Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The LHC as a weapon system

The Large Hadron Collider would make an excellent weapon system if it wasn't inconveniently buried 500 feet beneath the French-Swiss border. Read more here.

We saw the film "The Way" yesterday afternoon at the Wells Film Centre. This is a charming, slightly sentimental film about the great pilgrimage route, El Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) in northern Spain. I seem to be the only one who had never heard of it.

Here is the plot synopsis from Wikipedia. The main protagonist, Tom, is played by Martin Sheen and his son, Daniel, is played by Martin's real-life son, Emilio Estevez who wrote, produced and directed.

Tom is an American doctor who goes to France following the death of his adult son, killed in the Pyrenees during a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago, a Christian pilgrimage route to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain, also known as The Way of St. James. Tom's purpose is initially to retrieve his son's body. However, in a combination of grief and homage to his son, Tom decides to walk the same ancient spiritual trail where his son died in order to understand his son better. While walking The Camino, Tom meets others from around the world (three in particular), all broken and looking for greater meaning in their lives.

During his travels, Tom discovers the meaning of one of the last things his son said (in a flashback) to his father: that there is a difference between "the life we live and the life we choose."

I was up early this morning as Adrian has started temporary work in a local cheese factory, deep in the countryside north of Castle Cary, about 12 miles from here. It was a 7.15 a.m. start for Adrian but he'll be driving himself tomorrow when his car insurance commences ...