web autobiography off the top of my head.
it was love at first sight;
the one-and-only killer app
(still onto this day; editing is nice and all
but a dedicated word-processor
would work just about as well).
so i started making web pages within weeks
of seeing one for the first time. posted
within a few months. details are hazy.
i worked out of my office at dominican
at that time so shauna became something
of an internet widow. i did text-only for
a long time and would just as soon
still be at it if i had my way; graphics are hard
and wasteful of resources mostly though
i like movies about as well as the next guy
i guess. (but what i really *don’t* want
to do is direct…)
the “vlorbik” moniker came into effect
in this era; i was creating a new account
and all the obvious usernames…
othomas, thomaso, opthomas, blahblahblah…
were taken. somebody had passed this
alien-sounding handle onto me years before
but i’d left it unused until now.
glad i did it; egosurfing “owen thomas”
in the various search engines has always been
a sort of bittersweet experience but “vlorbik”
gets nothing but treasure (almost…).
i had already *been* something
of an e-mail junkie, by the way.
i’m exaggerating when i say one-and-only
killer app evidently. rambling at the typer
is a great way to catch oneself
in bigfat lies. if that’s your thing.
anyhow, i also got involved in a couple
usenet discussions (alt.zines and rec.arts.books).
when i knew how and had my own URL
i had links to my posts in those groups.
also to my comments in some math-ed
and i kind of resisted the whole “e-zine” version
of what became blogging. but blogs were great.
they’re about to be over now if they’re not already
unless i miss my guess though. so maybe that’s
about enough of that.