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A Cyberpoet's Guide to Virtual Culture Journal

Issue.1.00 3-14-94

XxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXXxX x x X -=*=- X x C O N T E N T S ! x X X x 1- Editorial o Welcome to Kibble the zine x X 2- Guest FAQ o Clipper News & action. X x 3- Ongoing projects o Interpedia - Internet Encyclopedia x X 4- Upcoming conferences o DEFCON ][ - July 22, 23, 24 - 1994 X x 5- Letters to the editor o x X 6- Editorial Policy o X x x XxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXxXXxX

 Information wants to be free.  Believe it, pal.
          -=- Bruce Sterling
 If only you could see what I've seen through your eyes.
          -=- Blade Runner
  I think that a new kind of replicator has recently emerged on this

very planet. it is staring us in the face. It is still in its infancy, still drifting clumsily about in its primeval soup, but already it is achieving evolutionary change at a rate which leaves the old gene panting far behind…..

  1. =- Richard Dawkins [concerning memes]
  The techno-underground is a direct descendant of the hippy revolution.
          -=- Select Magazine (April '92)
   They made LSD illegal.  I wonder what they're going to do about this


  1. =- Jerry Garcia (about VR)
 Cyberpunk is really about the present.
          -=- Rudy Rucker
 On the Internet, no one knows that you're a dog.
          -=- New Yorker Comic

-=- 1- Editorial | ——————/

Welcome to the first issue of Kibble: the cyberpoet's guide to virtual culture journal. Why 'kibble' you may ask? A logical question. Phillip K Dick fans will have already grep'd that 'kibble' is a word used in his famous tome "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep", which later was made into a movie we know as _BladeRunner_. Kibble then, is the extraneous stuff laying around. The things society has cast off to the junkyards and backyards everywhere. But more specifically, the refuge that has overflown the borders of the junkyards and that has begun to clutter up our streets, our minds, our friendships and our politics. Yes, there seems to be alot of kibble around these days.

Who really gives a shit about the Whitewater affair. It's just political kibble cluttering up my mind. I wanna know how to get more and better jobs in Califormia. How to solve the war in the old Yugoslavia. And I want to know why if there is so much extra wheat in America that we have to pay people not to grow it, then why are there people starving today? Kibble is the drug war and the anti-gang crusade, instead of the education war and the youth brigade crusade. Kibble is the gov'ts adoption of the clipperchip when the clipper functions are already old tech and wasted spending. Kibble is the FBI's attempt assemble an interception site on the Internet for all datapackets. Kibble is the inability of one person to smile at the next while walking down the street for fear of getting robbed or shot.

I guess this isn't so much the kibble zine as it is the anti-kibble zine. But that doesn't have quite the ring to it. So don't be fooled by the title. We accept Kibble and non-kibble alike (we don't like to discriminate). Can society exist without kibble? probably not, but as J.F. Sebastion feared, we might soon be consumed by our kibble. I join him in his concern.

-=- 2- Guest FAQ | ——————/

ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo o This issue's guest FAQ : Prempted by News o o (send me your FAQs for inclusion) o ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

This section left (not)blank in the request that you read up on the clipper fiasco currently going on with the US gov't. Those of you of international flavor reading this might be a good idea, for it could help you prevent this error in your country.

Pointers on where to look for Clipper info

      alt.privacy.clipper      What you don't know can hurt you.        The Pretty Good Privacy package.
      alt.politics.datahighway   You've read about it. Now Bitch about it.

FTP             pub/EFF/Policy/Clipper/       pub/cypherpunks

GOPHER          eff/policy/clipper

Forwarded message: From: Jerry Berman Date: Mon, 7 Mar 1994 19:09:22 -0500 Subject: Leahy to hold hearings on Clipper Chip!

Dear Friends on the Electronic Frontier:

I have some good news to share with you. Senator Leahy just sent me a letter indicating that he *will* be scheduling hearings on the Administration's Clipper Chip proposal. I would like to thank all of you who sent us messages to forward to him urging hearings. I'm sure that stack of messages we printed out made a significant impact on the Senator – the stack was over seven inches tall! (We look forward to the day when no trees will have to be sacrificed in the furtherance of democracy!)

And if you haven't written a message to Rep. Cantwell yet about her proposed amendment to the Export Control Act, please do so and forward it to This is an address we set up to enable us to collect messages in support of her bill. We have been printing out messages and delivering them each week – so far we've received over 4500 letters of support. For more information on the Cantwell bill, send a message to

Thanks again. We'll let you know as soon as the Clipper hearing gets scheduled.


Jerry Berman EFF Executive Director

-.-.-.-.-.-.-. forward from Sen. Leahy -.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.

United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary Washington, DC 20510

March 1, 1994

Mr. Jerry Berman Executive Director Electronic Frontier Foundation 1001 G Street, Suite 950 East Washington, DC 20001

Dear Jerry,

Thank you for forwarding to me the many thoughtful and informative messages you received over the Internet regarding the Administration's recent approval of an escrowed encryption standard, known as the Clipper Chip.

Many of the messages urge Congress to hold hearings to review the Administration's Clipper Chip standard. In fact, I intend to hold a hearing before the Judiciary Subcommittee on Technology and the Law, which I chair, to consider the important issues raised by the Clipper Chip. I will let you know when a date for the hearing is scheduled.

Thank you again.


/s/ PATRICK J. LEAHY United States Senator

PJL/jud -.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.-.


EFF's work as a civil liberties organization in Washington has been very successful, but the realization of our goals of freedom and privacy online can only come with the active and vocal participation of the entire online community. Now that you have personally experienced both the threat of the loss of your privacy and the power having won the first battle, won't you take that next step and become a member of EFF?

By joining EFF, you will help us to expand our reach to educate and involve an even greater number of people in the shaping of these critical issues. Your tax-deductible donation will tie you into the EFF information network and support our public policy and legal work. As a member, you will be guaranteed timely the timely information and mechanism you need to respond on these issues. Our voices in unity *do* make a difference.

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o How to get PGP o

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to ensure their own right to privacy, they get PGP :-).

Tired of sending your e-mail on postcards? Send me mail at < with Subject "Bomb me!" to get Gary Edstrom's PGP FAQ and my "Here's How to MacPGP!" guide. (They are also available by anonymous ftp to in /pub/gbe and /pub/qwerty).

PGP is the free encryption program designed by Phil Zimmerman, and is available for most any computer.


-=- 3- Ongoing projects | ————————-/

So you want to get in on the action. Here are some various projects which are starting up or in process around the net. Like any other culture, the net requires constant tuning and growth. These are some of the more overt methods of doing just that. In addition these projects are a great way of accomplishing what the cyberpoet is constantly searching for . . . a

o Interpedia - Internet Encyclopedia mailing list

 This is to inform you about the proposed Internet Encyclopedia, or
 Interpedia and the mailing-list for discussion of it.
 The original idea, due to Rick Gates, was for volunteers to
 cooperatively write a new encyclopedia, put it in the public domain,
 and make it available on the Internet.  Participants on the
 mailing-list have expanded the concept by noting that the
 bibliography entries and references provided with Interpedia articles
 could include hypertext links to other resources available on the
 Internet.  Unlike any printed encyclopedia, the Interpedia could be
 kept completely up-to-date.  Indeed, it could include hypertext links
 to ongoing discussions, and perhaps evolve into a general interface
 to all resources and activities on the Internet.
 If you find these ideas interesting, please join the Interpedia
 mailing-list by sending a message to with the body of the message
 containing the word 'subscribe' and your e-mail address, as follows:
 Owner:  Doug Luce
         Interpedia List Maintainer
         Telerama Public Access Internet

-=- 4- Upcoming conferences | —————————–/

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What's this? This is the initial announcement and invitation to DEF CON ][, a convention for the "underground" elements of the computer culture. We try to target the (Fill in your favorite word here): Hackers, Phreaks, Hammies, Virii coders, programmers, crackers, Cyberpunk Wannabees, Civil Liberties Groups, CypherPunks, Futurists, Artists, Etc..

WHO: You know who you are, you shady characters. WHAT: A convention for you to meet, party, and listen to some speeches

     that you would normally never hear.

WHEN: July 22, 23, 24 - 1994 WHERE: Las Vegas, Nevada @ The Sahara Hotel

So you heard about DEF CON I, and want to hit part ][? You heard about the parties, the info discussed, the bizarre atmosphere of Las Vegas and want to check it out in person? Load up your laptop muffy, we're heading to Vegas!

Here is what Three out of Three people said about last years convention:

"DEF CON I, last week in Las Vegas, was both the strangest and the best computer event I have attended in years." – Robert X. Cringely, Info World

"Toto, I don't think we're at COMDEX anymore." – Coderipper, Gray Areas

"Soon we were at the hotel going through the spoils: fax sheets, catalogs, bits of torn paper, a few McDonald's Dino-Meals and lots of coffee grounds. The documents disappeared in seconds." – Gillian Newson, New Media Magazine


Last year we held DEF CON I, which went over great, and this year we are planning on being bigger and better. We have expanded the number of speakers to included midnight tech talks and additional speaking on Sunday. We attempt to bring the underground into contact with "legitimate" speakers. Sure it's great to meet and party with fellow hackers, but besides that we try to provide information and speakers in a forum that can't be found at other conferences.

While there is an initial concern that this is just another excuse for the evil hackers to party and wreak havok, it's just not the case. People come to DEF CON for information and for making contacts. We strive to distinguish this convention from others in that respect.


This year will be much larger and more organized than last year. We have a much larger meeting area, and have better name recognition. Because of this we will have more speakers on broader topics. Expect speaking to run Saturday and Sunday, ending around 5 p.m. Some of the new things expected include:

An INet connection with sixteen ports will be there, _BUT_ will only
provide serial connections because terminals are too hard to ship.  So
bring a laptop with communications software if you want to connect to the
network.  Thanks to cyberlink communications for the connection.

There will be door prizes, and someone has already donated a Cell Phone

to give away.

Dr. Ludwig will present his virii creation awards on Sunday.

A bigger and better "Spot The Fed" contest, which means more shirts to
give away.

More room, we should have tables set up for information distribution.

If you have anything you want distributed, feel free to leave it on the
designated tables.  Yes, this year there will be a true 24 hour
convention space.

A 24 hour movie / video suite where we will be playing all type of stuff.

VHS Format.  Mail me with suggested titals to show, or bring your own.

Midnight Tech Talks on Friday and Saturday night to cover the more

technical topics and leave the days free for more general discussions.


I was going to run a list of the current speakers we have lined up, but at this point things are still fluid. In a few months when the speakers list is more solidified I will release it. I'll name the poeple who have committed to attending in the next announcement. Trust me.


It's in Las Vegas, the town that never sleeps. Really. There are no clocks anywhere in an attempt to lull you into believing the day never ends. Talk about virtual reality, this place fits the bill with no clunky hardware. If you have a buzz you may never know the difference. It will be at the Sahara Hotel. Intel as follows:

      The Sahara Hotel: 1.800.634.6078
      Room Rates: Single/Double $55, Tripple $65, Suite $120
                  (Usually $200) + 8% tax
      Transportation: Shuttles from the airport for cheap
 NOTE:  Please make it clear you are registering for the DEF CON ][
 convention to get the room rates.  Our convention space price is
 based on how many people register.  Register under a false name if
 it makes you feel better, 'cuz the more that register the better for
 my pocket book.  No one under 21 can rent a room by themselves, so
 get your buddy who is 21 to rent for you and crash out.  Don't let
 the hotel people get their hands on your baggage, or there is a
 mandatory $3 group baggage fee.  Vegas has killer unions.


If you check out Wired like 1.5 or 1.6 there was a blurb about the new Luxor hotel with it's total VR experience. It looks like the first true VR ride / experience for a group of people, it seats eight. Intense. A friend was just over there, and tested out the various rides. Not to be outdone the new MGM grand (Largest hotel in the world) has a ride called the R360 which is basically a gyroscope they trap you into with goggles. We should get a group together and make a mass trek over there and check it out. If enough people are interested I'll call and see if we can book a time to reserve space for a bunch of us. Both are within walking distance.

I'll whip up a list of stuff that's cool to check out in town there so if for some reason you leave the awesome conference you can take in some unreal sites in the city of true capitalism.


Some of the places you can look for information from last year include:

New Media Magazine, September 1993 InfoWorld, 7-12-1993 and also 7-19-1993 by Robert X. Cringely Gray Areas Magazine, Vol 2, #3 (Fall 1993) Unix World, ??? Phrack #44


Cost is whatever you pay for a hotel room split however many ways, plus $15 if you preregister, or $30 at the door. This gets you a nifty 24 bit color name tag (We're gonna make it niftier this year) and your foot in the door. There are fast food places all over, and there is alcohol all over the place but the trick is to get it during a happy hour for maximum cheapness.

-=- 5- Letters to the editor | —————————–/

This is a new section, please see our policy regarding letters.

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-= 6- Editorial Policy | ———————–/

  1. =*=-

The Cyberpoet's Guide to Virtual Culture and the associated Ezine "Kibble: the Cyberpoet's Guide to Virtual Culture Journal" is a semi-monthly publication of John Frost ( Kibble is dedicated to publishing information/articles/stories that affects the culture of the Internet. Submissions to Kibble are encouraged although the editors must reserve the right to edit them. Letters to the editor may be sent to and should have the word "Kibble" in the subject. Each letter will appear with the authors name and email address. Anonymous letters will not be printed without a working response address. The editors reserve the right to edit letters and encourage accuracy and brevity.

  1. =*=-

Kibble is currently planning to release an issue centered on issues of Gender and the Net. We especially encourage people to send in articles, papers, opinion peices (or whatever) dealing with that topic. Thank you.

As far as I know this zine (and the guide itself) is archived at mindvox &

USENET//alt.cyberspace, alt.cyberpunk, alt.virtual.culture

Please inform me of any other archival so that I may make mention of it here.

Kibble, it's format, theme and articles are copyright 1993,1994 John Frost [], except where the copyright is retained by the original author. The rights to distribute and reproduce this document are granted in accord with the Agitprop guidelines founded by Bruce Sterling. A copy of those guidelines may be found via ftp at ftp/pub/Publications/Bruce_Sterling/README or at EFF's gopher site. Other uses and non-electronic reproduction of this document must first be cleared, in writing, with John Frost. Under no circumstance may money/script/funds be charged for access to this document, beyond the money charged for general access to the system it is found on. Kibble may not be distributed on any disk/tape/device with a capacity of more then 80 megs.

– John Frost (also Indigo) | So we have erected a glowing altar in the ← best | center of our lives that feeds on our terror, ←2ndbest | and fear has become our national religion. Indig0 on IRC | -John Perry Barlow Indigo on MediaMOO | on the current state of TV PGP public key avaiable | -=- upon request | without PGP your email is just a postcard.

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