On Thursday I gave a presentation in my high-energy astrophysics class on black hole thermodynamics; I concluded it with an explanation of Hawking radiation and black hole evaporation, sung to the tune of “Turkey in the Straw”.
That’s how I treat presentations: like performances. I’m a first-year grad student, and so far, it’s been a great success. Really, the typical mode of presenting information that you get in academia and professional research is not my style. Surely this can’t last forever, though. Will I be able to defend my thesis in anapestic tetrameter? Present a AAS keynote lecture as a Jedi Knight? Submit a letter to the Astrophysical Journal with comical endnotes? How much of this nonsense is tolerated?