Hey, so how are you doing today? I see you’re still alive. Well, most of you are…I’m sure by the laws of probability a few folks passed during the day. One thing is for sure, the first rumblings of the Large Hadron Collider didn’t result in a black hole of super doom. Today is the day that the machine that was to bring the end to us all was started up near Geneva, Switzerland. So why aren’t we dead yet?

Funny enough, no particles have collided yet. This means the freak-out crazies have more time to proclaim the end is nigh. Right now the particles are just doing their warm up laps. On October 21, 2008 they are scheduled to meet head on. Then the end of the world will come. Or not, as every single scientist and sane minded person will tell you.

Perhaps the reason people are so afraid of the Large Hadron Collider is that they don’t see any tangible benefits to the device. I’m going to make one up. People have been making up silly crap for the masses to believe in since the dawn of man, I might as well use a proven method. OK, so CERN (the particle physics lab behind the Collider) is also responsible for something else that you and I would find quite important. The World Wide Web was started there, mainly as a way to sort documents concerning the experiments going on at CERN.

Now we may not have any cognizant grasp on learning the true nature of dark energy, or what the heck a Higgs boson is. This does not mean that something magical can’t come of the Large Hadron Collider. Think of it this way: Web 2.0 is a marketing term that means nothing. It’s a nerdy way of talking about social networking sites, but those sites use the same internet as the average man. It’s time for the real Web 2.0. The one where you can access info with your brain instantly. Imagine the day when you can check into Blend Tech by just thinking about it. That is what the Large Hadron Collider will bring.

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