Where ever I lay my URL

by Ben Hammersley

Sudden moments of realisation are what many of us live for. Give me a fizzle of my frontal lobe every few hours, and I'll be yours forever: ideas, inspiration, moments of flow, of poetry, of elegance, whether in our work or in our play, are what gives many people a reason to live.

(It may actually be, and I digress at this point, the reason that many of us congregate here: the thrill of a elegantly rendered hack is so much more potent than simple bread and circuses. This is your brain on drugs, this is *mine* on Knuth)

So, anyway, you find me on the come-down of a idea-hit. My wife and I have decided to emigrate. Ok, so that might seem a little inwardly thrilling (I mean you're thinking, well done Ben, but why should I care, right?), but bear with me.

You see, I just realised that no one - at least no one who pays me a wage - has any real idea where I am. I've never met my editor here at O'Reilly, Simon St Laurent, but given that I'm English he could possibly guess to within a few hundred miles, and my boss at The Guardian could perhaps narrow it down to within 10, but at the end of the day, my address is my URL, my email and my Instant Messenger accounts. Add in a mobile phone, and I've worked seamlessly from Tehran to Rangoon with no one noticing.

So, we're off - we finally decided today - and we're moving to Florence, Italy. For the price of living in London, we can double the size of our appartment, and get a balcony over looking the same view as this live cam, and as long as I've got bandwidth - no one would ever know the difference.

Don't get me wrong, this is not some smugness in the making. This whole idea fascinates me - perhaps, for the first time, after years of prophecy, we can now truly declare the death of distance.

Is this madness, or can one really work from anywhere with a dial tone?


2002-06-21 17:06:26
You suck!
I mean ... er ... congratulations. Florence, huh. You're a poster child for the 21st century man: wired and transnational. I salute you over my wireless broadband connection, under a shady sycamore tree, somewhere in Sonoma County.
2002-06-23 10:44:59
Glad to see you're well again, Dave. :-)
2002-06-24 09:42:59
Glad you took it in the right spirit. Sometimes American humor translates poorly, especially the rougher kind when it reaches British ears.

In all seriousness, I wish you the best look and will be watching. Every person who pulls something like this off is a shining example for all the other folks who are contemplating it.

- Dave

2003-05-10 12:06:13
I like your site-It's differant---I would like you and your guess to read my site--Just go to any search-Type in Helen Dagner...and the story will be there.Best regards Helen...
2003-05-10 12:07:23
I like your site-It's differant---I would like you and your guess to read my site--Just go to any search-Type in Helen Dagner...and the story will be there.Best regards Helen...
2003-07-28 18:04:51
Hi,It's me Helen Dagner--I just want to thank everyone of this sites readers--I love the e-mails -I have received from all of you--Your Interest In The Oakland County Child Killer,Is overwhelming...And when you hit any of my sites--It helps me to know...I'm not wasting my time..Many of you have commented on why I believe John Is the KILLER...And many have asked what I will think...If someone else is arressted---Dick,I would then think --John is the most gifted Psychic,The world has ever seeen!!!He has just told me to many facts that match the CrimeScene--300-plus...and then he drew me the maps,of the body drop off sites...all were In view of Police stations...no one even connected that clue...until John told me....
2003-08-01 10:24:05
It's Helen Dagner ...again---You allready know--I love this site!!I just had to share this with you..The Red Planet is about to be spectacular,,this mo.& next---Earth is catching up with Mars in an encounter that will culminate in the closest approach between the two planets in record history...the next time will be 2287..and it could be 60,000 years--On AUG.27-look next to the moon at 12:30am--thats pretty convenient ..to see something NO human being has ever seen...so mark your calendar..and let your children & grand-children stay up....
2003-08-06 15:08:37
Hey It's not anonymous---It's me...Helen Dagner...Well it's been 7 mo's-and the State Police...said they were taking a new look see at The Oakland County Child Killer Case...But I don't believe...they have done anything...just all media spin---So I wanted everyone to know,That Detectives in Michigan--really do work on cold cases--The 1968 grisly unsolved mass murder of 6 members of one family...Is being revived,by Emmet County Detectives....Yep it is my daughter Bobras case--she began to pore through -hundreds of documents,as well as other evidence and investigative reports--You can read the storys and see photos of the family...by going to this http://www.unsolvedhomicide.com/
2003-08-07 18:10:32
Oakland County Cyber Mail Bag.....
Hi,Thanks for the questions....No the children were not bathed In plain Phisohex...actually-it was dish washing detergent that had ...Phisohex in it-John had stolen it from Biff's when he worked there---Yes John kept the children-4 to 19 days before the murders...he kept the children in one of two houses his father owned side by side in Oakland County---Things I remember about John -that I thought were very strange...there was his banana eating binges...once a mo.-that lasted 3 or 4 day periods..-.almost like it was timed to a womens menstural cycleI also think about the times -he stooped down to tie his daughters shoes-he would go into the same type of trance...that he did when it started to snow...when he was reliving the body dump sites....
2003-08-13 02:35:22
It's All About You...Child Killer....
...Jan remembers watching the news and reading in the newspaper the unfolding events in the Oakland County Child Killer Case back in the 1970's...she has always wanted to see the case solved and felt disappointed when the exhumed body of the Cop's *1 suspect wasn't a DNA match...Read more...http://books.dreambook.com/jtoddmatthews/oakland.html
2003-08-13 19:03:14
It's All About You-Oakland County Child Killer
Chase writes...I was born in 1977...my brother was six years older,his Mom was terrified..she kept us close to her and never let us be on our own,,,,,,,during the time of the OCCK...she is still upset that no one ever solved this case....we are interested in finding out who did this...Just go to Google...or stop back at this site...and will keep you up to date...
2003-08-17 18:21:35
It's All About You-Oakland County Child Killer
2003-08-24 18:49:16
Was Succinylcholine--The drug -?
Sorry everyone,but I can-not answer your E-mail...as I'm up In Michigan...and can-not even get them In on the PC...as I have AOL-and It SUCKs...but then you all know that-Right?--I did rec. a post just before I left --from Jim...and he said he read on one of my sites,about my having found a bottle of this in Johns Apt...and also he read were John had worked at a animal shelter for a short time...well this is what Jim stated.I want to know was Succinylcholine the drug used In the Oakland County Child Killings?..as I remeber that shelters used that drug to destory animals and someone working in Animal Controle would fit the profile...as he would be familiar with all the roads In the county-due to picking up strays and dead animals also the victims were all given a good last meal...something dog pound workers sometimes do before the animals have to be put to sleep....
2003-08-26 06:55:23
Don't forget--you have to stay up untill-mid-nite,so you can look at the moon at 12:30--and you should see MARS-at the closes it has ever been to Earth----you will not be able to do this again in your life time---so just do it!!!!
2003-08-28 12:45:00
BGR'S--Bogeyman....Oakland County Child Killer
This Is a must read -Post...It tells you how feelings...still are-27 years after the four Mi.Childeren were murderd---Just go to Google--type In helen Dagner or Oakland Coumty Child Killer---click on the dream book...and the story will be there....and Post If you want...
2003-08-30 20:24:20
Oakland County Officials Reaction-Shocking....
...It Is TRUE-The REACTION of Oakland County Officials is even more shocking...then my tip about John and the 300 -plus matches to the murders of these four children.Oakland County Officials have been able to effectively kill any media inquiries generated in the hopes to spark movement on the OCCK murders...for now---altho..this would not be the first time a jurisdiction has let murderers go unpunished...you can-not imagine a GOOD TIP would go unchecked...Todd and I have tried desperately to pass along this information...we both do indeed realize --even more now..than ever..that this is a Serialkiller that Oakland County Officials,would like to forget...but it simply can-not be...as Todd and I...are not going to let them...Oakland County prosecutors It would seem have lost their appetite for this matter---you can help them to -re-think...If you have a minute,please add your story-or view to the DREAMBOOK...you don't have to sign your name...we just want to hear from you.....
2003-09-04 14:51:10
Write Your U.S.Senator?-If It's Levin-Forget !!
Want to write your representative in Lansing or Washington,D.C.-and not quite sure where to send the letter---If It's to a Michigan official...and you want to talk about--The Oakland County Child Killer...File 13-or the North Pole,will give the same results---Imagine a U.S. Senator,who get's three pc.of mail...about a Serialkiller...and doesn't have someone in his office-answer the mail.Both Todd and I have sent Michigan U.S.Senator Carl Levin our concerns about the Oakland County Child Killer...you can read the letters on the 1976-77 Oakland County Child Slaying -site--8000,people already have...I was so sure that he would answer my letter...as Fran and I worked our butt's off to get him elected,the first time...but there you have it...so much for ---one hand washes the other...right?...In Michigan It's not just Carl Levin...he is just the one I thought would care...The only one to answer...was now Gov.Jennifer M. Granholm..and she was the AG at the time...and running for election for Gov....I'm telling you Michigan officials just don't care if the OCCK cases are solved...I'm just wondering...If there ever was a time that they did...after all none of the murdered children were their son or daughter...well they weren't mine either...but since I met the Killer..and know this case Is able to be solved...I do care..and so do thousands,of people that read every word that Todd and I post...If you want to see who cares-go to The Oakland County Child Killer-Dreambook...read their storys-Post your story,there or on this site...Want to get and Inside look at the Michigan State Police..and what they think of the Unsolved Child Murders...read Todds Post--SHOULD I JUST GO OUT AND SHOOT HER...CHICKEN BONE And ALL...You can find all Info...by going to Google Search....Best Regards Helen Dagner