1. ± says:


  2. Tim says:

    They’ve always had ‘fat pipes’; They should do anthropomorphized ‘tweets’ from the particle zoo — billions per second.

    On 30 April 1993 CERN put the World Wide Web software in the public domain.

    (how many billions of lost keystrokes over ‘WWW’? HA! Their own webpages are nonsensical Dvorak-blog friendly.)


  3. jpfitz says:

    YOUR, not your are head, f’in spell check auto fill.

  4. Tim says:

    “a group of conspiracy theorists specializing in End of Days predictions have setup a SnapChat account for the LHC Big Bang they expect.”


    ^^ He don’t trust ’em. I don’t trust sites that don’t allow clipping an exerpt of text. Bring a salt shaker.

    One speculation that has resulted from the idea is that a strangelet coming into contact with a lump of ordinary matter could convert the ordinary matter to strange matter. This “ice-nine”-like disaster scenario is as follows: one strangelet hits a nucleus, catalyzing its immediate conversion to strange matter. This liberates energy, producing a larger, more stable strangelet, which in turn hits another nucleus, catalyzing its conversion to strange matter. In the end, all the nuclei of all the atoms of Earth are converted, and Earth is reduced to a hot, large lump of strange matter.

    This is not a concern for strangelets in cosmic rays because they are produced far from Earth and have had time to decay to their ground state, which is predicted by most models to be positively charged, so they are electrostatically repelled by nuclei, and would rarely merge with them.[15][16] But high-energy collisions could produce negatively charged strangelet states which live long enough to interact with the nuclei of ordinary matter….

    A detailed analysis concluded that the RHIC collisions were comparable to ones which naturally occur as cosmic rays traverse the solar system, so we would already have seen such a disaster if it were possible.


    Well. Is it supposed to be comforting that the ice-9 scenario is cast in doubt only because it didn’t happen?

    • ± says:

      I say we go for it. If the worst happens, it won’t matter anyway. And if nothing bad happens, we get to understand the universe better.

      • Tim says:

        So I considered the world, and behold, there was peril because of the devices that had come into it.

        — 2 Esdras 9:20 (apocryphal)

        I take it that ‘devices’ are things man has ‘devised’, built. ‘World’ may be interpreted as ‘Creation’ itself?

        • jpfitz says:

          Are these drones/toys the devices the Bible is referencing? So many devices to choose from.


          • Tim says:

            That’s cute. Though I somehow thought it kinda fit with ‘black helecopters’, in some ways, drones partially fit Revelation 9 whereby I’ve heard it interpreted that a ‘scorpion sting’ dissolves the spinal tissues; breaks down man’s backbone and will with the evil panopticon oppression of it all.

            And out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth. 4 They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. 5 They were not allowed to kill them but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes. 6 During those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them.

            7 The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces. 8 Their hair was like women’s hair, and their teeth were like lions’ teeth. 9 They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle. 10 They had tails with stingers, like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months. 11 They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek is Apollyon (that is, Destroyer).


            I would like to hear Alfred’s take on this.


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