Tomorrow is a big fun holiday for United Stateseans, but those foreigners at CERN decided to make a big Higgs announcement at 1:00 a.m. my local time, and I imagine I’ll wake up to having to explain what a 4.5σ result is.
So until then, I’ll just put this here. And yes, that is my pal Felicia Day playing the violin.
I realized today that I have never really directly promoted Felicia Day’s new YouTube Channel, Geek and Sundry. If you don’t know who Felicia is, then a) what are you doing on the internet, and 2) seriously, what are you doing on the internet?
Felicia is an actor, producer, writer, funny person, dork, and all-around cool person. I can’t remember if I first saw her on Doctor Horrible, where she played Penny, or on The Guild, a massively (and deservedly so) successful web comedy series she essentially created herself out of thin air (well, with the awesometastic Kim Evey too, hi Kim! [waves]).
She decided that spending 23.9 hours per day working wasn’t enough, so she started up Geek and Sundry to highlight geek stuff. The channel has several shows on it, including the on-air book club Sword and Laser, and Wil Wheaton’s gaming show Table Top. She has her own short show called The Flog, where honestly it’s just her being adorable, which is apparently in her DNA. I’ve been watching them and they’re great… so imagine my surprise when I got to the 46 second mark of this week’s episode:
Oh my. No humorously false braggadocio here, folks: that’s just plain cool.
It’s not hard to describe just how silly homeopathy is — after all, diluting a substance in water until nothing is left is clearly not a great way to base a medicinal practice. Unless you’re trying to cure dehydration. But if describing homeopathy’s silliness is easy, doing it well is another matter; most people don’t have a very good sense of scale when it comes to very big and very small numbers (I guess numbers that dwarf even a trillion weren’t necessary for our ancestors on the plains of Africa, so we never evolved a way to grasp them).
[You really must click through to see the whole thing.]
Well, pictures of her, anyway, and the concept of Felicia’s uniqueness. This is actually a pretty good analogy: you can put Felicia into various categories (like women named Felicia, redheads, guest stars on "House"*, and so on) and compare that number to how much homeopathy dilutes various solutions.
I think this method really works! I love how he used Marian Call and Adam Savage in the redhead category, too.
Anyway, I hope this gets picked up far and wide by the geek ‘net. The more people who grasp the nonsense of homeopathy, the better. After all, there’s nothing to it.
Just a reminder, are you keeping up with Len Peralta’s Geek A Week podcast? Since I last mentioned it he’s interviewed Felicia Day, Bill Prady (co-executive producer of The Big Bang Theory), Penn & Teller, and Neil Gaiman! These are lots of fun to listen to, and I urge any nerds like me out there to sign on. Len is also a gifted artist and draws trading cards of all the geeks — the one here is of Felicia, of course. They’re really fun to look through. Collect ‘em all!
I happen to know it was Len’s birthday last week, too. Happy Birthday Len!
Regular readers know I have an marginally unhealthy crush on Felicia Day. Of course, so do millions of other people, so she’s probably relatively safe from me.
But are we safe from… colliding galaxies? Apparently, only Felicia knows for sure, as she demonstrates in this NASA PSA:
Hey! That was funny! Like, really funny! Lots of inside jokes for Felicia’s fans, too ("Is this your first time doing an internet video, Miss Day?") A lot of times videos like this are just painful, but this one is actually really good. Felicia is great, and the Sean Astin stuff cracked me up.
And I think someone’s been reading my book… OK, probably not. But the way she talked about all the astronomy was very natural and smooth, so I just know deep in her heart Felicia’s harboring a strong and undeniable love for astronomer. I mean astronomy. Yes! Astronomy! Of course that’s what I meant!
Sigh. We’ll always have Comic Con.
Tip o’ the Guilded lily (see what I did there?) to Javier Pazos.