Wednesday, September 10, 2008

World News Press

I was home with a cold yesterday and watched:

My review:

Remember how you watch Deleted Scenes after you've just seen any movie, and you always say to yourself, "I'm kinda glad I saw these extras, but I get why they were not included in the edited movie" ?

Baby Mama is entirely composed of Deleted Scenes.

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Did you know that there is a new book out called Jews and Shoes
?

Sigh.

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Lullatone:

Cute song.

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I'll be going to this reading on Friday. You should come.

*Friday, September 12 @ 8 PM*

Featuring:
Rauan Klassnik (Holy Land)
Justin Marks ([Summer insular], You Being You by Proxy)
Eugene Hwang (The New School)
Jess Sauer (Columbia University)
Anna Carey (Brooklyn College)

Admission is a mere $5 plus one free drink (beer, wine or well drinks)!

The Lucky Cat is located at 245 Grand Street in Brooklyn, between Driggs and Roebling.

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The Greying Ghost Press just picked up the chapbook I mentioned last week, Sugar Means Yes (co-written with Mathias), so I'm excited about this as I'm a fan of the chapbooks TGGP has put out as well as the ones in the works.A recent release from The Greying Ghost is:

"I Will Unfold You With My Hairy Hands"
by Shane Jones

"Shane Jones's stories are strange and audacious. Do not expect irony or the hipster's felted birds and silk-screened whales. In these stories, animals die, live in chimneys, and float overhead, caught in the neon signs of the cityscape. Intimacy is a monster unfolding the palsied body of a handicapped woman and two people speaking into each other's feet. Yet in the bald telling of these bizarre stories there is the suggestion of tenderness that only honesty can articulate-this is the bird hovering above a burning field."
- J'Lyn Chapman (Bear Stories)

and also "Walden Book," by Allen Bramhall

It seems like our chappy might be available in Spring 09.
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Have you guys been following the news/research about the Large Hadron Collider (built near Geneva, on the French-Swiss boarder, 100 m underground)? It is funded by and built in collaboration with over eight thousand physicists from over eighty-five countries.

It seems like the main purpose of the LHC, world's largest and highest-energy particle accelerator, is for physicists to recreate the conditions after the Big Bang. Or wiki tells us,

"When activated, it is theorized that the collider will produce the elusive Higgs boson. The verification of the existence of the Higgs boson would be a significant step in the search for a Grand Unified Theory, which seeks to unify three of the four known fundamental forces: electromagnetism, the strong nuclear force and the weak nuclear force, leaving out only gravity. The Higgs boson may also help to explain why gravitation is so weak compared with the other three forces. In addition to the Higgs boson, other theorized particles, models and states might be produced, and for some searches are planned, including supersymmetric particles, compositeness (technicolor), extra dimensions, strangelets, micro black holes, and magnetic monopoles."

Two beams of subatomic particles called 'hadrons' – either protons or lead ions – travel in opposite directions inside the circular accelerator, gaining energy with every lap. The first circulation of the two beams happened today, 20 years after the machine was conceived and 10 years after they started building it. The first high-energy collision is scheduled for late October.

Some scientists who opposed the Large Hadron Collider were afraid a collision creating conditions similar to those following the big bang, would also create black holes that would suck our whole earth into it. There were protests and even law suits from scientists who thought this experiment could put the planet at risk.

Well, things seem to be working out. No black holes yet.

Exciting, no?

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6 comments:

Shane Jones said...

i'm glad you'll be part of greying ghost. party time.

jose said...

there was one line that from "baby mama" that made me chortle significantly: "your stupid space car locked me in!" something about the alliteration/assonance of stupid...space...car in conjunction with her asininely enraged delivery? or hybrid cars as a metaphor for yuppie extravagance? who knows. i giggled a lot, though.

Julia Cohen said...

Shane, thanks, I'm pumped.

Jose, ok, I will admit, I laughed during the part where Tina Fey and Greg Kinear bond over the weird things they write down during the night on a pad of paper next to their respective beds. And Tina said she wrote,"make everyone be twins" and "electric toilet."

Make everyone be twins is very, very funny.

Eunuchsblues said...

Good news on the GG. I credit the Hadron Collider.

Robert said...

colliding your hadrons won't create a black hole--but it will make your palms hairy

Devin Ludwig said...

don't you write in strangelets?