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Intriguing Irrelevancies

As well as linking us to sites we need, the Internet connects us to lots of other interesting sites full of fascinating information.

The Internet links us all to a vast array of information-sometimes more than we expect, and to sources we didn’t know even existed. When searching for ‘online dictionary’ I pulled up a variety of ‘ordinary’ dictionaries, and such sites as etymology dictionary (www.etymonline.com). Adding ‘desert’ to my search query pulled up sites as diverse as:
Dream Dictionary (http://www.soulfuture.com/dream_dictionary/dream_dictionary_main.asp)
and The Astrodigital Online Dictionary of Meteoritics (http://www.astrodigital.org/astronomy/metdict.html)

Like a lot of people I sometimes get diverted from what I’m doing by this kind of interesting link appearing in front of me, of which is entirely irrelevant to what I’m doing. In this case, I looked up a definition of the word ‘desert’ which I subsequently found, but in the end didn’t end up using. My search had nothing to do with meteors called ‘fireballs’ which are much brighter than normal meteors because they are roughly the size of peas, some even the size of a grain of sand. I love discovering this kind of trivia. Thankfully, using the Internet makes researching much faster so I can spare a few minutes to connect with interesting web sites, and still learn what seeing a desert means in a dream, before getting back to connecting with the facts I need to know today. You know the next time I see a very bright meteor, I may remember it is a ‘fireball’Free Articles, and why it is so bright.

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By Allan T. Price
http:// www.m6.net
Allan T. Price is a creative writer who gets distracted by interesting links much more often than he sees shooting stars. This is probably because he spends so much time looking at computer screens, and so little time looking into outer space.

Allan T. Price is a creative writer working at M6.Net: ‘The web-hosting company for humans.’ M6.Net is working hard to help humanity experience the power and freedom to develop their own part of the Internet, to share their information, and connect with anyone, anywhere, anytime.



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