We’re in the midst of some crummy weather after a nice couple of days. We’ve got a little system from the southwest bringing rain today. Then we get a break. Then another system from the southwest makes Saturday wet. Good thing we’ve got NCAA basketball on Newschannel 32 on Saturday. By the way…it’s the Ides of March on Saturday. It was doom and gloom for Julius Caesar in 44BC…but its just gloom for us. But, we get a two day reprieve before the next southwestern system comes around. We’ll be dry but cool on Sunday then mild and dry for St. Patrick’s Day….then the next guy comes around to bring rain and maybe t’storms. Tis the season.
On This Date in History: Albert Einstein was born on this date in 1879. Now, just about everyone knows about Einstein and the theory of relativity. I had to derive E=MC(squared) for a physics final. But, there are many many more interesting aspects to Einstein than most people know. It wasn’t until recently that the private papers of the physicist was made available. Walter Isaacson has written a very detailed biography and it reveals quite a bit. For instance, young Einstein couldn’t get a teaching job! The photo above is from when he was a clerk at a patent office. His personality was apparently really grating on many academicians and so he found it hard to get work at any of the universities. If I recall correctly, I think he even couldn’t get a job teaching high school. But I’m not sure. Isaacson co-wrote a book we used in graduate school called The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made and it was quite detailed and revealing about a group of men who largely shaped US post war policy. Well, Isaacson is quite detailed again with Einstein: His Life and Universe . Einstein’s personal life is also very odd, if not interesting. However, I’d recommend not reading it if you want to think of Einstein as the brilliant man with the funny hair. Reality sometimes spoils the image.