The history of the Internet is filled with a variety of wild stories and crazy rumors. Heck, the Internet would be pretty much empty without rumor, mistruths, innuendo and vices that will go unnamed here.
But there is some good stuff to be found, if you know where to look. And that’s where I come in. I’m ready to lead you into the great wilderness of the information age.
So strap yourselves in and avail yourselves of the free peanuts. We’re going to make three stops on this voyage:
First stop is Ted.com. I thought this was going to be Ted Danson’s personal site, filled with his snapshots and memories of Cheers. Snap! Wrong! Ted began life more than 25 years ago as a conference about Technology, Entertainment and Design. Now as website, you can watch recorded lectures and performances by a huge variety of people. I gotta bookmark this place and come back later to hear Natalie Merchant singing old poems.
There’s a world of the world’s greatest books at Project Gutenberg. Something like 30,000 books are freely and legally available for download in a variety of formats. I just snagged a copy of Antonio Feliciano de Castilho’s A Chave do Enigma in the original Portuguese. Sweet!
Five Minute Cake. A String Map. A Snuggie. You can learn to make all of these and so much more, thanks to the geeks of at Instructables.com. They’re snarky folks, but awfully smart. I liked the instructions on how to turn $15 into a pen like the ones that cost $200. Cool, huh?
I don’t make this stuff up folks: it comes to me in a box made out of mud and straw. So go out there and enjoy the internet. And make sure to report in any discoveries you make!