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    joshschr | Male | 42 years old | Barnesville, MN

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Finally, another good week!

1012 views • Sep 8, '08 • (4) Comments

There are seven books coming out this week, which is really exciting, but I find myself thinking "what would I do if the world ends Wednesday?"

I don't really believe that the world is going to end when they flip the switch on the Hadron Collider in Geneva, but still, the possibility is there, isn't it?  The scientists in charge are trying to discover the secrets that make up the fabric of the universe, creating forces not seen since God released the Big Bang (or whatever theology you rationalize).

Besides being bummed that I didn't get to see my Power Girl bust from this year's auction, or have a chance to do more professionally, I'd be most upset that I'll probably be at work, away from my girls when we all blinked out of existence.  They're both at such a wonderful age, one is really starting to talk, and the other just started Kindergarten.  They've got a lot of living to do yet! 

But pretty much since Sarah was born, I've always been worried that something was going to happen to take them away.  I think this is normal and healthy for parents.  Usually, I can focus on the fantastic stuff that really can't happen, such as them turning into zombies like in the Night of the Living Dead remake, or succumbing to a superflu like Captain Tripps in Steven King's The Stand, which comes out as a comic book this week.  If I can keep thinking of those things, I can ignore all the other horrible stuff that happens to kids in real life that parents only have the most minimum control over.  You try and let your kids have a little freedom, to let them know that you can't be scared of the world forever, but even a routine bus ride to school, a walk in your neighborhood, or time at the pool can turn tragic.

Anyway, like I said, I don't think the world will end Wednesday.  I know a lot of worries come from an overactive imagination and sensationalist media, and I believe that letting go of my kids for a few hours a day is a good thing for them.  But I just might call in sick Wednesday for a few hours...


Update: After reading this thoughtful National Geographic article, I'm less worried.  There is not enough mass and energy available to do any immediate damage, and they're dealing with forces that have already occured in nature, so the worst that could happen is a very small black hole that would take a long time to consume the earth.  That would cancel out global warming, wouldn't it?  It really is another good week, so enjoy some pictures!

  • Sep 8, '08 by dough boy's avatar dough boy
  • Look at the "bright" side. If the world does end Wed...likely it would end for everyone and you shouldn't have to worry about losing your kids...everyone is "toast".

    Now it will piss me off if they start a "black hole" that slowly envelopes the Earth (slowly means like takes 10 years). Who knows...maybe all of those black holes out there were caused just like this...other worlds turning on an experiment and bam!
    • Sep 8, '08 by joshschr's avatar joshschr
    • I didn't want to get too morbid. Another movie I watched recently that put me in this mood was The Mist. A good movie, but what a downer!

      Like I said, I don't believe the world is going to end, and I think that article or a different one said they're starting with "small" collisions, so there is that.

      I long ago gave up on understanding how that stuff works, so I trust the scientists backing it up, just like people in the know trusted that the first nuclear detonation wouldn't start the atmosphere on fire.

      But yeah, it would suck if they discovered how to "make fire", only to burn the house down and everyone in it.
  • Sep 10, '08 by dough boy's avatar dough boy
  • Hey we are alive! Unless of course the black hole came straight to your neighborhood.
    • Sep 10, '08 by joshschr's avatar joshschr
    • It was awfully dark this morning, so I kind of wondered, ;) .

      They're only running particles in one direction now, and not even at full strength. What a gyp! It's going to be weeks before they're going to get to the big stuff. Psh, I got better things to do than spend all that time worrying...
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