October 30th, 2011

Atomic Brain

Faster-Than-Light Particles Explained? Could Be...

About a month ago, there was a big deal about CERN scientists seeing neutrino particles possibly breaking the speed of light. After much debating in the scientific community and many ideas and hypotheses, someone may have an answer.

The short version is that Einstein's "special relativity" should actually account for this. It takes into account the satellites that track the GPS of things and thus keep the clocks at either end synchronized. It would be a tiny difference, but keep in mind that we were talking about a tiny difference to begin with. that difference would be about 32 nanoseconds, and since that same error would be at both ends, that makes for 64...almost exactly what the team observed.

That's impressive but it's not to say the problem is done and dusted. Peer review is an essential part of the scientific process and this argument must hold its own under scrutiny from the community at large and the CERN team in particular. If it stands up, this episode will be laden with irony. Far from breaking Einstein's theory of relatively, the faster-than-light measurement will turn out to be another confirmation of it.
Hands Tied

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Jessica is fast coming to the end of her schooling, and closing in on her externship and job. This is a good thing on many levels. Her working and me working means I could get my stuff shipped out here, we could get our own place, etc. Thoughts on this have taken new directions.

See, i basically fucked myself, over the years. Regardless of what IQ or potential I may have had, I fucked off through most of college. I made the grades (at first), but got so burned out that I found I cared less and less about it all, and dropped out multiple times before giving up on it all. I worked many jobs over the years, none of them for very long, and eventually quit working all together when I got to Portland. At the time, that was fine, but now I find that i have to re-enter the workforce after 10 years of basically not working at all and doing so at nearly 40 with no degree and no real career skill set to speak of.

J and I have been talking about it, and I'm giving serious thought to trying to finally go back to school. Not to finish my original degree, of course, as that would just be kinda foolish (Radio Communications, and the world has seriously moved on form those days), but to do something that I could actually find work doing. I haven';t decided on what that would be yet, but it will probably have something to do with computers; Network Security or some such thing, we'll see.

It's an odd feeling to consider, but it would be nice to work at something that was at least slightly above "dead-end job" status. just be a couple years of papers and homework to make it happen.