Howdy! It's a long way from my first glimpse of the Web in the spring of '94 (when it was still a list of text-mostly sites at CERN) to here, my own actual home page! If there's anything the Nineties can feel proud of, it's the creation of this amazing tool for self-expression.
As you may have noticed, this is isn't quite as visually impressive as Rebecca's page. There are several reasons for this-she beats the pants off me when it comes to HTML, and it's going to be her future career, so her home page must demonstrate her talents. I, on the other hand, am a librarian, and so will content myself with organizing this by the good ol' Dewey Decimal System, still the world's most widely used classification system.
One night (well, morning, actually) in the spring of '96, I was writing my term paper for my Organization of Knowledge in Libraries class (read: Cataloging 101). Grappling with the problems of the Library of Congress Subject Headings for Chinese history, I was struck by a blazing library science revelation. That revelation became the Twiddy Library Stratification System, revealed here for the first time to the general public.
and some people with who I disagree most strenuously:
The United Methodist Bulletin Board A gathering place for passionate people of all types. I don't agree with all the posters, but I feel that one of the UMC's strengths is that we have members ranging from near-Unitarian to near-KJV Free Will Baptist, all sharing their views and working to give food to the hungry, drink to the thirsty, hospitality to the stranger, clothes to the naked, care to the sick and visits to the imprisoned (ref Matthew 25:34-40). Unfortunately, it's not entirely clear if it will remain that way.
The Christian ThinkTank Not a think tank in the same sense as the Rand Corporation, but rather one person looking at Christianity from a philosophical point of view. This belongs as much in the 100s as in the 200s. An excellent, thought-provoking site.
Two views I disagree with:
For Lent of 1998, I transcribed the Book of Jonah. I used the Good News Bible translation. It's got some problems, but I like it. Jonah is my favorite prophet; I have also felt like running away from the Lord when He called me to act. But God pulls us back-sometimes through fish, sometimes through less zoological means.
A message as we leave the 200s: "I am the Lord, and I do not change. And so you, the descendants of Jacob, are not yet *completely* lost." (Malachi 3:6)
I don't have any social science links, but I do have a social life (well, kinda). So here are links to people I know:
Dave Kosak, my junior year roommate, now writes under the nom de plume Fargo for PlanetQuake
Not so much a home page as a tribute site to Leah Cole This page has been up since 1994, an amazing length of time for the Web.
Josh Atkins lived with Bec and I in the Allegheny College Writer's House our senior year. His site includes the Freak Home Page, a guide to the culture we and several others established in our years at alleg.edu.
Unfortunately, the nature of Daria fandom is such that the webmasters of the original three major Daria fan sites have quit from disgust, fatigue or both. A good site that absorbed some of the material from Planet Daria and alt.lawndale.com is Outpost Daria.
For my 1998 Electric Christmas Card, I took the heartwarming children's classic "A Charlie Brown Christmas," and recast it using characters from my favorite modern cartoons. "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and the look and feel thereof is the property of Peanuts' creator Charles Schulz and his syndicate and is used only for the purposes of parody. Daria, Zorak, Eric Cartman, Cthulhu, Crow T. Robot, Butthead, Ren, Stimpy, Lisa Simpson, Jem, Optimus Prime, Torg, Princess Leia, Quickdraw McGraw, Mercedes, McDonalds, "In the Hall of the Mountain King", Manimal, The A-Team, Family Ties, Miami Vice, "Groove Is In the Heart" and the Jeffersons are all the copyrighted property of various people, institutions and entities. You know who you are. All are used solely for the purposes of parody.
I was kinda messed up, back in the fall of '95. Graduating from college, a summer of unemployment, and a new job as a coffee jerk will do that to a person. This very short story, inspired by various habits of Sarah McHattie's cat Nina, demonstrates where my head was at.
"Whoever is ignorant of what happened before they were born remains always a child"-Marcus Aurelius.
History, to me, is the soul and heart of humanity, the sum total of the human experience on this earth. As individuals, we understand life through our memories, but our memories are limited. History is the memories of all of us, and can lead us to understanding of ourselves as nations and as a species.
Again, I'll get some links up here eventually.