The other day, I read links.net for the first time in a long time. Justin's Links.net is probably the first online journal that I ever read... and still one of the best, largely based on the voluminous journal archives. It probably had a lot to do with inspiring me to create my first website, actually. Now I am at the point where all I do is develop content for the web... and I feel a lot better for the journey it took to get here. (Beats the crap out of doing tech support... and it pays better too!)
I was frustrated to read Justin's current take on the Internet, however. Here is a person who toured the country, teaching the poor and disadvantaged about the Internet... creating content voraciously. Lately, his posts have been less frequent, less adventurous... he has a high-tech job, a girlfriend (who moved out) and spends all of his time working in an office somewhere not too far away from me... I can tell he is not entirely happy with his lot in life and obviously wants to do more with his skills, but he is stuck in the same trap as me. We're both waiting for the big payoff, which will enable our freedom to pursue more noble interests. While it would be great if Justin got the big payoff, I half hope for his sake that his pre-IPO goes bust... it might be the kind of impetus that would reignite his life.
I never thought I could be more idealistic than Justin, but he appears to have become more cynical, while I have been in the process of emerging from my shell. I think I may have passed him up somehow/ in some way...
Shame, isn't it?
On a positive note, Fray, an independent hub for sharing stories about life for four years now (that's 72 in 'net years!) is celebrating their anniversary with Fray Day 4 this Friday night in both S.F. and in Michigan... Often, the phrase "Open Mic" is a potentially scary and pretentious thing... but this is one time I think I will make an exception. Maybe I should get a room up in S.F. for the weekend, actually, because I want to go to Flirt on Saturday, too... and then, of course, there is the Renaissance Pleasure Faire which we are supposed to go to. Hm... Anyone know any nice yet affordable hotels in S.F.?