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I got your Large Hadron Collider, hanging right here..

I had a comment from some guy in California (who I’ve known for over 40 years) asking what my point was regarding my last posting. 

If he still doesn’t get me, what’s the point (no pun intended) to go on writing?

O.K., well then fire up that bad boy Large Hadron Collider, and if we don’t all vanish in a puff of smoke then whatever good comes from knowing what the universe might have been like right after the Big Bang better be at least interesting.

If not, then the folks at CERN might want to lock the gate before the pitchfork waving villagers get there with their lanterns blazing.

It’s only my feeling, but if there’s even one chance in a billion that this thing might blow up bigger than Teri Hatcher’s career, let’s just give it a miss, eh?

I’ve taken to stating the question as either 1. What’s in it for me, or  in a more world-view version, 2. What’s the upside for all of us?

Will the world get some sort of discovery that in 20 years will lead us to a way to get an even better and bigger picture on our ultra-wide screen neutron-plasma monitor screen? And, will that make the crap that’s on t.v. now be easier to tune the world out with?

I’m just saying……..

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August 8, 2008 at 7:36 pm 1 comment

Famous Last Words

On the 9th of August, 2008, protons will be piped through the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) magnets for the first time. This would be a questionable idea even if it was not being done partly in France, where piping hot protons seems to be more acceptable than errors in spoken pronunciation or grammar, n’est-ce pas vrai?. This full beam injection will take place at an energy level of about 450 gigaelectronvolts (GeV), note that batteries are not included. Over subsequent weeks, engineers will gradually boost the energy and fine tune the machine until it’s up to the level of power used by Doc Brown’s flying DeLorean last seen in the happily over series of “Back To The Future” films.

$10 Million invested, receipts from Pepboys to prove it!

$10 Million invested, Pepboys recipts to prove it!

 The purpose of this test is to help ensure that the LHC is working in step with its injector, which is known as the Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS) Accelerator. This sounds like a lot of very expensive and dangerous equipment that one has to hope wasn’t put together using the “lowest bid gets the contract” type of deal. But then again, neither our resident (I still won’t call him “President”) G.W. Bush or members of his “base” were involved in that bidding process. This is all taking place in a tunnel that runs beneath parts of Switzerland and France, and is operated by CERN – the European Organisation for Nuclear Research. And yes, I can see that the acronym doesn’t even come close to matching the words. I guess the if you had used the first letters from the actual words and spelled out RENO, it might have implied that there was some sort of gamble involved with this potentially world ending crap shoot.

This is the most powerful physics experiment ever built, with some pointy heads believing that the LHC will re-create the conditions that were present in the universe just after the Big Bang, so you could call it a “Big Bang Theory”, if you choose.

Other, less pointy headed thinkers have expressed an idea that this might re-create the conditions present just before the original Big Bang, and cause the end of the world as we know it, so the real problem with this method is that we actually won’t know it’s too late until it’s too late for someone to say “Hey, wait a minute!”.

It has been suggested that the last sound heard in the moments before the 1st Big Bang was “Uh Oh”, however that’s just supposition, as it happened so long ago that John McCain was just a kid. 

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August 7, 2008 at 9:11 pm 4 comments

Personal Ad: City ISO Newpaper, NSA

The city of Los Angeles is in dire need of a newspaper to replace the near death and or dying L.A. Times, as it slowly falls into a hole of it’s own creation, never to be seen again. 

After a few years of trying to emulate the New York Times in style and content, while achieving neither, the papers’ new trick is now imitating the Titanic by slowly sinking, except it it’s picking up speed with the recent “improvements” to various sections of the paper. 

Sam Zell, a poor man’s Rupert Murdoch with even less class, recently bought the paper for about 8.2 billion. My feelngs are that if someone were to stop in with a cash bid of, oh, 6 or 7 billion they could walk away with the shell of a once great paper. Just a guess……

Sadly, I’m a few dollars short or I’d kick in on it. Perhaps if I had held on to more of the money I made selling a competitors paper (the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, Fox News of the ’60s) on the street corner of LaCienega and Rodeo many years ago…..

August 6, 2008 at 8:20 pm Leave a comment

That TV antenna, stuck in my vein again

As much as I try to keep my life television free, every once in a while it creeps up on me. For a few years I especially avoided watching the “Will and Grace” show when it first aired because of my acquired huge dislike for all things Debra Messing, after having worked a few days with her on “Ned and Stacy”.  But one evening when I was visiting with a friend, it was on her t.v. and I was drawn to it by the fine performance by the cast other than DM, who herself wasn’t too difficult to watch, especially knowing that her persona as a miserable whining bitch wasn’t that much of a stretch for her, lucky for her the only better suited actress for the role is busy on Desperate Housewives.

So, I caught up with Will and Grace on the late night reruns and, as it turned out, really enjoyed it.

Well, here I am again…. and this time it’s a show called “Two and a half men”. At last a source of real to the core laughter for me at a time when it’s really needed, as the economy (my own and the nations) and the government falls apart around us all on a daily  basis. The local station plays two episodes back to back at 7pm here in Los Angeles, and it’s become part of my routine after watching the news.

One thing that I was curious about was what the page of text was that flashed on the screen for a second or so was, so I did a google search on “page of text on screen after two and a half men”. It turns out to be called a vanity card, and one of the results was a link:

http://www.chucklorre.com/

This is where you can see all the cards from each episode of this show and others done by Chuck Lorre over the past few years, such as Two and a Half Men,  Dharma & Greg, Cybill,  Grace Under Fire, and  The Big Bang Theory,.

I remembered that the older shows were very entertaining, but “The Big Bang Theory” was unknown to me, so I looked it up and found it was on tonight. I watched it, and as well written and acted that the others are/were, this is just an at best average (and that’s certainly damning with faint praise) display of why t.v. is called a medium.

It’s neither rare nor well done.

August 5, 2008 at 6:04 am 3 comments

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