i used to post a lot in the usenet group rec.music.christian back in the day. sometimes it's funny to go back through some of the stuff i wrote. on occasion i was pretty funny, if i do say so myself. (i guess it's a good sign i like my sense of humour.) while i also wrote a whole bunch of reasoned arguments, and got into some hellaciously long-winded (and mostly fruitless) exchanges, some of my favorite stuff was the satire and sarcasm created by the persona of "reverend zechariah phool" i developed over the years.
here's the first instance of my using the good reverend (linked from google groups):
rec.music.christian (feb 22 1994)
anyway, i decided to try and find the first time i ever mentioned creating a web site. and now...*drumroll*...here's the reference from google groups:
this set of pages, preserved pretty much as it was back when i wrote that message, is now available here: http://www.failure.net/tol
and just for the record, here's the very first recorded post i ever made on usenet that's archived in google groups:
...which was actually me arguing for the creation of the rec.music.christian newsgroup. (before this, i'd been using listserv mailing lists.)
and here's my first ever post to rec.music.christian:
some of my statements and opinions made over the years in r.m.c make me cringe these days, but there is a lot of stuff in there i still agree with and/or find funny.