Thursday, May 08, 2008


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Fun! Make your own TagCloud out of any text :-) Via Bob O'Hara.

Something completely different. As some of you know, we have a new site tracker 'Statcounter' because the other one triggered a wrong virus alert. Since then I'm having fun checking the recent search queries that lead people here. Here is the sample from a minute ago. I swear I'm not making this up, it's just copy and paste (I've highlighted the more amusing ones).

    why are the spiral arms dangerous in our galaxy
    pascal puy de dome
    hydrogen fine structure balmer h line
    lhc black hole
    backreaction blackholes
    lee smolin physicist bad
    curie temperatur ising model 2d
    below planck scale
    other interviews
    janiszewski and uy
    temporary display
    light behaves like a wave slit plane
    to express idea is difficult in writen form
    the trouble with physics
    information for dwarf planet eris and photos
    ups quantum view request number
    gravity defyer
    lhc blogs black holes
    is brane world dead if lhc finds the higgs
    maple to count times digits of pi appear
    only force that can enter extra dimensions
    mobius tranformation
    dimensions we experience
    casimir effect
    'html/infected.webpage.gen' [virus] was found
    lee smolin physicist bad angry
    dont step on the cracks photo essay
    indigo purification by sublimation
    what the moon looked like on may 30 2008
    eris the planet
    nabla stringed instrument
    optical illusion bicycle
    beyond the standard model: nineteen things we understand and four we don't
    back reaction
    lisa randall brookhaven physics experiment
    html/infected.webpage.gen [virus]
    smolin, the trouble with physics: the rise of string theory, the fall of a science, pdf
    blue led nobel prize
    unparticle physics
    historical aspect of the number pi
    broadcast yourself
    nostradamus lhc
    joao magueijo big bang preview science channel
    power spectrum cmb
    lubos motl
    easay of all kinds of gambling should be bended
    ceres and eris pics
    analysis of the hydrogen spectrum
    the hadron-muon branching ratio
    kind of calendar
    lhc black hole risk
    sabine hossenfelder
    nature look who's doping
    warped passages
    einstein quotes, honey bee,
    dangerous ideas physics
    klaus von klitzing stefan h├╝fner
    cristian stelea
    i want to ride my bicycle
    review extra dimensions
    water phase diagram
    heidelberg vs frankfurt life quality
    micro blackholes
    anne green of oxford
    scanning bagage when entering the usa

According to Google analytics the keywords that presently lead most people to this blog are (in order):

1. backreaction
2. sabine hossenfelder
3. sexed up atheism
4. lhc black hole
5. lubos motl


  1. "sexed up atheism"


  2. Yeah... and looking at the recent visiter's location I thought, look, somebody in California is either up very early or very late... :-)

  3. Hi Bee,

    “what the moon looked like on may 30 2008”

    This particular one should have many reconsider if only the “now” as being real? :-) I trust your talk went well.



  4. Hi Phil,

    That's what I too thought :-) Thanks for asking, according to my husband the talk went well (I always find it hard to judge myself), though I had to skip the last slides because I was running out of time (the stuff with the black holes eating the earth took more time than I expected). The guys in Duisburg were very nice, they didn't interrupt me and were overall very polite. I advertised our blog on the last slide so maybe some will drop in.

    How was the public lecture?



  5. None of this is surprising. You're the top hit in Google for "scanning bagage when entering the usa", you're the top hit for "easay of all kinds of gambling should be bended" you're on the first page for "lee smolin physicist bad angry" and you're on the second page for "i want to ride my bicycle"!

  6. Hi Bee,

    "Backreaction's" first place is probably because of me. At work i don't have your blog bookmarked and i always search Google with the word "backreaction". Your full name is too difficult for me to remember anyway:-)


  7. Because BackReaction is, above all else, a physics blog, it only makes sense for black holes to make the list. On the other hand, though, it doesn't make the least bit of sense for sexed up atheism to appear on the list - unless there's a connection between black holes and sexed up atheism. But even for those of us that believe not only in black holes, but also in a sex-filled, godless universe, this connection *still* doesn't make any sense!

  8. Nice Collage, various size words make it look Chaotic. Maybe, put a "figure of head" amidst them?:)

  9. Motl and Smolin demonstrate the triumph of theory over observation. The One True Church handled Jupiter's four Galilean moons by not looking. How well did that turn out?

    Perhaps string theory is already dead - killed by an empirical footnote. Ashtekar and the Immirzi parameter allow opposite parity mass distributions (e.g. atoms in P3(1)21 and P3(2)21 quartz) to locally vacuum free fall along divergent trajectories. That snuffs the EP, BRST invariance, and string theory. Somebody should look.

    Send out a sexed up atheist to search their baggage!

  10. Hi Bee,

    It sounds like the talk went well and perhaps you might have garnered a few more readers in the process. It doesn’t sound like you experienced anyone who raised any unsupported concerns. I however can’t claim the same for the ‘t Hooft lecture. In the question period at the end one fellow did get up to ask why we shouldn’t feel that we are at risk with the LHC. Prof. ‘t Hooft handled it pretty well with the cosmic ray comparison and so forth and seemed actually he enjoyed dismissing reason for any concern.

    His lecture in general was pretty good with one problem being in that he is such a gentle speaker and with the A.V. guys not on the ball as to not have the volume turned up, he was somewhat hard to hear. I did however catch most of what he said and was much in agreement with his thoughts on how we should proceed in exploring and spreading out in the solar system, with intelligent robots first exploring, building and paving the way for human expedition and settlement. He was however pessimistic as in actually convincing the general public on such a program as they only seem to find the Buck Rogers scenario as interesting.

    With that said, I did find his expectations set somewhat too low, as far as not to expect us ever being able to explore and spread beyond our own solar system and left one the impression that there was only a few loose ends to tie up in our understanding of the physical sciences. Unlike Prof. ‘t Hooft I feel we still have only scratched the surface and are in for a lot of surprises as time progresses. This is not intended as a slight, as he is a noble laureate; it’s just that it’s been demonstated time and time again we always tend to believe we know so much more then we actually do.



  11. What's the trouble over at Cosmic Variance? This may be a good thread to pose a question about that other blog that many commenters here (also Bee and Stefan) visit. Yesterday all I could get was a blank page from either MSIE6 or MF2, very weird. Well I just went there, and got the odd display below, if any of you can figure that out.

    I can't help but feel some schadenfreude over this, since I think CV banned me (and without warning) for perhaps some overly enthused commenting etc. I never insulted anyone etc. or put very many genuinely OT comments. BTW, I want to thank Bee for warning me about OT comments etc. instead of just pulling the plug like they apparently did at CV (Ironic, the recent discussion over CV's excessive tolerance of anonymous derogation in Peter Woit's blog, where typically cogent and well-composed comments by Bee may be found.)

    [The error message]:

    Warning: main(/home/cosmic7/public_html/wp-content/advanced-cache.php) [function.main]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/cosmic7/public_html/wp-settings.php on line 84

    Warning: main(/home/cosmic7/public_html/wp-content/advanced-cache.php) [function.main]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /home/cosmic7/public_html/wp-settings.php on line 84

    Fatal error: main() [function.require]: Failed opening required '/home/cosmic7/public_html/wp-content/advanced-cache.php' (include_path='.:/usr/lib/php:/usr/local/lib/php') in /home/cosmic7/public_html/wp-settings.php on line 84

  12. Hi Neil,

    That's funny, I had not noticed CV has a problem. Looks as if there's something wrong with their server (I sometimes get quite similar error messages for my website when the server crashed down, and some paths, eg. usr/lib/... etc aren't found that the php scrips looks for). Best,


  13. Update: CV is back up, and also Sean invited me back if I would behave myself. I said I would. Also, they had apparently sent me warning email but I had used one of my "bot-fooler" fake email addys in the entry line - but I didn't need to have, since AFAIK now, that doesn't really appear on the page (only the web link one inputs.) This is no big deal to other readers, but it was proper of me to note this in respect for the CV administrators.


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