Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Big Bang Theory Happens Tomorrow. Life Might Be Shorter !

Large Hadron Collider: Particle accelerator to recreate birth of universe

On Wednesday, physicists turn on the multibillion-pound machine that will recreate the birth of the universe in a 27 km cylinder in Geneva. The Big Bang comes to town. Will we all disappear along with the universe ? Or will the secrets of our existence be unravelled ?

Einstein famously said that "the most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible". The universe isn't anarchic: it's full of patterns and structures.

The Large Hadron Collider is the world's most powerful particle accelerator.

For fire, brimstone, parallel universes and the fabric of life, check out the full article at


Lifesshort considers all such projects and information. Yes, get out there every day and enjoy it, but where we've come from and where we're going also has to be part of the picture.

Our common concept of God is, I believe, tied up in Einsteins statement. Things that show pattern seem to have been created. DNA, atomic and sub-atomic structure - is this all just random coincidence ? Or evidence of a natural superpower staring us in the face ?

Lifesshort will be watching the LHC with interest - that is if we don't disappear down a man-made black hole of antimatter on Wednesday 10th September 2008.

Science, real, but profound too.

David x


Monday, 8 September 2008

So It's Raining...Lifesshort

So it's raining again, like it has for most of the summer...again.

There's something very British about moaning about the weather. I know, I know, it's because it's so very rubbish against our aspirations.
In the winter we want crystal cold azzure blue days of snow, after days of wild blizzards which force us to have equally wild parties, dancing to bumping music around the multi fuel burner, drinking vodka and acid punch...don't we ?

What do we get ? Occasional wet slush alternating months of low cloud and drizzle.

In the summer we want 3 months of blue skies and puffy white clouds, the sort we remember of school holidays in the 60's and 70's. Wasn't it always like that ? Days of endless playing football, cricket, dam-building. It started at 9 after weetabix and finished at dusk when your tea was ready. The weather wasn't a consideration cuz it was always sunny. Yeah, that's what we aspire to now. It doesn't have to be 80 degrees, but the odd outdoor party, music to vex the neighbours after dark, Sol with lime, badminton or croquet on the lawn, a barbecue with langoustine...they wouldn't go amiss occasionally.

What do we get ? Months of heavy rain and floods worse than winter
That's why it's so very British to moan about the weather.

But we can like it, or lump it. Focussing and blarting about it won't change anything. Last week I spent a day waiting to do something 'when the rain stopped'. I waited til 5 - it was still rodding down. So I thought, LIFE'S SHORT, don't let it stop you.
I got on my mountain bike and cycled along roads, tracks, towpaths for 3 hours. And guess what ? As soon as I started, the torrents abaited, the sun peeped out and a sense of well-being blanketed the little corner of Britain I was slithering around. Mud, splashes, crashes, nettles, bruises...but no rain and a bucket load of solitary fun.
In the words of Norman Tebbitt - 'Get on your bike, Life's Short !' (He did say that didn't he ?) And if that's not your boat-floater, then ignore the weather and do your boat-flotation anyway. Then when you look back on the summers of '07, '08 and maybe '09, it won't be the rain you'll remember it'll be a whole load of floating boatness. Perhaps that why the 60's and 70's summer holidays always seemed sunny - we were so busy enjoying stuff, we didn't notice THE WEATHER !

David x

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Lifesshort, we like...

...the Urban Graphics site http://www.urbangraphicshop.co.uk/Products/Calendars/09miniCAL02.html which has some cool urban stuff like ... ...and also The Art Of Chase site which showcases one of the worlds top street artists, Chase http://www.theartofchase.com/ with images subtexted with 'REMEMBER WHO YOU ARE', 'WE ARE ALL ONE', and 'THE HARDEST THING TO DO IS GIVE LOVE IN RESPONSE TO HATE'

Lifesshort says, check em out ;)

David x