Two Murrays and Some Important News in Physics
Murray the "K"
||Mr. the "K" was a legendary New York City disk
jockey. I'd tell you more, but he has his
own web site and of
course there's a
article devoted to him, although I note that the latter omitted
the quotation marks around his abbreviation.
My mom took me to
see one of his famous shows at the Apollo theater. I'm not
sure whether I was too young to attend by myself, or that she
was concerned for my safety, morals, or even continued
existence. We both survived the experience. My main
memory of the event was that an older girl sitting behind me
kept hitting me in the head with a large, heavy, and clangorous
bracelet. That and the fact that all the acts played a
medley of their hit and were on and off the stage in what seemed
like seconds. Now that was organization!
Triggering this particular reminiscence was the accidental
discovery of a couple of Murray the "K's" submarine race
watching cards in a box of old QSLs. These are either
serious collector's items or totally unwanted. I couldn't
even find one on eBay, although I'm sure hundreds of thousands
must have been distributed in Murray's heyday.
Murray The "D"
Somewhat after the heyday of Murray the "K," while the memory was fresh
and I was involved in my previous life with a previous employer, I had a
co-worker named Murray. It was our custom, along with one or two
Pauls and the occasional Gary, to frequent a particular luncherie on
Fridays. It involved driving, eating, and finally returning from
the garage. On our return one day, there was this guy walking on
the street with his dog. As we got close, he looked up and
hollered "Murray!" None of us knew him, Murray included, but he
kept looking at us and bellowing "Murray!"
As we got closer, Murray responded to him, the man looked puzzled about
that, and finally realized that he was being confronted by a genuine
Murray of the human persuasion. He pointed "No, no... Murray the
You can guess who had a new epithet from that day forward.
Who Needs The LHC?
||You may have read the news recently that the "Cape Wind"
project has been approved. A curious assortment of
advocates and detractors has been fighting over this for almost
a decade. The cons assert that the enormous wind turbines
miles offshore will affect recreation, fishing, and
not-so-coincidentally, the views from the Kennedy compound.
The Pros understandably want free wind energy, and won't have to
look at the turbines.
Rep. Jeff Bingaman, breathtakingly obviating the need for the
Large Hadron Collider and praising the administration all in one
sentence, asserted "America needs all the clean electrons it can
get." Perhaps the LHC can at least be used to verify the
congressional discovery of sub-sub-sub atomic particles that are
so tiny that to electrons they look like dirt.
(check out the promo - see the link
This is a Marillion T-shirt. I got it at
a rare concert in NYC. Marillion is a UK band with only a
modest USA following. They rarely attend these shores,
which is sad because they're really, really good. The one
time I've seen the band this century was right after the 2004
release of their album
Marbles, which was therefore unfamiliar
to me. They performed the whole album!
Marbles is less "accessible" than much of
their previous material, and being in a standing-room-only venue
as well, it wasn't the concert I had hoped it would be.
Nice T-shirt, though.