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Thing 1, Thing 2, and Thing 3

1. It's August! August has always treated me pretty well. For some reason (and I don't know why, but I'd like to work on finding out) I always seem to pull myself together and start being healthy and sane in August. Of course, sometime around the holidays, it kind of falls apart again until late March or early April. It seems like spring and fall are my seasons.

2. Next week is a four day week for me, and then I get to participate in the wedding of a dear friend. What a privilege! Plus, I get to wear a really pretty dress.

3. It is less than a week until they throw the switch on the Large Hadron Collider! Here's the countdown. I'm really excited about it. Recreating the conditions right after the Big Bang! Maybe finding the Higgs Boson! This is like religion for atheists. It just thrills me, even though I only understand it in the most basic terms.

Here's the Metafilter thread. Check out this excerpt that literally made me LOL:

(slightly edited for length)
The earth is hit, fairly frequently, by cosmic rays with vastly more energy than the LHC protons. The current estimate rate is 1 per km2 per century, for particles above 1020eV. Doesn't sound like much? Surface area of the earth is 510,065,600 km2. Do the math.

Heeeee! "Do the math." I love Metafilter! In fact, I love the whole world. Today is much better. Thanks to everyone who offered encouraging words yesterday.


Aug. 1st, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
Nope. I can't get behind the instigating panic option. I'm not opposed to death, or even mass oblivion, but I am opposed to suffering.
Aug. 1st, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
Well the 'black hole in the middle' scenario would be like global warming. Not so much severe panic. People would ignore it and dis-info it,etc. Until something catastrophic happened. Like the oceans draining or the planet starting to wobble due to the gravity/density changes.

Aug. 2nd, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)
Which, as you aptly point out, would sort of be more of the same of what we've got, with pressing catastrophes that the public hardly takes notice of.

Polar ice caps melting? Feh, what's on TV? Mayhem and death in Iraq? Can't be buggered to notice. A small black hole contained under 100 meters of rock in Switzerland? Wake me when it effects my bottom line.

Doesn't sound like much fun. I'll take either a sudden, shrieking eschaton that's over in seconds, or a huge revelation about the nature of matter and all existence. I am confident I'll get neither, but dreaming is free :)



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