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 700-word format.  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 to find all the posts that contain the name of a specific character.

  • 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. Narrator for 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 science fan, which is why he chose to open up between the Physics and Astronomy buildings on campus.
  • Eddie – student of applied statistics and proprietor of the pizza parlor on the Acme building’s 2nd floor
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Teena – Sy’s niece and the most charming member of the cast
  • Old Reliable – the world’s geekiest tablet computer
  • The author – Back when I started this blog I thought I had enough material for 6 months or so. Three years later I still have topics on the spindle. It wasn’t easy getting away from lecture mode, which is why the first batch of posts are that way. The conversations are better, I think.