A Quiet Corner of Cyberspace

If it seems to you as though the World Wide Web has become overstimulating, you're not alone.  Time was, if you had a good idea and a talent for design, you could apply yourself, learn HTML in a week or two, and put together a page in your spare time that looked every bit as good as some corporate website.

It's not so easy anymore.  There are more tools, and the big guys can afford the best. They've got graphics programs that top anything you can make with your trusty old Paint Shop Pro.

Remember, though, that content is still the most important thing.  Regardless of whether you learn HTML through a book or from View Source, if you master the basics of tags and tables, you can get by without frames, style sheets, or any of those languages.  Java, JavaScript, and the like don't mean much if someone doesn't have something worthwhile to say.

Imagine -- as new and hyped as they are now, someday today's flashiest effects will appear as crude as the flickering silent black-and-white images of early motion pictures.

Maybe you feel as though you want to take a few steps back and relax a little.  You can slow down here and take it easy awhile.  The rest of the Web will be there waiting when you get back.

Satchel Paige's Rules for Good Living

  1. Avoid fried foods which angry up the blood.
  2. If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts.
  3. Keep the juices moving by jangling around gently as you walk.
  4. Go light on the vices such as carrying on in society.  The social ramble ain't restful.
  5. Avoid running at all times.
  6. Don't look back.  Something might be gaining on you.

Other voices of experience

To the page for my father

To the cats' page and other self-indulgence

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