• Sailing the Seas of the Internet

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

    MetheExploraYou can tell by the way I use my voice, I’m a … oh… wait, wrong blog. Today’s blog is about my hobby: Recreating the Historical Voyages of Internet Explorers. That’s right! Every Friday, I put on my best Commodore uniform… no, not The Commodores. Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. You know, the Hero of Lake Erie? No, huh? Well, more on that in a minute.

    As I said, on Fridays I like to re-enact the great voyages into the frontiers of the internet. It’s all been explored before of course. Craig Allen was the first one to get to the end and safely back in 2007.

    Today, I headed out to discover something new, and I’ve come back with three things for you.

    Why actually leave your house to buy greeting cards, when you can go to enGreet instead? This is a site where you can browse for, choose, sign and send a greeting card. No, I don’t mean by email, I mean by that old fashioned method where they stick stuff in a mailbox or through a door slot! Cool stuff!

    If you are planning to get off the couch, maybe you should learn a language. Remedial English might be a good start. But, if you’re set on learning a foreign language, why not try Livemocha. The list of languages available is astounding. The only thing they seem to lack is Klingon!

    And finally, for those of you who didn’t know that Oliver Hazard Perry was a Commodore before he was a great big Navy ship, I offer you WikiPedia. If you don’t know it, shame on you. It’s a huge repository of online information that anyone can add to, and everyone can edit. So while there are occasional information vandals, for the most part, you can learn just about anything from the site.

    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.