Sunday, February 28, 2010

Full House

Saturday night February 27, PLAYING DOCTOR played to a full house! In the show, Rob Brewster pretends to be an MD to please his parents. People were literally rolling in the aisles with laughter. We actors had to give up our dressing room chairs to accommodate the overflow audience. The show is a big hit!

Also this week, the local university hosted a physicist lecturing on "dark energy." Admission to his dark talk cost more than a ticket to our play. He promoted a Joint Dark Energy Mission while asking for a billion more dollars to launch it. The hypothesised "dark energy" has not led to any solutions, but a divergence of models and requests for more money. Why should the public reward failure? Compared to our show, the lecture was sparsely attended with no laughter.

The show must close after this week, so purchase tickets soon! PLAYING DOCTOR is a lot more fun than hearing about a dark universe.

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Anonymous Tony Smith said...

Congratulations on the success of your play.

As to Dark Energy, back in 2006 I asked a member of the HEPAP about the possibility of funding an experiment on Dark Energy that might cost less than $500 thousand.
The reply I received did NOT even discuss the physics of the proposed experiment as being good or bad,
but instead said (in relevant part)
"... our committee is only charged at looking at experiments that cost $20 Million or more. Anything as inexpensive as you mention is way below our radar screen ...".

Therefore, it is obvious that the USA Dark Energy programs are really not being evaluated on their physics,
but instead on their ability to create big-money self-sustaining bureaucratic empires.

Anything as inexpensive as your theoretical model, no matter how valid it may be,
totally fails to meet the real criteria of the USA physics community,
the more accurate your model turns out to be, the more viciously it must be attacked to preserve the $20 million plus programs and their bureaucratic empires.

Tony Smith

5:48 PM  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

Great to hear from you, Tony. As you will see here soon, more things are sucessful than just the play. Your comments are so spot-on, I hope you don't mind me quoting you.

1:54 PM  
Anonymous Tony Smith said...

Thanks Louise.
I certainly do not mind being quoted.


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