The feast is over and you should be full. The nature of the
human condition is such that tomorrow you will be back at the
table wanting another helping. A good cookbook should still have
something delicious to offer.
The large, yet select, group of URLs provided in this book resulted
from an extended period of Internet surfing. This surfing has
left me with two lingering feelings.
The first feeling is sheer awe at the ever-increasing amount of
information that is available. The Internet has already become
a great reference source for the average family. What is currently
lacking is a fast, cheap, and convenient delivery mechanism akin
to television. This will come through cable TV modems, blanket
satellite coverage, frame relay, or by some other yet unimaginable
medium. At that time we will see a quantum jump in usage, and
correspondingly, a quantum jump in the amount of information available
to the average family at home. Where the Internet differs from
television is that anyone is able to broadcast. I can't wait to
have such things as my son's little league game schedule and price
comparisons from the local supermarkets at my fingertips.
The second feeling is that the Internet is becoming more commercial
in orientation. Many more companies are advertising on the Internet
and making product literature available. As long as this remains
information on demand, I personally welcome these changes.
If these trends continue, it is not hard to image that future
generations will have a large part of human collective knowledge
at their fingertips.
It is my hope that, in a small way, this book and the associated
Web site will help you become an information provider and continue
to be a useful reference source for some time.
We have so much to offer each other, and with the Internet, there
is less excuse than ever before for not giving of ourselves.