Archive for May, 2012

Higgs boson

Sunday, May 6th, 2012


Higgs boson

particle detector

– I follow a lot of stuff and one area I like to look in on occasionally is physics.  

– The biggest story there,of course, is the decades long conundrum of how to resolve General Relativity and Quantum Mechanics to yield a Theory of Everything.   So far as I know, the String Theorists and the Quantum Loop Gravity folks are still pounding away on those doors but they haven’t budged.

– But there’s another area that’s looking like it is about to yield to our inquiries and that is the ongoing efforts at CERN to locate the last undetected particle in the Standard Model’s table of fundamental particles; the Higgs Boson.

CERN‘s particle accelerator is thought to be able to smash particles together at energy level sufficient to resolve the Higgs Boson and everyone who follows this stuff is quite excited.   As, as always, when the particle smashers take us into new energy realms, there’s always a good chance that we’ll see something new that could upset our previous best guesses at how things work – and that’s exciting.

– Most folks how no idea what the Higgs boson is and I’m the first to admit that it is all a bit obscure.   But, I found a nice cartoon that tells the story in a way that interesting and entertaining.

– Dennis

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Here’s the link to the cartoon…    Enjoy!

– Research thanks to Keirin K.

“Follow your Bliss” revisited

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

– Picked this up from a beautiful little Blog called Life 2.0.   Recommended.

– Dennis

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“No “yes.” Either “HELL YEAH!” or “no.” ……
When deciding whether to do something, if you feel anything less than “Wow! That would be amazing! Absolutely! Hell yeah!”—then say “no.” When you say “no” to most things, you leave room in your life to throw yourself completely into that rare thing that makes you say “HELL YEAH!” Every event you get invited to. Every request to start a new project. If you’re not saying “HELL YEAH!” about it, say “no.” We’re all busy. We’ve all taken on too much. Saying yes to less is the way out.“

– From Derek Sivers’ book, Anything You Want

– To the full article over on Life 2.0 …

Stairway to heaven

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

– I just put it on with headphones and let it rip.   It truly is one of the best, if not the best, pieces of music ever.   Give yourself to it and it will reward you.

– Dennis