How to Teach Physics to Your Dog Poetry Contest

There once was a dog from Niskayuna… The previous post announced a photo caption contest for a chance to win an advance proof copy of my book, How to Teach Physics to Your Dog, six(-ish) months before it’s available for purchase. I thought I should include something for the less visually inclined, though, and I […]

How to Teach Physics to Your Dog Caption Contest

Today is six months to the day from the official release date of my book, How to Teach Physics to Your Dog. It feels like I ought to do something promotion-like to mark this date, and I have a couple of extra bound galley proofs (seen above with Emmy), sooo….. I hereby announce the first […]

My Life Is Weird

1) If you search Amazon for my name, you get four results: the book-in-production, two books where I’m mentioned in the acknowledgments, and a fourth book where I am apparently cited as a source for the “assume a spherical cow” joke. 2) Weirdly, I have a fan site, of sorts. I have no idea who’s […]

Preventative Bacon

I’m waiting for the toaster when the dog trots into the kitchen. “You should give me some bacon!” she says. “Why is that?” I ask. “To prevent swine flu!” “Look, there’s no chance that I’m going to get swine flu from eating pork products. I know you saw some people on the Internet saying that […]

Advantix Makes Dogs “Ticklish”?

I’d like to interrupt the ongoing discussion of how we’re in the early chapters of The Stand for a quick question about what really matters: the cute behaviors of my dog. There’s probably a technical term for that thing dogs do where their back legs twitch when you scratch them in just the right spot. […]

Sunny Afternoon of the Ninja Squirrels

The dog comes into the office looking disgusted. “Well, you’ve really done it now, dude.” “What? What did I do?” “You had to go and put a bird feeder in the front window, didn’t you?” “What about it?” We put a thistle-seed feeder in front of the bay window in the living room, and I […]

Easter Means Bunnies

Today is Easter, for those who celebrate it, and the end of Cadbury Egg season for those who don’t. SteelyKid’s grandparents and great-grandmother are coming to visit, because it’s been weeks since they saw her cuteness in person. And that means minimal blogging today. Religious connotations aside, Easter is one of the cultural signposts of […]

Social Media and the Animal Kingdom

I’m putting the finishing touches on Monday’s lecture notes when the dog comes into the library, looking concerned. “Shouldn’t I be doing something to promote the book?” she asks. “Since it won’t be out for another nine months, I don’t think it’s that urgent.” “But aren’t there more Internetty things I could be doing?” “Well, […]

Everyone’s Best “Friend”

“OK, here’s your profile.”” “You used the good picture of me, right?” “Of course. Look here.” “Oooh. I like that one. I look regal.” “Yeah, I guess. So what do you want to add?” “What do you mean?” “Well, you can add applications, and become a fan of various things. Here, I’ll make you a […]