I like the web. Ever since my first site, on geocities, my presence on the net has been growing. In that way I'm gas-like, expanding to fill the volume of of my container. [Fun Fact: The three main phases of matter: solid, liquid, gas].
The internet is an incredible resource, despite what neo-luddites like Clifford Stoll may have to say. He's a personal hero of mine, but I disagree with him about the implications of web. I enjoy surfing the web aka the matrix aka information superhighway aka infobahn aka the net. My favorite term of all is "Cyberspace." Here's its source, a bit of pulp that revolutionized the way I see the world:
This was written in 1984. It's from a book called Neuromancer by an American expatriate living in Canada. He is William Gibson.
I've attended two book signings of Mr. Gibson's. I was as giddy as a schoolgirl (a scary thought, really) each time. The first was in 1988, when he was signing Mona Lisa Overdrive. My good pal Chris Greazel was with me. [An aside: Chris is an unrecognized genius living in Orange County, California. You can check out some more of his work if you like. Now, back to my main thread]: It was at this fateful signing that Gibson recommended the book Islands in the Net.
This book, by a crazy-like-a-fox Texan, Bruce Sterling, was and remains astonishing prescient. He's got quite a presence on the net, and for me, his books are a "must-read."
Some years later, I was fortunate enough to have Mr. Sterling sign that copy of Islands, and when I told him of how I found him through Gibson, he recommended Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash to me. That book blew me away too. I am always in search of interesting reading. I try to read as much as I can. Reading has been the means of my education.