14 September, 2011

Talli Roland's Watching Willow Watts Launch Party!

Today is the day for the "If I Could Be Anyone, I'd Be . . ." Party, to celebrate the release of Watching Willow Watts by Talli Roland.

I had trouble deciding who I would be. There are plenty of fascinating people in the world, but I'm not sure I'd actually want to be many of them, since many have difficult lives, despite all the positive things they've done. But I finally decided on . . .


. . . Lisa Randall. Theoretical physicist, expert on cosmology and particle physics, first tenured woman at the physics department of Princeton University, first female tenured theoretical physicist at both Harvard and MIT, one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People of 2007, writer of Warped Passages which was one of the New York Times' 100 Notable Books of 2005, and composer. Has worked on supersymmetry, the Standard Model, cosmic inflation, baryogenesis, general relativity, and current research focused on the Large Hadron Collider and dark matter.

Have I mentioned I love physics?

Sources:
http://www.physics.harvard.edu/people/facpages/randall.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_Randall

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Where you can purchase Watching Willow Watts:
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/qdGe2K
Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/n5UPFB

So, who would you be, if you could be anyone?


-----The Golden Eagle

44 comments:

Cherie Reich said...

Awesome choice!

It's hard to pick someone to be, if you couldn't be yourself. I picked Kathy Reichs on mine.

Sarah Pearson said...

You are one awesome gal :-)

Charles Gramlich said...

Cool idea. As I said over at Alex's blog, I'd just be me, but younger.

Old Kitty said...

Blimey! What a woman!! What a thinker!! What a brain!! I want!! Yay!! Love this choice, love it!! Take care
x

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Golden Eagle .. thank goodness you and others understand physics - I enjoy it and have some concept - but her abilities are way above me .. great that she can bring it down to earth.

Lisa Randalls sounds like one awesome lady .. excellent suggestion, thanks for sharing her with us .. cheers Hilary

L.G.Smith said...

Wow, what a woman. Yay you for picking such a great choice!

Stephen Tremp said...

Lisa Randall is a very amazing lady. I did a post on her not too long ago: http://tinyurl.com/3nrqanm

I'm glad to see her as someone others would want to be. Great post!

Jessica Bell said...

Was wondering whether you'd choose and astronaut actually. But I was kinda close :o)

Shirley Wells said...

Lisa Randall sounds like one amazing woman. Good choice!

Angelina C. Hansen said...

This book has shown up all over my reader this morning. Can't wait to get my paws on it !

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, great choice! A super smart woman is perfect! I love that this is who you'd like to be!

Heather said...

I knew I could count on you to come up with someone totally unexpected and awesome. :) You'll have to stop by to see who I picked...

Clarissa Draper said...

Wow, cool! You're the first person who chose a physicist--a female one. I enjoy the women who have made such a contribution to society.

Christine Rains said...

Very cool choice.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Golden, as smart as you are, I can see you being someone like her someday!

Holly Ruggiero said...

Very cool choice. I want to take your poll over there but it's a hard to choose my favorite book!

Talli Roland said...

What a fabulous choice. I'd love to be gifted in physics, but I'm just... not. Sigh!

Thank you so much for taking part. I love how much I'm learning through this websplash!

Laura said...

What an amazing woman - and a fab, original choice!
Lx

Michael Di Gesu said...

Wow, those are some very impressive credentials. Great choice!

Bethany Elizabeth said...

Oh, what a great choice! I always am amazed by people like that. :)

Ciara said...

I like Charles' answer. Me, but younger. I'll add one more part to that. I'd have the experience of my current self. :)

Marlena Cassidy said...

I think I'd want to be her too. I love quantum physics, just wish I could do the math involved.

Jen Chandler said...

Wow, what a great choice! I love physics too, but science and I are only allowed small flings and not full-fledged affairs. The reason? I suck at math!! But worm holes and astronomy get me every time :D

Cheers!
Jen

Alleged Author said...

Yay for women in physics because we don't have enough of them!

J.L. Campbell said...

Ms. Randall sounds like a genius. Er...from the sound of it, she is a genius. :)

RaShelle Workman said...

Cool choice! She sounds amazing!

Ann said...

You brilliant scientist type you! A great achievement and a wonderful role model for girls in science.

Jemi Fraser said...

Very cool choice! She sounds absolutely incredible! :)

Aubrie said...

Very interesting choice for who you could be.

I think I'd want to be James Galway and perform on flute all over the world!

E.R. King said...

So you want to be unbelievably smart, huh? GREAT CHOICE. We need more women in science!

Lynda R Young said...

Impressive choice.
Wishing Talli the greatest success for her book :)

Bess Weatherby said...

Wow! that's quite a list of accomplishments. I think I'd like to be an elf in Lord of the Rings. Perfect? Yes. Unattainable? Probably. Oh well. If we're fantasizing anyway . . .

Rusty Webb said...

Excellent choice, I'd like to be a much better/smarter version of myself, but that's such a lame response.

Rachel Morgan said...

SHEESH! That is one serious list of credentials! I was never much of a physics fan... always preferred the life sciences... But physics stuff always sounds really cool and complex!

Madeleine said...

Impressive choice. I am liking the diversity in the choices for this blogfest

Carolyn Abiad said...

Wow! That is an impressive choice.

Carolyn Abiad said...

Wow! That is an impressive choice.

Misha said...

She sounds awesome! I can't think of anyone I'd like to be. I like being me. :-)

Sangu said...

Wow she sounds like such a brilliant woman! Great choice!

Rachna Chhabria said...

Lisa Randall sounds a fascinating woman.
Btw..loved reading your dreams on my post about dreams. Hope both: yours and my dreams, come true fast.

The Golden Eagle said...

Cherie: Thanks! :)

I hadn't known that much about Kathy Reichs until I read your post; she's an interesting person!

Sarah: LOL. Thank you. ;)

Charles: Good point. There's no one else with your own personality in the world.

Old Kitty: I wouldn't mind having her brain, either. (That makes me sound like some kind of zombie. LOL.)

Thanks!

Hilary: You're welcome! :)

L.G.: Thank you!

Stephen: I remember that post; it was actually part of my inspiration for my choice, since I remembered some of the facts about her from it. :)

Thank you!

Jessica: She just travels through space from Earth. :)

Shirley: Thank you!

Angelina: Warped Passages? I haven't read it--but I'd like to get around to it sometime.

Hart: Thanks!

Heather: LOL. Thank you.

I loved your choice!

Clarissa: Same here. I would have picked her even if she hadn't been the first tenured woman at several schools; but it's even more impressive. :)

Christine: Thank you!

Alex: I doubt I'll ever be like her. :P

Holly: Thanks!

LOL. Well, you I guess you could choose all of them . . . though that would only boost all of the votes by one. ;)

Talli: Thanks!

You're very welcome. Congratulations on Watching Willow Watts! :)

Laura: Thank you!

Michael: Thanks. :)

Bethany: Thanks!

Me, too. I'd love to be able to pick their brains sometime and learn what they know.

Ciara: That would definitely be a benefit!

The Golden Eagle said...

Marlena: Same here. I love math--but I'm not sure I'll ever be able to comprehend the complicated math behind quantum theory.

Jen: Thank you!

Me, too. LOL.

Alleged: Agreed!

J.L.: Pretty much. :)

RaShelle: Thanks!

Ann: Yup, that's my type. LOL.

I agree.

Jemi: Thank you! :)

Aubrie: I love James Galway. He plays the flute beautifully!

E.R.: Not unbelievably smart . . . I'd like to find out what it's like to work at the LHC and be at the forefront of theoretical physics.

Indeed.

Lynda: And same here. Talli deserves it! :)

Bess: Being an elf would be awesome. They're amazing people--er, elves.

Rusty: No it isn't. Everyone wants to be a better and smarter version of themselves, at some point.

Rachel: Life science is fascinating; both are interesting fields!

Madeleine: Me, too. It's quite interesting to see who chooses what. :)

Carolyn: Well, so long as we're in the realm of fantasy . . . ;)

Misha: Good for you! I have to say, I like being me, too (most of the time) but I'd like to find out what other people's lives are like from time to time.

Sangu: Thank you!

Rachna: I hope they come true, too. :)

Jamie Burch said...

Inspiring choice!

Rebecca Emin said...

What a great choice. She sounds very inspiring.