It’s been hot… We had an incident and I’ve been living without AC since Thursday of last week. It’s true, I’m now dealing with the heat just like 99.999% of all humans that have ever lived have done. I’m probably not going to get a lot of sympathy from many people about this. But 100 degree temps outside have meant 100 degree temps inside - well, it might be 105 inside, it's like a greenhouse in here.
If there is a plus to this, it’s that our ice cream didn’t have such a hard freeze when I pulled it out of the freezer, if was perfectly creamy, so that’s good. Also, the family huddled around the small portable AC unit we borrowed and placed downstairs (where part of the home is below grade and we hoped it would hold the cool air better) and played The Settlers of Catan. It’s kinda like monopoly, but with a set of rules that makes it much, much, more difficult to establish dominance. Anyway, it’s a cool game. We tried to play Xbox some - my wife has been enamored with the Assassins Creed games for a long time, but she’d only watched the commercials and never tried to play. So, we started to play but the Xbox kept crashing, it would work fine just long enough for us to get into the game before it would crash… Some investigative work by me determined that the crashing thing started about the same time the Air Conditioning unit went out. But again, creamy ice cream. It was magical.
I was going to continue with the Higgs Boson stuff I brought up last week. Mostly because I was surprised at the number of people that commented and were unfamiliar with it, or why its discovery would be a big deal. As Andrew alluded to in his comment, scientists are sure they’ve found something (not just experimental error), and they have no idea what it is that they found, however, it just so happens to be right in the spot they were expecting to find the Higgs Boson. I did some looking and found another video – this one is an awesome cartoon that gives the best 2 minute lecture I’ve ever seen on Quantum phenomena. They deserve an award.
*Edit* This is the wrong video... I created a whole new post to share the correct one. Sorry about that.*