Saturday January 24, 2004

Surf Sense

[ Today's meme is coutresy of Saturday Senses ]
[sight]:: What is the most visually stunning website you know?

[taste]:: Can you order any kind of food through the web from where you live? Have you ever ordered?

[smell]:: With the digital scent technology developing, what would you like to smell over the internet and how do you think this will affect how we interact with the web?

[touch]:: How fast do you type and what kind of mouse do you use?

[hearing]:: Have you ever paid for downloading music from the internet? Do you usually hear music while you surf the net? What kind? Streaming or local?

[sight]:: What is the most visually stunning website you know?
I'm certainly stunned by the ones that use lime or red letters on a yellow or black background, but I don't think that's what you had in mind :-) I presume by "visually stunning" you mean "drop dead gorgeous graphically"? Gosh. Probably one of the photo sites. My preference is usually for clean and navigable.

[taste]:: Can you order any kind of food through the web from where you live? Have you ever ordered?
Can't everybody? Let's see. I've ordered chocolate mint lentils (candy) from Sugar Plum Chocolates, Perugina Caffe hard candies (yummm) DItalia Foods, teas from Stash Tea, Clodhoppers from Krave's, Lebanon bologna and scrapple from Seltzer's Meats, and (most recently) Cinnamon Nutrageous granola from Castus Low Carb Superstore.

I could order Penn State University Creamery ice cream (yuuummm) but so far it's seemed prohibitively expensive. Maybe if I win the sweepstakes.

[smell]:: With the digital scent technology developing, what would you like to smell over the internet and how do you think this will affect how we interact with the web?
Great Zot! Why would I want such a thing?!

[touch]:: How fast do you type and what kind of mouse do you use?
Pretty fast and fairly accurately. When I'm writing an article, I do about 1000-1200 words an hour. I'm not a touch typist but I use both hands (and 6 fingers) and I can keep up with my thoughts. I can't quite keep up with someone dictating at a talking rate.

I use a Kensington Turbomouse, the latest in a long line of Kensington Turbomice. I got "mouse wrist" (inflamation of the gangial, rather than the carpel, tunnel) from using a regular mouse, somewhere around 1990/91. At that time, the department where I worked was testing a dozen different trackballs with the OS we were building. I borrowed them all, tried them all, and hated most of them. I loved the Kensington. It's all I've used since; if I get a new job or contract, I ask them to buy me a Turbomouse. It's a small investment to pay to avoid skyrocketing medical bills and disability costs ;-)

[hearing]:: Have you ever paid for downloading music from the internet? Do you usually hear music while you surf the net? What kind? Streaming or local?
I found a box of 45rpm records the other day; 78 (ironic number, that) records dating from the early 70's to the mid-80's. I looked through them, then sent all but one to classic45s.com.

Going through the 45s convinced me to go out looking for some music on the net and I bought a couple of singles at the iTunes Music store. I was still missing a couple of singles, so I did a web search and found http://www.free-music.com and Limewire. Wow. Now I have more of the singles I loved and I don't have to worry about scratches.

I don't usually listen to music when I surf, but many sites play it when I arrive. I'm sorry to say that this is when the "mute" key on my keyboard comes in very handy.

Surf Sense ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Sat, 24 Jan, 00:15 Pacific | «e»