I grew up in Queens, NY, and first experienced the joys of self-publishing in close proximity to a hand-cranked mimeograph machine. Spent my 20s as a theater and movie critic, first for the Boston Phoenix, then the SF Examiner. Fell under the spell of the Bay Area's techno-culture just in time to experience the joys of self-publishing on the Web in its earliest days. Helped found Salon.com in 1995, edited its technology coverage through 1999, then became managing editor. Took a leave from Nov 2004 to Dec. 2005 to write DREAMING IN CODE.