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Ray Rasmussen – Canada

Phantom of the Internet Journal

Dear visitor to this, my sanctuary. I know all looks well up there on the surface, where you see words, colours & forms that provide aesthetic pleasure.

But here in this website's cellar, where I, as webmaster, dwell in the black magic of an arcane computer code called hypertext markup language, the very language that is used to create the words that you are this moment reading – down here, I see only configurations of symbols, numbers and letters, I see only black and white, strings of zeros and ones.

Think of me as the "The Angel of the Webpage" just as the deformed Erik, dwelling in the cellar of the Paris Opera House, was spoken of as "The Angel of Music." Do I, like Eric, wear a mask? Of course. Here I am revealed:

{!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd"} {html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"} {head} {meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" /} {title}Phantom of the Internet Journal{/title}{style type="text/css"} body,td,th { font-family: Georgia, "Times New Roman", Times, serif; font-size: 14px; color: #000; }{/style} {/head} {body} {table width="940" height="800" border="0" align="center" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" background="images_general/bg_ricepaper.jpg"} {tr} {td width="836" valign="top" }{p align="center"}Phantom of the Internet Journal {/p} ...

Do you look away from my real self? Do you pity me? You love my music, but not the spirit that creates it?

for the hand of
the beautiful reader
a wedding ring


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