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…And We’re Back

The move to the new server took longer than expected, mostly because I had to rely too much on iPowerWeb to do little things like respond to important e-mails. But the site’s all up on my new host and everyone I’ve asked has been properly redirected, so the change in name servers appears to have propagated. If that made no sense, don’t worry. All of it was basically to say that, after more work and time than expected, the site is back and functioning and ready to grow. I’m sure you’re all very excited. I know I am.

But before I write any more here or add any new features to the domain, I’d like to take a moment to pay my respects.

To London 07.07.2005

It’s inevitable that I’m reminded of 11 September 2001. The politicians can’t stop saying that day, which I feel cheapens it, but one look at the headlines from the BBC and all the feelings of that day flood back to me. I happened to get stuck on the wrong side of the U.S.-Canada border that day, and one of my clearest memories is how welcoming and supportive the Canadians were to us, a host of high school kids separated from our families by a closed border. They were exactly the sort of international neighbors you dream of having and exactly the sort I hope I can be.

As for terrorism in general, like the many people posting at We’re Not Afraid, I am not afraid of terrorists. Having lived in Germany prior to 9/11, I was accustomed to warnings about Osama bin Laden and terrorists. I knew many people in the world did not like Westerners in general and Americans in particular. I met some of those people. They haven’t stopped me before and they won’t stop me now. Tomorrow I plan to start the process for applying for a Marshall scholarship with the hope of getting to spend a couple years living and doing research in central London.