on, Folks, Lighten up a bit. Fact is Sharon Weinberger may seem to be a
barrel of fun, but she mixes up a lot of things for the sake of a "good
story" - and sometimes she just messes up. The location of the dump for
nuke waste is very important to everybody, but she locates it, Yucca
Mtn., in Colorado! Good Gad, imagine how much acid has been churned in
the stomachs of Colorado by her carelessness!!!
think that the root of my problem has been that for 42 years of
academic life I have absolutely refused to accept a "Security
Clearance" - from anybody. I do not know any "Secrets." I do physics
that is interesting to me and to my Graduate Students (36 through their
PhD dissertations, so far) without permissions from anybody, JASONS,
the "Brightest and the Best," or Government funding agencies. Sometimes
we have funding, sometimes we don't; and then we improvise.
Incidentally, the apocryphal dental X-ray, was not "taken from a
dentist," but was purchased with $1,500 we had gotten from some
successful tech transfer and Catalin Zoita (who is really bright, but
was denigrated by Sharon Weinberger because he did not "warm-up" to her
nicely) powered it with a final audio amplifier originally used for
outdoor rock-concerts. The amplifier was driven with some ultra
sophisticated digital concoction that was described in Zoita's
dissertaton. The whole gig threw us into contact with some really
interesting types of colleagues, new to us - and also like us, not
members of the "Best and Brightest." Incidentally, when I advised
Sharon that Dr. Zoita had lost his job as a postdoc ( and did not get
another) when we lost our funding because of her, she replied "He can
always get a job at Wal-Mart." Is that also funny ? possibly to some
Folks, since the hurt is not among the "Brightest and the Best." She
reports (as I have observed, also) those Guys at the JASON level have
very thin skins.
of messing up - think for a minute; what happens if the Best and
Brightest do successfully repeat our international team's early
experiment with the dental X-ray machine powered by a rock-concert amp?
As attributed to Wilhelmy by Sharon, they realized that if they
confirmed our weird, cost-effective breakthrough with the $10's
millions Argonne synchrotron, then they would be in deep you-know-what
with their establishment where paychecks depend upon just how expensive
research can be made. So they assumed linearity of this unexpected
phenomenon and cranked up the power, by about five orders-of-magnitude.
John Becker publicly admitted that the first try blew-up their
radioactive sample, vaporizing it into the open laboratory air - ah the
Best at work; and clearly failing to confirm our positive results.
(my wife) explained the matter. She was making a cake for which the
instructions were to bake for 30 min. at 350F. Her view was that with
linearity, as assumed for everything at Argonne, they probably would
think that they could bake it in 3 minutes at 3500F or going the full
orders-of-magnitude, give it 1.8 sec at 350,000 degrees. Yes, I know
that this is not perfect linearity because I did not correct for
absolute zero not happening at 0F, but that complicates the
illustration too much and it's about right, anyway.
whole deal about the "choke-hold" on the Hf-178 isomer supply is a
"crock." After the Best and Brightest blew up their sample was Doina
supposed to give them one of hers? Fact is, any amount is for sale at
her invoice price she paid appreciated by the Lipper average for any
other growth investment over the same period of time. Want to buy some?
fun it is, but why did Sharon Weinberger put the tragic death of our
beloved Son in a public transportation accident in the index of her