If you’re wondering why Web standards have anything to do with business, just look around at the myriad companies who now face the prospect of upgrading all their systems to connect to the web. Not keeping up with Web standards will soon cost these companies millions as they either close down business, or spend the money to make their systems talk to computers online in a fashion that is understandable and accepted by other systems.
It's a funny thing that happens when you start writing things down. Some years ago, maybe more than 7 or 8 years now, I planned a hiking/camping trip to the Grand Canyon with my best friend. Though the trip was harrowing, we were glad we did it, and I don't know about him, but I learned a lot about myself because of it. Soon afterward, I wrote on a previous web site of mine that I would visit every single National Park there was, and later on, I added photographing the parks to that inital quest. Thanks to my wife, I'm getting steadily along toward reaching that goal.
Almost everyday on my commute from Forest Hills to NYC, I grab the free Metro paper that's handed out at various locations throughout the City. I'm really drawn to this paper, and no wonder, I'm the perfect demographic for it. Apparently it was launched some years ago with the goal of providing news to the younger generation of non-newspaper-reading public. It's basically a newspaper for people who don't like reading newspapers. That's me.
Everyday I get my national and city news during my 40-60 minute commute, in a non-violent format. In other words, I don't see too many gratuitous stories about rapes, deaths, bludgeoning, or other similar happenings. Instead most of it is intellectual, worldly, Gen-X/Y directed material with a Democratic bias: the presidential race, Iraq, global warming, etc. Today, June 21, 2007, there was a story about "Gay Bombs and Microwaved Foes ," shedding light on the Sunshine Project, a weapons-watchdog organization, which talked about non-lethal weapons.