• A Voyage Across the Internet

    by  • April 16, 2010 • Community Sherpa, Freelance Writing Samples

    MetheExploraThe 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:

    Learn Something

    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.

    Read Something

    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!

    Make Something

    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!


    Michael has been writing professionally for print, television and the internet for thirty years. As a Senior Producer at CNN International, he examined the future of technology with dozens of brilliant scientists, philosophers and entrepreneurs on the acclaimed series Future Summit. Before that, in the CNN International newsroom, he helped lead the production of award winning coverage of news like the 9/11 attacks, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and the devastating 2004 tsunami in Asia. As a director, he has created a dozen short films in the last seven years. He lives with his wife, dog, four cats and two horses in the suburbs of Atlanta.