Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Find of the Week


The anonymous referee is thanked for their comments on this manuscript. GFL acknowledges support from ARC Discover Project DP0665574. GFL also thanks the possums that fight on his back deck at 4am, waking him up and giving him plenty of time to think before his kids wake up at 6am, and also thanks Bryn and Dylan for reintroducing him to Jason and the Argonauts.

Geraint F. Lewis, Matthew J. Francis, Luke A. Barnes and J. Berian James, Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. 381, L50–L54 (2007), "Coordinate confusion in conformal cosmology,"
arXiv:0707.2106v1 [astro-ph].


  1. Good science sows dragon's teeth (corrupted to Teeth of the Hydra in the film). Discovery is good. There is a lot of fun to be had in reduction to practice, too.

  2. This I like. I just got back a three page referee report. I think I will thank them also.

  3. Thanks for this finding. Any scientific article should be serious, clear, thoughtful. But the acknowledgements are another story - nice to see some humor injected there. :)

  4. Jason and the Argonauts is one of the coolest movies of all time. I'm talking about the original with Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion animation. The harpies! The fighting skeletons! Neptune holding the cliffs apart! Coolness.

  5. Hello Bee,
    I remember acknowledgements in a
    british chemistry thesis in the 70ties.
    The author thanked his rotary evaporator for doing 452 237
    rotations for him. Maybe the number was slightly
    different (not more than a factor
    of pi³, of course)


  6. Hi Bee,

    ”........also thanks the possums that fight on his back deck at 4am, waking him up and giving him plenty of time to think before his kids wake up at 6am “

    While this hasn’t told me much about what the author wrote, yet the above quote has me now to realize why other then in Australia marsupials are so few in number, that is when compared to other species. This being because even a rooster waits for dawn before provoking us to rise :-)



  7. Bee,

    That should be "find" of the week.
    Opossums are pretty tasty, though a bit greasy ;) Phil, they are indigeneous to the Americas - why they aren't in "Oz" with the other marsupials is a very good question. Any biologists here?
    Steven, Harryhausen's special effects were great - claymation is painstakingly hard to do! But, alas, in this age of CG, we won't see it again. I think his last movie was "Clash of the Titans" back in 1980.

  8. Hi Anonymous:
    Yah. After I had published it and turned off the computer I thought doesn't John Baez have "This Week's Finds" and not founds. Then we went for dinner and I forgot about it. Anyway, thanks for letting me know and I've fixed that. Best,


  9. Hi Anonymous,

    I don’t know why Opossums are not found in Oz, yet I’ve often thought that their most unique of behaviours representative of the real world realization of the Schrödinger experiment. That being at such times we could say that the opossum is superimposed. Then again if Schrödinger had used a opossum instead of a cat the state of things would present as being more confused, as having observation leaving us still unable to decide . So perhaps the reason there are no opossums in Austrialia is that they’re even too strange for Oz. :-)



  10. Just for everyone's information, the Australian possum (e.g. http://www.richard-seaman.com/Mammals/Australia/) is about the size of a domestic cat (and I can vouch for their nocturnal activities). No relation to the American opossum.
    The reference to 'Jason and the Argonauts' may not be a reference to a film (cf. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argonauts_Club).

  11. Nah - it's the movie - the kids love it.


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