DNA Lounge: Wherein we find out which bartender you are.

I do not approve of these idiotic "Which X are you?" quizzes -- in fact, my longstanding policy is that if any of my "friends" on Facebook post them, I un-friend them -- but here's one that I'll let slide. Ron made a "Which DNA Lounge Bartender are you?" quiz.

(Of course, to take this quiz, you have to allow Facebook to turn over all of your personal information, photos, and friends lists to the makers of the "Quiz Maker" application for their nefarious data-mining and privacy-invading needs.)

Speaking of Big Brother, I've noticed that with the latest Google Maps Street View update, DNA Lounge is again visible! Some time in early 2009, Google rolled out a new set of Street View imagery that deleted all of Eleventh Street between Bryant and Mission (it had been in there before, but then it disappeared!) Well, now it's back. DNA Lounge is almost entirely obscured by trucks, but that is often what it looks like during the day, I guess.

Also, this is what DNA Lounge looks like in Google Earth, with "building models" turned on:

I'm not particularly impressed. Someone (by which I mean someone who is not me) should make us a real building model! I've got a rough 3D KML model of the interior of the building that was derived from the MiniCAD files that our architect used for the blueprints back in 2000, but it needs some help.

I've always wanted to have a decent 3D model of the building (for use in first person shooters, or for showing to people interested in booking events here who don't actually know what the room is shaped like) but nobody's volunteered to make it happen yet.


iRobot develops Shoggoth.

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Oh You Zany Scienticians.

Phase 1: Physicist makes joke.
Phase 2: NYT.
Phase 3: ...
Phase 4: Profit!

A pair of otherwise distinguished physicists have suggested that the hypothesized Higgs boson, which physicists hope to produce with the collider, might be so abhorrent to nature that its creation would ripple backward through time and stop the collider before it could make one, like a time traveler who goes back in time to kill his grandfather.

Holger Bech Nielsen, of the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, and Masao Ninomiya of the Yukawa Institute for Theoretical Physics in Kyoto, Japan, put this idea forward in a series of papers with titles like "Test of Effect From Future in Large Hadron Collider: a Proposal" and "Search for Future Influence From LHC."