Wednesday, July 23, 2008

LHC Countdown

See updates (in red) below -

For those of you who may be interested - there is an LHC update page , along with a blog, now located on the CERN/Hadron website for the startup of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).  Some people are watching this "clock" because they believe that the world will end when the LHC is plugged in and activated - those that believe this are convinced that tiny little black holes will be created and will consume the Earth, however, I can assure you that a particle accelerator should be the least of this world's concerns.

UPDATE:  Geneva, 7 August 2008. CERN has today announced that the first attempt to circulate a beam in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will be made on 10 September.

UPDATE (10 September 2008):  Live webcast here.

UPDATE (11 January 2009):  "The top priority for CERN today is to provide collision data for the experiments as soon as reasonably possible," said CERN Director General Robert Aymar. "This will be in September of 2009."

More Fodder for the Faithless


I've been away from The Armoury for some time - we recently completed an addition to our home which took every spare ounce of time and energy - but we're thankful for the results and bless the Lord for it.

I realize that this is a weak way to return to posting, but I thought I'd begin with an AP News Story: 

AP News -

A pastor brought out a dirt bike during a church service to demonstrate the concept of unity. Now he's demonstrating the concept of healing.

Jeff Harlow, the senior pastor at Crossroads Community Church, broke his wrist when he lost control of the motorcycle at the start of Sunday's second service, driving off a 5-foot platform and into the vacant first row of seats. He underwent surgery on the wrist Monday.

"Jeff has already laughed a lot, so he's OK. I think his pride was bruised," said his wife, Becky.

Becky Harlow said her husband had recently attended a motorcycle race in Buchanan, Mich.

"He had this idea that he would bring this bike out onstage and show people how the rider would become one with the bike," she told the Kokomo Tribune. "He was going to just sit on it and drive it out. He was just walking the dirt bike out onstage and somehow it got away from him. It was not intended."

No one else was hurt.

Jeff Harlow had performed the demonstration at earlier services Saturday night and Sunday morning without incident.

Whenever I read things like this, I am reminded of the fact that such events as these give the world more fodder against those who name the name of Christ - and therefore (sadly) many conclude that if such behavior is Christianity, then they'll have nothing to do with it.