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The Night before The End

So, with the possibility that we're all going to die on Wednesday morning when they switch the LHC on for a test-drive....

"What are people up to on Tuesday evening?"

On the off chance that we're not all going to die on Wednesday morning I've arrange a meeting (over a drink and a meal) on Wednesday night.

Also, anyone know what time this world-shattering event is supposed to be switched on? I'd hate to miss it :p

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autopope
Sep. 8th, 2008 10:57 pm (UTC)
We. Are. Not. Going. To. Die.

The maximum energy the particles generated by the LHC get up to is a factor of a thousand below the maximum energy of cosmic rays that hit the Earth's upper atmosphere from space every fricking day. None of them have created black holes and gobbled up the planet, or turned us all into strange matter. Nor have they done ditto to any cosmic bodies we can see, such as planets or stars. Therefore the world ain't gonna end when they switch on the LHC. QED.

Meet-ups with fun themes are encouraged, but please, can we not be spreading the FUD and scaring people needlessly?
dan_g
Sep. 9th, 2008 08:16 am (UTC)
Stop being bloody sensible.

Of course we are not going to die... this time. We all KNOW that. But what you mistakenly think of as 'scaring people' is what we affectionatly call 'taking the piss'...

But one thing is certain. Your first statement is 100% inaccurate.

Every single one of us will die, and most of us will not know when or how, and statistically for some peopl this will be tomorrow. So stop going round spreading those innacurate rumours of immortality!
angusabranson
Sep. 9th, 2008 08:45 am (UTC)
I'd hate to think people actually thought I was serious (or were actually scarred by the event).

I just like the idea of a wild abandoned party :)

Plus people wkaing up the next day with half-remembered glimpses of what they got up to (or the person next to them) and beginning to realise that it may have been better if the world had just ended due to the explanations and awkardness they will now have to endure :p
angusabranson
Sep. 9th, 2008 08:47 am (UTC)
Oh, I am finally back in town for longer than a week (I am now sympathising greatly with your convention/signing schedules - there is nothing quite like the joy of your own bed and a whole weekend at home). I'll drop you a line tonight or tomorrow (if we're all still here :p).
lenfant_de_jeu
Sep. 8th, 2008 11:15 pm (UTC)
What I do every Tuesday night...
...
...
...

Chorus.


But since us folk ahead of time down in NZ probably have a good portion of Wednesday morning, I will also be going to work and spending my income (pay day). I might even have breakfast.

matt_m_mcelroy
Sep. 8th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
Wednesday morning is actually only a test of part of the experiment. It will be another month before they fire up both directions.
dan_g
Sep. 9th, 2008 08:18 am (UTC)
And it could be years before the wormholes open to a size that would enable the elder gods to step through.... ;p
hrafen
Sep. 8th, 2008 11:38 pm (UTC)
Not going to happen. It is like the 60's stuff about bombs igniting the atmosphere. Nitrogen under atmospheric conditions does not burn. Bleh. Have a pint anyway, and save some money for a pint the next day.
eryx_uk
Sep. 8th, 2008 11:51 pm (UTC)
I'm going to continue working on my 40K army. I got a lot of painting to finish before the world ends.
jeff_preston
Sep. 9th, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)
Curses! I just got the glass display case assembled and put all my spiffy minis in it! I guess my Tuesday will be packing them all up in to safe cases again.

After that I'll have a drink and watch the world burn.

At least my figs will be safe!
;)
hybridartifacts
Sep. 9th, 2008 06:03 am (UTC)
It will probably be an incredibly boring day.
Nothing dramatic will happen at all unless you happen to be a physicist who gets excited by particles.

Everything getting sucked into a black hole would be rather nice actually - we wouldn't need to worry about the economy, war, elections, global warming- all those would be rather dramatically 'solved'.No such luck though- we shall all have to just suffer them. ;)
Tuesday evening I shall thus do what I do most Tuesday evenings-have a relaxed time at home with my wife, watch some tv, chat, cook and eat dinner, go to bed. Which is probably what I would do if I thought the world was going to end anyway.
dan_g
Sep. 9th, 2008 08:13 am (UTC)
I am going drinking with an old workmate, he's Polish, chances are that I may mistake the end of the world for a hangover!
zencadet
Sep. 9th, 2008 11:14 am (UTC)
They turn it on at around 0830BST.

Personally, tonight I shall be running CthulhuTech... seems somehow appropriate, especially as they will likely tonight be trying to stop a dimensional rift opening up in Cardiff 2085. Oh, and speaking of Cardiff there's the Torchwood radio play on Radio 4 (2:15pm) that surely won't be filled with a Dr Who version of LHC-style calamity, right?
zencadet
Sep. 9th, 2008 11:15 am (UTC)
Torchwood play, I should have clarified, is tomorrow, not today.
jeff_preston
Sep. 9th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
Cthulhutech is SO appropriate!
Bravo!
gabby2600
Sep. 9th, 2008 11:46 am (UTC)
The amusing thing is they have been testing the LHC through august, and not told many people about it. So it has been up and running for nearly a month, just running tests.

Boinc do an LHC@home client, and I ahe been getting bit's and bobs of test data, from them.
crookedmonkey
Sep. 9th, 2008 12:23 pm (UTC)
I think it's 4am Eastern Time. Not sure how that calculates with daylight savings etc but it should be either 11pm or midnight. Would that be tonight then?
angusabranson
Sep. 9th, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC)
You got your time zones all mixed up. If it's 4am Eastern Time it'll be 9am in the morning.

We're 5 hours ahead of New Year (Eastern Seaboard) not behind it. The first switch should be taking place at 8.30am London time apparently. So I'll probably either be in the shower, waking up or waiting for a bus! Better get breakfast in before then. I'd hate to be sucked into oblivion on an empty tummy!
crookedmonkey
Sep. 9th, 2008 01:12 pm (UTC)
dammit. I'm going to spend my last few minutes on this fair earth looking at a CRM system.

*starts stockpiling class As and party hats under desk*
dan_g
Sep. 9th, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
I thought the class a's and party hats were only to be used in case of zombie outbreak?

crookedmonkey
Sep. 9th, 2008 01:30 pm (UTC)
I'm flexible, chances are we're only going to live through one so I'll go with whatever hits first. I'll save the berserker mushrooms specifically for zombies though.
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