Why I like…the hunt for (and finding of!) the Higgs Boson Particle.

There comes a time in human history where science, math and technology intermix and pure magic happens.  Since I like to fancy myself a practical person I have to come to the conclusion that Tinkerbell doesn’t exist and Gandolf only lives in the middle earth between my ears.
That leaves 2 forms of magic.

The first being the inexplicable miracles occuring under the mantle of the Christian faith.  We don’t/can’t understand what really happens and how God makes it work…therefore we can call it God Magic.  That is a-whole-nother post.  Moving on!

The second being the convolution of science, math and technological engineering.  No math pun intended.
When people first experienced the light bulb – MAGIC!
When people first cooked with a microwave – MAGIC!
When people first encountered a video recording – MAGIC!

These things are all fairly easy for us to understand having been made intellectually pallatable by education and other advances.  However, we are quickly approaching the day when the common man will not be able to understand or explain the vast advances we will be enjoying in the future.  Everyday magic! How exciting!!
Grant it we’ll know it’s technology and some power that only can be channelled through someone born with magic in their blood conjuring a tree to grow to full height in a matter of moments.

When will get there? Who knows!! But we’re well on our way already.

Understanding of particle physics is advancing by leaps and bounds every month if not daily.  It’s hard to keep up with all the various findings and their applicable uses.
But one that greatly excites me is the work going on in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in the search for, and now research on the Higgs Boson Particle.

The resulting knowledge, technology and abilities gained from mastering this particle will truly be, in the most literally of terms, beyond remarkable.
We’re talking worm holes, teleportation…you know…”Beam me up Scotty!” stuff!!

I’ve been saying for years the time wasted on traveling was ridiculous.  Time you’ll never get back, in a car, on your bum, mindlessly passing other cars, no scenery.  BLAH!
All the money wasted on fuel alone, shipping stuff, lost packages.
Imagine all the deaths that would be prevented by keeping people off the roads and out of the air.

But that is only the beginning.  The energy encompassed in one tiny little particle that only exist for a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of a fraction…you get the idea…of a second is HUGE!  If we could capture that and regenerate it there would energy for all and everything!

How cool is the LHC btw.

So much good could come of it!  There is the tiny possiblity that it would create a black hole and we’d all be sucked into oblivion but that is statistically tiny and completely unprovable.  December 21 is looming though…

So, they have isolated what they believe to be the standard model particle.  Currently they are researching to be able to conclusively say that is indeed what was obtained.  One step closer!

I guess that the reason I like the Higgs Boson particle so much is that it inspires me and ignites my imagination to all the amazing things that could be.  Nay, will be!

Also on the table? – Flying cars.


Why I like… the Flying Gunard

What the heck is a Flying Gunard!!

One of the reasons I like the Flying Gunard is the vivid imagery that the name alone instills in me.  My imagination runs wild with possibilities!

One might think it is a dangerous or cutting edge military weapon capable of annihilating an entire city.

Perhaps you might think it is a fancy wrestling move where one person jumps onto another and then strangles them with their legs.  At least that is what I would think if I were told that it was a wrestling move.

Or maybe one might think it a type of computer virus that spreads quickly and wreaks unmitigated, irreparable havoc on your hard drive.

I’m not even going into detail as to what my mother thought it might be.  HINT: It involves people’s unmentionable bits!

When I first heard the term Flying Gunard my thoughts went immediately to some sort of frilled lizard because we all know I have critters on the brain. This lizard would of course be a tree dweller and leap from limb to limb, coasting on the tropical forest breezes in the South American jungles.

I was correct in only one regard.  It is a critter but not one that has any sort of flying capabilities.
What a disappointing misnomer!

Upon Googling and being disabused of my reptilian notions, I discovered the coolest little guy you’re very likely to run into throughout several of the worlds oceans.
That’s right.  It’s a fish.
photo credit: Tony Wu

I was thrilled to discover it behaves much like a Gobie (saving those guys for another post!) it uses its arm-like pectoral fins to pull themselves along the sea floor while searching for tasty morsels..

However when those fins flare out you’re in for quite a treat!

As my husband would say, FANCY!!

These remind me so much of some of the creatures described in many of my favorite books.
In short, they are just magical!!

So I like these little guys mostly because in every way they spark wonder in me.

We all need a little wonder in us.

Why I like…Hyperbole and a Half

Let’s face it.  We’re all weird.
So weird in fact that we are sometimes quite sure that no one else out there could possible understand how we _____. Feel free to fill in the blank with: feel, think, understand, chew, walk, smell, trip, write, cook, sleep, dream, poop,…you get the idea.

So much so, that at times we resent everyone else their normalcy and complete self-assured confidence that they are status quo of society and we ourselves are the freaky fringe stranglings that evolution forgot in the way we _____.  Again, fill in the blank.

Personally I’ve tried to convince myself that my various, special breeds of weird are either just figments of my highly overactive imagination and/or my not entirely unfortunate habit of simply caring too much about most things.  This rarely appeases my sense of personal vindication for long.

But occasionally a ray of sun breaks through our dismal overcast world of sideshow isolation and lets us know that, “Hey! You’re not alone! I too am a complete square egg!”

That is what blogger Allie Brosh has done for the last few years with her blog “Hyperbole and a Half”.  Her special way of expressing her idiosyncracies mixed with her childishly drawn, yet highly introspective cartoons keeps myself and many others in stitches of laughter and occasionally a tear or two.

Her lack of sophistication in the drawings and the overt humanity of her quirkiness makes you realize that not only is it ok to be different but it is ok to celebrate it, hopefully as it is occurring but if not at least in retrospect.  Just don’t be a punk about it of course.

But what speaks to me, more so than just what she writes and illustrates in her blogs, are the comments of others saying, “I couldn’t have said it better myself”.

That is when I know that everyone else sees me as one of those same confident, normal people that I see in everyone else.

And that is why I like Hyperbole and a Half.

Here are some links to a few of my favorites:

Alot is better than you at everything:


The Awkward Situation Survival Guide:

Why I’ll never be an adult: (this is me 100% when it comes to laundry and the organization of my drawers and closets)

And my favorite
The Party:

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