Personal blog for M. Alice LeGrow, freelance comics artist and full-time ambassador to the Snake People.
BTW, while you’re out today drinking beer, getting badly sunburned and wearing flag-themed t-shirts, stop a minute and remind yourself that today is a momentous day for all humanity. No, not because of AMUUUURRICA, dipsticks. Because a new boson particle, and almost certainly THE Higgs Boson or “god particle”, was confirmed today. The cornerstone of particle physics, the Higgs boson was assumed to be in existence, but could never be confirmed until now. As someone on the SA forums put it eloquently, it was as if we all saw cars driving around everyday but could not see the wheels that moved them, and simply had to deduce that they were there.
A Higgs boson has been almost certainly confirmed. We know for certain where MASS comes from now. It’s a great and important moment and you should take a minute to read an article or two about it. Or just read these few comments from the live thread on SomethingAwful that’s been going all night:
“I just suddenly realized that I’m watching a live webcast from Geneva that is piping in its own webcast to Australia about high energy particle physics that confirmed why things have mass.
I love the times we live in right now.”
SHOPPA 4 LYFE:
“Fuck America, I’m drinking for the UNIVERSE today.”
“We as a human race have now taken our first steps towards understanding why our universe is, rather than the previous question of what it is.
Finding something so small that lives for such a flitting amount of time that explains the very reason why anything has mass or energy through larger fields of time by itself, unassisted, allows us to take a step back and realize that all of our petty differences about who is better than whom are so incredibly insignificant in the grand scheme of the known body of things that exist that it is utterly ridiculous to not look at ourselves as an entire solid human race, each and every one of whom deserves the respect of each and every other, and each and every one of whom should be working together to achieve a triumph of society, not only within science and discovery and exploration and examination of the sheer awesomeness that is raw existence, but even more importantly within a field of peace and harmony among the family of mankind.
It is now fifteen minutes past five in the morning, and I’ve been waiting up to watch a presentation full of terms of which I understand a solid five percent, because I personally hoped for this very news. It is my hope that we as a people can start to realize that we need to examine ourselves and work today towards a tomorrow full of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom.”