The Elegant Universe

I watched this video made by the great channel, PBS. It went over gravity, electromagnetism, and the weak and strong nuclear forces. It was pretty good, especially the speaker, Dr. Brian Greene. I recommend checking it out.

Watch The Elegant Universe: Part 1 on PBS. See more from NOVA.

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Physics for the normal person

Physics! Do you love it and study it and have posters of Albert Einstein and Sir Isaac Newton in your room? Yeah not me. I did take 2 semesters of physics in college but that was it. But I do like science, and when I watch tv and they talk about the string theory or the Higgs boson, I feel dumb for not knowing what that is. So I want to learn about physics, but when I look up something in Wikipedia I cannot understand everything because there are other words I don't understand. And when I click on that term that takes me to a link where there are more things I don't know. For example:

String theory is an active research framework in particle physics that attempts to reconcile quantum mechanics and general relativity. It is a contender for a theory of everything (TOE), a self-contained mathematical model that describes all fundamental forces and forms of matter. String theory posits that the elementary particles (i.e., electrons and quarks) within an atom are not 0-dimensional objects, but rather 1-dimensional oscillating lines (“strings”). [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/String_theory]

That's only 3 sentences of a very long page, and I am not going to read everything because it would take forever. But I still want to know about string theory, so what do I do? Well I've decided to look for short videos that explain it to the non-physics person. And voilà, I found some good ones! The first two are short and the last one is long, but the speaker (Dr. Michio Kaku) is the cat's ass. Enjoy!

String Theory

Have a nice rest of the weekend!

Movie Review – Smart Money

Smart Money (1931)

Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, Evalyn Knapp, and Ralf Harolde

Favorite Scene: Where Robinson (Nick the Barber) kicks Harolde's (Sleepy Sam) ass at cards and gets a boatload of his money. He goes to leave and Sleepy Sam and his boys get up and one of them says, “Wait a minute, Nick!” But Nickie is no fool. He opens the door and two men come in pointing guns at which point Cagney (Jack) says in his famous voice, “Behaaave.”

Favorite Actor: Edward Robinson is the stud in this film.

Favorite quote:

Irene: Who'll give me a half a dollar for my hand?

Nick: Uh, I wouldn't give you a nickel for your whole body.

Rating: 💎💎💎1/2

It was a great movie, but Cagney didn't have that many scenes in it. Still I would check it out!

♠♥♣♦ is about gambling and cards!

Old School Movie Reviews

So I am going to start reviewing movies. Pretty cool, right? However, I am not going to be putting down a brief summary of the movie and then how ever many stars I give it. That's what everybody else does, and they know much more than I do so you can just read their reviews. What I am going to do is break the movie down into a few areas: tell you the name of the movie, the year, and the stars in it, tell you my favorite scene, favorite actor or actress, favorite quote, and then we'll do my rating-thingamajig. That way people will want to see the movies, instead of reading the full review and getting the gist of the movie. And my reviews will be of 'Old School' movies, so they will be ancient. I'm excited!

A hint for the first movie: ♠♥♣♦

 

Once Upon a Time in the West: Filming locations

If you have never seen Once Upon a Time in the West, you should definitely rent it. It has one of the best directors, a great cast, a phenomenal music composer, and an excellent story. Personally, Jason Robards (he plays Cheyenne) is my favorite.

This is the filming locations then and now. Much has changed between 1968 and 2009 (the date on the video), but you can also see that despite the buildings being gone, not too much is new either. Enjoy!

Thanks to HerveAttia on YouTube for the video. To visit his blog go to http://onthesetoutw.blogspot.com.

DuckDuckGo

I want to take a minute to talk about a fantastic site, DuckDuckGo.com. DuckDuckGo is a general purpose search engine. It was started a few years ago by Gabriel Weinberg and it’s based outside of Philadelphia. It searches fast, and comes up with many of the things that Google does. Where it excels is the privacy. DuckDuckGo treats you as an anonymous user and doesn’t record your information. I find this immensely helpful, and I urge you to give it a try. You can type in ddg.gg and get right to the webpage if DuckDuckGo seems a little long. Give it a try!!
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