Written by Jeffrey Bennett

So I finally got around to doing this blog thing that all the experts say we should be doing. It's kind of like exercise - its good for you, but dang it if it's not a pain in the butt.

The good news is I have this mountain of knowledge stuck in my head that I really enjoy talking to people about. Let's see if I can bring it out more often, shall we?

I guess I'll tell you a little bit about my background and what I enjoy doing. Picture it, Sicily, 1912...

Oh wait, wrong story.

Fast forward to the semi-modern-ish computer labs of 1997. Big, bulky CRT monitors. Loud keyboards. Two-button mice, with, get this: CORDS! *Collective gasp!*

Kind of like this. Oh the nostalgia...

So anyway, I was in this room minding my own business and all of a sudden, bright flashes of light appeared out of nowhere. No, I wasn't being abducted by aliens or having a stroke (I was 12 years old, after all). It was my classmate clicking between two super simple webpages really fast. Red, blue, red, blue, red, blue... These flashing lights caught my attention.

Link to other page
Click computer to start animation.

So being the naturally-curious individual that I am, I asked him what he was doing. Lo and behold, I was introduced to...

HTML

I remember thinking "Wow! You can build a website without the internet?!" Remember, this was in 1997 - most schools in the rural parts of Texas were lucky to even have a computer lab, much less access to the big, scary World Wide Web.

So anyway, back to my story. This classmate showed me the source code of his webpage. It was as if somebody opened up a can of alphabet soup, and poured it all over the keyboard.

A delicious, yet soggy mess.

I was instantly intrigued. It was chaotic and foreign, and yet somehow it worked. I just knew right then and there, the possibilities of this newfound discovery were endless.

I immediately went to the school library and checked out a book on HTML. It might as well have been written in Japanese since it made no sense to me, but my 12-year old mind, chock-full of hopes and dreams, was determined.

And the rest is history!

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