If you’re a programmer (or hope to be one) and you’re not following Julia Evans (@b0rk) on Twitter, go and fix that mistake right now.
Her Twitter feed has the vibe of a zine — pronounced zeen — which is short for fanzine, which in turn is short for fan magazine. Before the web, fans of certain things — alt-rock or punk bands, cyberpunk, various cultural movements or social causes, jokes, whatever — would publish stapled-together photocopied publications as little do-it-yourself magazines:
Here’s a definition of zine in zine format:
Zines came about when it was easier to get your hands on a photocopier and Letraset than a computer and printer that could print more than just text. By necessity, they featured a lot of hand-drawn, hand-lettered art and comics…
…and because they’re labors of love, they often feature material that you wouldn’t find in larger, more mainstream publications. Zines cover all sorts of topics, from underground culture and music to science and social responsibility…
…and there’s at least one heavily-trafficked site that started off as a zine:
Here’s another gem from her Twitter feed:
But hey, this post is about Julia, so let’s end it with one more goodie from her Twitter feed!
Once again, if you haven’t added @b0rk to your Twitter feed, you’re missing out on some great stuff!