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March 2nd, 2013

Hooray for Hollywood!

As you may remember from Worldcon, there are people trying to make a documentary movie involving me. It's all very vague. But yesterday we went to one of those Hollywood hotels that are in all the movies and did a "breakfast" (no food arrived) and lunch (very nice food, thanks) to see if some other people might be interested.

Yes, we got photos:

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William Shatner was not only charming but intelligent. Asked good questions, kept me honest. And I hope I look as good at 81. He would stop me in mid-story and say, "wait a minute..." which really helped me see where things might be going off track. Lots of food for thought.The takeaway I got was a better realization about how some of the ways I use terms (like "faith" and "science") are heard in ways that are different from what I might have expected. But is it entertaining? That remains to be developed.

For lunch we had not only this fellow:

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namely, Bill Prady, the producer of The Big Bang Theory, but also his science advisor from UCLA (just up the street), David Saltzberg. Bill is from Detroit, grew up in Southfield, and went to Cranbrook -- all within bicycle rides of where I grew up. Our conversation was much more relaxing, since we are closer in age and background.

The UCLA physics professor who advises the show, David Saltzberg, is a graduate of U of Chicago; he studied there when I was doing my philosophy at Loyola and physics classes at UC. He also worked at Fermi, and remembers working with beamjockey ("He won't remember me, I was just the graduate student "Ace" on the team...")

Oh, yeah, another thing. Prady drives a really cool Porsche. Hmmf. And him from Detroit!

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