To convince you that web development and web design are the coolest careers a person can ever pursue, I have created a small application that resembles a command line terminal. This web application will give you a taste of the cool things you can achieve by learning web development. (Full list of commands is available here: http://www.codepunker.com/terminal/man) By playing with it, you will also learn the basics of command line interfaces. HOPEFULLY this way you will develop a passion for web development.
The Codepunker will also help you learn the basics of various web technologies through simple tutorials, code samples and hand picked web development books.