domenica, agosto 24, 2008

Siamo una razza in estinzione

Per ogni ragazzo che ha detto “il sesso PUÓ aspettare”
Per ogni ragazzo che ha detto “sei bella”
Per ogni ragazzo che non era mai troppo impegnato per guidare dall’altra parte della città (o dello stato) per vederla
Per ogni ragazzo che le regala fiori e un biglietto quando è malata
Per ogni ragazzo che le regala fiori solo perché la ama
Per ogni ragazzo che ha detto che sarebbe morto per lei
Per ogni ragazzo che lo avrebbe fatto veramente
Per ogni ragazzo che ha fatto quello che voleva lei
Per ogni ragazzo che ha pianto di fronte a lei
Per ogni ragazzo di fronte a cui lei ha pianto
Per ogni ragazzo che le ha tenuto la mano
Per ogni ragazzo che la bacia con un motivo
Per ogni ragazzo che la abbraccia perché è triste
Per ogni ragazzo che la abbraccia senza alcun motivo
Per ogni ragazzo che le darebbe la giacca
Per ogni ragazzo che chiama per sapere se è tornata a casa sana e salva
Per ogni ragazzo che starebbe seduto ad aspettare per ore solo per vederla dieci minuti
Per ogni ragazzo che le cederebbe il posto
Per ogni ragazzo che vuole solo coccolarla
Per ogni ragazzo che la rassicura che è bella non importa cosa faccia
Per ogni ragazzo che le ha confidato i suoi segreti
Per ogni ragazzo che ha provato a dimostrarle quanto le volesse bene attraverso ogni parola e respiro
Per ogni ragazzo che ha pensato “questa potrebbe essere quella giusta”
Per ogni ragazzo che ha creduto nei suoi sogni
Per ogni ragazzo che avrebbe fatto qualunque cosa perché lei li potesse realizzare
Per ogni ragazzo che non le ha riso in faccia quando lei gli ha raccontato i suoi sogni
Per ogni ragazzo che l’ha accompagnata alla macchina
Per ogni ragazzo che ci mette il cuore

sabato, agosto 23, 2008

Still Venice Beach

With French Friends @ Venice Beach

venerdì, agosto 08, 2008

CERN announces start-up date for LHC

Geneva, 7 August 2008. CERN1 has today announced that the first attempt to circulate a beam in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will be made on 10 September. This news comes as the cool down phase of commissioning CERN’s new particle accelerator reaches a successful conclusion. Television coverage of the start-up will be made available through Eurovision.

The LHC is the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, producing beams seven times more energetic than any previous machine, and around 30 times more intense when it reaches design performance, probably by 2010. Housed in a 27-kilometre tunnel, it relies on technologies that would not have been possible 30 years ago. The LHC is, in a sense, its own prototype.

Starting up such a machine is not as simple as flipping a switch. Commissioning is a long process that starts with the cooling down of each of the machine’s eight sectors. This is followed by the electrical testing of the 1600 superconducting magnets and their individual powering to nominal operating current. These steps are followed by the powering together of all the circuits of each sector, and then of the eight independent sectors in unison in order to operate as a single machine.

By the end of July, this work was approaching completion, with all eight sectors at their operating temperature of 1.9 degrees above absolute zero (-271°C). The next phase in the process is synchronization of the LHC with the Super Proton Synchrotron (SPS) accelerator, which forms the last link in the LHC’s injector chain. Timing between the two machines has to be accurate to within a fraction of a nanosecond. A first synchronization test is scheduled for the weekend of 9 August, for the clockwise-circulating LHC beam, with the second to follow over the coming weeks. Tests will continue into September to ensure that the entire machine is ready to accelerate and collide beams at an energy of 5 TeV per beam, the target energy for 2008. Force majeure notwithstanding, the LHC will see its first circulating beam on 10 September at the injection energy of 450 GeV (0.45 TeV).

Once stable circulating beams have been established, they will be brought into collision, and the final step will be to commission the LHC’s acceleration system to boost the energy to 5 TeV, taking particle physics research to a new frontier.

‘We’re finishing a marathon with a sprint,’ said LHC project leader Lyn Evans. ‘It’s been a long haul, and we’re all eager to get the LHC research programme underway.’

CERN will be issuing regular status updates between now and first collisions. Journalists wishing to attend CERN for the first beam on 10 September must be accredited with the CERN press office. Since capacity is limited, priority will be given to news media. The event will be webcast through, and distributed through the Eurovision network. Live stand up and playout facilities will also be available.

A media centre will be established at the main CERN site, with access to the control centres for the accelerator and experiments limited and allocated on a first come first served basis. This includes camera positions at the CERN Control Centre, from where the LHC is run. Only television media will be able to access the CERN Control Centre. No underground access will be possible.

For further information and accreditation procedures:

1 CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is the world's leading laboratory for particle physics. It has its headquarters in Geneva. At present, its Member States are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. India, Israel, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United States of America, Turkey, the European Commission and UNESCO have Observer status.

via CERN press release

mercoledì, agosto 06, 2008

How to readjust to life after travelling!

Trouble readjusting to life back home after spending time travelling?
What you need to do...
1. Replace your bed with two or more bunk beds, and every night invite random people in to sleep there.. this will make things seem more hostel like, and will also boost your karma, remove beds one by one as symptoms improve.
2. Sleep in a different room each day, varying it by setting the air conditioning either too hot or too cold. Sleep behind a plant pot for that jungle effect. Cats also double as pumas with a little imagination.
3. Get family members to set your radio alarm randomly to go off at some time during the night, filling your room with loud talking, works best if you can find a radio station in hebrew.
4. Slowly remove items of clothing etc from your backpack until you are completly using your wardrobe instead, Maybe only one item a day, but remember it's one step at a time kids, one step at a time.
5. Buy your favourite food stuff and despite living at home, write your name and when you might next be leaving the house on them
6. Ask family members to every now or again to steal one of the above foodstuffs, preferably the one you've most been looking forward to, or the most expensive.
7. Keep at least one item of food far too long or in a bag out in sun so you have to spend at least 24hrs within sprinting distance of the toilet
8. Even if its a Sunday, make sure your out the house by 10am, and then stand on a corner looking lost, ask the first passer by of similar ethnic background if they've found anywhere good to go yet.
9. Once deicded to possibly get a job, take a fully packed rucksack to work with you everyday, although its perfectly safe next to the coffee machine, watch it like a hawk.
10. Buy your bus, train or order a taxi in foreign language, the fact that the person behind the counter won't understand simply adds to the authenticity.
These simple but effective instructions should help you fall back into normal society with the minimum effort. Good luck!