WAR is a game, the Hadron Collider will KILL US ALL!

Ok, it won’t. Seriously. But Warhammer Online is a game, last time I checked.

We’re mostly saving our comments on this week’s debacle until it’s over, so we can get our own emotions in check about it. And trust me, we know emotions are running high, we personally know people having the open beta issues, so our own emotions are a bit tangled also, thus the reliance on news updates yesterday!

Anyway, this morning, while discussing blogging, Spinks sent me a link that has inspired me!

The Hadron Collider is being switched on tomorrow. This has generated a lot of angst and distress. The scientists involved have received death threats, pleas, etc (note a Telegraph article, later removed from the site,  mentions ‘tearful’ people on the phone, and murderous comments by email. ‘Nuff said, internet).

Frank Wilczek, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has received death threats, said Prof Brian Cox of Manchester University to The Telegraph, saying in as frank a manner as possible: “Anyone who thinks the LHC will destroy the world is a twat.”

Meanwhile, a couple of mathematical physicists in Moscow believe the collider could turn into the world’s first time machine, arguing that 2008 may become Year Zero for time travelling. So tomorrow we may get to say hi to some people from the future. Neat.

Katherine McAlpine, e-News Coordinator for the Atlas Project at CERN has written an LHC Rap. It’s very diverting, and definitely recommended. A CERN spokesman commented:

“We love the rap,” says James Gillies, CERN spokesman. “The science is spot on, and all the feedback that’s come to me from physicists is positive. I think that Kate is a little bowled over.”

Also for those able to listen to BBC Radio 4 tomorrow, they have a themed Big Bang day which looks pretty damn awesome. And if you’re in the UK and can access iPlayer, here’s a show from earlier in the week about it (I have this on my PVR, but um.. something happening to do with some game has kept me from watching it so far! Also note, iPlayer content is only available for a week to download, but I think you then have a month to watch it)

ps. I know the temperature is hot out there right now, the title I picked for the post isn’t meant to belittle anyone’s concerns about GOA, the open beta in Europe, or anything like that. It’s simply what I said to Spinks in response to the link in IM – and I was too sleepy to think up a better title.