Some initial thoughts on the COLA demonstrations

Two Thursdays ago, teaching assistants at UC Santa Barbara collected on the lawn in front of the Physical Sciences North building to demonstrate in favor of a cost of living adjustment (COLA). Later, I watched from the library as they marched past, shouting slogans with passion. It looked fairly peaceful. Some had brought their children.Continue reading “Some initial thoughts on the COLA demonstrations”

Radionuclides to the rescue

This unifies two things dear to my heart: Scotch whiskey and radiocarbon. Also there’s really nothing more authentic than scammery at the centre of a story on whiskey. Historically, the control was from government sponsored monopolies, leading to illicit production and smuggling; now it’s greedy people seeking to corner the market on rare old drams,Continue reading “Radionuclides to the rescue”