Mele Kalikimaka from a sabbaticalized science teacher

Most people reading this (Hi Mom!) already know that when I’m not just traveling around the world for a year at a time, my day job consists of convincing a bunch of 6th through 8th graders that science is actually a real thing, that it’s a body made up of both empirical evidence and of questions about natural phenomena which we just don’t understand yet.

Natural phenomenon we understand: double rainbows.  Light refracts and can re-refract within the same exact raindrops to produce both a primary and secondary rainbows.

Natural phenomenon we understand: double rainbows. Light refracts and can then re-refract within the same exact raindrops to produce both a primary and secondary rainbow.  This was on Poipu Beach.

Natural phenomena we don’t understand: Are donuts still delicious as you’re being sucked into a black hole? Just kidding! The real questions are more along the lines of “HOW THE HECK are we supposed to study what’s going on inside a black hole if EVERYTHING within its event horizon is totally invisible to any scientific instrument we can even fathom?” Image credit goes to Victor de Schwanberg (it’s not a real black hole… artists have to be creative with them, because we pretty much can’t see black holes, remember?)

So, with my predisposition to think scientifically, and it being Christmas and all, I thought I’d give all of our readers a Christmas present through our blog that includes two things that I’ve been pondering/experiencing during the Year of Fun’s Hawaii phase.  The first thing is advice based on scientific fact (advice which I can attest to personally), and the second is simply five minutes of advice that I’ve found useful in my life ever since 1998 when I heard this song on 89X out of Detroit, MI.  Hopefully you’ll find this song-present enjoyable and useful in some way in your life, even if just for a moment of nostalgia.  Ready?  Just click the the play button below!

Extra credit to anyone who guesses which line in the song I’ve been pondering the most.  Merry Christmas, everyone!  We’re headed to Southeast Asia in a few hours!  Commencing Year of Fun Phase III!

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3 Responses to Mele Kalikimaka from a sabbaticalized science teacher

  1. Dick Dyer says:

    Bon voyage and happy journeys on YOF-III. I think the line is “Do something scary every day”

  2. Kay Frey says:

    My first wild guess is pondering what you will do with the rest of your life.

    Or it could be DANCE, knowing you. But I’ll stick with my first guess.

    Tomorrow Dad, Mom, and Ryan arrive. Grandma and Dave are here now. We have been CHRISTMASED!!! Miss you and wish we were there. Safe flight and keep the e-mails coming.

  3. Rosanne davis says:

    Ryan thinks that it is the phrase ‘it’s ok if you don’t know what you want to do with your life’
    Enjoy Thailand!

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