Jillian C. York

Jillian C. York is a writer and activist.

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A new site on the subject of Moroccan tourism, but catering specifically to North Americans, has launched! The site is fairly bare at the moment, but I’m sure it will soon be populated with wonderful articles. Check out the article on Meknes that I wrote. Perhaps you’ll see more of my work over there!


Since it was the wonderful Lalla Lydia who tagged me for this meme, I can’t help but give in and participate!

The Rules:

1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

The Facts:

1. When I was a kid, one of my dream jobs was that of toll booth worker. I just really liked the idea of constantly being inside a small space.
2. Perhaps inspired by one of my very first blogging friends, though years ago, I keep anywhere from five to ten lip glosses in my bag at all times. My favorites are C.O. Bigelow, Einstein, Alba, and Burt’s Bees.
3. While my mother was quite pregnant with me, my parents were on the TV game show Family Feud. They won twice.
4. I have, for my entire life, experienced severe emetophobia. Until recently, I had never met anyone else who suffers from it, but learned a few months ago that a co-worker has the same phobia.
5. I love George Lopez. I love him when he does stand-up, I love his TV show (which I never caught until recently, on Nick at Nite). He slays me.
6. All my life, I couldn’t stand cats. Then somehow, in Morocco, something clicked and I began wanting to take every cat home with me. I guess I finally got my caternal instinct.
7. I started blogging in 2001! Back then, of course, I didn’t call it blogging. It was “online journaling” and mine was at Livejournal.com. I didn’t start my first completely public, actual blog until 2005, when I moved to Morocco.

I know I’m supposed to tag people, but I always feel awkward about that (there you go, bonus fact #8, I’ve got online social anxiety!) , so please, if you’re interested, do it up and say I tagged you :)

Remember the internet in ’96?

I remember the internet in 1996.  It was about two years after my family got our first internet connection (through Prodigy, an early AOL competitor) and I’d just gotten my first e-mail address (jill@mv.com) and had begun to use Netscape Navigator to navigate the big ol’ WWW.  I wish I could remember what sites I looked at back then, but I’m sure it was mostly stuff hosted on Geocities)

Although my own memory is lacking, fortunately someone else has put together a lovely montage of the web as it was.  Thanks to the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, you too can see what the web was like back in the day.  Or if you’re an impatient type, this site will give you a small taste of the olden days.

My personal favorite retro site:

What’s not to love?  I mean, the excessive use of Times New Roman is a little glib, but those lego men are kickass!

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