Monday, January 14, 2008

Fun Monday

(I'm all a-flutter. I'm so excited to be participating in Fun Monday! Thanks to Ann for hosting.)

A Web site that's changed my life.

Well, there's a couple different ways to approach this. Since I'm feeling generous, you get them both.

About ten years ago, my husband sent me a link to this quiz: Porn Star or My Little Pony? My devotion to The Brunching Shuttlecocks was instantaneous, intense, enduring. How can I ever forget The Complete and Utter Idiot's Guide to Making a Baloney Sandwich or The Björk Song? When I need laughs, I need hardcore nonsense, and here I always found my fix. The only thing remotely like it at the time was Dilbert; there was no comparison. Of course, the lads eventually grew up and got real jobs (though Lore is still out there blogging). But my sense of humor was irreversibly perverted:, Internet Bumper Stickers, The Onion.

On the serious side, now.

I took a job with the government sixteen years ago. I worked as a grants project officer at first. This was nothing like what I had studied to do. J'étais censée devenir professeur de français. All those years of studying French and I wasn't a French professor after all? Kinda neat, once you get past the distress.

Well, after a couple of years someone said, "Hey, you don't seem to be afraid of computers. There's this new thing called a Web site-- it's sort of like a Gopher site-- would you like to build one? We'll show you how." I accepted, and I think it was Halloween 1994 when the
SEAHOME Web site first went live. (I can't find any screenshots from back then, but the Wayback Machine has a few archived from later years.)

This really did change my life. It headed me in a new direction in my career. Heck, it gave me a career. I've moved on to be the lead web person for our region, and I really enjoy what I do.

Hope this is what you were looking for. Can't wait to read the other posts for Fun Monday.


Alison said...

Great sites..welcome to Fun Monday!!

Pamela said...

Some of you really DID have life changing web sites.

Sorry about the French business, tho


Sandy said...

Welcome to Fun Monday! Great sites one and all. Porn Star or My Little Pony? Snorted coffe, I did.

laurie said...

ah, Gopher! i'd forgotten about that. the early prehistoric web, invented by U of Minnesota professors.

and here al gore gets all the credit...

welcome to fun monday. i'm glad you joined. i found your gaelic site quite some time ago, but since the only gaelic i know is dia dhuit, it did me no good.

-Ann said...

That is excellent - I love it all. I also got into computers in 1994.

And speaking of My Little Pony - this is the best MLP-related thing I've ever seen!

Cynthia said...

Wow, I am feeling kind of small. You can write websites and I still struggle with compose mode!