Please read this important notice before continuing.
Greetings, salutations, and welcome to my little bit of 1.0 in a 2.0 web world. It may seem regressive to have an old-fashioned personal homepage in these days of managed online social networking, but I like it. You can "pimp" your little Myspace all you want, but it's still going to be the online equivalent of a cubicle, devoid of any real individuality. Blogs are okay, but after a while, those important moments of breakthrough writing get lost among months and years of mundane musings over ordinary, everyday events. There are some things that 2.0 just can't improve upon.
I want to thank Sev for keeping this site running for over ten years. Through this site, and people that I met on this site so many years ago, I underwent a great deal of personal transformation and self-discovery (and rediscovery). I don't know where I would be today without the influence of past and present members of Byzantium.
2007 marks my thirteenth year on the internet. I remember the excitement that came from dialing into that brand new shell account for the first time, logging into IRC, and chatting with someone from Finland. Since then, I've been (briefly) to Finland - and also Lithuania, Latvia, Holland, Belgium, Ireland - and, of course, Canada and Mexico. I can say that, out of all those places, only one of them involved meeting someone that I did not meet online first. I can't say this strongly enough - explore the world outside of your own borders. You don't have to pull a six-figure salary to do it.
Perhaps the one thing I can credit the internet for the most is giving me the breadth of global insight that allowed me to maintain my sanity while America lost its collective fucking mind in the months and years following September 11th.
I plan to make this a place of personal discovery - both of myself for myself, and for those who might wish to learn a bit more about me. This is quite an undertaking, and starting over takes a little bit of time. I appreciate your patience. In the old days, we used to say a site was "under construction". I guess these days, I need to say that it's "in beta".