Does particle physics need a new edge? Some new ideas? A new approach? Perhaps smilies can offer a solution. For instance, here are some quarks: Up: Down: Strange: Charm: Bottom: Top: Particle interactions can now be seen as the binding together of particles as they seek out the support of each other in a world otherwise without meaning. As they cling together in the vacuum they move the virtual particles around them, providing them with hope. Just as Feynman's path integral formulation gave to the Schrodinger and Heisenberg pictures, so can smilies. "But," I hear you say, "the set of smilies is surely not diverse enough to describe all the elementary particles." To which I reply, it depends on your version of smiley set theory. The set of smilies offered by most IM clients, for instance, is diverse enough to describe all basic particle interactions. "So, we finally have a theory of everything within our grasp!" Hang on, hold your horses. Small steps, small steps. Although I encourage such enthusiasm, it would be a good idea to first check that smilies are consistent with the standard model. Then we will be in a position to decide on a possible path of action from there. May the electroweak be with you.