The Germans have a word called “erledigt” it has numerous different meanings, but one rough translation means ‘job done’.
The bloke on camera would shout “erledigt” on completion of the task were he actually german, which in this case, he is not.
There are some things that you just experience as part of life. Now the study of life processes is Biology – everyone gets that. You can have first hand experience of most biological actions. Hey, think about it, you can summarize most key concepts of Biology on a A3 poster, bit of colouring in and there you go! That is why girls love Biology, and also why I can say that without being rude, anyone can (and have done in my experience) teach it.
So Biology is the study of living things. Great.
So what is Chemistry? I was once told by a Physicist that Chemistry was “advanced cooking” – ‘So what was Home Economics then?’ I retorted.
‘Oh, that’s just dough bashing!’ came the reply.
My response was ‘Ok. So Physics must be Black magic then! – the study of things you cannot touch, feel or explain, such as magnetism and quantum theory” He took that as a badge of honour that he wore with pride.
He was the best A-level teacher I have ever worked with.
There is a different level of thought required to study Physics. That is why most girls do not choose it as an option. I will never forget the time when that same teacher came and unravelled the mess that I created in trying to explain the ideas behind Heisenbergs Uncertainty Principle to a very bright 15 year old girl (as it happened).
I had rambled on and tied her in knots, she did not even need to know this theory for her exam in the first place. Grabbing the Master of Black magic from next door’s classroom I shoved him in front of her. About a minute of time, a broken pencil and a mug of tea was all he needed to model his the ideas that he explained. All fixed. Panic over. A true master craftsman had done his work.
Anyway here are two sources of other great Physics teaching – click and enjoy. There are only two of you left now reading this anyway!
First up Sixty Symbols ………….
Then some inspiration in a ‘Physics in a minute’ video
Now I take my hat off to people who have brainwaves and act upon them. So well done to the folks at Revo.
This system enables cyclists to see and be seen. But not only do these lights have the potential to save lives, but they look amazing.
Now how cool is that? Read more about it at the link below
I got the Old Papershopcruiser out of the shed the other day and also found an unpublished video which is also posted. Seems ages ago that I made it.
Just Click the Link!
There is a really good blog run by a Jason Kottke. He posts a lot of varied stuff, much of which is sent to him by followers of his blog.
Check out his work on www.kottke.org
Regular readers of this blog will know that I love an action sports HD video, well here is one originally posted on Jason’s blog.
Notice one of my bike heroes features in this too
Surf’s up Dude…..
BASE jumping looks so slow and calm……
Watch the video and towards the end there is a clip where the long haired lout has a jump off what is essentially the top of a mountain. At 2:36 on the video if you look carefully you can see a road on the left hand side of the shot.
What has this got to do with the price of fish? I hear you ask. Watch the last video and you will see why!
Till you see this…
The video has three jumps on it and on the third clip has a little boy in shot. Watch that little lad’s reaction….