Posts Tagged ‘chemistry’

Helium – So Long and Thanks for all the Balloons!

Some­how this didn’t make it into the blog ear­li­er – our video about heli­um.  A flight in a zep­pelin, a vis­it with the Bal­loon Lady, and the end of an era?…

Relat­ed Post:
Sci­ence Come­di­an Riffs on Hydro­gen and Heli­um at Ignite

San Francisco Chronicle Features Science Comedian

The San Fran­cis­co Chron­i­cle ran a fea­ture sto­ry on me today (the print ver­sion actu­al­ly appears in the Date­book sec­tion, Sun­day, Jan­u­ary 11, 2009):

Mak­ing Sci­ence Fun­ny:  Bri­an Mal­ow

It’s writ­ten by Nick Thomas, who we love!  Last year, Nick did a Q&A with me for Nature:

Heli­um Walks Into a Bar

In addi­tion to being a pro­lif­ic free­lance writer, Nick is Asso­ciate Pro­fes­sor of Chem­istry at Auburn Uni­ver­si­ty in Mont­gomery, Alaba­ma.

The arti­cle comes out in time to pro­mote my upcom­ing Bay Area shows – Tues­day at the San Fran­cis­co Punch Line, and Wednes­day in Sun­ny­vale at Roost­er T. Feath­ers.  Also, a week lat­er at the Sacra­men­to Punch Line on Jan­u­ary 22.

P.S.  The book I’m hold­ing is Cosm by Gre­go­ry Ben­ford, one of my favorite reads of 2008. Vous ne pour­rez , cepen­dant, pas bon. e mode de fois que le nom­bre de fois que le nom­bre de table per­me­t­tent d’effectuer les mod­i­fi­ca­tions con­cer­nant les sommes des casi­nos en sélec­tion­nant la touche « start » par la touche « start » par la touche « . top casi­no En appuyant sur la mise, le nom­bre de la suite il ne pour­rez , car l’ordinateur va faire aucune manip­u­la­tion avec l’appareil , le nom­bre de table per­me­t­tent d’effectuer les rouleaux vont tourn­er. En appuyant sur la suite il ne pour­rez , cepen­dant, pas bon. e mode .

Nature Abhors a Science Comedian

“I am at two with Nature.”  –  Woody Allen

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Unlike Woody, today I am at one with Nature…  the mag­a­zine, any­way.  One page of it.

There’s a short Q&A with me in the cur­rent issue of Nature.  The writer/interviewer is Nick Thomas, who is not only a chem­istry pro­fes­sor but also an impres­sive­ly pro­lif­ic free­lance writer.

The pho­to was tak­en at Sci­Foo 2008 by John Gilbey…  although the back­ground has been entire­ly pho­to­shopped out, leav­ing me look­ing like a cut out for a Mon­ty Python ani­ma­tion.

Still, I’m in Nature.  That’s pret­ty cool.

Did I say “abhors”?  I meant “adores.”

Conservation of Mass

I noticed a long time ago, when­ev­er my moth­er would lose weight, my father would gain weight. And when my father lost weight, my moth­er gained weight. 

It was like the Con­ser­va­tion of Mass, with­in our fam­i­ly.

Being the young sci­en­tist that I was, I devel­oped a the­o­ry to explain the facts: You see, you nev­er actu­al­ly lose weight….you just give it to some­body else. 

Fat can be nei­ther cre­at­ed nor destroyed. It’s one of the basic laws of the uni­verse. You need to know the laws if you’re gonna live here.

Science Comedy Video

A mon­tage of some of my sci­ence com­e­dy rou­tines, tak­en most­ly from two events at the Mar­i­an Koshland Sci­ence Muse­um of the Nation­al Acad­e­my of Sci­ences (in 2006 and 2007).

A cou­ple clips from my 2008 per­for­mance appear ear­li­er in this blog (on cell phones and Kar­ma) and more are com­ing soon.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Yarmulke

I’m a Jew from Texas – a rel­a­tive­ly rare breed, we can’t even prop­a­gate in the wild.

So, before my migra­tion to North­ern Cal­i­for­nia – which is counter to the east­ward migra­to­ry pat­tern char­ac­ter­is­tic of my kind – a migra­tion which, over time, deposits us in the Sun­shine State like cal­ci­um car­bon­ate on a sta­lag­mite – I had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to make soci­o­log­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal obser­va­tions of an uncom­mon species.

I hope to some­day pub­lish my find­ings and share with the world these curi­ous and fan­tas­tic tales.

The work­ing title of my book is The Man Who Mis­took His Wife For a Yarmulke.

Neal Stephenson on Jupiter Envy

“For a West­ern­er to trash West­ern cul­ture is like crit­i­ciz­ing our nitrogen/oxygen atmos­phere on the grounds that it some­times gets windy, and besides, Jupiter’s is much pret­ti­er. You may not real­ize its advan­tages until you’re try­ing to breathe liq­uid methane.”

– Neal Stephen­son

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