Wotcha everyone,

Well, I am “with job”.  I went for an interview last week, got the offer, so now I’m just waiting for references and all that stuff to be sorted, and for a human resources department to stop playing “Solitaire” long enough to get all the paperwork sorted.  Many of my friends think that this employed state has a metaphorical status equivalent to the second horseman getting his saddle ready, and telling the fat lady to start singing.  Many of them have taken it as a sign that the world *will* actually end when the switch is flicked…

Why am I boring you all with this?  Well, I’m now getting my life in order, sorting out a move to be nearer THE JOB, and generally stressing because I live with chaos, and I’m just not organised enough to handle this sort of thing easily.  And that means I’ve hardly been in the Open Beta.

But hey, I’m sure you’re all having too much fun with the car-crash that was our own little Super Sunday.  And that right now, news is probably infinately more important than a few comments along the lines of “Swordmaster go swooooosh with sword!  It fun!”

So I was only involved peripherally with everything that’s been happening.  In a “the gaming pc is doing it’s thing downloading the patch whilst the other pc is sorting my life out” sort of way.  I feel really bad for all the people who wasted their Sunday in a futile attempt to get into the Open Beta, though;  my heart goes out to you plucky lads and lasses.  When hordes of zombies are unleashed, you’re the people I want on *my* team.

However, this might all become moot when the Hadron Collider is switched on.  I can’t help commenting on it, it’s too much fun. I must admit, I’m in the “THE WORLD WILL NOT BLOW UP!” camp.  We’ve had the specter of Mutually Assured Destruction over our heads for 50 years;  it’s a hell of a lot easier starting nuclear war than it is to create a world-eating black hole, and we’ve beaten the odds so far…

Of course, if there’s one thing the hysteria has done, it’s let me look at the world in a fresh, new way.  The sun (what there is of it) is brighter, the colours fresher, and the time I can spare to get in the Open Beta for a few minutes of *Swooooooosh!* is probably all the more enjoyable for knowing that we might not survive as a planet until launch day.

However, I do feel that I can repeat “THE WORLD WILL NOT BLOW UP!” with impunity.  Because, let’s face it, in the hours it will take for a man-made black hole to grow large enough to kill us all, people will be too busy running round screaming (with their hair on fire no doubt) to turn to me and declare;  “Well Hawley, you sure fucked up that call”


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.