Comedy, bosons, and art

By Phil Plait | July 2, 2008 8:20 am

Three great things that go great together, I’ve always said.

Chris Morris, a brilliantly funny man, was at CERN and the Large Hadron Collider with me when I visited in April. He was very earnest while we were there, but then at dinner we were dying with laughter. He wrote up his exploits for The Guardian, and it’s great. If you’re curious, I’m the one he calls Astroblogger.

Interestingly, writer Mike Sizemore has a thoughtful reply up on Creative Choices. Gia, who was at CERN (and who’s married to Brian Cox and is totally cool), wrote a lengthy reply to Sizemore’s reply.

I suppose my own blog post here is a reply3. I think I’ll end the lovefest here though, and just tell you to read all of it. Everyone talks about why science is important, and big science is cool.

But I will add you can see Gia’s pictures of all us at CERN on her Flickr account.


Comments (19)

  1. Andy Beaton

    “Weaponised to boggle” is a great phrase. I don’t know if I should use it as a blog title , or a band name, but I will be using it somehow, and as frequently as possible.

  2. madge

    Calling fellow Brits! July 13th is Big Bang Night on BBC4. The cool (and drop dead gorgeous) Brian Cox is fronting a documentary on the LHC and there are other programmes to mark the start (first power up…I think it will take till October to be at full power) of the biggest experiment in the world EVER!

  3. melior

    OK, who’s underpants guy?

  4. Quiet Desperation

    ERROR! Your facts are uncoordinated!

    The comedy particle is known as the “bozon”


    Thank you!

  5. melior- Underpants Guy is the founder of Joe Boxer. It was quite a trip to CERN: :-)

  6. Alan K

    Thanks Madge, I must remember to programme it into my Sky + box.

  7. BoboBear

    BA, I’ve been reading you for years – this is my first reply. So I guessing that this is why new blog emails have been delayed and/or missing the last couple of weeks or so.

    I just had to send you this youtube link (warning, your head WILL explode) – but it is comforting to know that the LHC (and I got this link from the LHC @ home blog) will not produce mini-black holes or other strange particles to destroy the Earth, but Satan and the Freemasons on the other hand – (and remember to wrap your head tightly before viewing)

  8. Hi BA :) Thought you might like to know, if you’re not already aware, that the Chris Morris article was also included in a special CERN supplement in every Guardian newspaper as well, on Monday. I hadn’t realised this was going to be happening — I managed to get away with phoning them up and saying that my supplement was missing (I didn’t get the paper that day, so it’s sort of true; my supplement AND the paper were missing…) and they happily sent it to me ūüėÄ

    Liking the move — bringing BA to a bigger audience is a good, and worthy, goal :)

    Chris, UK,
    Very-Rural-And-Superstitious-Part-of-Devon, Skeptic

  9. Torbjörn Larsson, OM

    Three great things that go great together, I’ve always said.

    Sure you’ve said. [Backs slowly away.]

  10. Trebuchet

    Am I the only one who read the post title as “Comedy, bosoms, and art”?

  11. “Scientists, Freemasons, same thing.”

    Heh heh heh heh. SATAN’S STARGATE!

  12. Trebuchet Says:
    Am I the only one who read the post title as ‚ÄúComedy, bosoms, and art‚ÄĚ?

    No, but the question is how many people will admit that?


  13. Astrobloger, thats cute. I wonder what he would call someone who blogged about digestional issues. Gastrobloger?

  14. John Morales

    Trebuchet, me too.
    “Comedy, bosoms, and art” indeed.


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