Physics Haiku

One of my habits during long meetings (particularly those of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research [CIfAR] Quantum Materials program, where my brain's digestive capacity was frequently exceeded) was to write haiku about the speaker's topic and/or my own state of mind. Here are a few. ARPES photons knock me out, leave behind the energy […]


Pain! Searing, visceral, unendurable pain. Terrifying pain, and then an end to endurance... I die. And yet I am still here. What is "here"? Think. What came before the pain? I was testing the new Transporter... Oh my god, the Transporter must have malfunctioned! But none of the birds and dogs showed the slightest discomfort […]

Water Haiku

Surge and sag, rising across the Earth's crust; reward yearnings of the Moon.  Falling forever frozen to a distant Sun; gas tail all alight. Wet specks merge and stick, relax into bigger bags and fall, jiggling. Clear spheres drag apart the colours from white and send circles to centre. Love is to be cool water […]


  "Ladies and gentlemen, please. You can continue this discussion later if you see fit, but don't you think it would help us to know the whole story first?" Murmurs of protest. "No, no, we all know the facts; I submit that they are hardly relevant. What matters is not so much what happened as […]


I think it must have coalesced out of the Soup.  Something like that.  All I know is, for a long time there was just the Soup, nice and simple.  Well, actually I don't remember much about that time -- no detail, anyway.  You know; what's to remember?  But then suddenly I was aware of it.  […]


Ford was infinitely disgusted with the world; he had just finished reading "Lolita", and couldn't help being a little depressed, as a normal result of being disgusted with the world. "How," he thought, sipping a warm, hour-old whiskey sour and slapping the book down on the grass, "how could anyone write something as gross as […]