Al's CyberCenter

A virtual place to share my interests.

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Musing #1

03/25/2023

I've been working on this website for 3 days now, and it's been such a fun experience! I love feeling completely absorbed into a creative project like this. In 2020 I signed myself up for Codecademy's HTML/CSS/JavaScript class and completed the pro version in less than 6 months during the pandemic.

In the last few years I've messed around with web design/programming off and on, but lately I've made a concious effort to improve my skills. This fall I'll be going back to college to pursue a bachelor's in Computer Science and Cybersecurity.

Like many of you who will stumble upon my humble webpage, the Internet has been an everlasting influence throughout my life. I have fond memories of playing Spongebob Squarepants Typing in elementary school, or playing Halo 3 online with my friends while we watched early YouTube videos.

As a 26 year old, my childhood existed right at the "downfall" of the Internet, where giant megacorporations built stale, industrialized sites riddled with ads and drowned out the Wild West Web. I, like many of you reading this, long for an Internet that is controlled by normal every-day people like us.

Nerds, artists, freaks, farmers, jocks, basically anyone you'd see at your local grocery store. Those are the people I want to see when I surf the web.

I grew up in a rural area. I have my group of close friends who I deeply cherish, but it's a struggle to connect with other people who share my niche interests. Online forums and weird, off-the-beaten-path webpages have always been around to cater to my natural curiosities, and for that I am forever grateful.

The Internet is a resource we should tend to like a beautiful garden, not some rusty virtual billboard on the side of the road.