Cast of Characters

crowd and starsWhen I began writing these posts as dialogs, I was just looking for a better way to get the concepts across within my self-imposed 700-word limit.  But then the dialog participants turned into people, which made things more complicated but also more interesting.  So here’s a list of the Characters (and a link to their first appearance).  Use the Search widget with someone’s name to find all the posts that involve them.

  • Sy Noire – hard-boiled physicist with an office on the 12th floor of the Acme Building. It’s just down the hall from the office of Garrison Keillor’s hard-boiled detective Guy Noire, who seems to have retired when Keillor did. Sy’s narrated most of the posts since 12 Dec 2016.
  • Vinnie – really bright, missed a lot of schooling but working hard to catch up. Ex-military pilot. He and Sy go way back.
  • Al – coffee shop proprietor and serious fan of Science, which is why he leased the location between the Physics and Astronomy buildings on campus.
  • Eddie – student of applied statistics and proprietor of the pizza parlor on the second floor of the Acme Building
  • Jeremy – student, though it’s not clear where
  • Jennie – an English exchange student and one of Jeremy’s numerous female friends
  • Cathleen – astronomer and faculty member
  • Maria – a student in one of Cathleen’s introductory classes
  • Jim – one of Cathleen’s grad students
  • Newt Barnes – an Astrophysics grad student
  • Anne – traveler through time and entropy
  • Victoria Baird – another traveler, though it’s not clear from where
  • Richard Feder – from Fort Lee, New Jersey. He’s got questions.
  • Change-me Charlie – He’s got arguments.
  • Cap’n Mike – He’s got theories.
  • Teena – Sy’s niece and the most charming member of the cast
  • Old Reliable – the world’s geekiest tablet computer
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