Dial-up days

For the longest time we only had the one computer. We kept it downstairs in the basement, on the finished side, on a medium brown wooden desk tucked around the corner from the staircase. It was a run-of-the-mill tower sitting under the desk, right on the beige and cream-colored linoleum floor. The CRT monitor would compete with stacks of papers and books and magazines for space on the desk.

It was the dial-up days. I remember getting booted off of AOL when my mom wanted to use the phone. I was an AIM lightweight, my buddy list consisted only of a few high school friends nerdy enough to spend sunny afternoons online.

One of the biggest influences on my digital demeanor was the microsite for the cult sci-fi movie, Donnie Darko.

The other was the microsite for the Gorillaz, their first album, I think.