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Tuesday, April 2 2002

Web surfing

One of the stories I linked last week to my Xnmp page was about the New York Times finding that the Internet has lost much of its earlier "fun" factor for web surfers. Many of the thousands of web pages that formerly existed "just for fun" have either disappeared or been taken over by commercial enterprises that have turned them into new frustrating advertising vehicles.

Though I've spent more time in front of my computer since I got connected to the Internet about 10 years ago than with any other occupation or preoccupation, I never went through a web surfing addiction stage like some of my acquaintances. I have a friend who, from the time she got her first Internet connection could sit before the computer for hours each night just discovering new and interesting web sites. I remember her once sending out an excited email urging her friends to check out a page that had a kind of "wheel of fortune" on which you could click and it would take you to a new random page anywhere in the world. I followed her request and it was interesting, but to me that was not what not the Internet was meant to be. I have taken many "excursions" through the web, but always starting with a particular goal in mind when I began, and despite many detours, usually finding some kind of paydirt at the end of the search.

Unlike the Internet "nerds" who were always looking for the latest game or "killer application" online, I was always looking for and finding creative practical uses for the 'net. The most practical I've ever found for it, in fact, was several years before I launched the Nanty Glo Home Page. When my mother was declining in 1993 in the months after Dad's death, and I was executive editor of the local community newspapers in San Jose, I took my first laptop computer to Altoona, where I lived in Mom's house for a month and turned in all my regular editing and layout for the seven papers without a single missed deadline and even not even requiring a single phone call to coordinate things between the papers' offices in San Jose and Altoona.

Introduced to serious research techniques while in grad school at UCLA, I began using the Internet for research from the time I got connected, and I still use it constantly for that purpose. In fact, though I am too fully employed now to do any freelance writing, the last few freelance articles I sold were researched entirely via the Internet, including all the facts, quotes and anecdotes I could hope for. For years I kept a stack of business sections of the local daily paper in my room for several months, after which I would compile a column of news briefs on local business developments in the high tech industry for a column...but it has been some years now since I've bought a paper for the business section. I can go directly to all the valley's companies through their websites and access their press releases to get more than enough to make a column.

Speaking of worldwide web sites, as of Monday the Tribune-Democrat web site has been completely revamped and upgraded into something much more useful than the previous configuration. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised when checking it out.

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

It's not delivery

I love the outdoors, and because of my passion for hunting and fishing, my family eats a considerable amount of wild game. So much, in fact, that one evening as I set a platter of broiled venison steaks on the dinner table, my 10-year-old daughter looked up and said, "Boy, it sure would be nice if pizzas lived in the woods."

—Sent by Sallie Covolo

Thought for the day

Just as Jesus Christ was once buried away with the full expectation that He had been gotten rid of, so His church has been laid to rest times without number; and as He disconcerted His enemies by rising from the dead so the church has confounded hers by springing again to vigorous life after all the obsequies had been performed over her coffin and the crocodile tears had been shed at her grave! Christianity is going the way her Founder and His apostles said it would go. Its development and direction were predicted almost two thousand years ago, and this itself is a miracle!

—Oswald Chambers
Sent by Judy Martin

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