Posted by: David | August 1, 2008

The Large Hadron Rap YO

Yo people. GEEK ALERT!!

If you are a fan of the new science about to rock us upside the head, or maybe a fan of rap music, you gotta see this video from alpinekat at the US LHC Blog! The video and audio quality are not great, but wrap your nerdy brain around the sexy physics lyrics!

I never knew that top quark was draggin’ its ass!


  1. Well, I definitely learned a lot more about the LHC. Just never knew I would learn about it from a rap video. It was cool though. Quark reminds me of that book “The Powers of Ten” Was it you that told me it was also a video or movie?

    Joan hooray! You were the first person I thought of that might find this interesting! Thanks for the reminder about that classic Powers of Ten movie. I just went and watched it on YouTube. It was made in 1977, which was the year my wife and I got together. Ain’t that sweet?

  2. Wow, scary, crazy and cool all at once. All for the sake of scientific research (aka pure science)! Well, I gotta say I rather admire the idea of doing scientific research, but this thing is scary. Maybe it is just my lack of scientific knowledge that makes me think that. So, no plans for them to create enough energy to supply many countries for some time to come, as an outcome of this experiment? I suppose there would be no way to harness it anyway. Thanks for pointing this out.

    Your comment frames it nicely lakecrazy. I’m not sure what I was pointing out, other than that this 6.4 billion euro project is, as you say, ‘scary, crazy and cool’ on SO many levels. It’s like when we were kids, when they were observing celestial phenomena (gravitational lensing) that confirmed some of Einstein’s cosmology. Only now they need a 17 mile circular tunnel full of machinery cooled to just above absolute zero to figure out whether they’ve got it all wrong or not. I guess we can hope that, as in when they were proving Einstein, some good applications will emerge. The scary bit is that when they were proving Einstein some of the worst applications ever also emerged (nuclear weapons).

    So I guess the question boils down to this: should we pray that they find Higg’s boson, or pray that they don’t?

  3. Dammit! I should have tagged you for my song meme. This is soooo ironic.
    And as for the video? Uh, you’re a geek. 😉

    Thank you Wendy, for NOT tagging me. I don’t like being tagged. It’s just another OBLIGATION. I HATE obligations. “I’m using the word ‘hate’ here.” Guess it’s because I’m so irresponsible. I hope you enjoyed the irony. I understand how Buck wants to keep you safely recording video on the homestead. It’s a MAD WORLD out there, speaking of Songs You Love That Can Drive You Insane. 😀

  4. The funniest thing I’ve seen this week.

    And I saw a cat bite it’s own tail in it’s sleep.

    Thanks B&G, that really means something coming from you. Guess you had a shitty week! Perhaps the tail biting snoozy feline was Schrödinger’s cat?

  5. Hahahahahahahaha. Sadly, it was not. It was DSG’s cat. She sleeps at a sliding door and I think she mistook her own tail for the dog.

    Oh, and DSG means Dog Shit Guy. We named him that because he had a habit of letting his dog shit right on the property line.

    He doesn’t any more and I didn’t have to take measures too drastic nor too funny.

    Each party stated their case, there was an impasse which brought some bad feelings, I had a group of burly people over measuring for a very large fence (which would have blocked his view) so he put up a tiny fence which does the job just fine.

    Okay, the burly people were actually friends and I knew once he saw them he’d ask what I was doing and would be unhappy when I mentioned an eight foot fence (the largest allowable per the town).

    HaH! That’s a good one B&G! 😀 Wonderful problem-solving. Comes from years of dealing with customers I guess …

    I don’t understand why people can’t clean up after their pets! Especially when even the dog has the common decency to shit in the same place! Sweet Jeebus! How hard is it to pick up crap? The reason crap doesn’t get picked up, I’ve thoroughly learned, is mostly because of its great symbolic value.

  6. I heard these machine-thingys can make black holes….WHAT…THE….HECK????

    I’m very afraid.

    Don’t be scared Romi, getting sucked into a black hole might feel pretty good! Who knows?

  7. This was great! Thank you. Gotta make this science stuff fun for the kids…

    Speaking of good ideas gone awry? I just saw I Am Legend. Scariest movie I’ve seen in a long time.

    Yeah I thought it was fun too. And I learned some details that have escaped me in my fascinated web-browsing on the LHC.

    I like Will Smith! It sounds like you are recommending I Am Legend, apocalyptic jitters aside?

  8. Schrödinger’s cat! You really are a geek, perhaps the biggest ever.
    P.S. – “I Am Legend” is awesome, you must see it. Then you’ll understand why you need an end of the world kit and a flame thrower.

    Hee hee … end of the world kit! Is that like the stuff Slim Pickens listed off in Dr. Strangelove as he and the boys headed toward their targets in Russia …

    Survival Kit contents check. In them you will find: one 45 caliber automatic, two boxes of ammunition, four days concentrated emergency rations, one drug issue containing antibiotics, morphine, vitamin pills, pep pills, sleeping pills, tranquilizer pills, one miniature combination Rooshan phrase book and Bible, one hundred dollars in rubles, one hundred dollars in gold, nine packs of chewing gum, one issue of prophylactics, three lipsticks, three pair of nylon stockings — shoot, a fellah could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff….

    I will add I Am Legend to my Netflix queue, thanks for the recommendation …

  9. It is 97 degrees Fahrenheit here, has been most of the day. Now it is 08 25 pm and the same still, and at night it went down only 3 or 4 degrees.

    Here you have to imagine the photo of a glass full of water melon + fruit juice + a little sugar sitting in the ice box.

    I’m sorry to hear that cantueso. I find that kind of heat oppressive. The imaginary drink sounds like a great idea!! 🙂

  10. The “I Am Legend” book that the movie is based on is even better. There were two other movies done based on the book. One of them with Charlton Heston (1971) and the other one was earlier with Vincent Price (1964). I liked the Will Smith movie because I like Will Smith but the book is really well written and a classic, by Richard Matheson. Just had to throw my two cents in.

    I suppose you’ve read The Stand too? That’s more or less the gold standard for apocalyptic novels. Right now I’m watching Children of Men. Depressing. I need to go out for a bike ride.

  11. Re: water melon drink :

    The melon has to be cut and then stirred with a knife so that it is all very small pieces, almost mush, like wet snow.

    Part of the melon rind is white. It is normally discarded, but it is very nice in the melon drink, but also cut up, for instance with a scissors to make little clippings. In the melon + fruit juice mix these clippings become sweet and translucent, but stay more or less white or very light pink.

    As to fruit juice, I took whatever there was in the ice box, once orange and once pine apple, about 25 to 30% of the glass.

    The whole thing looks very nice.

    That description was pretty delicious too. Thanks cantueso. Is there a name for that drink?

  12. I wonder about this purple cauliflower. Do you use Photo shop?

    Well I did “enhance” the image with a photo editor, but the cauliflower really is purple. It’s a hybrid variety called “Graffiti” that my wife bought from Pinetree Garden Seeds. It really grew very nicely this year.

  13. Your survival kit does not contain enough reading matter, and I don’t know whether you mean chapstick when you say lipstick, and you forgot a pack of cards which you might need either to make friends or to set yourself up as a futurologist.

    I wonder if survivors of el mundo terminado would actually have any desire to read or play cards, or would care about anything beyond mere survival.

    That list was from a “black comedy” film of Kubrick’s from the 1960s. Dr. Strangelove. I love that movie.

  14. A name for the drink ?!


    Sure! Your description was precise, like a recipe, and most recipes have names or titles. For example, “Water Melon Cooler” or “Water Melon Slushie” …

  15. что касается темы, то мне кажется актуальность будет известна только через некоторое время

    Babelfish translation: “… as far as theme is concerned, me seems urgency will be known only after the certain time…” Maybe this is a real comment expressing concern over the LHC? Dunno … fuzzy line between spam and spam …

  16. “As to this subject matter, it seems to me that its relevance can be known only after some time.”

    I am not sure, but that could be the meaning.

    In other words, spam, right? Who would create a bot that goes around leaving vague comments on random blogs? And why?

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