The species Jamus walkerus, peripatetic and chameleonlike, is woods weasel turned web weasel — in larval stage, as spp. hoedadus, running the ridges of the southwestern Oregon mountains (Pinus ponderosa/Pseudotseuga menziesii ecology); then undergoing a chrysalis form in Silicon Valley (cancerous concrete/asphalt) transition to spp. geekus Injii; and now found infesting the lower Himalayas of India, in an as yet unclassified, and arguably, mature form.
In order to help implement that fanciful idea of His Holiness the Dalai Lama — of communicating with an “enemy” rather than killing them — Jamus has been building and teaching Web since 2001, inhabiting the internet waves and Tibetan-exile ecosystem in McLeod Ganj, Dharamshala, India. From there he makes occasional forays to bookstores and high ridgetops, and farther afield to the clean airs and islands of Thailand for sustenance and rejuvenation.
In our cooperative illusion, Jamus has projected a checkered career which includes (but is not limited to) illusions of growing up in a multi-racial, multi-faceted family in multi-cultural San Francisco, dropping out of university honors English, growing into himself as a tree planter and forestry tech in the Pacific Northwest, participating in the growth of several excellent children, learning web programming along with the growth of the Web, growing into new projections of self back in the city, and friendships (and growth) with two Bills (but not Gates). A lifelong interest in Buddhism, now firmly held as a way of life, seems to clarify the present ecological niche "Cyberwallah to Tibet" as an inevitable outcome of present and previous life experiences.
In this "webwalker" incarnation, James has been building websites since the dinosaur days of grey-background pages. He never does “management”, “lead”, etc., jobs — somebody's gotta get down in the dirt and plant the trees and wrassle the code! As someone waaaaay above me has said: "my role is to be on the bottom of things."
He also has grown out of doing Stupid Web Tricks, preferring to serve the user rather than crash their browser or violate their Privacy and Security. Here's some current projects.
rev. November 2021
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