A story in the 22 July 2001 issue really captured my interest — it amazes me how people will adapt to their technology, rather than make their technology adapt to them.
or, Ponderings on the New Millennium
“I would like to take you seriously, but to do so would affront your intelligence.” –William F. Buckley, conservative newspaper columnist.
It all started as a bit of musing in my author’s note in the first issue of the year 2000. Then, the more comments from readers I published, the more they streamed in. Let’s recap. In the issue published 7 January 2000, I pondered:
April Fools — with emphasis on the fools!
There has been a disturbing increase in theft online lately, of True and other material.
I was apparently the first “Guest Columnist” on the interesting web-site-quality-really-needs-improvement site, “Fork in the Head” (“Because flawed web sites deserve a fork in the head”), which offers lessons in improvement called, yep, “Fork University”. I (let’s hope) supplied some words of wisdom about appealing to a wide audience.
I was chuffed (as one of my Australian subscribers would put it) this weekend to meet another early online publisher, Cathie Walker, formerly the Head Honcho of the Centre for the Easily Amused web site (later SillyBuddies.com), who was in Denver briefly on business from her home in Canada.
I was quite honored last week to get a copy of the new Breast Cancer Resource Guide of Massachusetts, which lists This is True as a leading Humor Resource for victims of breast cancer. They sent it to me for a very special reason.
This is Not an Emergency: I’ve had quite a few hysterical people send me an ‘urgent’ notice that “we” “must” flood the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in order to make it known that we Do Not Want to allow the telephone companies to be able to charge by the minute for Internet access.
My business plan for True predicted I’d be able to quit my Day Job two years after launch and work online full time.