Since my life is more than shoes...

I thought I'd share it with you

Friday, June 23, 2006

What is this MySpace you speak of?

It's crazy addicting, that's what it is. Andy signed me up and even designed a little page for me. Now I'm looking for classmates (and feeling rather jealous that they have 89 or 157 friends and I have 4), while at the same time thinkig - "I should be working on my paper, I should be working on my paper" over and over. And yet, I never knew this much about these people. I guess that's why parents and police are freaking out about MySpace. Really, an 14 year old shouldn't be posting this much about themselves. And, frankly, neither should a 27 year old, but at least they're an adult. But how cool is it that within about 5 minutes I found out where tons of people are living, who they're married to, and what they're favorite color is without really trying. So I guess I'm a real member of the cybergeneration now.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

I love the internet

I can't imagine life without the internet. Well, I can, because I remember a time when I didn't have internet at home (or even, gasp, any access to it at all). I remember the first time I used the internet and how long it took to do everything. Now I complain when I have to wait a few seconds for a page to load. Anyway... I am so glad that I am alive during the age of the internet. Not only can I type my papers using a computer instead of a typewriter, but I have access to so much information I never would have used any other way. I have primary sources jumping into my lap left and right with all kinds of libraries digitizing their collections. There is HEARTH from Cornell, Feeding America from MSU, and even Duke has digitized some cookbooks for an advertising thingie with their library. If it wasn't for the internet, I'd have to try to find things via interlibrary loan, or even travel to the library that owned them, and then I'd only have them for a few days, weeks, or maybe even hours. But the internet has changed all that. It's there, all the time - 24 hours a day, and it's searchable. Nothing compares with searchable text - an index just isn't the same. Yay technology!

Friday, June 16, 2006

I can't believe we waited this long

I just beat Super Mario Bros! It turns out that you can play Nintendo games on your computer (Well, I actually already knew this because of James' arcade, but Andy got me a controller from e-bay, and I went to town today!) It was sooo much fun. I had only ever played Mario, Duck Tales, Duck Hunt, and centipede. I played MarioKart, and some other fun games. Now I know why I never had one when I was a kid. TV is addicting enough :) But what fun. Now I won't play for a while, so that I can get back to my paper. Oh well...