Counting Atoms

Chad Orzel
Higher ed, pop culture, politics, and random shiny things
Created 04 Jul 2021
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  • Liberal Education and Leadership
    11 Oct 2021 • 9 min read • 1 0
    Bookshelves at Chateau Steelypips; tag yourself. In the round-up for the past couple of weeks, I included a link to Tanner Greer’s “Yale and the Education of Governing Elites”, which is mostly about a...
  • Two Weeks in Review
    09 Oct 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    It’s been quite the week in Chateau Steelypips, and I’m not all that sad to see the end of this one. The stressful bits were at least balanced by a bit of news I can’t share yet, and also some good re...
  • Gifts That Keep On Giving
    08 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 2 1
    The kerfuffle of the morning in my social media feeds is around Bill de Blasio announcing the phase-out of New York City’s gifted and talented program in the public schools. This was, in classic NYC/B...
  • Talking About Planning Talks
    07 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 2 0
    So, I’ve got a new book, A Brief History of Timekeeping, coming out in January— you can pre-order it now, which is an awesome thing to do— which means I’ll need to do a bunch of promotional stuff over...
  • The Not-Breakthrough We Needed
    06 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 1 1
    SteelyKid at one of The Pip’s baseball games. SteelyKid doesn’t have Covid. This was not always a sure thing. I got a call Monday from SteelyKid at school, complaining of a headache and upset stomach ...
  • Spin Glasses and Lazy Journalism
    05 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 5 2
    The 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics was announced this morning, “for groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of complex physical systems.” The fine print says that this is to be split among thre...
  • This Week in Movie Nights
    03 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 1 3
    I was traveling for the past week— I went down to the DC area to record some video lectures, about which more later— so blog content was pretty minimal, and we’ll skip the usual “Week in Review” thing...
  • The Age of Pop Decoupling
    30 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    I’ve been reading Tom Breihan’s Number Ones column for a good while now, and was very amused by a bit from Monday’s entry about Glenn Medeiros’s “She Ain’t Worth It”: This song came out when I was 10 ...
  • Re-Reading Bricks
    27 Sep 2021 • 3 min read • 3 2
    Books, with crap on my desk for scale. I’ve had a horrible case of “reader’s block” regarding fiction for a good while now. I suspect this is partly due to the pandemic, in that one of the principal w...
  • This Week in Movie Nights
    26 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    I wasn’t sure whether we’d actually conclude the (re)watch of the Ocean’s movies after doing 8 and 11 last weekend, but Friday night both kids were like “We’re watching Ocean’s Twelve, right?” So, it ...
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