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Tim Berners-Lee

Hands up if you know of whom this is a photograph. (If you do know, well done … you geek!)

It was thanks to this fine English gentleman, Sir Tim Berners-Lee (TBL) that I was able to ask you if you knew who he was. You see, in 1989 while I was happily preparing to move to St Andrews to study Divinity TBL was busying himself in a lab at CERN in Switzerland inventing the World Wide Web. Not the Internet, the military and academic communities had done quite a good job at that already, but the World Wide Web — a globally available information space made available via the Internet that could be written to and read from where each item of information could be referenced by a Uniform Resource Identifier (URI). What genius!

Yesterday’s post on TBL’s blog was entitled Blogging is great. And I suppose if you think that blogging is great then the most logical place to announce this is on your blog. Makes sense, really. And you know, I have to agree really. Blogging is great.

Blogs I’m particularly enjoying just now include:

  • Bishop Martin Shaw – Bishop of Argyll & The Isles.
  • Lorna Brown – a lovely and talented illustrator based in London. I had a curry with her once.
  • Dark Side of the Moon Chaplaincy – Simon Steven is chaplain at the University of Southampton (where, incidentally, Tim Berners-Lee currently holds a Chair of Computer Science in the School of Electronics and Computer Science.
  • New York Hack – blog of New York yellow cab driver Melissa Plaut (fairly quiet at the moment as she’s writing a book).
  • Steve Lawson – possibly one of the loveliest people on the face of the planet… called Steve … who plays a bass .. and who often has very few friends on stage with him.
  • Jonny Baker – forward-thinker about emerging church in the UK (and I used to play bass guitar in a worship band with him in London).
  • Limping Towards The Sunrise – The Revd Dr David Campbell is a fine gentleman with a beautiful writing style, wit and … (I’ll come back to this, there must be at least one other adjective to describe the chap. Think Gareth, think!)

If you get the chance to read Sir Tim’s book Weaving the Web: The Past, Present and Future of the World Wide Web by its Inventor then do, it is a fascinating read. It is a very easy book to read, which is not filled with technical gobble-dee-gook and isn’t at all geeky.

Alright, maybe it’s a little geeky, but when was that ever a bad thing?!

So bloggers, keep up the good work. Bloglings, keep reading and posting your comments, observations and thoughts. And if you’ve considered starting your own blog then why not do it right now? I suggest using either WordPress.com or Blogger. It’s quick and easy to do and you’ll be contributing to the collective online wisdom in no time.

Random Name Generator

Book with blank pages lying open.

If I ever decide to write a novel (stranger things have happened!) I’ve found the perfect Random Name Generator™: SPAM! By which I mean unsolicited e-mail rather than the tins of spiced pork and ham.

Here are the marvellous names of people who today have supposedly e-mailed me personally to inform me about how I can earn a $1000 bonus, buy all the medications that I could possibly want — including viagra (or as they prefer to spell it: \/[email protected]), solve all my health worries in one fell swoop, and inform me about possible security violations on my accounts with the Fifth Third Bank, Athens Financial Group and Alliance & Leicester. (I also got an email with the subject “disease fibreglass” — eh?!)

  • Trenton Bartlett
  • Vernon Brandon
  • Gusto Conrad
  • Latoya Franks
  • Alisha Gomez
  • Monroe Hoskins
  • Dominga Lounsbury
  • Austin Mertens
  • Jewel Pacheco
  • Guadalupe Rupprecht
  • Sara Schaffer
  • Aldo Templeton (isn’t that just a merger between two supermarket chains? One from the 90s, one from the 70s)
  • Marivel Tracie
  • Nash Wess

My favourite is Trenton Bartlett. Wasn’t he in The Great Escape?

(There was actually another one that I quite liked, but I then realised that it was a real e-mail to me from someone enquiring about his Psion!)