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Got back last night from Colorado. What a month! Most of the stories will have to wait. But for now, I share with you a Youtube video about 20 of us watched one night, on a big projector screen in the common area of the dorm where we were staying. Quite apropos for a summer school on the "Dawn of the LHC Era":

LHC is "Satan's Stargate"

Naturally, we'd had quite a few beers by that point, and it made for lots of laughs. We followed it up by watching another Youtube video claiming that Nostradamus predicted black holes (of the earth-swallowing variety) will be produced at LHC... but it wasn't nearly as entertaining as the one above so I won't bother linking to it.

In the process of finding it just now, I found this video, which caused me to subscribe to her vlog... yes, she gets a few things wrong, but overall she's too devastatingly cute not to like, seems pretty intelligent, has awesome jewelry (check out the bracelet on her left hand, only visible once towards the end), and knows at least 100 times more about LHC than the average person:

Cute girl discussing LHC

And while I'm posting videos, how about this one? a quick, fun, optimistic monologue by and for transppl:

Being Trans is Cool and Fun

All in all, TASI was probably not as memorable as Perimeter last year. But it sure did seem like I was gone for longer than a month... what a weird little "summer camp" experience it was. I'm feeling so much better than when I left.


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Jun. 30th, 2008 10:37 am (UTC)
Wow, that guy is just a whole bucket full of awesome crazy. :)
Jun. 30th, 2008 12:25 pm (UTC)
he's hilarious.
Jun. 30th, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
OH JOHN RINGO NO! Not that it has anything to do with the series that inspired that exclamation, but the idea of a Higgs boson opening a gate through which VERY NASTY THINGS invade the Earth is the hook for Ringo's novel Into the Looking Glass. Lots of fun, some interesting quantum physics speculation, and none of the elements that caused hradzka to cry "OH JOHN RINGO NO!" (well, okay, there is a bit of blatant right-wing propaganda -- the unnamed President of the U.S. in the book is very obviously a die-hard Bush supporter's fantasy of the kind of man, and the kind of President, Dubya is).
Jul. 1st, 2008 10:30 pm (UTC)
Amazing what you can arrive at with misunderstanding.

"Scientists, Freemasons, same thing"

When did we become Freemasons?
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