• Adventures on the Internet

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

    MetheExploraAs most of you know, I am an adventurer. I come from a long, long line of adventurous folks stretching back to my grandfather Charles who bought a farm in Missouri 75 years ago. Now that was adventure! Of course, there are only two frontiers left to us these days. I can’t afford a ticket to the space station, so I’m stuck exploring the furthest fringes of the internet.

    Most of my journeys there are the stuff of legend, best saved for folks with stern constitutions and hearty dispositions.

    But I can tell you about today’s exploration. We set sail from our home port shortly after sunrise, heading into calm, charted waters. There, off to the left, was the great Island of Facebook. And just on the horizon at 13 degrees to starboard were the lurking bulwarks of Google. Just before we arrived off the coast of Youtube, we turned hard to port into the part of the map that says “There Be Virii Here.”

    Fortunately, no Virii attacked. But I did discover three things that might be of interest to you.

    First port of call, Bubble.Us, where I was invited to create a map of my mind. Mind maps, as you know, are a brainstorming tool. You place and connect your ideas, and somehow that tells you what the winning lottery numbers will be. In the image below, a normal mind map is on the left. What I came up with is on the right. Brilliant!


    Speaking of works of art, Jackson Pollock is a pretty famous art. He made pictures that look a lot like my mind map. Wanna see what it was like to be Jackson Pollock at work? Try this, the Jackson Pollock Simulator. Maybe you can be a master of the abstract form, without getting paint all over yourself!

    And finally, because I can’t remember much of anything any more (because of all the paint fumes, I’m sure) I can highly recommend Memorize Now, a website that can help you remember stuff. For example, I just learned all of the lines of Shakespeare’s Richard III. It wasn’t easy. But… now is the winter of our discontent, made glorious summer by this sun of York.

    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.