For new STU students, welcome to law school!
My home page is at http://nathenson.org.
This site, digital garbage, is my academic blog on law and technology.
I also run a personal blog at http://nathenson.org/blog.
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Geek alert: the Large Hadron Collider (“LHC”), making its debut this year, is the world’s largest particle accelerator. Built by CERN (the European Center for Nuclear Research), the LHC is a 27 km particle accelerator near Geneva, running through both France and Switzerland. As noted in the NYT, the LHC “will smash together subatomic particles at a rate just short of the speed of light in search of new forms of matter and new laws of physics.”
Some have objected to the LHC as creating an unnecessary risk of, um, destroying the world, such as by creating a micro black hole that swallows the planet. Several LHC opponents have filed a federal lawsuit seeking delay of its operation, and the government is seeking dismissal. Ultimately, it’s somewhat moot, as the LHC makes it official debut on “Red Button Day,” Sept. 10, about a week after the court hears the motion to dismiss.
Although I love physics, my physics knowledge is more of the “wouldn’t warp travel be really cool” variety. So I don’t know how risky the LHC really is. However, I can say with more confidence that this rap video explaining the operation of the LHC, apparently done by folks connected to CERN, is pretty entertaining (if you’re a physics geek, that is):
Bonus assignment: check out PBS’ program The Elegant Universe, a three-hour miniseries on the development of physics string theory.
H/T on rap vid: SlashDot
We recently visited the Pittsburgh Zoo. Here’s a baby tiger born recently at the zoo:
Earlier this summer, a pregnant dove set up shop on a windowsill. We watched the hatchlings outside our bedroom window for weeks before mother and babies went off on their own. Doves come back from time to time, and I like to think this is one of the babies born this summer.
Update: a while later, two birds were on the windowsill. I’m sure they’re ours.
I’m originally from Pittsburgh, having moved to South Florida a few years ago. Of the things I miss from Pittsburgh — or in Pittsburghese, “Picksburgh” — I especially miss its great pizza joints, such as Vincent’s Pizza Park on Ardmore Blvd. (famous for their huuuge pies).
Particularly great are three pizza places within two blocks of one another on Murray Avenue, in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh: Napoli Pizzeria, Aiello’s Pizza, and my lifelong favorite, Mineo’s Pizza House. Mineo’s has been a Pittsburgh institution since 1958. It’s so popular with expatriate Pittsburghers that it sends pies via FedEx to Mineo’s-deprived fans. My first Mineo’s pie, which I had when I was 5 or 6, was a life-changing experience, and I’ve been a loyal customer ever since.
I recently had a chance to re-visit Mineo’s and it was every bit as good as I remembered. We quickly devoured a large pie (half plain, half with onions and green pepper). Living in South Florida, I’m somewhat pizza-deprived. There’s a lot of good and varied food in South Florida, and I particularly enjoy the many good sushi and Thai restaurants. But I have yet to find a pizza place that comes close to the best of Pittsburgh.
Note: transplanted from personal blog.