Re: Boot Note
"Readers should note, disappointingly perhaps, that dimensional portals which could be opened by the LHC would be so tiny ... "
So I need a really *small* crowbar then?
Top boffins at international science alliance CERN have decided to postpone a planned upgrade and keep the Large Hadron Collider - arse-kickingest particle-punisher and largest machine of any kind built by the human race - running at current power levels to the end of 2012. This decision has been made because scientists believe …
There was this guy Maxwell who lived in a cave...
He was a wizard who kept a pet daemon who blocked all of the fast moving particles from entering the cave in the summer and then kept the fast moving particles in during the winter so to keep the cave warm.
So you've got to wonder.... where did Maxwell get such a small daemon?
If he could open a portal way back when... what makes you think one of his little daemons wouldn't pop through now?
I believe CERN's finances exist in vast numbers. _Vast_.
They can afford to employ one measley portal scientist skilled in xenomartial guerilla warfare. I'd go so far as to say it's a duty. If he just so happens to be a slim, dark-haired chap with close-cropped hair, glasses and a goatee, so much the better. I think we'd all sleep better at night.
@Ian Michael Gumby: "You're mixing stories... Maxwell and Harry Potter don't mix."
Just as well I wasn't referring to Harry Potter then. :)
FYI, the demon working at the Bureau of Paranormal Research and Defence, is Hellboy.
By the way, Hellboy likes cats (not to eat, but as pets). (I have no idea what he thinks about Penguins, but we don't have a cat icon).
Meanwhile, the pet daemon you refer to is Maxwell's demon, a thought experiment to discuss from a statistical point of view, the nature of the Second Law of Thermodynamics. Incidentally, Hellboy is fireproof, which is an ideal quality to have if he wanted to work for Maxwell as his demon.
So there you go, there is some logic lurking behind my insanity. :)
You are correct, I stand corrected.
You truly are a twisted nerd who needs to get a life.
But who am I to talk?
I'm the guy wearing the MIT Hillel's T-Shirt w Maxwell's Equation printed on the front with the added line '... and there was light'.
(Ok I haven't worn it for years and I wonder if they still print it.)
When the LHC finally exposes the Higgs Boson Sparticle for all to see the universe will cease to exist. Since we live in a universe that is based on observer interactions, finding the final particle will complete the human experiment which will subsequently be turned off.
That isn't to say that it won't be run again to see if the results are the same, after all repeatability is a requirement of any good experiment.
Next time around I plan to be Giant Tortoise.
Sod the coat,.... where are my pills?
at the idea of interdimensional beings squeezing their way into our plane through any tiny portals created by CERN, but I have yet to see definitive proof that this will absolutely not happen. I mean, these being might just be waiting on "the other side" for us to create a portal that they can then commandeer and control with their advanced 10th dimension portal stabiliser.
Portals... what a lot of nonsense. Science keeps promising but never delivers.
Michael Rudd (or maybe Judith Hahn) promised us jet packs back in the 70s... and where are they? Hmmm? no where, that's where.
Sticking wings onto a car is not a jet pack. I want my jet pack!
Boffin: "We've got to keep the LHC running for another year - that way we'll open an interdimensional portal and we will be able to communicate with the future"
Bean counter: "How can you be sure"
Boffin; "Simple, I got am email from myself, dated 2013 telling me how to do it"
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