At the moment, I’m reading A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson. For those of you that haven’t read it, it’s a bit like a long episode of QI, just without the jokes.
I’m twelve per cent through and so far the universe has been created and we’ve identified the location, mass and density of the Earth. We’re now looking into exactly how it’s made up.
It really is fascinating, but there is a lot of stuff I just can’t get my head round. For instance, the ‘Big Bang’. All the molecules that have ever existed – which is basically, everything around us all… never used to exist.
There was one tiny, tiny point which became the creation of the universe and then expanded out and out to become what we inhabit today (We haven’t got to the concept of time yet, I’m sure if and when we do, I’ll discover there is no such thing as ‘today’).
But whether you subscribe to the Big Bang theory or not, what’s even more amazing is that all this stuff around us, the laptop that I’m writing on, the chair that I’m sitting on, the clock on the wall – it all came from somewhere.
The universe is amazing, but the stuff that we’ve filled it with is incredible.
Today’s prompt was: The first thing about the internet that blew your mind – for me, the internet’s very existence blows my mind. What an incredible achievement, all that data out there just ready to be explored, speeding around the world at infinitesimal speeds (or below average broadband speeds if you happen to be on BT and living in Swindon).
The fact that we as a species can create something like this is amazing. The other day, I wrote a blog post, and a short while later, somebody in Norway read it. I’ve had readers from all over the world.
I can log on to the internet and connect with somebody, with anybody, from a completely different part of the world. This didn’t already exist, there was no blueprint for it. The internet is a human invention, the result of centuries of discovery and investigation and asking why.
It is one of our greatest achievements, a testament to what the human race has become.
I’d like to talk about the wonders of the internet even more, but I’ve found a Tumblr of cats that look like celebrities.
Prompt: The first thing about the internet that blew your mind