Thursday, September 11, 1997.

This is where the intro should be.

I don’t really have an intro, although if you pressed me, I’d say this was it. I’m not sure what I should write for the intro. First I’ll have to decide what my site is, and whether I’ll continue doing it. And who will I tell about it? World-wide WWW distribution…

You can reach me by email (eventually) . Since this email address appears on the web, it gets spam- so it’s not my main address, and I don’t check it very often -- maybe once a week or so, so please be patient. If you don't hear back, the spam filter must have mistakenly caught your email, and a minor re-write should fix that issue.

The 1997 date is a bit of a ruse- it’s actually Winter 2008 now. The older date reflects some nostalgic reservations about personal domains vs. privacy. Most of this site is 10+ years old -- preceding and following paragraphs are all from 1997. When the site went online in 1996, having your own name as a domain was quite unusual- thus my reference to vanity on the home page.

This site is still experimental, so be careful. There is little in the way of navigational aid and nothing to be learned about good HTML. The main “Photos” section was retooled only slightly from its 1994 incarnation. Tacky -- early web-tacky. Speaking of 1994, check out this museum piece: a campaign web site I did for Mario Cuomo’s last NY gubernatorial run, complete with a quaint press release in which I proclaim the web to be “a new way of campaigning.” Some links aren’t functional anymore, but it’s a trip down (pre-Netscape) memory lane. There's also a quote of mine in the New York Times about the (first) Internet bubble.

Other” is pretty cryptic- but you can check out some odd stuff there, including some of my academic work from the University of Freiburg. If a psychoanalytic interpretation of “Death in Venice” - in German - sounds interesting, you’ll want to see this. At one point, my paper was Google’s #1 listing for “Der Tod in Venedig,” and if you add the German word for "psychoanalysis," it's still #1 -- of 30,000 hits. I can only attribute this to a failure of the German educational system. For pure, post-modern enjoyment, it’s hard to beat AltaVista’s computer-translated English version. Unfortunately AltaVista apparently gave up after translating only a small portion. But try it - it’s less canonical!  

And check out the “Save the Children” web site - a favorite project of mine. I served as the part-time producer from its inception in 1995 until 2000. I remember the first time I uploaded some of the children-to-sponsor photos. With all the hype and marketing-speak of our wonderful Online/New Media industry, it was almost shocking to be doing something that would actually help needy human beings. I mean, I enjoy extending brands through New Media as much as the next guy, but this was a revelation...  

The latest link of interest is the American Express CyberSurvey, a site I produced with my partners. It has 400 pages, over 4,500 links, and a fair number of Java applets used to create graphs. It was originally designed for installation on hard disks, and then re-tooled for public use on the web. To take advantage of the Java graphs, you’ll need a fast computer and a good Internet connection. PS - Oops- American Express has apparently taken this site down. Pity.

Coming soon: A QuickTime clip of my old feature film appearance as a street punk ruthlessly gunning down an opponent.


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