I just saw the very nice movie “Particle Fever” during the CPH:DOX film festival and had the chance to meet Mark Levinson, the director of the movie, to do a tour of the Niels Bohr Institute with him.
Quite an interesting week(end) that just ended. Besides the follow-up work for the CERN Open Days (deciding in winners, cleaning up, preparing shipments, etc.), I was preparing the Kulturnatten (open days) event of the particle physics group at the Niels Bohr Institute. Unfortunately the central organisation did not spend as much time thinking about the event as we did. Anyways, I think we made the best out of it and it actually went quite well. We had one auditorium with usual stuff like posters, videos and the LEGO models, plus our new self-made cloud chamber, which worked like charm for several hours. I spent almost four hours straight giving talks about ATLAS and more. A fact my voice seems to thank me for now :(
That done, and after only three and a half hours of sleep, we had the 2013 Fotohalbmarathon coming up on Saturday. This year we ended up with in total twelve teams taking part in the end. Some entered late, some had to cancel on short notice. But it’s a nice number, and people seemed to have enjoyed it.
After that, I started preparing my trip to Manchester, which I am going to start in only a few hours. Once more, I had to disassemble and pack the original Copenhagen LEGO model and I will take it on the plane in a bit.
Together with some people from Manchester, I will rebuild it tomorrow and on Wednesday non other than Nobel Prize winner Peter Higgs is going to sign it :)
I am admittedly quite excited :)
And what should I say … it was great!
After three hours of warm-up by the residents, Laurent started at 2am and continued until 6am.
Certainly long enough to make my knees hurt for the rest of the weekend. The good kinda pain though ;)
… that’s last week in very short words.
In more details, this mean that last Thursday “Non Trivial” (this week’s team name) made first place at The Globe pub quiz, even though there was a European Sing Contest section which we failed miserably. Apparently the other 25 teams did so as well ;)
On Saturday we went on a tour through the local ARC incineration plant, as part of the Danmarks International Region days. I got a tour through the plant following the waste. Sounds weird but was actually quite interesting. In the end we had a look at the construction site of the new plant, Amager Bakke, which is supposed to be ready in 2017.
After some chill-out time at the beach bar of the Copenhagen Cable Club, watching wakeboarders fly and dive, and a bit of geocaching, we rounded of the day with “Romeo’erne og Julie” performed in the incineration plant. It was a very nice mixture of cello and electronic music and both classical dance and Parkour. One even got used to the slight smell of all the waste in the background ;)
The only bad thing about the event was, that there were hardly any people to see this great performance!
On June 2nd CERN will celebrate the inauguration of the new Passeport Big Bang, an educative tour around the Large Hadron Collider.
As part of the inauguration event, I’ll be exhibiting the LEGO® ATLAS model and put up the station on the tour where visitors can win prices by building their own miniature models. For that purpose, and with the help from CERN, the HEP group at NBI and my private LEGO® collection, I put up a little box :)
If successful, we’ll doing the same thing during Kulturnatten in Copenhagen, October 11th 2013.