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Guess I have to buy Christmas presents…

September 26, 2008

“Maybe it’s the liquid helium…or maybe the super-
conductors!”

…since it looks like we’re still going to be around through at least January, maybe in to next spring, before being swallowed by a black hole.

The Large Hadron Collider, located at CERN in Switzerland/France, blew some superconducting magnets and will need to be repaired. LINK

Besides the warmup and chill required before and after the repairs, the repair falls during the “obligatory winter maintenance period,” which slows it down even more. Is this more of that extended vacation time Europeans are supposed to have that we don’t?

For whatever reason, at least we aren’t in danger of imminent black hole attack for a few more months.

If you don’t get the reference, watch the movie. It also includes such classic lines as “Halsey acted stupidly,” and  “the Russkis don’t take a dump without a plan,” spoken by this man:

And thanks to Bogus for reminding me!

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