Re: Adam Rifkin Egosurfing on a Friday night.

I Find Karma (
Sat, 21 Feb 1998 05:40:46 -0800

[That last message somehow didn't send correctly. Kindly replace
it with this one. Did I get the protocol right, Ernie?]

WARNING: The following mixes actual bits with bits about my social life
and bits about the director/writer who shares my name, and it does such
bitmixing rather haphazardly. Read at your own risk of confusion; the
only people who should look for their name somewhere in a comment below
are Rob, Rohit, Gordon, and Dobbin...

Now that the Olympic tension is over -- Tara Lipinski has the gold and
Michelle Kwan the silver -- I can focus on my writing again.

Let's see. Ron trolled in

among other things that I should just write Erich Gamma directly,
assuming I hadn't. Honestly, Ron, do you think I would have gone
through all that Websurfing without first asking directly what he's up
to? I have discovered more and more that "A" players are too busy to
respond to honest requests for information via email, let alone trolls
via email. My general rule for emailing "A" players is this: never
bother an "A" player for information that can be found on the Web, and
never "flip the bozo bit" when talking with an "A" player by revealing
your ignorance of his or her work.

So rather than spend the next few hours answering the other trolls in
the above email -- or spending a few hours answering a different troll
summarizing the HTTP-NG project that is browsable both off the W3C pages
and off the Xerox PARC pages -- I figure my time would be better spent
doing a little egosurfing. But first, some context.

Adam Rifkin the director called me again this morning at 11am, but I was
sleeping because I'd been up till 8am. For those of you who haven't
been on FoRK long enough to know who Adam Rifkin the director is, check
out his filmography:,+Adam

> Adam Rifkin
> Sometimes Credited As: Rif Coogan
> Director filmography
> 1. Denial (1998)
> 2. Chase, The (1994)
> 3. Psycho Cop Returns (1993) (as Rif Coogan) ... aka Psycho Cop 2 (1993)
> 4. Nutt House, The (1992) ... aka Nutty Nut, The (1992)
> 5. Dark Backward, The (1991)
> 6. Invisible Maniac, The (1990) (as Rif Coogan)
> 7. Tale of Two Sisters (1989)
> 8. Never on Tuesday (1988)
> Writer filmography
> 1. Jumanji 2 (1999)
> 2. Denial (1998)
> 3. Small Soldiers (1998)
> 4. Mouse Hunt (1997)
> 5. Chase, The (1994)
> 6. Dark Backward, The (1991)
> 7. Invisible Maniac, The (1990) (as Rif Coogan) (also story)
> Actor filmography
> 1. Denial, The (1998)
> 2. Bikini Squad (1993) (as Rif Coogan)
> 3. Psycho Cop Returns (1993) .... Man with Video Camera
> ... aka Psycho Cop 2 (1993)
> 4. Dark Backward, The (1991) .... Rufus Bing
> 5. Disturbed (1990) .... Gaary

For the details of his first phone call to me (10/16/96), please see

For the details of his second phone call to me (11/20/97) which resulted
in my seeing his new movie "The Denial" at a special screening, see

His third phone call to me was 11/21/97, in which he told me to watch
for Mouse Hunt, which to date is Dreamworks SKG's top-grossing movie.
I loved Mouse Hunt.

So this morning 2/20/98 was his fourth phone call to me. He says he
would not object to having dinner with Michelle and I sometime. He also
told me to look for the article on him called "The New Big Cheese" in
the March 1998 Details magazine, pages 196-199, by Michael Angeli.

Naturally, I have a Details subscription, so I had not only read
Angeli's flattering article of Adam Rifkin, but I also read a treatment
(with photoshoot) written by Adam Rifkin, also in the March 1998
Details, entitled "The Accidental Killer" (pages 164-195).

Unfortunately, the closest thing to online versions of these fine pieces
of work is the table of contents for the March 1998 Details:

I really wanted to include the text of the article here, but I don't
feel like typing it in. So to appease the Adam Rifkin in me, I decided
to hop over to Altavista and do a little egosurfing with the query

+"Adam Rifkin"

and I got back 776 hits of one of us Adam Rifkins that neither appears
on XeNT or at Caltech. I list some of them below.

1. Systor-CHOOSE event with Rohit Khare and Adam Rifkin - "XML for
Software Construction":

2. A Mirror of My Activism Page in Italy:

3. An Australia link to my "movie links" page:

4. E! Online's Fact Sheet for the REAL Adam Rifkin,12,41641,00.html

5. A Mirror of "X Marks the Spot" at Robin Cover's XML Emporium:

and so on and so on and so on. Let's see if we can find a couple of
interesting ones...

7. Cetus Links - one of many Cetus Link mirrors

16. CSA Position Papers - not one, but two

34. Reference in a Nelson Minar paper - you know you've made it when an
MIT Media Lab project references you

35. fwf-tech post in July 1995 announcing NCSA Mosaic 2.0 - hey Gordon,
what happened to all the foghead posts on ? And rohit, can
we take all the fwf-tech articles and add them to the fork-archive as a
prefork95 directory?

56. DBLP Bibliography list of publications - painful that they only
include the IEEE Internet Computing ones...

62. Bob Allison mirror - where have you gone, Bob Allison, I miss you!

67. Internet Sites for Educators - dang this page has a lotta links

70. MenTally Sample -- fascinating, they've procured a dozen quotes from
MsgList and attributed me for them

81. Talk about egostroking... -- in Danbury, CT

> Adam Rifkin's Home Page - You have GOT to see this! Adam Rifkin has
> the most incredibly useful list of links to internet sites I have
> found. You'll find everything from humor to research sites. The
> Caltech server is a bit slow during the day, but if you want to find
> sites you might never be aware are out there, I urge you to check out
> Adam's Home Page.

93. Links to ASCII art

94. Literary Links

96. The Kushner-Locke Company: Beverly Hills California -- says that
"The Denial" cost $4 million to make, and also that Adam Rifkin is
working on another film called "Really Big Bugs". They'll be
distributing "The Denial" internationally.

99. Kevin Currans Dist-Obj Links - Middleware. Object Request Broker and
IDL Technology References. Corba Specification. Douglas C. Schmidt...

101. A little-known 1989 movie called "Going Overboard", from the Billy
Zane fan pages, shows an Adam Rifkin acting-and-producing credit...

> Directed by Valerie Brieman
> Starring:
> Adam Sandler - Schecky Moskowitz
> Burt Young - General Noriega
> Tom Hodges - Bob/Shecky's Mother
> Lisa Collins Zane - Ellen
> Peter Berg - Mort Ginsberg
> Billy Zane - King Neptune
> This movie opens with Schecky Moskowitz (played by Adam Sandler)
> telling the audience, "This story is based entirely around the fact
> that we had access to this nice big boat, and a lot of good lookin'
> women.... This is a no-budget flick. Not a low-budget flick, a NO
> budget flick." Well, it shows. This soggy comedy centers around
> Sandler, a waiter on a cruise ship, who dreams of becoming a standup
> comedian. Unfortunately, the few good gags are drowned by a completely
> obnoxious cast.
> For those who are interested in seeing Billy, you won't be missing
> much. His role is little more than a cameo. About 3/4 of the way
> through the movie, Billy climbs out of the ocean as King Neptune,
> wearing swim trunks and what looks like a shower curtain wrapped
> around him like a cape. He gives some advice to Schecky, and then
> fixes him up with his daughter. Actually, Billy is extremely funny. I
> laughed harder here than any other part of the movie.
> Lisa Collins Zane, Billy's real-life wife, plays Ellen, a bitchy
> beauty contestant from Australia. This was the first time I had a
> chance to get a good look at her, and was surprised to notice she
> bears a striking resemblance to Billy's sister, Lisa Zane (Bad
> Influence, LA Law, ER.). She was funny.
> Additional Cast:
> Scott LaRose - Dickie Diamond
> Adam Rifkin - Croaker
> Valerie Briemen - Bambi
> Joe Cieb - Referee
> Steven Brill - Priest
> Terry Moore - Mistress
> Director of Photography - Ron Jacobs
> Co-producer - Adam Rifkin
> Associate Producer - Paul Ruffman
> Executive Producer - Mark Schultz
> Produced by - Randolf L Turrow
> Written & Directed by Valerie Brieman

110. Hot DIST-OBJ Links from Bill Zwicky

113. Generation X Resources

119. DEVILNETTING - who is this Ellen person?

120. SPRY SUBJECTS - I'm one of them

121. Dispatches - links to my lame food and drinks page

158. Behind "Barb Wire" - man that Hogan guy sounds like an a-hole

> Hoping to give the company a similar boost in 1996 is the current
> feature-film adaptation of Dark Horse's action heroine Barb Wire, who
> fights for freedom and justice in a ravaged America undergoing its
> second civil war. "She's a former freedom fighter who gets involved
> despite her attempts to stay neutral," explains Richardson. Created by
> Chris Warner, the Barb Wire lore was brought to the screen from a
> script by Chuck Pfarrar and Adam Rifkin and is set in Steel City, the
> only neutral territory left in the United States. At the center of
> this area is the Hammerhead Bar and Grille, run by Barbara Kopetski, a
> k a "Barb Wire," a former freedom fighter for the resistance movement
> who now has settled down to take care of her young brother. Then
> trouble arises when former friend Axel Hood arrives, asking for help
> and sucking her back into the fight against the treacherous
> Congressional Army.
> Tackling the role of bodacious Barb is everyone's favorite Baywatch
> babe Pamela Anderson Lee, who puts on her fish-nets, pushes up her
> assets, and comes out guns ablazin' in this new action-adventure
> film.
> ...
> While Lee's augmented cleavage generates enough publicity unto itself,
> Barb Wire ran into woes that made their way into the headline-hungry
> tabloid press. At one point production halted when Lee suffered a
> miscarriage; then original director and co-screenwriter Adam Rifkin
> (The Dark Backward) was fired after a week of shooting.
> Director David Hogan recalls, "I was coming home from doing a music
> video and they said they were going to release the director who was on
> it." That was a Saturday night; shooting began on the following
> Monday.
> Hogan's extensive second-unit direction for the action scenes of
> Alien3 and Batman Forever had brought him to the attention of Barb
> Wire's producers. "I was originally interviewed for the job before,"
> Hogan says, "but they didn't like what I had to say. Ironically, I
> ended up doing what I told them in the first place in regard to color,
> tone, and production design."
> The sudden start may have made it rough for him to put his personal
> stamp on the film, but Hogan boasts that only eleven minutes of
> Rifkin's footage remain in the final edit. Hogan feels he was able to
> give the film his very own brand of stylistic "genius," saying, "I've
> done about 200 music videos, so I was familiar with texture, tones and
> working with the camera."

160. Cool review of 1991 film "The Dark Backward"...

> David Lynch, move aside! Adam Rifkin has arrived, and he has breathed
> new life into your genre dark, noisy fantasy worlds of the strange),
> at less than one-tenth the budget of Dune, with a film called The Dark
> Backward.
> In a world that resembles a grungy, post-nuclear nightmare with art
> deco advertising, Marty Malt (Judd Nelson) is a nebbish of the purest
> order, yet his best friend (Bill Paxton) keeps telling him he would be
> a hysterical stand-up comic. Marty's jokes go nowhere, until something
> truly bizarre happens to him that changes his life and his career
> forever - he grows a third arm!
> Such a low-budget, little-seen release as The Dark Backward would seem
> an unlikely candidate for letterboxing. Yet Columbia TriStar Home
> Video recognized that despite the film's low cost, Adam Rifkin placed
> as much into each frame as he could to breathe life into the world he
> created, making the letterboxing (at an approx. 1.80:1 aspect ratio)
> not only a plus, but a necessity. The deep blue hues of the film try
> the limits of laserdisc, but there seems to be no way around it. The
> sharpness and CX-encoded digital mono audio are still decent, however.
> So if you're looking for something out of the ordinary, why hedge? Go
> all the way by getting The Dark Backward, and leave all sense of
> reality behind. The normal need not apply.

161. - Jessica Margolin Bailey has an interesting
little book list

that for some reason implicates me

163. POET SGML/XML Resource Libraries - links to all four Khare/Rifkin
papers PLUS the Systor tutorial; the more I find links to these, the
more I also find links to Lisa Rein...

166. Surfboard, in German but I recognize the link to me

167. Health Education Resources - I'm one of these, too?

173. English and Literature Links - I'm one of THESE, too?

190. CRPC On-line Technical Reports

192. More ASCII art

196. Oil City High School Library

208. Phoebe at CMU

226. Helen Sparks

227. Adlai Meshiach

249. Garth Whittaker



300. Script-o-rama

333. Linking Adam Rifkin to Pulp Fiction...

> Pulp Fiction filmmakers
> QUENTIN TARANTINO (Writer and Director)
> Tarantino, both writer and director of PULP FICTION, also plays a role
> as Jules' high-strung friend Jimmie. He burst onto the film scene with
> his critically acclaimed and controversial debut film "Reservoir
> Dogs," the gritty story of six thieves and a jewel heist gone awry. A
> graduate of the prestigious Sundance Institute Director's Workshop and
> Lab, Tarantino began his career as an actor. After five years of
> acting, appearing on select television series, then turned his
> attention to writing screenplays.
> While supporting himself by working in a video rental store in
> Southern California, he wrote the screenplay "True Romance" and
> received critical accolades for the film, directed by Tony Scott.
> Bender developed his passion for the arts while studying for his
> degree in Civil Engineering. He enrolled in dance classes and soon
> after won a scholarship to "Fame" choreographer Louis Falco's dance
> academy. It was only after being injured while dancing that he decided
> to try acting, and studied with acting coach Sandra Seacat, alongside
> actors Jessica Lange, Mickey Rourke, Marlo Thomas and Christopher
> Reeves, among others.
> After a string of roles for stage, film and television, Bender decided
> to move to the West Coast. He successfully appeared in a number of
> small films before stepping behind the camera to learn and work in all
> aspects of production. This included a number of films for the
> American Film Institute. Within a few years he had successfully
> produced several films and videos including the cult favorite horror
> tale "The Intruder" for director Scott Spiegel, and "A Tale of Two
> Sisters," directed by Adam Rifkin.
> Introduced to Quentin Tarantino by a mutual friend, Bender was
> immediately taken with the originality of Tarantino's writing. Soon
> after the two formed a partnership, with "Reservoir Dogs" as their
> first feature. He recently produced "Fresh" starring Samuel L. Jackson
> and Giancarlo Esposito, to be released by Miramax in September. He
> also served as Executive Producer, alongside Tarantino, on Roger
> Avery's feature directorial debut "Killing Zoe," starring Eric Stoltz,
> Julie Delpy and Jean-Hughes Anglade. PULP FICTION is the second film
> produced by their production company Band Apart.

378. Planet Sarah

451. Joe and Angela

505. Society for Creative Anachronism

512. Old Lloyd's Home Page

530. Phoebe Cates

555. Hudson Leick -- Dobbin, do you know her?

566. Grrr's Places to Go

> Goofy 'net types
> Adam Rifkin has a dizzying selection of links

589. Wayne E. Baisley's Bookmarks -- 208K of stuff!?

592. Look here, Rob, we have one degree of separation between Charles
Fleischer and Adam Rifkin. Eerie. So it goes Adam Rifkin -> Rob Harley ->
Reichart -> Charles Fleischer -> Adam Rifkin.

> ABC hopes Bone Chillers will be the next Goosebumps.
> R.L. Stine's Goosebumps children's books were adapted into a series by
> Fox last fall, quickly becoming its highest-rated kids' show.
> Producer Fred Silverman came across the Bone Chillers series of books
> by Betsy Haynes and thought it, too, had potential. (The former head
> of programming for ABC, CBS and NBC, Silverman got his start in
> children's TV in the 1970s.) He has sold it to ABC as a Saturday
> morning live action series for fall.
> "One of the books had four kids at a haunted high school," he says. "I
> figured that if we could produce a comedy horror show with continuing
> characters, we had the opportunity for a gargantuan-sized hit."
> While at CBS in the '70s, Silverman helped develop Scooby-Doo, about a
> bunch of kids and a wacky dog who wind up in a lot of haunted
> houses. The animated classic is now a perennial of the Cartoon
> Network. Silverman says kids haven't changed too much since then -
> they still love a good, clean scare.
> "The only difference is that kids are a lot more sophisticated than
> they used to be," he says. "They've seen everything. When you create a
> monster these days, it has to do a lot more than just say boo."
> Haynes, who has written 12 Bone Chillers books and 65 other books,
> including the Taffy Sinclair and Fabulous Five series, says this is
> her second book to be adapted for television. Last season, ABC adapted
> The Great Mom Swap; it starred Shelley Long.
> On that one, "I didn't do anything except wait for it to come out."
> For Bone Chillers, she's reading scripts and making suggestions.
> Unlike Goosebumps, which has offered straightforward adaptations of
> Stine's books, the Bone Chillers books will undergo some
> transformations for TV. Writer/producer Adam Rifkin has taken the four
> characters (two girls, two boys) from one Bone Chillers book, Back to
> School, and used them as the continuing characters of the series. He
> has also created two new characters: a weird janitor (played by
> Charles Fleischer, the voice of Roger Rabbit) and an earnest teacher
> (Laraine Newman of Saturday Night Live).
> "We want viewers to identify with their favorite characters every
> week," Rifkin says.

600. A fantastic quotation links site

601. Web Tourbus riders

602. Educational Resources

603. Poetry World - calls me a "rich resource"

604. PHOAKS: resources for rec.crafts.textiles.quilting

605. Harold's Top 13s - I am listed above Dave Siegel!

606. Lefty Net - links for lefties

607. Bill Clinton - "Your Lyin' Eyes"

608. Henry Jordan

609. Ozone Garage

626. Professor Alan R. Davis

627. ktrgovac's Quotations Page

628. Hell's Kitchen -- it took this far in to find a link from Duck?

> Our first "Site From Hell" award goes to the labrynthine webpage of
> Adam Rifkin, doctoral student at CalTech and the Computer Science
> Department Webmaster. The fact that he is my younger (and hairier)
> brother and personal hero definitely swayed the judges' votes (I as
> all of the judges) and any cries of foul play and nepotism are
> completely justified and will of course therefore be met with an armed
> response. Just click on his nose and you will be magically transported
> to AdamLand.

634. Melissa Binde

656. Ayan Kayal

678. John's World Wide Waste

679. Sara Blumson

700. w3j_sum_97 -- Rohit, what the heck is this? Search Recent Issue
Online Browse Past Issues Subscribe. Weaving a Web of Trust. Rohit
Khare, Adam Rifkin. Abstract. To date,...

701. Colorado Economics 210 Generation X guide

702. "Climbing Clueful Mountain" - remember this?

704. Algorithms of the Web!? Alweb!?

contains a link to the HPDC paper in its bibliography...

707. PASTOR'S POINTERS - Religious links from all over the world.

709. The Cinema Connection for Cult Directors

710. Sunworld new products is advertising the Web Journal?

> O'Reilly and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) have released the
> Summer '97 issue of the World Wide Web Journal, "Web Security: A
> Matter of Trust." This issue refocuses the debate over securing
> electronic commerce -- it goes beyond cryptography and discusses
> "Trust Management," a new approach to protecting open, decentralized
> systems like the Web. Its technical papers lead off with Rohit Khare
> and Adam Rifkin's overview, "Weaving a Web of Trust." A gamut of
> security-related topics are covered: digital signature legality;
> medical records privacy issues; cryptography and the Web; REFEREE: a
> trust management system for Web applications; as well as articles on
> government access to encryption, security for the domain name system,
> and more. The "W3C Reports" section looks at W3C's Digital Signature
> Initiative (DSI) and Joint Electronic Payment Initiative (JEPI).

Looks like this ad is all over the web. E.g.,

721. Excite's List of Internet Directories lists me?!

723. F ONE's Virtual File Finders

725. IBM Zurich Security Bibliography - buried in 880K of BiBTeX

729. Anything and everything about movies and cinema

730. TexasMart has more than 4,000 links to Texas Web sites

731. webtools

748. Cyberlore links - 1.General 2.Art 3.Custom 4.Humor 5.Narrative
6.Play 7.Speech

749. Pamela Anderson

750. The Accordion in Movies

> The Dark Backward. Adam Rifkin, USA, 1991. A man pursues stand-up
> comedy encouraged by his fellow garbage man. Though his friend, who
> accompanies him on accordion, continues to tell him how great he is,
> he actually stinks. When the "comedian" grows a third arm out of his
> back, the friend uses this twist to get him signed up with a sleazy
> talent agent, and it begins to look like his career is on the move,
> even though his girlfriend has left him.

751. Ora Lassila's Publications - last "physical media" publication was
with yours truly...

752. Contract with my Grandchildren

755. Rif's Places to Visit - talk about a waste of $50 a year for a
domain name...

757. Hippyland Peace Page

760. "Here is an excellent collection of financial links maintained by
Adam Rifkin at Caltech."

761. Information Exchange

763. ?!

767. "The Nanny" home page

> "They are calling this Charles first motion-picture, but isn't
> "Denial" also in the works, will have to see which comes out first! In
> the press release it notes that Charles sent a letter to Terry Moore
> expressing his thanks and admiration for casting him in his two first
> motion pictures. "It is starring in motion pictures that has always been
> the goal for Charles Shaughnessy", says Jerry Rivers (a partner in
> Moore/Rivers Productions)."
> Denial is a romantic comedy starring Jason Alexander, Christine
> Taylor, Patrick Dempsey, Jonathan Silverman, Amy Yasbeck, Norm
> Macdonald. Directed by Adam Rifkin it had a budget of $5 Milllion. In
> this provacative and humorous story, writer and gadfly ART WITZ tells a
> dinner party that, given the opportunity, all couples cheat on each
> other, thus provoking a crisis that affects the three supposedly
> "happily married" couples in attendance.

771. Showbiz Music Charts All Over the World

And last but certainly not least...
776. Joseph S. Barrera III -- Bargain Basket of Links

Well, what did I learn from all this? That things are more hopelessly
interconnected than I originally thought. That to understand anything,
I have to get to know everything. I feel a heavy sleep coming on...


If you wanna touch her, ask!
-- Shania Twain