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Email Like This Makes Me Forget About the Pile of Spam

From the inbox, a reference to our Writing HTML tutorial which is still active after being on the web for 11 years (and sadly in need of a re-write).

Hello, Alan,

I haven’t bent your ear for awhile. I check the links on the “Volcano” pages occasionally, and it appears that the “Pliny the Elder” link on the first page (following the initial splash intro) is now a broken link. I’m sure, if it is, that you will be able to find a suitable replacement. I continue to be amazed at what can be found on the internet.

I started your tutorial in 1972 (I’m listed by you in your “Version History”) I now am 75, and still enjoy creating web pages. Mostly, now, I make little one-pagers to send as e-mails. I still have to refer back to the tutorial a lot, and am grateful for it””and grateful to you for creating it. It stimulates me!

I finally broke down and got my own domain. Stay cool, my friend, in every sense of the word.

The “Volcano” page is what people create sequentially through the 30 some lessons. One the seqment for embedding audio, I orignally had a link included to an information page about Pliny the Elder (who witnessed the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD) to http://magic.geol.ucsb.edu/~fisher/pliny.htm which is no longer active. That page belonged to RV Fisher (a wonderful geologist and human being from UC Santa Bardara I got to know in the 1980s on a field trip to Mt St Helens– RV passed away a few years ago) and has been replaced in most places by a newer link.

But the fact that a 75 year old man in Oklahoma is getting energized by some web tutorial we created in the 1990s and is actively creating new stuff– well that may brighten my inbox for a week.

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at CogDogBlog.com on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person.