A few people have asked me about the relatively long length of time since my last blog post, which I wrote on the final day of August. I am still alive (yeah!), but a couple obstacles have been in my writing path. The Lynchburg College academic year began at the the end of August and I've been having fun teaching calculus-based introductory physics, electromagnetism, and statistical thermodynamics. We have hefty teaching loads at my college! On the nonprofessional front, I've got a pesky herniated disc that needs attention. To that end, I'm having back surgery this Friday at the University of Virginia medical center. I've had two such surgeries in the past; they are more annoying than anything else. I'm lucky enough to not have a physically demanding job that would keep me away from work longer than about a week.
On a happier note, I plan to give a talk on a bunch of physics goodies from this past summer's London Olympics. My talk is part of Lynchburg College's Science Gang series and will begin at 4:30 pm this Thursday (27 September) in Hopwood Auditorium. Click here to see where on my campus that building is located. The talk is open to the public, so if you are in or around Lynchburg, Virginia this Thursday afternoon, drop by and enjoy some Olympics physics. Get to the auditorium by 4:00 pm and you'll get some pizza, snacks, and drinks.