Justin Hall's personal site growing & breaking down since 1994

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from the midst of a search for the core yearning

This site Justin's Links appears in Vanity Fair magazine October 2014, in an article by Walter Isaacson "The Great Connectors." Isaacson penned a series of articles, drawn from his work on the book The Innovators about the twenty years since the birth of the web. He included me in his research, and I made an animated gif of his shorthand when Isaacson and I met up in October 2013:

Walter Isaacson shows his shorthand - animated GIF

For the last few minutes of our meeting Isaacson agreed to an interview, about The Innovators and his career as a storyteller, preacher, manager - YouTube, Facebook, or Flickr.

It's an honor to be included and I look forward to reading The Innovators - I had a terrific time reading Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography, as I was still reeling from a failed leadership attempt at GameLayers. I've handled a copy and I'm plumb-tickled they included a photo of me and Howard freaking up a page with Tim Berners-Lee and Marc Andresson.

So Hail, visitors - new and returning alike. I'm grateful for your attention! My hard work lately has been videos, mostly up on Otherwise, this web site proceeds through various orifices, including this rather large one.

This uptick in external attention urges me to finish my film about my time on the web. To animate my presence in the infosphere whilst I canoodle video storytelling, I present

a jazzy #20links trailer posted to Vine:

a jazzy #20links trailer posted to Instagram:

This 6 second, 40k speed video event includes a sped up music sample from Harry Roy and His Mayfair Hotel Orchestra - Tumbling Tumbleweeds free music from the Internet Archive.

This article was quite helpful in exporting video for Vine vs. Instagram. Knowledge like that is not precious forever, but for now - fun to launch a blipvert for 20 Links.

"20 Links" is a nickname. The core yearning that animated my exploration of the web thus far defies a pithy title. I have been experimenting with all manner of story-bending systems to distill my truth to tell:

breaking down a story

Story-bending at a micro and now a macro level! More details to follow, fingers willing.


Thanks Steve Rhodes - from @tigerbeat on Instagram
June 2012 dancing in the streets of San Francisco with Ilyse Magy, photo thanks Steve Rhodes on instagram!

Hi, I'm Justin Hall and this here is a personal web site I've used to chronicle my time on earth since 1994. The content on the front page is relatively recent; if you search through the archives, you'll find old pieces of Justin. Some folks have indexed my doings on Wikipedia.

Twitter: jah
Facebook: Justinreach

eBooks by Justin Hall

I've published books for sale, somewhere else online! Behold:

Now available for the Kindle: A Story of GameLayers. My experience being CEO of a tech company, 2007-2009:

"A tell-all story of a startup from the very beginning, with lots of info about real-world fundraising. A more intimate look than you'll find in other business reads." says Irene Polnyi in a 5-star review on

A Story of GameLayers, for the Amazon Kindle.