Tuesday, April 12, 2005

iPod games

Everybody pile onto Guardian's "What should Bush have on his iPod contest

For what its worth, here was my quickie list:

I fought the Law - Clash
Vote for We - General Saint & Clint Eastwood
My perfect cousin - Undertones
The Boy Done Good - Billy Bragg
Walk this Way - Run DMC
I wanna be sedated - Ramones
Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Every Sperm is Sacred - Monty Python
Common People - Pulp
Liar - Sex Pistols

Sean has an interesting post on why we must continue to do particle physics - astrophysics is not a substitute. As someone who crossed that road, I have to say I agree with him. Astronomy is not a substitute for particle physics, it complements the field. Particularly well in some areas right now.
This is partly because astronomy is on a technology upswing with a lot of rapidly maturing technology providing very good data, while particle physics is in a lull while new generation technology comes on line. Just for the record, I wouldn't hold my breath for an LHC breakthrough, although failure to find a Higgs or equivalent substitute would be a major piece of information in and of itself. But, particle physicists are clever. Very Clever. There are clearly promising new technologies in the pipeline, and somewhere beyond the short term planning horizon there will be a new wave of experiments that will leapfrog the field, probably just a bloated astronomy field sits down to digest petabytes of diffraction limited synoptic surveys, wondering how the $@(@!%! they're ever going to make sense of it (well, start by hiring some particle experimentalists with experience in handling Large Data Sets, right after publicly archiving the data of course).

But, for now, astronomers can gloat, just a little bit. And frantically scramble to try to make sense of it all...


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