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In the springtime of 1996 I said:

As usual, I'm sitting here at the window of the People's Cafe, in the heart of the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco. It's a foggy, overcast day. The pouring rain is making small rivers along the curb and bringing out the deep green of the leaves of the trees that line Haight Street. Hot cider is at my side, steaming, cinnamon sticks floating. It's a good place to be contemplating the life of these web pages. When most pages are abandoned after a few weeks or months, three years seems an eternity. But a pleasant eternity. There's still much to be done, and I'll be doing it. You're invited to take the trip along with me.

Digital Jungle is my baby, but not my raison de etre. Just as life is more than computers, these web pages (over 40 megabytes worth) contain more than computers (though our silicon friends are well-represented here). I try to bring my social life and my computing life together, and these pages are the glue. But it's not a one-way road: I'm happy to hear from you. If you see mistakes or ommissions, please let me know. (There's an email link at the bottom of every page.)

Larry Wall, the creator of Perl, said "I want you to know that I create nice things like this because it pleases the Author of my story." Well, that's why I write these web pages. I hope they please you as well.


In the summer of 1998 I add:

The web pages have grown to over 120 megabytes worth, and I'm no longer a single guy sitting in a café in the Haight.

Now I'm a married guy living in a beautiful cottage in Corona Heights, a wooded hillside overlooking the Castro.

I still hope you enjoy the site, and that you'll provide feedback.


In the autumn of 1999 I add:

A son! A new domain,, to replace


me "My site introduction": Welcome. Setting the scene. Legal hand-waving. How to talk back. A note to modem users. A site outline to what you'll find here (give it a moment to load). :-) Funnies: Snorts. Guffaws. Giggles. Smiles. Chuckles. Belly-laughs. Geek and non-geek Humor from the net.
New! Hot off the Presses: Late-breaking news. What's new? Changes since you last visited. Things you'll hate yourself for missing. Welcome back. CU-SeeMe CU-SeeMe: Cornell University's videoconferencing software. My book, Internet TV with CU-SeeMe. The definitive CU-SeeMe web resources: introduction, lists of CU-SeeMe reflectors, Frequently Asked Questions, CU-SeeMe User's Guide.
PGP logo Pretty Good Privacy: Confidence in email. Sending information securely. Cypherpunks. Authentication. The black hats. Macintosh Macintosh: Notes of a Macintosh power user: known bugs and technical problems; making interlaced transparent graphical building blocks.
ECash Digital Cash: It's back! Visit the Digital Jungle EShop to spend your ECash. chip Science & Technology: "medical" resources; Mental Health; the world of ham radio.
The Earth Travel: San Francisco, my home. My trip to Eivissa and Gran Canaria. A wilderness medical kit. me Me: All about "me". What I do for fun and profit. My consulting company, Digital Jungle: Home. Also: emergency medicine, Search and Rescue, and "earthquake response". My Adventures in Boston.
ZLDF ZLDF: Phil is phree! The US government ends its three-year persecution of Philip Zimmermann. We celebrate at a San Francisco sushiya. Dali's POV Art & Culture: My visits to Burning Man. My Bookshelf. Deaf Culture and American Sign Language. "Netiquette", the glue that binds us our digital tribe.
Blue ribbon Cyber-Rights Now!: President Clinton's assault on the First Amendment is a grave threat. Become informed about important "causes". Look for the blue ribbon or the fist clutching lightening-bolts. Awards Awards: These pages have received a wee bit of "recognition". Like pennies from heaven, kudos are both unexpected and appreciated.

Have you found errors nontrivial or marginal, factual, analytical and illogical, arithmetical, temporal, or even typographical? Please let me know; drop me email. Thanks!

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