First you need to know I’m something of a geek. The pencil-neck nerdy kind. Well maybe not pencil-neck but I do appreciate geek humor.
Whilst retrieving my daughter from the giant cash sucking machine called University last month I saw the Hugs Bison cartoon on the Physics Department’s lobby welcoming screen. First time I’ve seen it (although @takitus pointed out that it’s been wandering the Internet for awhile) - I’m not normally surrounded by folks where Higs, Bison or Bosons ever come up in conversation.
So I had to make it into a coaster. And if I’m going to do that, then a series of Physics themed coasters seemed to be in order.
Tossing a few memes into Inkscape and a sheet of black acrylic in the Glowforge and we’re on our way. From previous experience I knew I’d want to paint the engrave to make the designs really stand out. Here’s the series after engraving and sprayed with a couple of coats of gloss white enamel rattle can paint.
The Hugs Bison was required of course. It started the whole thing after all.
Of course that meant The Big Bang Theory Schrodinger t-shirt needed to be one of them. Funny & creepy. Can’t beat that combo.
Then a little more obscure Physics. Maybe not really obscure but most people’s eyes glaze over when first encountering complex equations. You know, the kind without numbers.
Then a nod to chemistry and popular ignorance. The average American doesn’t know chemistry but is perfectly ready to jump to conclusions based on media hysteria. Guess what most people think this one is about?
Which takes us to the last one - a riff on a couple of significant principles in physics.
All together now.
My wife really doesn’t appreciate these so my deflated self-esteem could use some validation here. Sincerity is not required as I can’t see you from here. Seriously though, I honestly wonder how we’ve stayed married for so long - what must go through her mind when she sees these things? She channels no inner geek. I expect it’s similar to cats & owners and their respective points of view upon the presentation of a dead mouse on the doorstep
EDIT: Thanks to @paulw who provided inspiration for the last coaster in the series: