Specifically, I just finished recording a Titanium Physicists podcast with host Dr. Ben Tippett, Dr. Amanda Bauer, and Zach Weiner, which was about the most fun you can have without attending grad school. The topic was the physics of lightning, and not only did I learn a ton (Amanda is studying lightning on other planets in the solar system, and what it can teach us about their atmospheric composition!) but I got to talk about the cool thing I discovered at Worldcon.
In the Chicon 7 dealer’s room, across from the Tachyon Press table where I was signing, there was a table full of beautiful, illuminated blocks of acrylic graced by fractal, dendritic patterns. After staring at them for about fifteen minutes, it occurred to me that I was looking at miniature Lichtenberg figures.
You’ll have to check out the podcast for details, but basically, when I was done signing I scampered across to quiz them on their display. Todd Johnson was gracious enough to explain that they were Stoneridge Engineering, and that what I was looking at was indeed Lichtenberg figures.
Any conversation that begins, “First you rent a particle accelerator–” is going to involve me squealing. A lot.
So anyway, the podcast goes live on Sunday, and I will remind.
In other news, Scott and I hiked Willow River State again, and this time there are decent photos!
There’s a gorgeous waterfall…
And an egret…
And some dude sport climbing on one hell of an overhang. At least it’s bolted.
Posted: Wednesday, September 12th, 2012 @ 3:17 am
Categories: Blog, Interviews, Newscrawl, Podcasts.
Tags: lichtenberg figures, lightning, titanium physicists, wisconsin.
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