An interesting take on rap, plus the rapper is actually saying something intelligent for once. Well, he is Baba Brinkman. The SO objects a bit to the stereotypical dominant male surrounded by adoring babes, but accepts it’s probably tongue-in-cheek here.
LHC@home 2.0 is an extension of the LHC@home platform, launched in 2004 to help physicists simulate protons beam dynamics in the LHC. At that time, doing full-fledged simulations of particle collisions was beyond the scope of volunteer computing. So LHC@home was used to calculate the positioning of various types of magnet along the circumference of the monster boson-botherer, including the ginormous 35-tonne superconducting dipole magnets (1,232 of them, placed and tested one at a friggin’ time).
What is the LHC going to be used for? Seriously badass physics, viz.:
- To find out if the Higgs boson exists and can be detected;
- Look for supersymmetric particles;
- Try to make sense of the whole matter/antimatter puzzle (antimatter isn’t a perfect reflection of matter and there’s far less antimatter than matter, but no-one knows why);
Some years back, I had an argument with a friend over rap and hip-hop. He contended that it was a load of rubbish (he’s a jazz/blues musician); I contended that it was a potentially powerful poetic medium which had yet to reach maturity, all the while loathing rap almost as much as he. It took Rage Against The Machine to actually make me buy a rap CD. OK, rap/metal. Shut up. I had a Vision. Just squirrel that information away for a bit will you?
I’m not a [noun], but [statement]. Now there’s a formula that usually manifests in the form of ignorant bullshit. It’s always hilarious (well, I find it funny) when a specialist in the appropriated field is present and can shoot the canard down with devastating accuracy. In this particular case, the statement is “I’m not a climate scientist, but [insert debunked denialist claim]“.
Funnily enough, there are real climate scientists and they are not happy. They wish people to know this. More importantly, they wish people to know the truth, not what egoistic, myopic big money wants them to believe.