Thursday, August 02, 2007

WWWhat A Great Anniversary To Celebrate

Yesterday was the anniversary of the World Wide Web, or the WWW, if you’re cool and hip. I’m not, so I will keep having to type out World Wide Web. In just a relatively few short years, think of how this invention has become so integral to our lives. I mean you are reading this blog post on the World Wide Web and will undoubtedly leave it to surf other things on the World Wide Web. In fact, you may leave this World Wide Web page before even finishing this post. Granted, that’s kind of rude, but not really the point I am trying to make about the World Wi…you know what, I’m going with just calling it the WWW and I don’t care what anyone says!

The WWW has made accessing information so much easier. It has made terms or companies like Google or MapQuest now part of our language. Heck, Google and MapQuest are actually verbs now. I Google and MapQuest stuff all the time. I Google recipes, information on things of interest, you name it. I used to ogle, but I am past that now. I also MapQuest directions almost daily. Granted I never trust their directions and go with my own intuition, but 9 times out of 10 that just leads me to turning around and going back to the exact spot that I deviated from MapQuest’s directions in the first place.

I waste a lot of gas doing this, but that’s ok because I can just use the WWW to find the cheapest place selling gas. The only problem with that is it’s the same place everyone else goes to get gas. Fortunately, I can also use the WWW to find the station selling the most expensive gas. I go there and never have to wait in line. In fact, the people working there are so incredibly friendly. They always smile and laugh as I pull away.

The WWW is an amazing never ending maze of interesting websites with one leading you to another with just a click of the mouse and your interest to guide you. It’s almost like an intricate spider web that begins at one single point and radiates out in many different ways. This complex web of entertainment and information is made up of sites from all over the world. When you think about it, it’s like a spider web that is world wide. Oh, wait a minute…so THAT’S why that call it that. Hmmm, go figure.

I have found that I can seek the answers to almost anything on line. When I wanted to know how to crack open a coconut, I used the WWW. Although I think I did it wrong because I ended up striking my thumb with the hammer. Still though, the information I received on the WWW gave me a starting point. When I needed a recipe for homemade frozen ice cream, the WWW gave me several. The only thing is, apparently you need to make sure you are using the right recipe for the capacity of your ice cream maker or you will make too much and then the ice cream maker will stop turning. The reaction of that action seems to be a burnt motor. No fear though, you can find your ice cream maker manufacturer’s website on the WWW and check the warranty. I did that, and the warranty doesn’t cover the mistake I made. I was tempted to use the WWW to send a nasty letter to the ice cream maker’s maker, but I came across a news story about panda poop souvenirs and never sent it.

I hope I have given you just a small sampling of the World Wide Web’s amazing power and potential. I feel so strongly about it (and the fact that I missed the WWW’s real anniversary yesterday) that I composed a short poem to honor the World Wide Web…

What would I do without ya

It’s such a fun trick
To be able to click

When I need something really quick

It’s so much fun to be online
All of the time...

Unless I am at work


Odat said...

I NEVER EVER NEVER EVER use Mapquest directions!!!!
Nice lil song at the end there!
(btw, did you know I invented the web?)

AndreAnna said...

Your poetic skills amaze me.:)

AndreAnna said...

P.S. I did the meme wrong at first. I edited it. Go recheck it.

Patti said...

I like the little ditty at the end.

In this post when you talk about being distracted by panda poop souvenirs while researching other stuff you admit what I suspected. You have a very short attention span!

You'll need to work on this, young, I don't know

Rodrigo said...

Oi, achei teu blog pelo google tá bem interessante gostei desse post. Quando der dá uma passada pelo meu blog, é sobre camisetas personalizadas, mostra passo a passo como criar uma camiseta personalizada bem maneira.(If you speak English can see the version in English of the Camiseta Personalizada. Thanks for the attention, bye). Até mais.

ian said...

Hey, be sure to thank Al Gore...

After all, he INVENTED the internet. Just ask him.


Michael C said...

Odat: Well, I had heard rumors that you were the inventor ;-)

AA: Thanks, it's a gift...

Patti: Yes, I have a very short attention span...what were we talking about? ;-)

Rodrigo: No habla espanol, lociento...

Ian: That's right! I'll send him an email right now.

Ralph said...

When did you stop ogling? I like the spider web of certain threads. Maybe you should retire to concentrate on BBq and WWW'ing

~*SilverNeurotic*~ said...

Happy birthday to you
happy birthday to you
happy birthday dear world wide web
happy birthday to you!

FRIGGA said...

It makes me feel old that there's somthing so common and mainstream and I can say, "you know, back when I was your age we didn't have the internet." Yikes! :-0
Also I let you slide on missing the last interactive TT13, but this week's is food so please come and answer!!! :P (Does that now make me a comment whore?)
Oh ya, and also, I liked the poem

Airam said...

I want to marry the World Wide Web I love it so much. And I could probably marry us myself seeing as how the World Wide Web can make me an ordained minister!

Erica AP said...

So, how old is the World Wide Web?

meleah rebeccah said...

Ah, what a great post my friend.

I love the WWW. I am addicted to all the things I can learn / find every day. The blogs, videos, movies, information.....

I mean how else could I get SNL or TINA FEY at my finger tips on my laptop?


PS... MapQuest does NOT work in the state of NJ. Mostly because there is so much construction all the time the roads seem to change everyday. MapQuest can't keep up with it all. Neither can I.

Heart Of Darkness said...

Oh, so WWW is a leo???? Grrrrrrrrrreat! ;)

wolf said...

When the internet was first invented, worker productivity went up about 98% as the average worker learned how it could increase production. The next day, somebody invented internet porn, and worker productivity plummeted 98%.
All in all, a decent trade-off, I think.

Natalie said...

I never would have though there was a date for when the WWW started but then I guess there would have to be.

Leiselb said... the poem. Made me smile and laugh.

Anonymous said...

Sweeeeet poem... and I'm a WWW addict.

Michael C said...

Ralph: That idea has crossed my mind many, many times. Care to join me?

Silver: It's a b-day we all should celebrate!

Frigga: It is now Friday, but I PROMISE I'll get there before you post the answers!!

Airam: And we could shop for all your wwwedding gifts online too!!

Meleah: Did you say Tina Fey can be at one's finger tips? Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, what were we talking about again??? ;-)

Heart: Hmmmm, too bad I don't know any other leos to introduce the WWW too.... ;-)

Wolf: That is funny!!!

Natalie: Yeah, some people will celebrate ANY day!! ;-)

LeiselB: Thanks! I'm glad.

A Life Uncommon: Hi, My name is Michael and I am addicted to the WWW.

There should be an online WWW addiction support group, but that would kinda defeat the point, huh? ;-)

Heart Of Darkness said...


kat said...

I have looked up the following things on the internet in the last week (some once or twice, some multiple times):

1. Directions 2. Qualifications for being a Siamese Twin 3. The words to Can't Touch This by MC Hammer 4. Videos of people burping on youtube 5. Photos of other peoples dogs

I love the WWW. It totally rocks my jock!

CS said...

MapQuest has lead me astray many times, but I continue to use it. For some reason, the learning curve is totally flat for me on that issue.

Tammie Jean said...

"When you think about it, it’s like a spider web that is world wide." LOL that was great!

Btw, I'm totally addicted to Google. I look things up several times a day.