The Quantum Angler
He never gets Bohred of fishing.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Light amplification by stimulated emission of rock

Here is the playlist I developed while writing my thesis. It took a long campaign of not working in order to hone this list to perfection. I think the theme is pretty clear, but the exact rules I decided on were that each song had to good, they had to be by artists I had already heard of, and they had to be related to lasers.

1. Queen - Killer Queen
2. T.Rex - Laser Love
3. Kaiser Chiefs - Ruby
4. The Kinks - Sunny Afternoon
5. Super Furry Animals - Lazer Beam
6. Audrey Horne - Threshold
7. System of a Down - Bounce
8. Dethklok - Laser Cannon Deth Sentence
9. Godsmack - Re-Align
10. Tenacious D - Beelzeboss (The Final Showdown)
11. Shirley Bassey - Goldfinger

Nearly half the songs actually contain the word laser in the lyrics (I debated long and hard whether to let the Super Furry Animals in when they couldn't spell, but I really liked the song), and in a further two songs the link should be clear to the non-specialist. Some of the links are more subtle, but somebody who knows their lasers should be able to get 10 out of 11, with the final song left for those who've had the misfortune of reading my thesis.

I think most PhD graduates have a couple of songs they they would associate with their writing up period, and this playlist certainly helped me through it. I sometimes stick it on from time to time, and it reminds me in a bittersweet way of the good times I had in Damlab. If you're my friend on Facebook, you should be able to subscribe to it via Spotify!