Posts Tagged ‘humor’

Brian Malow on Edison, Cell Phones, Vista…

An excerpt from “The Final Frontier?” presentation I gave at the Marian Koshland Science Museum, in Washington, D.C., April 10, 2008.

Mostly about cell phones, but a bit about Thomas Edison and the light bulb, Las Vegas, Windows Vista, and cost-benefits analysis.

More to come…

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Too Much Sodium

My sister told me recently that she won’t eat Chinese food anymore because it has too much sodium.

But isn’t that ridiculous? To single out one element from the Periodic Table? You’d have to have a pretty sensitive palette:

“Oh, I don’t eat Mexican food… too much magnesium!

or

“Waiter, I’m sorry, I asked for the beryllium on the side…”

or

“Nothing ruins a ham and cheese sandwich like a tad too much molybdenum.”

How many times have you said that?

Personally, I love Chinese food. I don’t care if there’s plutonium in it… it might be a little hot, but I’m eating it.

Why is there something instead of nothing?

For all that astronomers and physicists, philosophers and poets have learned about the universe since women and men first peered out of those tiny holes in our skulls, we are still no closer to answering perhaps the most fundamental cosmological question of all:

Why is there something instead of nothing?

But I have my own theory:

It was a tax write-off.

It was more beneficial to have a universe than not to have one. And it was designed to fail – which it has, if local conditions can be taken as any indication.