since the talk has turned to art, I'd like to digress for a moment. I went to art school for a whole host of reasons to dull to discuss here. I got two degrees; the first was my BFA, the second was teaching myself the web. I did the latter for some very pragmatic reasons -- if you're going to say stupid things like "I want to be a studio artists" you should have something to fall back on -- and because computers and The Network looked like they had matured beyond the gee-whiz factor. Surely, I thought, there must be something more interesting "out here" than just crunching credit cards.