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October 17, 2005


For all of those people intending to acquire scientific knowledge from the lyrics of popular songs: DON'T DO IT.


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Well, what's 1.7 billion light years between friends?

Actually, it's about as far as I would have kicked this guy for being an idjit...

Somehow this reminded me of the old layman's description of the difference between neurosis and psychosis. "A psychotic believes that two plus two is five. The neurotic knows that two plus two is four, but it bothers him."

I suggest that Simon Singh and Vicki Tisdial would make a good couple.

this is happened before: in a poem by Tennyson he wrote "Every minute dies a man, every minute one is born" Charles Babbage corrected the second line to 'and one and a sixteenth is born' to reflect the increase in the population.

it wasn't funny then either.

on a news program ,I heard that the odds of winning Powerball were the same as being struck by lightning 23 times! Since someone is going to win powerball, and the most number of times I know of anyone has been struck by lightning is 6 (poor s.o.b was a park ranger) these figures are seriously askew...

Some physicists have WAY too much time on their hands. I wonder if he reads/comments/submits for the blog?

"In the new version she sings: "We are 13.7 billion light years from the edge of the observable universe, that's a good estimate, with well defined error bars, and with the available information I predict that I will always be with you."

the kid's got a great sense of humor. there's a lot of songs i'd like her to rewrite to be factually correct.

Yet, Dave couldn't convince Neil to rewrite "no one heard, not even the chair."

Key Quote: Mr Singh, 41, who has recently written a book on the history of cosmology called Big Bang, described the flaw as "deeply annoying".

What isn't noted, however, is the singer's response to this assertion, pointing out that Mr. Singh was as much if not more "deeply annoying" and "boring to boot."

WHAT? You mean song lyrics AREN'T factual? Next thing, you'll try to tell me that not everything on the Internet is true.

Mr Singh is 13.7 billion light years away from being useful.

And I'll Never Have That Recipe Again!!

I remember hearing a whiny-boy punk rock type song about our distance from the sun, the temperature of the sun, the size of the sun, the chemical composition of the sun, etc, but I can't remember who sang it or what it was called.

It is going to be very difficult for me not to LOL tonight at Neil's concert when he sings that song. No one will know why I am laughing.

Sarah J. - They Might Be Giants did a song on Conan O'Brian...

The sun is a mass of incandescent gas
A gigantic nuclear furnace
Where hydrogen is built into helium
At a temperature of millions of degrees

I don't believe they wrote it though.

May I submit "a hubcap diamond-star halo"?

T. Rex/Mark Bolan: Insane or Whack Job? Film at 11.

by Lou Singer and Hy Zaret, 1959
The sun is a mass of incandescent gas
A gigantic nuclear furnace
Where Hydrogen is built into Helium
At a temperature of millions of degrees

The sun is hot, the sun is not
A place where we could live
But here on Earth there'd be no life
Without the light it gives

We need its light, we need its heat
The sun light that we seek
The sun light comes from our own sun's
Atomic energy

The sun is a mass of incandescent gas
A gigantic nuclear furnace
Where Hydrogen is built into Helium
At a temperature of millions of degrees

The sun is hot...

The sun is so hot that everything on it is a gas
Aluminum, Copper, Iron, and many others

The sun is large...

If the sun were hollow, a million Earth's would fit inside
And yet, it is only a middle size star

The sun is far away...

About 93,000,000 miles away
And that's why it looks so small

But even when it's out of sight
The sun shines night and day

We need its heat, we need its light
The sun light that we seek
The sun light comes from our own sun's
Atomic energy

Scientists have found that the sun is a huge atom smashing machine
The heat and light of the sun are caused by nuclear reactions between
Hydrogen, Nitrogen, Carbon, and Helium

The sun is a mass of incandescent gas
A gigantic nuclear furnace
Where Hydrogen is built into Helium
At a temperature of millions of degrees

I'm shattered. All these years, I thought "Put the lime in the coconut and shake it all up" was based on a clinical study. Now I'm hearing that so-called scientific lyrics are just made up by song writers. My whole life and everything I know is crashing down around me.

You'll have to excuse me, I have a whole pile of CDs, LPs and 8-tracks to burn.

Thanks guys! I have a really nerdy nine-year-old brother who I thought would love this song when I heard it. He is so smart that he probably already knows everything in it already but it would be fun anyways

I'm slowly beginning to understand why I got such bad grades. I thought that listening to music was a great study habit.

Insom: *snork*

Well, we all know what happens if you leave it to Music, and he writes the songs.

I'd say that was actually a damned good gues. Much better than mine...I was guessing "23 miles across the sea"...

Bodi - That would have been a GREAT song for Schoolhouse Rock. (okay, show of hands: How many of us are old enough to remember Schoolhouse Rock?)

Get it right, you're a star. Get it half-right, you're a gas giant.

Mr. Scientista-hole forgot to mention that the universe is supposed to be constantly expanding. How often is this poor girl going to have to re-write her song?

*raises hand* Schoolhouse Rocky's a chip off the block of our favorite shcoolhouse Schoolhouse ROCK!

Conjunction Junction and 3 is a magic number are two of my favorites.

Sarcasmo - "I'm just a bill, on Capitol Hill..."

*zips in* (slightly annoyed)

*using Mom voice*

How many times do I have to explain why it's important to know that the chair didn't hear, and that no one gives a rat's a** whether or not the table heard?

Got it now???? Good.

*zips out giving herself a high five for a job well done*

Coupla (OK, Simon Singh, exactly 4) random thoughts:

1) Is it possible that the hokey pokey isn't, after all, what it's all about?

2) If anybody should rewrite lyrics, it's Alanis Morissette, who thinks "ironic" means "mildly sad."

3) I'm not familiar with Katie Melua's work, but she is definitely a class act. She should submit her new lyrics to an online poetry contest.

4) SchoolHouse Rock/

Does this mean that the horse did have a name???

She blinded him!

AlanBoss: I agree. You've been in the desert for 9 days; NAME the frikkin' HORSE already!!!

Mr. Singh will change your song,
So everything is perfect.
Mr. Singh should find a life,
And not be such a reject.
Mr Singh Mr Singh Mr Singh

I bet the misspelled art would make his head explode

I'd pity poor Mrs. Singh, but somehow I doubt there is one.

If you want REAL science songs, check out Steve Burns\' webpage -- yes, the guy who used to hang out with a salt and pepper shaker made of felt. His album deals with the troposphere and string theory, among other things. Why do I know this? 1) I'm kind of a science nerd; and 2) Once, over a glass of Reisling and a video of Blues Clues, I once decided that old Steve was kinda hawt. Don't judge me.

OK, wise guy, take a crack at this one
Words by Eric Idle, music by Idle and John Du Prez
Sung by Eric Idle
From `Monty Python's The Meaning Of Life'

Whenever life gets you down, Mrs. Brown
And things seem hard or tough
And people are stupid, obnoxious or daft
And you feel that you've had quite eno-o-o-o-o-ough

Just remember that you're standing on a planet that's evolving
And revolving at nine hundred miles an hour
That's orbiting at nineteen miles a second, so it's reckoned
A sun that is the source of all our power
The sun, and you and me, and all the stars that we can see
Are moving at a million miles a day
In an outer spiral arm, at forty thousand miles an hour
Of the galaxy we call the Milky Way

Our galaxy itself contains a hundred billion stars
It's a hundred thousand light-years side to side
It bulges in the middle sixteen thousand light-years thick
But out by us it's just three thousand light-years wide
We're thirty thousand light-years from Galactic Central Point
We go 'round every two hundred million years
And our galaxy is only one of millions of billions
In this amazing and expanding universe...

(Animated calliope interlude)

The universe itself keeps on expanding and expanding
In all of the directions it can whiz
As fast as it can go, at the speed of light, you know
Twelve million miles a minute and that's the fastest speed there is
So remember when you're feeling very small and insecure
How amazingly unlikely is your birth
And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space
'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth.

What about me?


"Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away"

Chemist Richard N. Zare of Stanford, who has made this blog a couple of times before with his studies of beer bubbles in Guinness, gave a talk here a while ago entitled "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: A Twisted Tale of the Escape of a Photofragment from Molecular Bondage" and was kind enough to send the appropriate music.

Mr. Completely - A noun is a person, place or thing! I loved Conjunction Junction. I still sing it to my kids, just to annoy them.

November 12, 2005

Dear Group Administrator:

We want to inform you that we are currently in contract negotiations with the specialists at Oncology and Hematology Associates of Southwest Virginia, Inc., Virginia Oncology Associates, and Fairfax-Northern Virginia Hematology-Oncology, P.C. (collectively managed by US Oncology in Houston, Texas). US Oncology has told us that they will leave our networks on January 1, 2006 if we do not meet their financial demands. We have enjoyed a long relationship with these physicians and are working hard to come to an agreement that is in the best interest of our members. Even though we are still in discussions, we wanted to take this opportunity to assure you of our commitment to our members who are seeing the physicians in these groups.

We are personally contacting Anthem members who have received care from one of the practices at US Oncology during the past three months. If US Oncology leaves the Anthem networks on January 1, we want you to know we will stand behind our members. In order to ensure that your employees get the treatment they need, they may continue to see their specialist at US Oncology for covered services after January 1, 2006 until their treatment is complete, with no out-of-network penalty. Payment for services provided by these oncologists will be sent directly to the member.

US Oncology had certain financial demands related to drug reimbursement that must be met for them to participate in our networks. We developed a plan to ensure that US Oncology will be reimbursed at those levels. Unfortunately, despite our agreement to meet their financial demands for specific chemotherapy drugs, US Oncology has decided to leave the network.

While these contract talks require hard work and serious negotiation, most take place quietly, out of the public eye. But you have our assurance that we will be working on your behalf to reach an agreement with US Oncology before January 1. Thank you.


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