The client is a billionaire Arab businessman snared in the BCCI scandal of the early Eighties along with former presidential advisors Clark Clifford & Bert Lance, with some fallout attributed to a straw man association with the Georgia National Bank. His name is Gaith Pharaon, in extradiction-safe exile from America while he tries to recoup his frozen assets, hundreds of millions of dollars scattered about US banks, and still fight six or seven US Federal Court criminal & civil suits now lodged against him. His site is an attempt at damage control heavy on the positive spin. He's also scandalized in several South American and Western European countries.
As for my part, I'm breathing the welcomed air of a substantial monthly retainer ($435) confirmed this morning by my contact, Barry Zorthian, who was hired by Pharaon's New York lawyers. Am also meeting next week with a US Naval officer (two years shy of retirement perhaps (looking for contract designers) andoh yes, I now remember mentioning him to you a while backwell, he may be interested in working the public relations end for GSIS.
Thanks to Barry Zorthian, his taste for scotch and a good cigar will be celebrated forever around here for bringing in my first commercial client. Always & Forever COULD be next!
Yes, we've played some kid stuff tennis, not as often as I'd like if I am to change this body of mine, but now that the heat spell is over...
Coptic times. Islam & money. Sun on my scandal clad toes. And finally a real job for...
Originally published March 19, 1997. Text in italics contributed by Stephen Taylor
What the webmaster jobs are requesting is tantamount to a DTP job asking for a wordprocessing specialist who also knew PageMaker, Illustrator, and Photoshop, could output to a Linotronic after running it through Scitex Full Auto Frame, then create plates from the film, set up the four color press, run the entire job, then bind it and take care of circulation. Sure, there are probably a few people out there who could do all those things, but could they do all of them well? You'd probably end up with a typo-ridden, poorly designed, out-of-register, smeared, lopsidedly-bound publication with missing pages. Ah well, it will take a while for the management to catch up with the technology.
I gave it up, and unsubscribed. Don't really need that kind of cutting edge fizzle... Yep, the proliferation of job skills these ad writers include when soliciting a webmaster has wilted my spirits. You know me. No matter how much I know, I figger somebody else out there knows more and therefore deserves the job, so why don't I just cut out the aggravation when I'm rejected by keeping to my course of unemployment. Of course right now, thanks to my special dispensation thru Sue, I now have quite enough work on my plate to tide me through another month or so before I will feel the need to try to increase my daily worth by drooling over the classifieds.
I've felt the same aggravation in reading these and, in fact, in talking with certain employment agencies, "Well, most of our web jobs request ..." I shudder to think of what the pages created by these CGI wonks will look like ... Then again, I have already seen it. And some of them aren't as bad as one might expectthere's plenty of code to steal out there. Perhaps Cascading Style Sheets will allow good designers to truly stand out on the web. Without them, the least common denominator for type evens out the field. Many designers (such as yourself, of course) have gotten around this by using images
Thanks for your comments. Did you finally read AmPsycho? I still think you fit the bill. And the neighborhood storekeep's name is Mister U. Spelled just that way. I have seen it on a liquor license application as an ANC Commissioner. Got my first AMAZON cheque for $13 and a few nickels two weeks ago, and have already sold five this quarter starting July 1. Yippee!
Don't ask me how but it should be fun devising some randomatic system to pick the winner. You were the first to fill out the form, but I've sold thirteen boooks, only 87 to go, although technically since you didn't buy a book, you don't really factor as a qualifier. Maybe by 1999, I'll have a fully functional, well-contented, brimming with smirking texts and bad-ass graphics site that may get more than the thirty or so visitors a month I am currently getting.
That Pharaon contact was Barry Zorthian via BS & Alcalde Fay. Thought I mentioned that already, but whee!
Take care. Sue's called for dinner.
P.S. Another slosh of SET MAIL in my box I see. But will send this before I
read any, since I wrote it last night but got jumped off before sending it.
Still tidying up the New iMote site offline. Will upload all at once, and
transfer all the subterranean stuff over to you know where in the same
session. Maybe toss in a snapshot of early digital man.
"Ignorance and virtue suck on the same straw. Souls grow on bones, but die beneath bankers' hours.""