Friday Funnies in Advance of the Eclipse

I’m so excited about the upcoming solar eclipse. The glasses I ordered for work showed up yesterday and when I brought them in today, my coworkers and I spent a few minutes discussing our eclipse plan.

After reviewing the detailed safety instructions on the glasses, we’ve decided to play “Blinded by the Light” since there is a particular reference about the fun of looking directly at the sun. I suspect the song will last longer than the eclipse itself.

We played the song, rocked out with air guitars, and debated the merits of using one of the glasses as a filter over the cell phone camera to record the eclipse.

Of course this also gave us an opportunity to make bad chemistry jokes, since the sun is made primarily of helium. Helios was a sun god in Greek mythology. He was a Titan eventually supplanted by Apollo, the god of light and an Olympian.

Onto the jokes:

A chemist was reading a book about helium. He couldn’t put it down.

Helium walks into a bar.
The bartender says, “We don’t serve noble gases here.”
Helium doesn’t react.

And finally, what did the scientist say when he found two isotopes of helium? “He He.”

2016 Comes to a Close

And what an eventful year it’s been. I’m hopeful, like many others, that 2017 will be an improvement. We’ve had a rough time of it, with scary medical emergencies and several losses in the family this year.

December is usually a bright spot: my birthday comes the week after Thanksgiving, and Munchkin’s birthday mid-month, followed by several celebrations at Christmas. But along the way, we lost K’s last grandparent. It hasn’t been easy processing this or the sharp decline in my father’s health.

Onto brighter topics, stay tuned for several upcoming posts:

1) New Year’s (writing) Resolutions

2) My review of Rogue One (spoiler alert: it’s easily my favorite Star Wars movie, plus so far just one reason Why Engineers Shouldn’t Watch TV)

3) The status of all my big writing projects (Sea Deception novella series, “The Demon’s Daughter” short story, and of course the sequel to “Dark Empire”)

I have a whole bunch of excerpts to post for Saturday Snippets, several ideas for Word Wednesdays, and will continue my series on Why Engineers Shouldn’t Watch TV.

What would you like to hear about in the new year?