Have you ever gotten lost in the Internet?
I know that sounds like a weird question, but stick with me here.
Have you ever been researching something on the internet and suddenly you find yourself so deep in links with so many tabs open that you begin stumbling upon some really bizarre shit?
That happened to me while researching my latest post over at Pittsburgh Magazine. I got the brizzilliant idea to hunt down as many lists that Pittsburgh made as I could. We’re most livable; what ELSE are we?, I innocently asked myself.
I started with a simple Google search of “best cities Pittsburgh” and stumbled upon some great lists about things like recycling and college graduates and the economy. I got craftier as things slowed down. “worst cities for” ” Pittsburgh ranked” “Pittsburgh makes list.”
Sometimes links would take me to other links which would take me even further to other links and so on, and eventually, in order to get back to my first link, I’m hitting the back arrow a million times and then DAMN! Dead end. How did I get here again? Is that a picture of a rhino playing Connect 4 with a monkey? Crap. Let’s try this way. Hell. How did I land on a Robert Freaking SPARKLE SPARKLE SPARKLE Pattinson (Patterson? Peterson? Pattinkinswooninson?) fan-site full of blinged out pictures? GET ME OUT OF HERE!
I spent hours and hours researching lists, and I found lots of lists that Pittsburgh made. You’ll notice in my list that Pittsburgh is listed as the 8th best recycling city. I also found a list that had Pittsburgh as number one in recycling, but I accidentally clicked away from it, took a wrong turn, wound up deep in the bowels of Forbes.com, got disoriented and gave up. We’re number eight.
You’ll also notice I never found a list of cities with the most pigeons. That’s because by the time I decided to search for that, I was cross-eyed and scared to click too many hyperlinks for fear I would accidentally open the portal to hell.
The Internet is a scary place, friends.
Long story short. I have a new post up at the magazine. [grin]