Saturday, December 4, 2010

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying about Them Loving the Bomb

I have to think about the New Mexican people being proud on the nuclear bomb test in their neighborhood. In Germany, people wouldn't be proud if next to them nuclear weapons had been tested. They would be worried about all the radiations they would have. I read that on July 16, 1945 the first nuclear bomb was detonated in the "Trinity Site" and that was the beginning of the nuclear age in the United States. People here are proud of being at a place which marks the beginning of a new age instead being worried about radiation.
The beginning of the nuclear age in Germany was December 17, 1938 when Otto Hahn proofed nuclear fission in a experiment. It's interesting that to enter the nuclear age an experiment which fits on a table is enough in Germany while in the US a nuclear bomb, named "Fat Man", has to be detonated. Maybe, the reason for that is that the United States is bigger and has more population than Germany. I guess, after Otto Hahn performed the nuclear fission experiment, he told his college by speaking with him through the window: "Fritz, I have split nuclei. We are now in the nuclear age." Fritz answered with a simple: "Cool". Later that day, Fritz told everyone he knew the good news and so Germany knew in which age it was.
Here in the US, you can't let everyone know by speaking through your window. Here, you need something bigger, something much louder and something glaring like the sun - you need "Fat Man"

Thursday, December 2, 2010

New Mexican

On tour again. This time a road trip to New Mexico. I drove with my housemate and two others. All with a PhD or at least in a PhD program and the four of us with a combined IQ of: don't know, don't care.
Our first stop was Santa Fe. There are a lot of historic buildings with the same look as in wild west movies. More interesting for me than Santa Fe is Los Alamos with the laboratories and supercomputers. Los Alamos is known by a lot of people because of the Manhattan project, the development of the nuclear bomb. Unfortunately, we did not have time to go to Los Alamos. Most probably, we wouldn't be able to see anything anyway. I don't think, they give a guided tour for someone with Iranian background.
Instead Los Alamos we hit the road to Carlsbad in south New Mexico. It was already dark and there was no light to shine our way - except the lights from the UFO over Roswell.The entrance: not at all like Sneffels Jöckull
In Carlsbad we went to the "Caverns National Park". Last summer, I read Jules Verne's "Journey to the Midpoint of the Earth". I wondered if the caves would remind me that journey. The entrance to the cave is in front of an amphitheater and is not at all like the entrance on "Sneffels Jöckull" in the book. Even after going 700 feet down into the earth, it did not felt like in the book. Mostly, because the cave was full of people. Nevertheless, the huge cave is impressive.
Later that day, we went to "White Sands National Monument". Close to this monument is the "Trinity test area", the place where the first nuclear bomb was tested. People from that areaa combined IQ of: don't know, don't care are proud to have it in the neighborhood.
I wrote again too much. Therefore, I am going to shorten my report on the way back. Here, what we saw: Route 66, Las Vegas and snow storm.
Usually, I do not bring back souvenirs. This time I got a lot. Besides all the memories I got a lot of white sand on my shoes from the monument and after we passed out for more than 10 minutes in Roswell I got a mysterious implant in the back of my head. The implant feels weird again - I better stop now.

PS: Apparently, I need to made this post appropriate for general audiences (rated G; Altersfreigabe: ab 0) because of new German laws: After the aliens "invited" us on their space ship, we played hide and seek. It was fun.