The Theory of Everything

In 2013, I was fortunate enough to see Stephen Hawking at an appearance at Cal Tech in Pasadena.  My friends, Andrea and Candice, and I heard about the event a couple of days before it occurred. Although we were fairly sure we wouldn’t make it out to Pasadena in time to get into the lecture, because of work schedules, we decided we would give it a try anyway. Okay, so you should know that Andrea and I are particularly nerdy, Candice is slightly less so.  Andrea in particular is a bit of a Hawking fan girl, and as we drove up to the Cal Tech campus she was almost jumping through the window of the car with eagerness. Then we saw the line…. It wrapped around a significant amount of the campus, not just the building on campus where he would be giving the lecture. Our hearts sank, but we dutifully found the end of the magnificent line, and slowly inched forward as they filled the gigantic auditorium. It slowly filled up completely. Then we heard they had big screens set up in another auditorium, and they were filling that one as well. So, the crazy-long line kept moving forward. Eventually it stopped again, and this time an announcement was made that all the seats were filled.  Our hearts sank again. A 90 minute drive, almost 2 hours in line, and we weren’t going to get to see Hawking.  Then, they said that they were setting up big screen out on the lawn, and the rest of us could watch the lecture live from there, if we still wanted to...

Into the Storm

Overall, parts of Into the Storm are quite impressive. If you want to get a better idea of the power of a tornado, and our weather system which is tending to swing to more extreme cycles, Into the Storm will give you a good basic view of things. Hopefully, if they make a sequel of some sort, they’ll spend a little more on their acting talent and a couple of technical advisors (including one for CPR).

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