your energies onto the area. Okay, so if it's at the same exact moment, that's not good, but on the photos it's not at the same exact moment so it could still work.
And yes, I've always found those fun as well, although I'm not sure why.

Rhymes With Scrabble said...

The title suggests that you are in fact sending email, but that photo of the biological clock display sure LOOKS like you're taking notes on the female reproductive system.

Anonymous said...

Of course, we had almost exactly the opposite results on the reaction time test. Jeremy posted the fastest times of the day and my driver's license was ripped out of my hand before I stepped a foot away from the machine.

The science museum completely rocked.


SAMPLES said...

You resemble U2's Bono in this photo.