I launched Jacked-in, in 1998. I took a few free html classes at my university taught by a volunteer grad student. The URL of his personal site was his name, so that was my inspiration for the eponymous domain name.
The name of the site, Jacked-in, comes from several sources, including William Gibson’s great novel Neuromancer, the great Sonic Youth song, Hey Joni, and from my own feelings.
In the beginning, I hand coded the site in a basic text editor. The site has gone through many iterations since then using various apps (Microsoft FrontPage, Rapidweaver). Currently, Jacked-in is powered by WordPress.
I started the site with grand ambitions, but it has ever remained mostly a personal site chronicling my travels and life in Asia, my writing, my photography and my other hobbies in widely varying degrees of detail according to how inspired I was to put up content in that particular time.
The photograph of me on the right was taken at Angkor Wat, Cambodia in August 2001 and is my favorite photo of myself. It was the greatest trip I ever took (and ever will take) in my life. I have never felt Truth more than when I was traveling in southeast Asia, and I never feel Truer than when I am exploring in my true uniform, as I am in the above photograph. I still wear those pants weekly to this day, some 7 years later.
“In this burned out town, can you still jack-in, and know what to do?” – Sonic Youth