Wednesday, September 10, 2008

We are all Going to Die

Being at work an hour early makes me want to kick puppies, blog, and generally make others suffer with me. Good thing the end of the world is near.

The Large Hardon Collider (insert graphic joke set up here) has officially been turned on (punchline).

According to the BBC, everyone is very optimistic and things seem to be going on well enough so far. So what does this doomsday contraption do? send particles at each other so freaking fast that they...well...nobody knows exactly what happens when particles smash into each other at that speed.

"We will be looking at what the Universe was made of billionths of a second after the Big Bang. That is amazing, that really is fantastic."

The LHC should answer one very simple question: What is mass?

"We know the answer will be found at the LHC," said Jim Virdee, a particle physicist at Imperial College London.

The currently favoured model involves a particle called the Higgs boson - dubbed the "God Particle". According to the theory, particles acquire their mass through interactions with an all-pervading field carried by the Higgs.

We're looking for "the answer" and "God." And we're looking for them on the French-Swiss border.
Ok. So this is pretty much my idea of what is happening right now:

Curtain Rises
Enter stage right: Julie Andrews and Trapp family fresh faced and rosy cheeked out of the alps, singing about figs.

Enter stage left: Patrick "Professor Xavier" Stewart on his floating handicap steed of steel, singing about Cerebro.

The two run/float quickly up the hill, unabashedly prancing about in such a careless manner that they collide! OH NO.

Enter stage somewhere: A mouse and the number 42.

Curtain Falls
The end. (quite literally- the end of everything)
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4 comments:

Ricky said...

http://hasthelargehadroncolliderdestroyedtheworldyet.com/

Ricky said...
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Ricky said...

Just to be clear... I'm completely sympathetic to your pants pissing.

Super volcanoes are way scarier though.
http://tiny.cc/pHVyI

As are asteroid impacts. I'm just saying.

Zamdrovsky said...

Barack Obama would have me think that 43 is the number indicating the end of the world, and that 44 is the number that would save it. Right? Did someone forget to carry a one or two? ERROAR! Programming in this new language at work 9 hours a day is the same thing as the age old question: "Would you rather stick a pin an inch deep in your eye or cut off your lower lip with rusty scissors?"