Interview with a Biophysicist: Andy Resnick - Comments

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@Andy Resnick btw, is the GoPro waterproof?
Not by itself. All those cameras come with a plastic enclosure, tho, and when used correctly the camera can be used underwater no problem. Not sure how deep it can go- I've only taken it down 4 feet at most. When I'm done I wash the (still enclosed) camera off with fresh water to get any sand/salt/crud off, then dry and open the enclosure. Sometimes there's a bit of sand in the gaskets, easily brushed off.
 
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What happened with Michael Turner (who is he)?
 
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What happened with Michael Turner (who is he)?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Turner_(cosmologist)

Here's the whole humiliating story- for what it's worth, he probably has no recollection of this.

There was a series on public television titled (I think) "The Early Universe" that came out when I was 14 or 15, Michael was one of the talking heads on the show. Watching it, I immediately lost interest in everything non-physics: from that moment, I knew exactly what I wanted to do for a career.

Now fast-forward 20 years, I'm at a public lecture given by Steve Weinberg. After his talk, there was a wine-and-cheese social event that I wandered into (for the free wine), and I'm looking around the room and who do I see? Michael Turner. I start gushing to my friends about how I saw this show when I was a kid, he was on it, blah blah blah. So they convince to go and tell him how much the show meant to me. I should mention that none of us were inebriated at all- I went though this stone sober.

I take a deep breath, tell myself he may enjoy hearing how he made a difference in some kid's life, and start walking. I introduce myself, tell him how that PBS show made me interested in physics, and I just wanted to personally thank him for inspiring me.

He looks right at me, very serious. He says: "I'm sorry I got you interested in physics".

Then this giant hole in the earth opened up and I fell in.

True story. I've since convinced myself that his comment was meant to be a light-hearted joke.
 
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Why would he say this other than a joke?
Well, yes. (Edit- now it's a funny story!) At the time though, it didn't seem like it. He wasn't laughing, for example. Not even smiling.
 
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Boring! Awkward always makes for a good story :biggrin:
Comedy: when something bad happens to someone else.
 
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