Posts Tagged Hindsight

Looking back

The archive says December 2006, but “Terminal Days @ WordPress” really got started around November of ’07 (what with all the imported posts from Blogger). Now, 12 and a half months and 163 posts later, I guess it’s time to mark its one-year birthday. Or something, whatever.

The annoying half of my life – the weak-flesh-and-hale-blood part – is rather malignant at the moment, but at least this blog hasn’t changed much.

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The LHC Will Kill Us All, Possibility #245

From Slashdot:

Physicists have been playing with Bose Einstein Condensate (BECs) for over 10 years now. But in 2001, one group discovered that placing them in a powerful magnetic field could cause the attractive forces between atoms to become repulsive.

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This was little more than a curiosity when only a microscopic blob of cold matter was involved. But superfluid liquid helium is also BEC. And physicists have suddenly remembered that the LHC is swimming in 700,000 liters of the stuff while being zapped by some of the most powerful magnetic fields on the planet. So is the LHC a Bose supernova waiting to go off? Not according to the CERN theory division, which has published its calculations that show the LHC is safe. They also point out that no other superfluid helium handling facility has mysteriously blown itself to pieces.

All right, move along, nothing to see here. But if an Earth-shattering kaboom – or kaphumf, in the case of black holes – does occur you’ll be sure to find us apologising from our fleeing private space shuttles.

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Two of your Earth minutes

This happened a while ago.

Two of my pens ran out of ink. I went out to the local stationery store and bought five more. The total came out to forty Taiwan dollars, or I think they’re dollars.

Anyway, after the purchase, I went to the closest convenience store and bought a bottle of Pocari Sweat; it was a hot day, and Taipei is the sort of place where it would be a windy 16-degrees day and you’d still sweat. This was $32.

I went out without nothing in my pockets except keys, the remote for the security system, and two $100 bills. I spent $72 total.

For the price of the drink and maybe one less pen, I could’ve bought a stack of A4 paper to go along with my new writing utensils. Together, they could have been about three months of fulfillment before I had to go and buy more. I traded that for fifteen minutes of enjoyment and respite.

As always, hindsight’s a bitch.

PS: Kara no Kyoukai soon. I get the feeling I said those exactly words last month.

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