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message 1: by Jayme (new)

Jayme Yay! I'm still jealous of you Americans and you're decent selection of firtread wins...


message 2: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Awww -- I think we decided this was going to be a Bookish pass-along/write in the margins book. I'd send it to you next if you like. I've been busy writing stupid/useful shit as I go...


message 3: by Jayme (new)

Jayme That would be awesome, Cindy. Better send it to the other Americans first maybe. I know Alex wants to read it and then it's not going back and forth over the border? Shipping might be more than it's worth.


message 4: by Alex (new)

Alex No, I think it has to go to the Canadians first, out of respect for our poor downtrodden weird cousins. Shoot it to Jayme and let her shoot it to Jennifer.

okay, I just want to have a lot of drunken margin notes by the time I get it. Either way.


message 5: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Nice. I did some special relativity calculations for elucidation in the margin that will make you think you're drunk when you read it. hehe.


message 6: by Alex (new)

Alex That's what I was gonna do! Shit. Why you gotta gank all my elucidative relativity?


message 7: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Hey, General Relativity is all yours, Alex. I won't trounce on your tensor notation.


message 8: by Alex (last edited Aug 30, 2010 10:19PM) (new)

Alex I totally know what "tensor rotation" means. I use that shit all the time, with my...bear costume.

Hey, do you know William Gilbert? This book I'm reading just shot me this Gilbert quote:

"In the discovery of secret things, and in the investigation of hidden causes, stronger reasons are obtained from sure experiments and demonstrated arguments than from probable conjectures and the opinions of philosophical speculators."

He's not making a big deal of it or anything, but my author is saying that he beats Galileo to the scientific theory with this quote. (And I realize it was Aristotle, and then Ptolemy, and then al-Haytham and most of the rest of Islam, but he's talking specifically about Galileo (who was a contemporary), so that's the fight he's picking.)


message 9: by Cindy (new)

Cindy You know, I've never heard of William Gilbert - after looking up his bio on Wikipedia, that makes me quite sad. I have used the gilbert unit, but had no idea where it was from!

Oh, and your quote? Pretty much the on-going mock-argument my husband and I have. He's a theorist, and I'm an experimentalist. Of course, we aren't nearly as eloquent as ol' Billy boy. I can't wait to call him a Philosophical Speculator!


message 10: by Alex (new)

Alex Ask him what the difference between "theorist" and "stoned freshman in college" is.


message 11: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Answer: "Although both are equally likely to spout BS about their favorite theory of the Universe, a theorist is less likely to get laid."


message 12: by Alex (new)

Alex Ha! Well done.


message 13: by Alex (new)

Alex Excellent review, Cindy. I like how it was mostly about you fucking with guys who hit on you.

Canadians have next dibs on this. They actually, like, one person reads out loud and the rest of them sit around the campfire making s'mores, and did you know that in Canada they use cheese instead of chocolate on s'mores? Gross, right? so the whole country reads books together.


message 14: by Cindy (last edited Oct 11, 2010 07:07PM) (new)

Cindy haha, I hope it's 'herbal' cheese. That would greatly help the understanding of string theory. So I hear.


message 15: by Alex (new)

Alex Herbal cheese. Heh.


message 16: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Maybe if Prop 19 passes in California next month, I should open a herbal cheese shop! Then I can sell it to Canadian ex-pats for their f-ed up s'mores.


message 17: by Alex (new)

Alex I think you're on to something here.


message 18: by Jayme (new)

Jayme If you make a herbal soy cheese line, I'll be your first customer. My s'mores just haven't been the same since I gave up cheese.


message 19: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Hahaha Jayme! Did you do herbal soy cheese for Thanksgiving?


message 20: by Jayme (new)

Jayme No...because you haven't invented it yet. You let me down for Thanksgiving, Cindy. (◕︵◕)


message 21: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Aw, sad face Jayme is sad! I have 6 weeks until the US Thanksgiving - so I'll get right on it. Now, how to get a prescription for my 'herbs'...


message 22: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer D HEY! (@ what Alex said!)

Talk about late to the party! I really enjoyed reading your review, Cindy. Does Alex have this book now?


message 23: by Alex (new)

Alex I have it Jennifer, and I'm starting it today. You want it next? Or is it too cold for chees'mores?


message 24: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Thanks, Jennifer! :D


message 25: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer D Cool, Alex. I would like it, if Jayme doesn't have dibs.


message 26: by Alex (new)

Alex Jayme has steadfastly refused to call dibs. You got it.


message 27: by Jayme (new)

Jayme I don't have dibs. And my stack is really way too big.


message 28: by Alex (new)

Alex JAYME! How you been, sunshine?


message 29: by Jayme (new)

Jayme Work, work, work. I'll see you guys next year...


message 30: by Alex (new)

Alex Cindy, where'd you get your model of the Ptolemaic universe? WANT.


message 31: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Wait, did I write something about that in the margins?


message 32: by Alex (new)

Alex Yeah. Or else I'm in your closet right now.

Kinda second guessing that double espresso after dinner right now.


message 33: by Jayme (new)

Jayme You have to write stuff in the margins too! That will make it the best book ever! Jennifer's reading it next, right? It should be a rule you have to contribute to book somehow.


message 34: by Cindy (last edited Dec 11, 2010 11:57PM) (new)

Cindy Yes! But, I was such a tagger, there's not much space left. (kidding?)

Aaah, well, it's not a working model, really. Only one part of the sphere spins. We got it at a local furniture shop that's kind of like Pier 1 used to be? Lots of imported stuff. We have a huge jade disc from them as well.


message 35: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Oh, and I spilled my tea on the cover, so everyone should contribute a drink stain.


message 36: by Jayme (new)

Jayme My book stains are usually food. I should never be allowed to eat and read.


message 37: by Alex (last edited Dec 12, 2010 07:22AM) (new)

Alex Jayme, that's been the plan all along! Where've you been?

Cindy: Well, that's no help to me. I didn't look too hard last night...maybe I'll try again this week.


message 38: by Jayme (new)

Jayme I'm out of the loop, Alex. I'll have to start working on that...


message 39: by Alex (new)

Alex Yes! Be around more!

Cindy, totally agree about chapter five of this thing. All of a sudden it just tumbles into jibberish. I didn't even understand the bit about Einstein, and I already understood that. Now I don't anymore.


message 40: by Jayme (new)

Jayme Maybe you're not as smart as you used to be.


message 41: by Cindy (new)

Cindy I'm blaming it all on Mlodinow. Including Jayme's insane work schedule. How dare he!


message 42: by Alex (new)

Alex Jayme wrote: "Maybe you're not as smart as you used to be."

That's also a pretty good theory.


message 43: by Daniël (new)

Daniël Marry me.


message 44: by Alex (new)

Alex Who the hell has this book right now?


message 45: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Daniël wrote: "Marry me."

You aren't a physicist from UCLA are you?


message 46: by Alex (new)

Alex He's got an umlaut in his name. You're not going to do any better than that.


message 47: by Cindy (new)

Cindy But there is a certain theoretical cosmologist with a British accent who has my eye...

(Yeah, who did you send this to, Alex?)


message 48: by Alex (new)

Alex Jayme maybe?


message 49: by Jayme (new)

Jayme No you sent it to Jennifer...how do you not even remember who you sent it to? I think you get dumber by the day. She is hogging it. I don't have it.


message 50: by Cindy (new)

Cindy Jennifer needs to move that along so you can add your drink stain to it, Jayme!


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