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Ken Bloom | USLHC | USA

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CERN’s Bermuda triangle

I am staying in the CERN hostel during my visit.  The rooms here are pretty basic, but they certainly have everything I need for a one-week stay.  The hostel building is right next door to Restaurant 1, and not at all distant from Building 40, the main office building for the LHC experiments, and where many of the conference rooms are.  As a result, one could spend the entire visit within this triangle of buildings.  It’s not good for the psyche, though.Bermuda triangle

When I first saw the agenda for the first two days of the computing week, my thought was “Nothing here for me until Wednesday.”  But sure enough, my days have filled with a variety of informal meetings, and lots of conversation with people I haven’t seen in a while.  I have been busy trying to organize a session that I am co-chairing on Thursday, and poking people about projects that don’t seem to be moving along quickly enough, and catching up on what’s going on here at the lab.  There is plenty of speculation going around about how quickly the machine will come up after the repairs, but of course at this point it is only speculation.

I live in two time zones while I’m here; life at home doesn’t stop while I’m away.  Tonight I chaired a US-based meeting that started at 9 PM CERN time — not what I was looking forward to after dinner.  The email flow is different being here; since most of my email comes from the US, there is a lot to get through when I get up in the morning, and then it is quiet for a while, as everyone at home sleeps.  But when everyone wakes up and gets to work around 4 PM, the inbox starts filling again.  My best piece of news for the trip is that I have managed to talk to my daughter over the computer every day, and she looks no worse for wear.

And, the requisite shout-out to my fellow bloggers — I shared a breakfast table with Steve yesterday, and waved at Freya in the CMS Centre, and tomorrow I’m having lunch with Kathy.  We’ll see if either of us consider it worth blogging about.

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