koi

And we hoped that they would agree on something in Copenhagen...

... when governments of the world actually don't care at all about the planet.

One exemple ? The Aral sea.



"The Aral Sea, once the fourth largest inland body of water, has been disappearing since the 60s, after the Soviet Union started using its water sources to irrigate crops. It is now less than 10% of the size it was 50 years ago, and the southern portion continues to shrink (no effort is being made to save it).

A grand monument to the foolishness of the human race."

Via ck/ck
koi

Sadness

Christian Lacroix, it's over. Done. Finished. Goobye and Farewell.

No money, no Haute Couture.

And, the most sad : hundred people with rare, inimitable couture gifts and rare knowledge have lost their job. And won't find any more job in the couture. There were only three haute couture ateliers left in France : Chanel, Dior and Lacroix. I know for sure that Chanel's still exists (saw uncountable tv documentaries on it, with the stupid Kaiser), but I've heard that most Dior production has been send abroad, and not only ready-wear. And now, Lacroix.

Sad, sad, sad. Haute couture is just too expensive...

http://fr.news.yahoo.com/64/20091201/twl-pas-de-sauveur-pour-la-maison-de-cou-acb1c83.html
koi

Nanowrimo

Who's doing it this year ? I've only seen msmcknittington speaking of it so far.

I'm here on the nano site. If you're doing it tell me : I want to add you all as writing buddies and follow your wordcounts :))

And, let's be geeks : what writing-software are you using ? I'm under Scrivener (only for Mac), and I'm absolutely in love !
koi

To travel... or not

My parents are offering me a travel for my 30th birthday, I choose the destination. Budget is less than 700 euros, so I wave good bye to Tokyo. Problem is that apparently, I should probably wave good bye to New York too : hôtels are too darn expensive !

Crap.
koi

I was about to comment on this, but it's just so good that I don't want to spoil it...

"The world's biggest atom-smasher could be jinxed by a future force to protect the world, scientists say /

SCIENTISTS claim the giant atom-smashing Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is being jinxed from the future to save the world.

In a bizarre sci-fi theory, Danish physicist Dr Holger Bech Nielsen and Dr Masao Ninomiya from Japan claim the LHC startup has been delayed due to nature trying to prevent it from finding the elusive Higgs boson, or "God particle".

They say their maths proves that nature will "ripple backward through time" to stop the LHC before it can create the God particle, like a time traveller who goes back in time to kill his grandfather.

“One could even almost say that we have a model for God,” Dr Nielsen says in an unpublished essay.

“He rather hates Higgs particles, and attempts to avoid them.”

"While it is a paradox to go back in time and kill your grandfather, physicists agree there is no paradox if you go back in time and save him from being hit by a bus," Dannis Overbye wrote in the New York Times.

"In the case of the Higgs and the collider, it is as if something is going back in time to keep the universe from being hit by a bus."

“It must be our prediction that all Higgs producing machines shall have bad luck,” Dr Nielsen told the New York Times.

European science agency CERN designed the world's biggest particle accelerator to shoot beams around a freezing 27km concrete ring underground near Geneva, smashing atoms together in search of the elusive "God particle" which is believed to have been present at the Big Bang.

The multi-billion-dollar machine, built over almost 20 years, was set to launch in late 2008 but broke down after it overheated during a test run.

The relaunch was pushed back to late 2009 as more parts had to be replaced, and CERN was recently scandalised when a LHC scientist was found to have approached al-Qaeda for work.

The LHC - which features in sci-fi plots such as Dan Brown's Angels and Demons and the new TV show FlashForward - has been dubbed a "doomsday device" with claims it will open black holes.

Last year, Professor Brian Cox of Manchester University told the UK Telegraph that LHC scientists had received threatening emails and phone calls demanding that the experiment be halted.

But Prof Cox, ex-keyboardist for 1990's pop group D:REAM, dismissed the hysteria in rock-star style.

"Anyone who thinks the LHC will destroy the world is a tw--," he said.

The LHC is set to start up again next month."