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Sunday, November 26, 2006

Rocket Science is the new awesome

My dad the rocket scientist has been taking us to the Griffith Observatory for years, so when they had the grand reopening after a recent remodel, we decided to go back and relive the experience as a family.

There are a lot of neat science things to see and play with inside.

And places to see infrared photos of yourself.

The view up on top of the hill is just as nice as always. I told my brother and sister to smile, but Dave farted instead.

But what really struck me as I was looking at the exhibits, was how many famous bands had obviously gotten inspiration for their names and albums from similar science museums.
Like, Camera Obscura?

Or The Magnetic Fields?

And perhaps you will recognize this picture tracking atomic particles made in bubble chambers as the cover of Is This It by the Strokes.

Liz Phair sings about Super Novas, David Bowie croons about Life on Mars...who would have known so many rock stars were so interested in science? So my siblings and I took it upon ourselves to search the Observatory for other good words and phrases that should be the next big things.

Imagine listening to "Electricity Without Wires" live...

or buying the new Astronomy For All album.

Or maybe the European Navigators, with their first album, Latitude Determination?

and their second album, Making Records of What We Know (only available on 7" vinyl)

and their third (and double!) album, Beyond the Visible, a rather tedious prog rock opera about ghosts and ultraviolet light.

If you have been searching for the perfect band name, feel free to use any of these just named. Just prepare for the immediate "star"dom that is guaranteed to follow.


  • At 12:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey, your brother is cute! How much?

    I love all the astronomy/pop culture facts that this has brought to me. When Jane, Nathaniel and I form our 3 piece piano band we will be sure to use some form of space reference in our name and songs.

  • At 12:48 PM, Blogger bets said…

    look gholdston family. i get it. you're all super smart. your dad's a rocket scientist. la dee dah.

  • At 7:46 PM, Anonymous aaron d.w. said…

    if my eyes were infrared all the time, i would swear that you three were space aliens.

  • At 10:57 PM, Blogger dävid said…

    you kill me sister.

    i was going to name my band "tuesdays with morrie" but some a-hole stole that long before i could get the band together

  • At 8:29 AM, Blogger jordan said…

    Nerd Alert.

  • At 9:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    nerd alert? is that the name of your band, jordan?

  • At 10:07 AM, Blogger dävid said…

    more like "senior jerk alert"


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