Sunday, April 8, 2012

Love the Internet, I'm Just Say'n

I don't even know where to begin about how much I appreciate having the Internet as a source for information and a vehicle for communication.  I love reading the blogs of folks like me, who are trying something new and sharing their experiences.  I also love finding free plans and little gems of information like how to build barns and hay sheds, or simple windmills and water pumps. Then there are the chat rooms where you can ask questions and a total stranger will offer their advice, much of which is very good!

I don't think moving out to the hinterlands would be nearly as fun or inviting if I did not know that the Internet would be going with me.  Sort of an electronic umbilical cord to what I have come to view as the best of civilization.  Oh, yes, there is a lot of junk on the Internet as well.  Forgotten bits of information, misinformation, and lone tirades of angry people.  There is also electronic illness and disease in the forms of worms and viruses, because there are always ill people that cannot resist inflicting chaos and confusion on others.  However, unlike the world that is largely in the news, dramatized in sitcoms, or put into feature length film, I find the world of the Internet is largely full of good people doing interesting things.   It is sad we are all so busy trying to make ends meet that we don't get to experience more of people's lives directly, but I think the Internet evens the field a little, and brings more of us together in constructive ways than any other medium I have experienced.

One of the best sources of information I have found on the Internet are University websites.  For instance, I was looking for building plans for a simple hay shed, and eventually came upon a site hosted by the University of Tennessee Agricultural College that has a bunch of plans for everything from chicken houses, barns and fencing to hay and equipment sheds.  All accessible for FREE.  Life is good, and so is the Internet!

For those of you who have not looked at my right-hand blog column recently, you will see a series of websites, blogs and books that I highly recommend.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.