So here I am, sitting at a Starbucks, because my internet went down unexpectedly a couple hours ago, and I need to get my NaBloPoMo entry done asap.
It wasn't until I sat down that I realised what I'd want to talk about… And if you haven't guessed it yet, it would be: What The Heck Would We do Without The Internet?
When did you first go “online”?
I can still remember the High School librarian coming into my English class to tell us the exciting news that our computer room had access to the internet. That was back in 1997, and I've been online ever since.
I made my first email account there with Hotmail, and back then you would have known me as CookieMonster160 (I wish I still owned it today, but alas its not meant to be… and even back then, someone beat me to being the original “cookiemonster” in the world of hotmail email addresses.)
I went to University a year later and created the most disgusting, animated icon filled, bright blue backgrounded webpage that anyone would have had the misfortune of seeing. Anyone who would have wanted to see my “about me” page on the YorkU server would have been traumatized by all the dancing cats and canadian flags that flapped about. I'm fairly sure I managed to make my name sparkle at the top of the page too.
I grew up watching my favourite Star Trek charcters talking to each other wirelessly, occasionally with video involved, and I was totally convinced that I was born in the wrong era. I wanted a computer that I could simply carry around in hand, not the clunky Pentium II that made loud noises whenever I turned it on. I wanted to hold private conversations that my little sister couldn't listen in on by simply picking up another phone in the house, I wanted to be able to beam in from my front door and be sent to the mall in a matter of seconds.
I'm still waiting on beaming technology Google! :/
Have you ever watched an episode of the hit British TV show The IT Crowd? If you have Netflix, it should be available to watch and have a great laugh over. Check out this youtube link (embedding was disabled unfortunately,) and you'll find “me” reacting to the idea of the internet dying at 2:27. I suggest watching the whole clip though, 'cause Jenn, Roy and Moss are tons of fun!
Well, I know this was a rough ride… I couldn't even spell check. :/ Here's hoping to a healthy internet connection by the time I get home! *crossing fingers*