Gratitude List (Aug. 17 – 23)

  1. I took the opportunity to ask a question of the President of SDSM&T at the Fall Convocation
  2. Someone later complimented me on the question
  3. Gathering with graduate students and my wife at the Firehouse after Qualifying Exams
  4. Watching a thunderstorm on our back deck
  5. Buying tickets to a concert by Itzhak Perlman.
  6. The surprise decorations my wife put on our basement wall
  7. Teaching my first class of the semester
  8. Nachos and cream puff at the Central States Fair
  9. Watching the Society of Physics Students Wrestle a Pig at the Central States Fair
  10. Biking with my wife to and from the fair.
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The World Wide Web, brought to you by Particle Physicists!

Internaut day is being celebrated around the world on 23 August to mark the invention of the World Wide Web. An “internaut” is a person who possesses a thorough knowledge of how to use the Internet and its history. But what is the history of the web?

Source: Internaut Day and the World Wide Web | CERN

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Stars on the Flag: 59

For an explanation of this post and the origin of these designs, see the Introduction. We would have needed a flag of 59 stars if

  • the Six Californias initiative had been successful and
  • Puerto Rico became a state and
  • The District of Columbia became a state and
  • The New York Partition movement were successful and
  • The Illinois Partition movement were successful

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Gratitude List (Aug. 10 – 16)

  1. Meeting with one of the people in charge of funding for my research
  2. Interesting closing talks at the conference
  3. Being part of a Wikipedia edit-a-thon in which I focused on the articles for Fermilab and the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment.
  4. Seeing friends and their new baby in the suburbs
  5. Shipping home some of what we bought in Chicago
  6. Safe and punctual flight back to Rapid City
  7. Safe and punctual shuttle bus ride back to our house
  8. Time to rest after the trip
  9. Meeting with a student (Aug. 12)
  10. Writing birthday cards for friends
  11. Finding everything I was looking for at Black Hills Farmers Market
  12. Carrying all of my purchases home on my bike
  13. Catching up with my parents over the phone
  14. Good food at The Well potluck
  15. Discussing ideas for our next series at The Well
  16. Lots of rain for our garden
  17. Some parts for my detector were finally ordered
  18. Compiling an almost-complete draft of our next proposal
  19. All of my colleagues who helped my student to take his Qualifying Exam without needed to drive back from Fermilab
  20. Progress on a proposal for the next project in my lab
  21. Biking home with my wife
  22. Good food at Community meal, including two German potato salads made by actual Germans
  23. Meeting the Couchsurfers staying with our Community Meal host
  24. Harvesting some ground cherries and tomatoes from our garden
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Stars on the Flag: 58

For an explanation of this post and the origin of these designs, see the Introduction. We would have needed a flag of 58 stars if

  • the Six Californias initiative had been successful and
  • Puerto Rico became a state and
  • The District of Columbia became a state and
  • The New York Partition movement were successful

Star058_CheckBlue Star058_CheckStar Star058_Circle_Pent Star058_Colorado Star058_ColoradoM4 Star058_Michigan Star058_Oklahoma Star058_SD2

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What I can carry on my bike

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Yesterday, on my bike, I brought back from the Black Hills Farmers Market

  • A large musk melon
  • 6 peaches
  • 4 ears of corn
  • 2 small heads of cabbage
  • 6 small cucumbers
  • A bunch of tomatoes
  • 16 oz. bottle of kombucha
  • 13 lb. moon and stars melon
  • 2 small freshly baked pizzas
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Particle Physics Helping A Little Girl “kicking cancer’s Arse!”

Amy’s story became famous because her brother found her tumor in a tickle fight. It caught my attention because her cancer may be treated with a particle accelerator, just one of the ways particle physics research has given unexpected benefits to humanity.

She was told that she would need to receive 9 rounds of chemotherapy. Further surgery is also likely. Then they were told about the radiotherapy. Amy may very well need a very specialised type of radiotherapy called proton beam therapy. It is only available in the USA.

 

Source: Amy’s Journey by Kerry Davison – GoFundMe

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Gratitude (Aug. 3 – 9)

  1. A ride from our friends to the Holland bus station
  2. Safe bus trip to Chicago
  3. Navigating our way to our hotel
  4. A helpful CTA agent
  5. Spending a great evening with friends in the suburbs (Aug. 3)
  6. Getting to the ICHEP 2016 conference on time
  7. An interesting first session
  8. Having fun introducing physics to children at a library
  9. A remarkable girl named Rachel who I hope represents the future of her generation
  10. Finding a mural of Henrietta Lacks while looking for a CTA station.
  11. Dinner at a delicious ramen place in downtown Chicago
  12. Good talk from Don Lincoln on engaging the public
  13. Many interesting talks at the ICHEP parallel sessions
  14. Good food at so many Chicago restaurants
  15. Meeting our friends baby Vincent for the first time
  16. Our first Uber ride
  17. Catching up with friends we knew from Ohio State who now live in the Chicago area
  18. Catching up with friends in the suburbs (Aug. 7)
  19. Sunday is an off-day from the conference
  20. Getting my poster hung up before visiting friends on Sunday
  21. The poster session went well
  22. Dancing to disco music at the poster sessions
  23. Chicago style pizza
  24. Shopping at Eataly
  25. Macarons from Whole Foods
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Stars on the Flag: 57

For an explanation of this post and the origin of these designs, see the Introduction. We would have needed a flag of 57 stars if

  • the Six Californias initiative had been successful and
  • Puerto Rico became a state and
  • The District of Columbia became a state
Star057_Nevada

This arrangement has been suggested elsewhere.

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When international physicists get hungry for power…

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