Links to the Past

Once again while sorting through old papers and notes and calendars, a couple pages of interest surfaced. I had written down dozens of websites to check out at some point, all circa 1995. Many of them were work related but some were just for fun. I wondered how many of them would still be active some 18 years later.

First, all the Gopher links were dead. Apparently there are still some Gopher networks out there, viewable with an add on app for browsers. It was a fast, efficient, file server protocol that pretty much died as the web got up and running.

Next, a real blast from the past and still hosted and available, the Mosaic Communications Corporation website. Mosaic was one of the first web browsers created by a team that included Marc Andreesen. The website still has a copyright info of 1994 and bless whoever has seen fit to keep it up and going. It features the royal PITA navigation prevalent at the time. The link I recorded was of the Fish Cam. I believe all the fish are dead now. Of additional note is the bio page of Sarah N.P. Ferguson which includes random thoughts, links, and even a Blink tag!

Third, The Rail was a type of Webring, a series of websites of common content linked together. Back in the day, this was more efficient and reliable than the web search engines of the day (yeah, pre-Google, remember life before Google?). Many of the "stations" are very much outdated, but I did find an interesting site that allows you to purchase Life Size Pirate Statues! Who wouldn't want that in their yard instead of a garden gnome or bathtub Mary?

Finally, a valuable link to a site dedicated to world music: Roots World. Eighteen years later it is very much live and active. Poking around I found this great Belgian band Aurelia composed of fiddle, guitar, and drums.

There you have it, a look into the past that was and continues. I would love to hear about your own memories of the internet that was.


Dreams Like Snowflakes

My collection of short fiction entitled Dreams Like Snowflakes is now available for the Amazon Kindle.

In the book are 10 stories including three new tales. The fiction ranges from science fiction to fantasy, absurd to silly, and short and shorter and micro lengths.

The collection will be exclusive for the Kindle until mid-December at which time other eBook versions will be available. The paperback edition is coming soon.

2012 Summer Reading Concluded

Every year time flies, summer dwindles, and the Virtual Summer Reading Program comes to a close. This year sixteen people participated and read 100 books! A lot of intriguing titles which does nothing good for my own reading list.

I managed to get through nine books myself, well short of my target, but a decent stack in a busy summer. Between our efforts, I will be donating a total of $63 to the Prison Book Program.

A couple very generous folks also pledged support based on the number of books they read this summer. Another $31 was added, making the grand total $94! Well done and thank you!

And now for the prizes. Winners were chosen at random using the number generator at The runner up who will receive a signed copy of my book Garbageland is Kristin Jones! And the grand prize winner of a $50 Amazon gift certificate is Megan Call!

Congrats to them and to all of you for your reading success. Keep reading all year. Keep reading to kids. Keep supporting your libraries and literacy organizations. Hope to see you all next year!

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