Pera:So Many Websites, So Little Time | Musings of a Mountain Man
by Jack Pera
Aug 15, 2007 | 189 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
There certainly isn’t any shortage of information and the opinions that accompanies it these days.

The World Wide Web has revolutionized societal interaction and family communication on a scale not seen since the invention of the printing press. A couple of weeks ago I got lost in “interspeller” cyberspace and didn’t grope my way out for one-and-a-half days. I got stuck in a black hole of blogs that linked me to infinity – darn near died an info overload death due to neuronal edema.

By the time one spends three hours or more daily surfing both the web and the tube, it doesn’t leave much time left for constructive endeavors, does it? Information gone wild may yet be our downfall, provided ignorance doesn’t get us first.

    How many blogs languish in cyberspace on any given day? Tens of thousands? Hundreds of thousands? Millions of thousands? Nobody knows. Maybe the better question is to ask how many blog addictions does it take to achieve Nirvana? Are you into surfing the killer cyberwaves for hours on end yet? One thing is for sure, the ’net is taking a huge chunk out of the standard corporate controlled news media market. Gee, isn’t that too bad – and hopefully just in the nick of time.

The WWW is different strokes for different folks, and it’s all there. Everything worth reading and an overload of junk that isn’t. Computers are miracle machines and the WWW exploits that. There is no doubt that the invention of the computer and the ’net ranks right up there with the wheel and whiskey as some of the most important necessities of all time.

So what are some of the best blogs and must-know websites? Depends on your tastes and whom you ask. I’ve got mine, you’ve got yours and because no two people are the same, ne’er the twain shall meet. However, in the interest of knowledge sacrifice, trite trivia and drivel perpetuity, here, according to alexa.com, is a list of the 10 most popular websites worldwide: 1) Yahoo, 2) Google, 3) Myspace, 4) Microsoft Network, 5) YouTube, 6) Ebay, 7) Facebook, 8) Windows Live, 9) Craigslist.org and 10) Wikipedia.

The web is saturated with general and specialized search engines, Google and Yahoo being the most popular by far. Google is certainly good, but far from being God. Don’t overlook Yahoo. I often have better luck on an item with Yahoo than Google. My search engine bookmarks also include ask.com, answers.com, findinfo.com, digg.com and dogpile.com. Any computer is as naked as a jaybird without dictionary.com, and a few encyclopedia websites like bartelby.com, concise.britannica.com and the very popular (and controversial) wikipedia.com beef up one’s potential.

Here’s a must website everyone in the Telluride region needs bookmarked: telluride.lib.co.us (The Wilkinson Library.) Want a neat mini-library website? Check out refdesk.com for sure. Bored out of your mind? Pull up bored.com and bore away via at a variety of time wasters. Need a good joke to break the ice at a speaking engagement? Try the humor.com or the-jokes.com sites or any of many others you can obtain through Google. Ditto with home-building and repair sites. I’ve got quite a few of these bookmarked. Need a particular recipe? Go to recipelink.com, cooks.com, recipe.com or probably dozens upon hundreds of other food sites that dispense tasty tidbits of food advice.

I like to snoop on pertinent neighbors, so I read the headlines daily from the Montrose Daily Press and Durango Herald newspapers’ online editions. In addition to subscribing to the Denver Post, I keep somewhat abreast of what’s happening in Colorado by perusing Denver TV’s 9news.com every night. If you’re into reading some of the popular periodicals like Atlantic Monthly, Newsweek and Time, check out the list that the website commondreams.org offers.

As if it were possible, I have a list of bookmarks almost as long as the Bushite Administration’s lies. It’s in the hundreds. Speaking of politics and government sticking its nose down our throats, I’ll close by giving you a few of my favorite political websites. My absolute favorite is lewrockwell.com. This site also contains many other interesting articles. I also scan daily the excellent articles posted on thesmirkingchimp.com website and on huffingtonpost.com. 

And for those of you who want to keep tabs on what’s happening locally, telluridewatch.com should be checked daily.

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