a tiny little dossier on the world's weirdest mailist
JINX was born one rainy day in November 1995, although no one knew
it, not even the person who was accidentally responsible for it all. It
was born when Joseph McLean began
wondering just what to do with all the delicious tidbits that kept cropping
up in his mailbox -- saving them pell-mell onto his frantically overburdened
hard drive didn't seem the best option, so they'd sit consigned to a dark
corner of his inbox, which wasn't a solution at all... "There's too
much information restriction already," quoth Joseph, "it's time
to give it all to the world." In a flash of inspiration, he decided
to call it JINX...
JINX is a fairly monthly, sort of mailist that digests
the latest info, laughs and assorted oddities from the
depths of alternative cyberspace, all the while taking
mean pokes at our brave leaders and cute corporations.
Freedom to Forward
In the pursuit of information freedom, JINX is utterly without copyright.
You may use any or all information however you like. My only wish is to
bring this information to the world... so whyever not? Just tell them how
to jinx themselves (send subject "jinx me!" to <firstname.lastname@example.org>, or travel here) and I will be content.
"Contributions from real people just like
JINX survives almost entirely on contributed information. I do not go searching,
I simply read my mail. Anything that knocks me off my chair gets included
in the next issue; when the issue reaches 10k I trim it up and send it
out. By this logic, the more you contribute the faster jinx arrives in your
mailbox! Fa fa fa! Contributions, in case you were wondering, go directly
to the jinxserver <email@example.com>.
JINX is based in the remote wilderness of Lund, B.C., compiled on a Solar
Powered Macintosh PowerBook 520c, and tossed into the winds of cyberspace
at 33,600 bps through a hand-strung, partially decayed phone line. From
this sanctuary, Jinx reaches computers across the globe, and appears to be growing like a weed.
"I must say that I really enjoyed reading JINX"
Barry Beer, President of a Solar Energy company
(jinx is refreshingly alternative...)
"Nice and Weird!"
Chuck Cirino, genius producer of WeirdTV and a personal hero of ours
(jinx is certified weird...)
"I was quite delighted to receive my first
glimse at that magnificent text"
Lord Pictwe, genius producer of WorldMOO II and a personal bolf of ours
"JINX should be printed, bound, and sold as one of those books people
read on the toilet."
Diana Atkins, multi-award winning author
(jinx is loved!)
And the closing comment goes to our favorite politician:
"People that are very weird can get into sensitive positions and have
a tremendous impact on history." - Dan Quayle
To subscribe yourself to jinx right now, leap wildly in this direction. To subscribe at a latter date from the comforts of your own inbox, just email <firstname.lastname@example.org>, with the subject "SUBSCRIBE JINX" to subscribe personally -- or "JIFFY!" to subscribe your fax machine, inteligently remembering to include the full telephone number. Yes Virginia, we can
fax most places in the civilised world without fear or toll: the JIFFY
Press Release is part of JINX12,
read it and know. Last but not least -- spread the word (and this page)
across the globe. There's no telling who'll be jinxed next...