First, compliments to the organisers and participants of this
wonderful and timely contest. Personal home pages, as Mirza Babayev
put it, is salt of the cybereath, the Alfa and Omega of infocosmos.
Without them, without the private persons who represent themselves in
direct or mediated ways, the internet would be just another
television, an alienating medium of power, manipulation and diddling
entertainment based on the unbridgeable gap between producers and
consumers. Fortunately, on the internet, there are plenty of brave
hearts who are not afraid to create the new world and the new selves
and to contribute to common cause by expressing themselves. It is a
good idea to grant honours to these heroes, and they definitely
Second, I am grateful for the award conferred on me but, to be honest,
I feel a bit embarrassed with "life achievement" wording. This formula
seems to suggest that everything has been done and the recipient can
finally rest in peace. As Caligula breaking the mirror, I want to
shout out, "Je suis encore vivant!"