Well, the Large Hadron Collider went online and ran some tests and we’re all still here, so that’s a good sign. For those of you not following the news, the LHC is a huge device that scientists will use to hurl particles at one another at near light speed to see what happens. Apparently the odds are 1 in 50 million that it will result in a catastrophic event that will destroy earth (and the known universe), so it’s pretty exciting stuff. At best, it will create a small black hole or answer questions about the origins of the universe. Frankly, I’m surprised that it hasn’t drawn protests from the religious right (Pastafarians, for example).

The real test for the human race comes on October 21 when they fire it up to actually get the particles to collide.  It’s like a demolition derby on a smaller scale where the crashes are like atom bombs.  How is that NOT awesome?!

In less destructive news, I was sorely in need of something to watch on TV last night and the network channels were showing the usual reality dreck (“So you think you can yodel”, “What’s in YOUR dryer lint catcher?”, “C-List Celebrity Deathmatch”, etc.), so I happened upon the pilot for an X-Files-esque show called “Fringe“.  Aside from being filmed almost exclusively here in Toronto, and starring a bunch of people who looked more than vaguely familar (incluidng Pacey from Dawson’s Creek, who was also in The Mighty Ducks), it was a pretty good show with a solid premise.  I’d avoid eating while watching it as it’s pretty graphic with the gore, and there’s lots of it.

All the main characters are quite complex, which makes for some pretty interesting (and refreshing) television.  I just hope it makes it safely through its first season without being cancelled, or the world exploding or being sucked into a black hole on the border of Switzerland and France.  Do you hear me, science?  Don’t screw up a good show for me!

One Response to “It’s the end of the World as we Know it and I Feel Fine”
  1. I believe that this experiment taking place in Switzerland was actually an idea proposed to the scientific community by J. J. Abrams. He even supplied the Rambaldi artifact.

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