2nd harmonic oscillation of a rope full with balloons — and announcing a summer break

On one of my very last days in my old job, I walked across campus and noticed this:


I had to, of course, alert all my nearby friends! Especially since, on this engineering campus, apparently nobody else stopped to take a quick video. Seriously, what’s wrong with the world?

I obviously had to come back at different wind conditions to get a better dataset, which I proudly present in the movie below:

It felt a bit like the university was waving me goodbye, and a part of my life was ending. Which is not a bad thing necessarily, but before I plunge head-first into my upcoming research cruise and then the new job and all the other small or not-so-small commitments that I’ve made, I am going to take it slow(er), take a break and reevaluate my priorities. And for that I will be taking a summer break from regular blogging, too, so you might not hear from me for a bit.

I’ve had this song from the 2007 Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy movie stuck in my head for days now. So here we go:

So long, and thanks for all the fish!

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