Thursday, May 31, 2018

My Mostly Harmless Musings

Don't spell "part" backward. It's a trap!
A Public Service Announcement from Admiral Ackbar
(He's very serious about this.)

In the category of FACT, not fiction (in fiction)
(misc: it was a fun movie.)
Sticking to the Star Wars theme I learned that George Lucus loves using solar sails in his movies. Check out my quote on the topic in the article "The Secret of Solar Sails" in the current issue of Cosmos.

To all my fellow Geeks, here is a Review from the European Mathematical Society of Blockbuster Science: The Real Science in Science Fiction. According to them, I'm crisp, up-tempo, to the point, and humorous. Ah... they know me so well. Ha!

(Disclaimer: buying this book has been proven, more or less, to NOT to be bad for your health.)
Attention to all my writing friends, the Philadelphia Writers' Conference is coming back to town June 8-10. This is its 70th year! I'll be there. We can rock it out together. It is staged at the Wyndham Hotel in (you'll never guess) Philadelphia. Come embrace your creativity. It is also during the weekend of Philadelphia Beer Week (June 1-10). No matter what, if you attend the PWC remember to say hi! I love meeting fellow writers. Perhaps we will have a beer together.

Now allow me to introduce: 
Ringo Biggles Woofington -- First of his Name, Protector of the Realm, Eater of Milkbones
He is the newest member of the insane asylum. The little guy isn't much of a scientist, but he is one hell of an explorer. How do the other inmates feel about him? Let me show you.

Let's have some more fun.
Have you ever wondered who's the roundest knight at King Arthur's court? I think it Circumference.

To honor Dr. Stephen Hawking (he is missed) here is the legendary Ant Man vs. Hawking Quantum Chess Match. (oh, and Keanu Reeves meddles)

How about some science-like trickery? In this video, four sets of identical twins stage a pretty good time travel prank.

Here is an article about how U of Penn professors cause problems: Flight delayed after passenger becomes suspicious of equation.

Have you ever wondered where bad light ends up? In a prism.

That's it for now. Stay tuned for more.

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Cheers for now.

Monday, October 09, 2017

My Mostly Harmless Musings

Good news alert: Blockbuster Science: The Real Science in Science Fiction is now out!
Early Reviews:

“David Siegel Bernstein’s charming and engaging book is a whirlwind tour of the mind-bending ideas and discoveries at the heart of modern science. Reality is often stranger than fiction; Blockbuster Science is a welcoming guide to anyone who wants to explore the ever-expanding boundaries between proven science and inspired speculation.”

—Andre Bormanis, television writer and producer, and science consultant for the Star Trek television and film franchise

“It’s always scarier if it’s possible, and Blockbuster Science takes the ‘fiction’ out of science fiction. Brilliant, weird, and unnerving. Highly recommended!” 

—Jonathan Maberry, New York Times–bestselling author of Patient Zero and Mars One

“The book covers everything, with a truly encyclopaedic ability to fire example after example from science fiction to illustrate the science being discussed…. Because this book is all about the science of science fiction, there are examples that blur the line between the two and really capture the imagination…. If you are looking for a primer on a wide range of sciences and a wide range of science fiction, then Blockbuster Science is your hitchhiker’s guide.

nature physics

Available at:  Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble  |  IndieBound  |  Powell's Books  |  And your favorite local bookstore

To help celebrate its release, I have created a Spotify Playlist titled (of all things) Blockbuster Science. It includes all of the songs the book recommends- (consider it science and science fiction mood music). Don't give me that look. You will like it. I promise. So give Blockbuster Science a listen. 

In other writing news. I contributed a time travel article to The Portalist--a rockin site for science and science fiction. So give It's Only a Matter of Time: Time Travel in Fiction and Real Life a read. I'm sure it won't be a waste of time!

That isn't all! Here is a little something I wrote for John Scalzi's Whatever. It is my BIG IDEA. ----Click on it.

It is time for some nonsense.

Today's challenge
Go to online and order a chicken and an eggthen wait and see which comes first.

Are you asking me for music parody?  I don't hear a no. Here you go. Star Trekkin'

There are Klingons off the starboard bow! It's worse than that, he's dead Jim! 

People have asked me if I have any upcoming plans. Well, here they are. I'm building something to help me around the house. Nothing can go wrong. Right?

A Halloween  Public Service Announcement

Ths evidence is indisputable. 

That's it for this post. Stay tuned for more.

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What can I say? She enjoys a good book.She may be a future scientist or SciFi fan.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

My Mostly Harmless Musings

"You've never heard of the Millennium Falcon? ... It's the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs."
       ―Han Solo

And now for the question I know you’ve been dying to know—but too afraid to (maybe) ask. 
How could Han have made this legendary run when a parsec is a measure of distance and not of time?
A fun and scientifically consistent explanation can be found in Blockbuster Science (The Real Science In Science Fiction)
Coming October 2017 
Blockbuster Science Quote:
Not only am I a good read, I also make a great gift. Or so I've heard... (or rather I've told myself).
On the Subject of Han Solo:
It's true

Speaking of Science (sans the fiction), the kids and I had the honor of going on a long walk for science. Yes, I'm talking the March For ScienceIt was an amazing and diversified event. BUT it reminds me of a sad truth. The censorship of scientists is why Krypton exploded. Just saying. Anyway, here are few pictures.

Arriving at the March
Come on, where else can you see cool signs like this?


Public Service Announcement
This is what all the "Kids" are doing. And you need to know about it. Now. 

This internet thing may someday really take off. Who knows? 

Once again it's Comic Con season here in Philadelphia. Gwendolyn and I are making haste to get there!

I bumped into my old friend Spike (James Marsters).
Billie Piper wishing me Peace (after meeting the kids).

Oh, Crap.

This is an alert goes out to all my WRITING friends. The Philadelphia Writers Conference (the PWC to those in the know) is coming to town (guess which town) on June 9-11. The PWC conveniently coincides with Philly Beer Week. Coincidence? I wonder. If you see me see at either or both events, say hi. We can toast writers. 

That's it for this post. Stay tuned for more.

This post has been approved by the girls.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

My Mostly Harmless Musings

You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.
—Ray Bradbury

David Siegel Bernstein

Sorry Mr. Yellow Hat

I know I’ve been naughty by not posting as often as I should. So here is a quickie. Quick because: this is THE week. The perfect temporal storm. What am I talking about? Good question (me). This week is Wizard World Comic Con (June 1-4), the Philadelphia Writers Conference (the PWC is Philly’s Premier Writers conference June 10-12) and interlaced through both is Philadelphia Beer Week (June 3-12). By the way, if you are going to the PWCremember to say hi! We can share a brew.
Here I am combining beer and writing at a previous PWC.  

Here is a message to my writing friends (who are probably (I hope) goofing right now to read this).

I read this headline: Suicidal twin kills sister by accident.

Oh and Speaking of The Philly Comic Con

      Hi From the Clan. We wish you were here        Meeting a friend for drinks (don't judge me.)

Personal Insight: I'm LOLing on the outside while WTFing on the inside when people use acronyms in their posts.

Important news: Trader Joe's took something good (dare I say something perfect?) and reduced it to a joke—a violation of the tongue! I'm sorry to announce Joe's now offers a Sweet Potato and Kale pizza. Yes, I know there are those of you who will run out to buy this (and yes, I question your life choices).

In writing news: I’m expanding the section about extra dimensions in the string theory chapter of a nonfiction project. So yes, you could say the size (dimensions) of the chapter is growing. Sorry, cheap joke. I'm also working on a devilish short story. I think from the adjective in the last sentenceyou can figure out who my misunderstood (or is she?) main character is. 

Books I'm reading (and that I recommend you give a try) 

On deck
That's it for this post. Stay tuned for more.
      And remember

Friday, March 18, 2016

My Mostly Harmless Musings

Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words
—Mark Twain

Everyone believes me when I tell them the above—except for my author friends. (Shoot, what do they know about writing anyway?)

I suggest backing away from the fence. Now! Smooth jazz and poetry may be coming.

Science fact: don’t forget, tonight the Moon will be visible from the Earth. The last time this happened was last night.

The musical fact: that there’s a highway to Hell and only a stairway to Heaven says a lot about anticipated traffic numbers.

Word of the Post: Namascray  (nah-mas-cray) The crazy in me recognizes and honors the crazy in you.

Here is some writing contest news. The 2016 Spring Forward Contest is now open! It is the Philadelphia Writers' Conference annual spring contest for the chance to win half price registration to this year's conference. If you happen to love writing, submit something under 1000 words. It can be anything. A short story, a poem, a lyric essay, a quick article, a funny little bon mot. Just get in by March 21.

These Comics are dedicated to my researcher friends

This one is for my writer friends

And now for an example of the inhumanity comic book fans have to deal with. Watch a weather presenter *accidentally* tear a rare comic book poster! This is from Good Morning Britain.

Does any besides me think this might be a good gift for Michelle?

Michelle: the answer had better be no.

Here is the only third grader to qualify for the finals of the Geography Bee (Think of a Spelling Bee only in this competition she crushed Geography facts). All other contestants were fourth graders.

Science Fair Domination: the launch of homemade rockets for fuel ratio-altitude testing.
Homeland Security did not show up.

A picture of the project documentarian

Michelle and I caught some interesting art at a Pop Art exhibit.

I'll leave you with some parental advice

Gratuitous picture that combines an attractive woman (Michelle), a golden car, and the football.

That's it for this post. Stay tuned for more.

Monday, May 18, 2015

My Mostly Harmless Musings

I’d like to begin this post with the Writer’s Prayer:
Lord, give me Coffee to change the things I can change and Whiskey to accept the ones I cannot.

Inspirational Quotes of this month's post
"Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed. I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book's autograph. I am a proud non-reader of books."
- Kanye West

"Whatever. Book's don't give autographs." - David Siegel Bernstein

Guess what is coming up. Give up? Already? That was quick. Anyway, the answer: the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference. The oldest writing conference in the country! So come to the Wyndham Hotel in Philadelphia June 12-14 and embrace your creativity. The festivities are kicked off by the renowned author Sara Shepard. She is the author of the New York Times Best Selling series Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game, both of which have been made into hit shows on ABC Family. She is both the opening speaker and a workshop leader for a feature on writing for television and movies.

Stephen Fried will put his own unique stamp on the Keynote address on Saturday evening. Stephen has been writing for nearly forty years, and his work has garnered praise and acclaim from every quarter, ranging from the National Magazine Award (the magazine equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize), to the Medal of Honor from the Vidocq Society for his investigative piece "Cradle to Grave."  He even is credited with the creation of a new word (fashionista) by the Oxford English Dictionary, coined when writing his first book, Thing of Beauty, which discusses the life and death of Philadelphia born model Gia Garangi.

I'm on the board of directors--so you know it will be good. Besides the usual great workshops: Novel Writing, Short Stories, Writing for the YA market, Non-Fiction writing, Playwriting, and how to be a Social Media Ninja, the Master Classes this year are dedicated to Poetry and Screenwriting. Click on this link for the complete PWC agenda because there is a lot I haven't mentioned.

And as always, if you do come, remember to find me and say hi, or better yet, buy me a beer.

And now for some non-literary musings.

Look at the ads below: first off it is NOT legal to kill a woman (see add #7) and second is "Go Gay" still on the market? (see #8). Finally, what is inappropriate about add #9? My lady Michelle deliberately doesn't store-test so she can be.... oh never mind.

It's time for a dance party! Just don't invite any Noble Gasses (watch this informative video to find out why).

Let's talk about Wizard World Philadelphia (Comic Con Philly) for a bit. The pictures below in particular.

Two facts about the Con: David Tennant was excited (I don't think it was about me) and I'll never tell anyone what Billie Piper saw (which might be about me).

Oh look--Seth and Gwendolyn got chomped up at the Con.

What Con is complete without Summer Glau? Answer: none.

These characters surprisingly weren't popular.


Now that Gwendolyn has met Westley (Caray Elwes) from the Princess Bride... I fear I now have to go around calling her Princess Buttercup. It made her day when he told her, "As you wish."


I couldn't figure out who this guy was. I had no clues. Any ideas?

Who doesn't recognize Burt Reynolds and Dee Snider (unlikely Comic Con guests, but who am I to judge)? 

That's it for this post. Stay tuned for more. 

Bonus (memorial) Pic

And then there was only One