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CNN In Her Enormous Hip Pocket

Posted by Mike on November 16, 2007

As a Senator, she avoided any program that would ask her difficult questions.  As a Presidential candidate, she planted questions to which she could offer canned responses.  Now CNN protects She Who Must Not Be Named by preventing an audience member from asking the witch a difficult question.  Even her campaign praised Wolf Blitzer for essentially doing as he was told.  For  a woman who constantly shrieks about wanting to discuss issues, she sure goes out of her way to avoid doing so.

There will be a number of debates scheduled for the general election.  The Republican candidate better insist on debates with limited input from a moderator.  Maybe a Sarkozy-Royal style debate would work.  Then again, SWMNBN does have a talent for hiding.  (which, judging by the looks of her, is quite an amazing feat.)

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Egads! A Theory of Everything?

Posted by Ryan on November 16, 2007

I was a little tired of CNN’s lovefest coverage of She Who Must Not Be Named’s pre-coronation gala (aka last night’s “debate”), so I looked for some other topic to distract me from the She-Witch, Barry O’Bama’s terrible performance, Edwards faking it as usual, and the always fun wimpy cast of second tier “also-rans” (all they need is face-paint, honking horns and a few tricycles).

So, file this one under anything else!

This is “E8” (not the thing inside the Indian flag, that’s Gandhi’s spinning wheel): 

It’s a math problem that was invented in 1887 and finally solved in March of 2007.  It has a 248-dimensional answer.  I have no idea what that means, but it seems to be causing some excitement in the field.  Aside from a huge High-Five given to all the mathematicians involved with this huge project, someone else got a hold of it.  A. Garrett Lisi, a physics PhD who apparently surfs and snowboards, saw the formula and played around with it.  He unexpectedly bumped into a potential candidate for the “Grand Unified Theory” of the universe!  Sounds strange. 

The problem with the Universe is that currently we can’t figure out why forces in the same Universe seem to act differently with really small objects as opposed to really big ones.  If a force is a force, then it should make sense on both levels.  But it doesn’t… yet.  Dr. Lisi’s discovery could be an explanation that meshes all the forces together! 

What does this mean to us who live outside of MIT?  Not too much now, but the potential is exciting.  The better we understand the Universe, the more likely we will be able to manipulate it for our collective benefit.  Also, I always find that the deeper we get into understanding the Universe, the more orderly and simple it becomes as more of it is revealed to us through periodic mathematical and scientific discoveries.  It’s almost as if there was a design that we are uncovering bit-by-bit.  Hmm…

AP photo.

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