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Tomorrow, Phil Plait arrives in the UK! Weeeeee! He’s coming over to visit CERN with Brian and me. We’re visiting both ATLAS and CMS and getting a close-up look at the LHC proper.
We’re doing some CERNPodcast stuff, though Phil isn’t the only one who is going to be there. Nick Graham, our favourite, favourite friend we met at TED flew in to the UK today and will be coming to Geneva with us on Friday as well. We felt we owed him something wonderful after he introduced me to Matt Groening who then drew a picture of Bart for my son AND invited Jerry Harrison from the Talking Heads to talk science with Brian at his birthday dinner. I hope CERN can go someway to making up for all that.
We’re also taking Chris Morris. Yes, that one. We’ve been trying to drag him out of his shed to go to Geneva for months now. He’s been a bit busy writing and, most recently, casting. As this is one of the very last weeks that the ‘guts’ of CERN will be open to the public, we told him it was now or never. So, he’s coming out, too.
What a strange grouping of people we will be: a physicist, a web dork, a radio producer, an astronomer, a fashion designer and a satirist… If we don’t freak out at least one person while we’re there, we’ll have failed spectacularly.