Summer blogging has been and will continue to be light, as I try to get some professional writing done. In the meantime, though, I have to give my elevator pitch for the awesome new TV show that would be great fun. It's "Chopped" meets "Mythbusters" meets "Scrap Heap Challenge"/"Junkyard Wars". Start off with three teams. Give them a physics- or engineering-related task that they have to accomplish (e.g., write the opening crawl from Star Wars in one mm^2; weigh a single grain of salt), some number of tools that they have to use (e.g., a green laser pointer and an infrared corrected microscope objective), and access to a stocked "pantry" (including a PC, electronics components, etc.). Give them a time limit (4 hours, cleverly edited down to half an hour in broadcast). Points awarded for success at the task, time used, and elegance. I think it could be a hit, particularly if there are explanations (narrated by cool resident experts) delivered in a fun, accessible tone. It'd be fun, even if it did conjure up images of Guy Fleegman in Galaxy Quest.