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New GMG Series ~ Peter & Vickie’s Laws of Life ~ Every Monday

Vickie and I don’t exactly work a normal Mon-Fri week, but we have a kid in school, which means we feel the same way about Mondays as pretty much everybody else does.  So we figured we’d lighten Mondays up a bit with our new series starting today, called Peter & Vickie’s Laws of Life.  LOL for short :)  Why, you ask, does Peter get top Billing for this series when Vickie has it for the posts?  Well I’m writing the first one in the series, so I get to name it.

Last week I mentioned one of my heroes, Richard Feynman, in this post about Will Hunt’s Cape Ann Rocks for the Rockaways benefit, which raised over $300 for victims of Superstorm Sandy.

Portrait of Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier and his wife by Jacques-Louis David, ca. 1788

Feynman was one of the world’s greatest theoretical physicists, so I thought we’d start the series off with an LOL loosely based on a law of nature, namely Antoine Lavoisier‘s Law of Conservation of Mass, which, simply put, states that mass in never created or destroyed; it just gets rearranged or converted into energy.  So here’s the LOL corollary:

You’re more likely to gain weight if someone you know is losing weight.  According to Lavoisier, all that weight people lose HAS to go SOMEWHERE, right?  So if your wife complains that you’re getting fat this holiday season, ask your her to STOP LOSING WEIGHT.  It only makes it harder for you.

Next Monday, we’ll have another LOL.  Until then enjoy a week of good food, good music and good friends — and encourage everybody to eat as much as they like.

New videos, new look, last minute updates — and who are the Rockaways?

We told you there’d be last minute updates and guess what, there are.  Henri Smith, Joe WilkinsGary Shane and others have agreed to join Will Hunt‘s production of Cape Ann Rocks for the Rockaways tomorrow from 4-midnight at The Hive.

OK, we’ve gotten some questions about this benefit.  People asking, Who are the Rockaways?  It’s not who; it’s where.  The Rockaways are a section of New York that was just creamed by Superstorm Sandy.  People who live there are a long way from getting back to normal and need help (see articles here and here).  One of my heroes, physicist Richard Feynman, was born in Far Rockaway.  Among other discoveries, Feynman figured out what caused the Challenger Space Shuttle to crash.  Check out this video for a great story of how he reluctantly agreed to join the Commission investigating the Challenger disaster and what happened next:

Speaking of videos, we’ve got some new ones on gimmesound – and we now feature them more prominently on the Home Page.  If you’ve got a music video you think we should feature, leave a comment and let us know.

And what a weekend for Live music, which starts at 1:30pm today and 11:30am tomorrow and goes on into the late night both days!  See full live music schedule here.