Friday, June 24, 2005

iPod iChing - what would Sean ask?

Since Sean is on hiatus, I thought it appropriate to do a friday iPod iChing, got to keep the spirit alive.

Last time was a general consult, so this time, let us do a specific question: Will the question of Dark Energy be correctly resolved in the near future??

and the randomizer runs...

  • The Covering: Used to Be - Violent Femmes
  • The Crossing: Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits
  • The Crown: Boat Train = Pogues
  • The Root: Needle in a Haystack - Velvettes
  • The Past: (White Man) in Hammersmith Palais - Clash (live version)
  • The Future: The Great Gig in the Sky - Pink Floyd
  • The Questioner: Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2) - Pink Floyd
  • The House: Les sons et la parfums tournent dans l'air - Claudio Arrau
  • The Inside: Pride (in the Name of Love) - U2
  • The Outcome: Nessun Dorma - Pavarotti

Wow. I think I'm a convert... I take back all the bad things I said about the Tarot. Well, almost.
Man, no Icelandic songs at all in there... statistically there should be one or two. Bummer.

"Used to Be" - are the important events... Ouch. Somebody took the end of CDM cosmology pretty hard, eh?
"Brothers in Arms" - are obstacles - hm, so a small number of the scientific establishment punditry are blocking progress
"Boat Train" - is the best that can be achieved currently. So young cosmologists should go get totally blasted for now.
"Needle in a Haystack" is the Root - no shit. Way trendy too - "name that album"!
"White Man in Hammersmith Palais" is the Past - it will be a non US/Euro breakthrough?
"Great Gig in the Sky" - is the future. Dark Energy will be resolved by a space mission!
"Another Brick in the Wall" - I'm part of the establishment problem. Ouch.
"Les sons et la parfums" - other people feel we all come out sounding good and smelling of roses later?
"Pride" - live version too - so, I expect a "lone genius" breakthrough
"Nessun Dorma" - is the outcome!!! No one sleeps. "Look the stars shall tremble..." We win but Die. Hm, Big Rip back on?

In summary: the iPod has spoken - Dark Energy will be resolved in the near future!
It will be a lone genius or a small team, not a white US or European person, who will do it in an unexpected way over establishment skepticism, and will use the results of a space based mission, astronomical data. The Clash song suggests the person will have significant private funding - lets look at Packard and Sloan fellows methinks, but not someone concerned with becoming rich from their breakthrough. Duh.
But we will all come out looking good at the end of it, except that we all die eventually. Hm, who at SISSA is working on this?

I wonder when Stephon Alexander will get here. Seems like a smart guy...

Just to remind people, the key is here

Here is a brief history of iPod iChing on the blogs. Apparently started on LiveJournal blogs - but here on blogspot we make it scientific, dammit.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

A distinguished, but not at all superstitious, colleague provided the following for anonymous contribution. The Power of the iPod is spreading:

Here it is - I tried to post in the comments, but the formatting got screwed up and somehow I couldn't put in additional line breaks.

Will we discover intelligent life in the Universe before I die?

Covering: Le roi de la foret - Paris Combo
...probably means power struggles are an issue
Crossing: Tango Ballad - Ute Lemper
...a song about prostitution. I guess the folks destined to make the discovery are working on the Moon-to-Mars initiative!
Crown: Death or Glory - The Clash
... well, duh!
Root: Sick Bed of Cuchulian - The Pogues
... alcohol and bar fights have given rise to the current situation?
Past: Attraction - Paris Combo
... There is another song on this album called Mais Que fait la NASA. If that one had shown up, I would have been seriously spooked!
Future: Pode la Ser - Mafalda Arnauth
... if the near term future is being represented by fado, then we're in for a rough patch!
Questioner: Gud Fella - Gigi
... clearly there is something to this Tarot stuff!
House: Panis et Circenses - Marisa Monte
... well, I WISH I were surrounded by happy, sexy brazilians.
Inside: Carol's Drive - Jazz Epistles
... I guess this means we need to have a more focussed driven effort.
Outside: Kgaitsedi Rebecca - Big Voice Jack
... ^ is Sotho for "sister", so maybe this means the breakthrough will be made by a woman. Anyone know if Jill Tarter has a middle name Rebecca?


Nah, it is "Cornell".
SETI@home has some "Rebeccas", also several young up and coming astronomers called Rebecca in the pipeline...

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An another one:


Here's another amusing one - the last I swear.
Lunch is now over. Back to work.

What is the future of NASA funding?

Covering: Don't wanna behave - Dance Hall Crashers
... yeah, well this is a pretty decent description of scientists in general.
Crossing: Rude Mood - Stevie Ray Vaughan.
... obstacles/conflicts throws up someone outta Texas. Go figure!
Crown: April in Paris - Michel Legrand Trio
... Being able to fund april meetings in Paris would be a pretty good outcome indeed.
Root: The very thought of you - Albert King
... perhaps we've been daydreaming too much
Past: The Band played Waltzing Matilda - The Pogues
... recent past causes of the current situation throws up a song about pointless death in war. Jesus, that is spooky!
Future: The Spirit Feel - Ray Charles
... can the quasi-mystic creationists really screw things up any more?
Questioner: Precious - The Pretenders
... Hey!
House: Lola - The Kinks
... Clearly the folks around me cannot see what is right in front of their eyes.
Inside: She left home - Jane Birkin
... if "she" refers to our funding, then this is not a good sign.
Outcome: Where are you going? - Hugh Masekela
... and neither is this.

Damn, that's depressing.


ESA anyone?

2:57 PM  
Blogger Sean Carroll said...

I was sure that I had invented at least the "iChing" moniker, if not the actual idea. Story of my life.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Steinn said...

Now, now. The fame and street cred accrue to those who effectively use and broadcast ideas. Ideas are cheap and often independently discovered.
iPod divining for science policy is clearly a major and powerful tool, although it may be heading for "things men were not meant to know..."

Most importantly though, iPod blogging provides for an easy out on those hard days when time is short and ideas are evanescent.

11:58 PM  

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