Journal, 1/4/omg13

One More Reason To Love New York City:

A confluence of opportunity finds me with a reading slot at the Dramatists’ Guild and a need to hear my new script Upgrade out loud and in a hurry. But, it’s 6pm the day before…how will I find actors for this big cast? I send an email at 6:30pm, and then head to see a friend’s show. I assume I’ll be lucky to find 2 or 3 peeps this last minute…

When I leave the show, I discover I have a cast of–are you ready for this?–Rachael Hip-Flores, Aja Houston, Daryl Lathon, Lori E. Parquet, Chester Poon, Ryan Shams, Isaiah Tanenbaum, Jennifer Gordon Thomas,  Jennifer Tsay and Chinaza Uche.

I love these people. I love this city!
Join us tonight from 6-7pm for the reading (and discussion afterwards) at The Dramatists Guild’s Frederick Loewe Room, located at 1501 Broadway (between 43rd and 44th), in room 710.
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Three Reasons to Love This Future We Call The Present

Oh, an invisibility cloak? Big whoop. All the serious wizards these days are rocking time cloaks (h/t Adam Swiderski). I’m excited not only for the thing itself, but for what it might mean for basic physics.

Same goes for the possibility that we might need an entirely new kind of probability to discuss how chance manifests across the multiverse:

Until now, physicists seeking to predict the properties and behaviour of the multiverse have added a sprinkling of conventional probability to reflect the chance of us being in a particular universe. For example, in a multiverse with just two universes, you might add a 50-50 chance of being in either one, just as we instinctively assign the same odds to a coin toss.

Albrecht says that is wrong. Unlike a coin toss, these probabilities do not have a quantum origin. To explain the multiverse scenario, a new theory of probability is required. “It is not an extension of our everyday experience of probability,” he says. “It is really a brand new thing.”

Still not blinded by high beams of 2013? How about matter that goes below absolute zero? For real, below absolute zero. These mind-boggling temperatures may be connected to propulsive mysteries of dark energy, too.

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