- Ada, Oklahoma


August 29, 2012

The whole universe was in a hot dense state


Ada —

Penny is my favorite.  Doubtless some of this has to do with the mysterious charms inherent in a healthy 20-year-old female, but I believe it is also about how the acting talents of Kaley Cuoco are put to use.  She has the amazing ability to transmit what her character is thinking through facial expression.

There is a scene in which Amy Farrah Fowler (played by Mayim Bialik who used to play Blossom) who was NOT Sheldon’s girlfriend asks Penny if she considers herself a slut. Penny responds, “I’m not a slut,” but in doing so, she pauses. You can see her consider the notion.

Penny is opposite of Sheldon. To Sheldon, knowledge of science and all that is academic comes naturally while he has to study his way through even the simplest social interaction.  Penny is a natural people-person who is untutored in academics.

In spite of Penny’s many charms, the show is, of course, centered on the scientists but, and this is the important insight, not the science.  The science is there as background to the study of the characters.

As an academic, at some point I came to the realization that I got most of the picture I had of the world through books and other media and —this is the important part — books are not the same as reality.

Books are a sketch, a photograph, at best a statue.  While these are all good, even a statue of Venus is not the same as being with her.

This is true of academics from the arts, the humanities, and the social sciences as much as the sciences, but each has its own flavor.

(Cheers did a good job of showing how this is manifested in the arts and humanities with the Diane character.)

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  • Keeping your home safe from freezing temperatures


    When the weather outside dips into freezing temperatures, the last thing homeowners want to deal with is frozen pipes, or worse yet, busted pipes.


    December 15, 2012

  • Ten truths for college grads

    My kids are grown and out of the house, but even if they weren’t, they’re tired of hearing me say it.



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  • Tom Cole Report shows continuing challenges

    The last unemployment report to be released before the election reiterates how far we have to go to reach pre-recession levels of prosperity.  The 7.9 percent unemployment rate recorded for October is up slightly from September’s 7.8 percent.  Even more discouraging, it is slightly higher than the 7.8 percent recorded when President Obama first took office while the recession was at its peak. 

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