"To Surf or Not to Surf"

The day I found myself typing in those words
as a heading for my homepage, was the day that
I realized I was truly a computer nerd!

My fascination with the Internet began over five years ago, before the World Wide Web even existed! I found myself spending countless hours on the Internet communicating with people from around the world through e-mail and news groups. Although I met many interesting people, it wasn't until I discovered the Shakespearean community on the Internet that my Net life was complete.

I joined the SHAKSPER mailing list, and found myself in the company of scholars, teachers, actors, students, and fans of the Bard. Through this mailing list, I have learned more about Shakespeare and his works than I did during my five years of college (I must confess that this has nothing to do with the University of Idaho, and everything to do with the fact that I was more interested in acting than studying!).

Yet, that is not the high point of my on-line relationship with lovers of Shakespeare. During the summer of 1994, I had the honor of attending the National Endowment for the Humanities National Institute on Teaching Shakespeare with Shakespeare & Company. To stay in touch with all of the wonderful people I met that summer, I created a Shakespeare mailing list for Institute participants. Not only does this list allow us to continue our friendship, but we are also growing as professionals by sharing teaching ideas!

With all of my attention devoted to scholarship on the Web, I often find that I need to take a break. So, I have created a Star Trek page. The title of the page is The Undiscover'd Country, and it is devoted to Shakespeare as seen in the Star Trek universe. It's confirmed -- I am truly a computer nerd!

Page created February 8, 1996, as part of the 24 Hours in Cyberspace Project.
Photos by Neal Ulen, story and page design by Amy Ulen.