By Sean Carroll | August 9, 2006 3:04 pm

After nearly two and a half years of practically non-stop blogging (with a nap here and there, I admit), it’s time for me to take a short break and leave CV in the capable hands of my co-bloggers for a bit. I need to focus on some other things for the next month or so, like moving to Los Angeles. A scary prospect, to be sure, but don’t worry about me. Despite the impression that the satellite view from Google Maps might give you, the 777 Tower is not about to topple over and collapse onto Figueroa Street, reducing my new neighborhood to rubble.

777 Tower

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  • Louise

    “The 777 Tower is not about to topple over and collapse onto Figueroa Street,…”
    Better not let Little Green Footballs see this shot, it looks like a composite!
    Welcome to sunny California!

  • Count Iblis

    “The 777 Tower is not about to topple over and collapse onto Figueroa Street,…”

    Hmmm, didn’t seismologist predict recently that a big cataclismic earthquake was almost certain to hit LA within a few decades? :)

  • Risa

    Enjoy the break, Sean!

  • Eugene

    Good luck moving Sean! I hope to see you in Cosmo 06 over in California.

  • Elliot

    relax, and stay away from the poker rooms in L. A. 😉


  • Cynthia

    Sean—hate being the bearer of bad tidings. However, I feel compelled to feed you a tidbit of fact: 777 isn’t a prime number. Consequently, the 777 Tower is at significant risk for undergoing further decomposition. Thus, from a numerology standpoint, you’re far from safe.;-)

  • John Baez

    If you ever want to come talk at the physics department of UC Riverside, or have me give a talk over there, or chat about physics, or just go hiking in Joshua Tree or Palm Canyon or somewhere, give me a shout! I won’t be back until classes start at the end of September… too darn hot.

  • Jeff

    enjoy the vacation and welcome to Cali. I’m at JPL, so am your academic and physical neighbor, and hope to get together with you and Clifford some day in the future.

  • Sam Gralla

    You’re near a very impressive library. I remember checking out MTW from that library, in line behind a couple of hispanic teenagers checking out SAT prep books. Made me proud to be a taxpayer.

  • Allyson

    I’m at JPL…

    Me too! Hang on, I’ll get on the roof and wave…

  • Jeff

    allyson — I was writing from inside a conference room in 264, so didn’t see you! We CV fans at JPL should meet for a coffee sometime…

  • Allyson

    I’m a CV fan, but not a scientist. So coffee meetage would mostly consist of, “that post about the puppy in the box…yeah, I understood enough of it to smile.”

    Or, “I miss Clifford’s posts with pictures of gardens.”

    And then there’d be awkward silence.

  • loonunit

    … what the heck is going on in that picture?

  • Jeff

    sean, you go on vacation, then I see this post on NASA’s internal site today with your name included. What’s up? Is this a paper that I totally missed and did not hear about? The Chandra homepage talks about their independent hubble constant confirmation but that’s not this…

    NASA Announces Dark Matter Discovery

    Astronomers who used NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Monday, Aug. 21, to announce how dark and normal matter have been forced apart in an extraordinarily energetic collision.

    Briefing participants:
    – Maxim Markevitch, astrophysicist, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Mass.
    – Doug Clowe, postdoctoral fellow, University of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.
    – Sean Carroll, assistant professor of physics, University of Chicago, Ill.

  • Sean

    Jeff, I’m only on vacation from the blog, not from the rest of my life, believe me. Stay tuned for the news about dark matter.

  • Clifford

    jeff:- There has been a leak. See the discussions over on Uncertain Principles, and also the comment stream of my post on this over on Asymptotia.



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About Sean Carroll

Sean Carroll is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Physics at the California Institute of Technology. His research interests include theoretical aspects of cosmology, field theory, and gravitation. His most recent book is The Particle at the End of the Universe, about the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs boson. Here are some of his favorite blog posts, home page, and email: carroll [at] .


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