Monthly Archives: July 2012

Verbs – Grammar made simple by Daryl L L Houston

Everything you always wanted to know about Verbs but afraid to ask is in this post.  I thought I knew my verbs before reading this post.  How wrong I was!!

This post makes grammar simple for adults.  Daryl Houston has simplified a complex subject of verbs in one page.  I recommend all those who want to improve their language skills to read this.

Click on the “Verbs” below to read the full post.




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Will they or won’t they and what will it mean? Higgs Boson for the Physics-cally Challenged

I found this fab Post by one of my fellow Bloggers – Julia B Whitmore.  It is fab reading.  If you ever wondered about the “God Particle” or Higgs-Boson particle, this makes an interesting reading.

Electrons are made up of extremely tiny particles that you cannot see with the naked eye unless you have been drinking.
              — Dave Barry

ImageThe Large Hadron Collider. Image from DVICE

Coming July 4: The secrets of the Universe revealed.  Maybe. Maybe not.

July 4 is the start of the International Conference on High Energy Physics in Australia and rumors are flying that the existence of Higgs boson may have been confirmed.  Rumors are also flying that the Higgs boson, sometimes called the God Particle, might not be all it was cracked up to be.

Remember the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)? Back in 2008, rumors flew that when it was turned on, it would create a black hole that would suck the earth into itself.  Didn’t happen.  The LHC slid off the front pages in favor of more interesting stories like the divorce of Tom Cruise and Katy whats-her-name.

Deep in a hole under Switzerland, however, the voodoo continued.  The LHC is, I think, the biggest project humans have ever attempted as a group science project.  It’s in a tunnel about 17 miles in circumference and races streams of particles toward each other at 99.9% of the speed of light in a vacuum that contains fewer particles than in the emptiest places in the solar system.  It has to be very cold to work, -456 degrees, colder than deep space, and keeping the collider that cold requires $100,000 of electricity every day.  A lot of countries chipped in to build it.  Cost so far about $33 billion.  The idea is to get the particles to smash into each other, and the resulting debris will hopefully be smaller, undiscovered particles that in turn will confirm the most favored theory of why nature works the way it does.

Like everything I try to understand and then write about, the Higgs boson and the reasons why such a fuss is made about it, are mind-bogglingly complex.  This is not territory for the non-physicist, but what the heck?

Let’s just say that it was hoped that the LHC would reveal the Higgs boson, believed to be the missing link that would prove super string theory, which holds that at the smallest level all matter is actually vibrating stings that pop in and out of parallel universes.

This is all part of an epic debate taking place in the world of physics.  About 50 years ago physicists started  working on a Standard Model to explain everything, including dark matter, energy, mass and how to unite quantum physics with Einstein’s theory of relativity. The Standard Model model relies on an effect called super symmetry which in turn relies on being able to prove that particles have partners called sparticles.  Seriously.  Don’t let anyone tell you physicists don’t have a sense of humor.  Predictions based on the Standard Model have been confirmed true at an astonishing pace in the intervening decades, but physicists hit a brick wall when it came to finding evidence of sparticles.  Is the Large Hadron Collider still too crude an instrument?  Or is the current theory of everything bunk?

If the Higgs boson is observed, has the proper mass and behaves appropriately oddly, it could confirm super symmetry and super string theory.  If not, physicists with other theories who have been basically shouted down by Standard Model theorists, might have a chance to home in on some of that Standard Model funding.

In either case, tune in to your favorite physics news source this Fourth of July, and raise your sparticles, I mean sparklers, to the imponderables.  Happy Holiday.



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Trolling the Trollosphere–Staying Sane in a World of Crazy

Trolling the Trollosphere–Staying Sane in a World of Crazy.

If you are a new Blogger like me, this Blog Post by Kristen Lamb is a must read.  When I saw my first critical comment from one of these Blog Trolls, I was flabbergasted.  I did not want to write anything any more which can be read by another human being.  I did not look at my profile for several weeks after that comment.

Such comments for a novice Blogger can be a terminal blow unless he or she is thick skinned.  Luckily for me, I have the facility to “ignore” in my Blog comments.  I have since then have had one more such comment from another “expert.”  It was less painful the second time!!

I am sure by the time I get 11 such comments, my skin will be so thick it will be just water off a duck’s back!

Great post.  Very encouraging to all Bloggers.


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5 Common Writing Blunders that Can Annoy or Bore Our Readers

5 Common Writing Blunders that Can Annoy or Bore Our Readers.

This is a must read for all aspiring authors.  I wish some of the “established” authors had read this before producing some awful “classics”.

This is probably useful read for those book addicts as well.  Have you ever come across a book that you hate so much, but cant really tell why?  If you read this brilliant post by Kristen Lamb, it will all become clear.

Have you ever come across a bore in the friends new-year’s party who kept on and on about numerous people he or she had fights with in the past year!!  Now you will be able to recognise before they can launch into the second version.


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