Okay, I stole the title from John Hodgman, who spoke at Google recently. And to be really fair, I should add more modifiers to the title, “briefly famous” being much more accurate.
Hodgman, who writes in the great tradition of literary nonsense, has a very entertaining story of minor fame in his new book More Information Than You Require. He has inspired me to write a a less entertaining story about the minor internet fame that our baby naming project has bestowed upon me.
Earlier today I was interviewed on The Morning Show, broadcast all across the great nation-continent of Australia. Since my kayak is in the shop, I was to go to KNTV in San Jose where the interview would be done live via satellite.
Back when I was in college I did an interview with a journalism student at Kent State about online publishing. I ran across it sort of randomly on my hard drive and thought I would share how I described my relationship with the Internet:
I’m an old-timer when it comes to the Internet. I began playing around online some time in middle school, back when everything was text and the Internet was more or less just a way to pass messages between local bulletin board systems and universities. I made my first web site back in high school, and it was a pretty pathetic homepage.
Wow, eight years ago (!) I already described myself as an old-timer. It’s strange how so much of my life has revolved around the web and kind of fitting that I’m now on a team that helps safegaurd it.