John Styn

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John Styn
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John "Halcyon" Styn, 2011
Born (1971-05-28) May 28, 1971 (age 43)
San Diego, California
Other names Halcyon Lujah
Occupation Entrepreneur, web designer, author, online personality
Website
http://www.lifestudent.com/

John "Halcyon" Styn (also known as Halcyon Lujah) is an American blogger, entrepreneur, web designer, author, and Web celebrity,[1] who "pushed the boundaries of online self-expression"[2] through his various online projects. He is currently the co-founder of 1st Saturdays,[3][4] a homeless outreach project, and host of Hug Nation.[5]

Career[edit]

Styn worked as the first Webmaster for Sony's "Station" E-commerce Mall and for CollegeClub.com[6]

Styn has won two Webby Awards, the first, as the designer and star of his personal website, cockybastard.com,[7] and the second for a HugNation video podcast.[8]

Other projects have included:

  • Anybeat, a social networking service based on pseudonymity.[9]
  • 1st Saturdays, a homeless outreach project based in San Diego.[3]
  • Hug Nation, which won the "people's choice" Webby Award in 2007.[5][10][11][12]
  • Pinkgasm.com, an "alternative sexuality site" that sponsored the Masturbate-a-thon events.[13]
  • Pink Aid, a charity originally started to raise money for victims of Hurricane Katrina.[14][15]
  • "Porn Posse", an Internet services company.[16]
  • CitizenX.com, an experimental webcam community.[2]
  • TheRealHouse, a live webcam-house that ran from 2000–2002[17]
  • The book, Love more. Fear less. (2010)[18]

Blogging career[edit]

Styn bought his first URL in 1996 to put his self-published zine on the web.[19] This first autobiographical ezine ran from 1996 to 2000.

He first achieved internet notoriety when one of his stories got him into trouble with Fruit of the Loom.[20] When they sent a cease and desist order on March 2, 1998[21] demanding that he take down a parody of their logo that he made for a blog post. The post is still up.

He is also a contributor for the Burning Blog, the official blog of Burning Man.[22]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result
2000 Webby Award Best Personal Website — cockybastard.com Won
2007 Webby Award Reality — Hug Nation Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wilson, Michael (September 18, 2012). "Real Photo, Fake Family". NY Times. 
  2. ^ a b Derek M. Powazek (2002). Design for community: the art of connecting real people in virtual places. New Riders. 
  3. ^ a b Morlan, Kinsee (January 19, 2011). "Online Intimacy". San Diego City Beat. 
  4. ^ "Helping the Homeless in San Diego". Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Bryant, Steve (June 5, 2007). "Taking in the Webby Video Scene". gigaom. 
  6. ^ Hafner, Katie (May 31, 2001). "A Beautiful Life, an Early Death, a Fraud Exposed". New York Times. 
  7. ^ "And the winner is ...". The Independent. May 15, 2000. 
  8. ^ Evans, Jamie (September 2, 2011). "Hugnation Wins The Votes Of People Like Better Reality Site For The 11th Annual Webby Award". Gadgets Radar. 
  9. ^ Olanoff, Drew (September 27, 2011). "AnyBeat is the social network that doesn’t even want your real name". The Next Web. 
  10. ^ Sites, Kevin. "People of the Web - Love Warriors". Yahoo. Archived from the original on 2007-07-03. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  11. ^ Meekis, Laurie. "HugNation: A Living Legacy of Love and Optimism Created on the Web - Yahoo! Voices - voices.yahoo.com". Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  12. ^ Stern, Otto Z. (23 June 2007). "Yahoo!'s pink liberation army a threat to America's youth • The Register". The Register. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  13. ^ Newitz, Annalee (March 1, 2006). "Blogging for Dollars:How to Launch Porn into the Blogosphere". Adult Video News. 
  14. ^ Lewis, Todd (September 30, 2005). "Digital Orgy for Charity Sunday". Adult Video News. 
  15. ^ Lewis, Todd. "PINK+AID Charity Porn DVD Now Available". Adult Video News. 
  16. ^ Barrett, Marty (December 1, 2003). "A Fistful of Porn: The Porn Posse Saddles Up". Adult Video News. 
  17. ^ Senft, Theresa M. Camgirls: Celebrity and Community in the Age of Social Networks. ISBN 9780820456942. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  18. ^ Styn, John (2010). Love more. Fear less. Lulu. ISBN 9780557669196. 
  19. ^ "Halycon". Ambush Interview. March 23, 2005. 
  20. ^ "15 Questions for Halcyon Styn". Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  21. ^ "Boxers or Briefs?". Wired Magazine. March 3, 1998. 
  22. ^ "Posts by John "Halcyon" Styn". Black Rock City, llc. 

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