10 September 2008
The World Did Not End Today
Nearly everybody (including those, like me, who can be accused of living under a rock with respect to pop culture) has heard of the lawsuit contending that the earth would be destroyed when the Large Hadron Collider was switched on today. It didn’t – at least not yet! Maybe once they get those beams actually colliding.
So anyway, what do these three pictures have to do with one another, and why am I posting them with this entry?
One of our neighbors is an experimental physicist, and he works on some component of the ATLAS part of the LHC project. His family is in Switzerland right now. Because he’s there, my son and another neighbor kid are doing the paper route once assigned to their son.
As my neighbors were en route to Switzerland, a tree split and (gently!) fell onto their house in a big storm. No major damage, but luckily it wasn’t an omen for the LHC! Because otherwise, I couldn’t have written this entry, right? Maybe I should go bake some cookies, to celebrate, like this person. Although with the state of my kitchen, I’m not sure I could guarantee they’d be free of strange matter!