On Fri, Dec 7, 2012 at 7:25 PM, GS Chandy <email@example.com> wrote:
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> GSC > P.S. Can you link me up to your work with CERN?
That was a metaphor.
I was saying that Occupy Portland was such a rare experiment: hundreds of people camping in the middle of a city, trying to test ideas about how to live together, that it was like I were a physicist finally getting my experiment to run at CERN.
CERN in Switzerland has the Large Hadron Collider and physicists have to queue up to get their experiments run (or so I believe).
Ditto for the Hubble space telescope: astronomers have to queue to get it to point where they need it to point (the Hubble keeps gyrating all "day" long, looking at different things, so as not to heat up too much on any one surface, which would throw off its measurements and maybe damage parts -- not good, as no more repair missions are scheduled).
I know more about Hubble as I once had the privilege of training some of its on-the-ground instrumentation experts in the use of the Python computer language, which I teach to adults and to younger people.
I did hear a lecture from a CERN guy here recently, about the Higgs boson. I wrote some Python afterwards, to help me get more of the particle zoo stuffed in my head: