November 16, 2005

Somehow, I missed this when it came out

Vegging while grading tonight, I happened to turn on the tee-vee looking for NCIS (guilty pleasure), but while flipping past some insufferable award show, became completely engrossed in a thing on PBS about Isacc Newton's work with alchemy. Really cool stuff.

J.K. Rowling really blew it by not developing an angle here....

Posted by Steve at November 16, 2005 12:52 AM | TrackBack

NCIS (guilty pleasure)

Mark Harmon or the new chic???

Posted by: phin at November 16, 2005 01:06 AM

What, are you high? Pauley Perette!

Okay, Mark Harmon too. Damn, he's cool.

Posted by: Steve the LLamabutcher at November 16, 2005 01:23 AM

Wait... damn! Did I miss NCIS tonight? That's it - I'm suing Tivo.

I'm impressed by almost all of the cast... and it's especially good to see David McCallum on the tube again.

Posted by: Russ at November 16, 2005 02:15 AM

Isaac Newton and alchemy? Sounds like you'd like Neal Stephenson's Baroque Cycle. All million pages of it.

Posted by: the Colossus at November 16, 2005 07:44 AM

You weren't enjoying something on that hateful moonbat PBS were you? Cut their funding!

Posted by: LB buddy at November 16, 2005 08:22 AM

I was going to recommend reading Stephenson's Baroque Cycle for more Newtonian wackiness but the Colossus beat me to it.

Posted by: Kathy at November 16, 2005 10:34 AM

The Baroque Cycle is good stuff, but mind-bogglingly long and complex. Amazingly enough, Stephenson wrote the entire thing in longhand, using a fountain pen, so he could steep himself in the physical experience of writing as it would have been in the eighteenth century.

Posted by: utron at November 16, 2005 02:29 PM