I'm a geneticist, not a physicist. But some thoughts strike me from time to time. One is that nature is 4-dimensional (3 spatial dimensions plus time); another is that you never see one quark on its own - it is always accompanied by two other quarks or an anti-quark. Now, if the universe is a space-time lattice (like all good universes should be), perhaps these "particles" are better thought of as kinks in the lattice, as below. See you in Stockholm, losers!!!