27 Mar 2009 10:57 Filed in: Weekend Reading
Reading: The Tired Donkey suggests you read this NYTimes Magazine profile of one of the great scientific minds of our age, Freeman Dyson, who happens to believe that global warming is nothing to be worried about. The Tired Donkey is not now nor will he ever take a position on global warming this blog, but it is always important to at least take notice of serious outliers from the conventional wisdom. The Tired Donkey notes that Galileo was one of those, too. To get a flavor of some of the anger at Professor Dyson, see the links in Andy Revkin’s blog post here. For a shorter—but still entertaining—profile of Dyson, see here. And, sticking with a theme from last week, the Tired Donkey really wishes this photo was in color because that jacket Professor Dyson is sporting is quite groovy.
Watching: This one is self-explanatory.
Off topic: We have spent some time in the past this week, so here are some atomic brands and atomic toys for your enjoyment, all from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities Health Physics Historical Instrumentation Museum. This place is apparently a lot more fun than it sounds, and the Tired Donkey would be interested in interviewing anyone who has eaten Radium Brand Creamery Butter; unfortunately, he doubts that any of them are still around. The Tired Donkey does not want to interview anyone who has used a Radium brand condom as he is afraid their story would be too sad to bear.