- After fleeing a life of adjunct professor hell at UC Berkeley, I was still trying to figure out what I would do with my brain when Dan Pulcrano of the Silicon Valley Metro invited me out for really strong martinis at Blondie's Bar in the Mission District and offered me a job writing about tech workers in Silicon Valley.
My reaction? I wrote a column about geeks doing drugs and building insanely cool shit at Burning Man. I felt like the hipster survivalist festival was the only event that truly captured the madness of the dot-com culture I saw blooming and dying all around me. I can't believe Dan kept me on, but he did.
"For the past six months I've been working like a maniac on io9, and I've also hired a kickass team of writers to work with me," Newitz writes. "So if you want a little Techsploitation feeling, be sure to stop by io9.com. We're there changing the future, saving the world, and hanging out in spaceships right now."