Physicist Sabine Hossenfelder is a great commenter on science, with a distaste for hype and phoniness. I usually read the transcripts of her videos. I'm usually not patient enough to watch videos, even from smart ladies with charming German accents.
Here's her most recent, wondering Why are male testosterone levels falling?
And a quote that made me snort:
The probably most prominent advocate for boosting your testosterone levels is Tucker Carlson, an American TV host. He’s seriously worried about the supposed decline of manliness and, among other things, suggests that men tan their balls to increase their testosterone levels. This is what his vision of the future man looks like.
So I made a PhD in physics and somehow ended up on YouTube talking about people tanning their balls. How do I explain this to my mom?
And how would I explain to my mom exactly why I found that amusing?
Tweet du jour from Phillip Greenspun:
Two white women try to learn the native dances of an exotic tribe of diminutive masked humans. https://t.co/EqcbUvgJo0— Philip Greenspun (@PhilipGreenspun) November 12, 2022
And a politics-related tweet from Matt Taibbi, bemoaning the snail-like pace of getting election results in Nevada: They Can't Count Even in Vegas Now?. Key quote: "If they counted money the way they’re counting ballots, those people would be in Lake Mead tied to a cinder block."