دوشنبه، اسفند ۱۳، ۱۳۸۶

Occasionally I hear the remark I don't write much about me and my own work on this blog. True. Reason is I find writing about myself or problems I've thought about during the day rather boring, so this blog is mostly dedicated to other interests. What could I write anyway? The typical post would read like "Lost a minus, found a minus, found a second minus and started all over again. Found a factor two, renamed all variables, started all over again. Changed the gauge, introduced an additional vector field, fixed some degrees of freedom, decided that doesn't make sense. Started all over again." It gets very repetitive. If you thought being a theoretical physicist is all fun and travel to conferences in exotic places, I'm sorry to disappoint you.

One thing fun about being a physicist however are the conversations with the US border posts. In many instances they think I'm a physician (the Dr. in the passport doesn't help), I've been a 'theological physicist', a psychologist, a 'theorist', but most often I am a 'What??'. Could be worse though. A colleague of mine once classified himself as 'nuclear theorist', which was turned into 'nuclear terrorist'. Didn't help he was from Iran. I mean, obviously, I would think if you want to bomb down a place you better get a work permit that allows you terrorize appropriately, as classified in form I94 and DS2019. If I don't want to talk to the border post, I am a 'postdoctoral researcher'. According to my work permit I am a 'post-secondary teaching assistant',...

From:
A brief history of mine (I), by Bee on Backreaction

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