adventure of a lifetime

Scott tries to (not) answer why the universe exists.
But I suspect what people really want to know is 'Why do I find myself in this strange virtual reality game "Confused Soul On Planet Earth VII" and what happens after I reach the final level?'

Some think they can find an important clue in old books, perhaps even the credits and a hint about the author, but I think it is fair to say that such attempts have failed to reveal anything interesting; the intelligent designer may not be too proud of this creation after all.

Don't get me wrong, there are many great ideas in it, especially in the math and physics area, and many clever puzzles need to be solved yet.
But the whole 'human suffering' idea (*) alone ensures that we are dealing with a design deserving of a Gentleman's C at best.

So what is one supposed to do? I recommend to keep working on a few interesting puzzles and otherwise enjoy the music and dance like a monkey...

(*) But consider what Friedrich thought about that.

LIGO advanced ...

... into a new state, with very concrete rumors about the detection of gravitational waves.
Assuming that this is all true, the gravitational observatory has directly witnessed the merger of two black holes.

via Lubos

added later: It really is all real and amazing and xkcd has already the details of what signals they received.
Btw the best blog post about LIGO is this one imho.