Six days ago, this weblog turned nine years old. I briefly thought of it, but the last two weeks have been very busy at school (lots of end-of-term stuff), so I didn’t get around to posting. Now I’ve been reminded of the anniversary by Jörg of Schockwellenreiter fame who always remembers these things. Danke!
Nine years ago I was a student, living in Bonn and apparently having a lot of free time to write (almost) daily postings. I started a weblog just to try out the software my then-boyfriend worked on. I had no idea that I would keep this up for such a long time.
Well, I’ve moved twice in the real world and once online since I started this weblog, I’m now a teacher with a lot less free time to write (almost) monthly postings. Yet some of you still visit my weblog or read my RSS feed – and have been doing so for nine years. Thanks!
This weblog has allowed me to talk to people living around the world via comments or e-mail and to meet friends who live several thousands of miles from here on another continent, namely Garret and Sandra, and Hal and his wife and son. I still remember this occasion very fondly and would do it again in a heartbeat. Thanks very much, you really helped making this day unforgettable!
Fortunately, here in Germany we are six hours ahead of Washington, so I was able to watch the inauguration live online. By the way, it’s really amusing to hear the BBC’s reporter ask a couple their names and then say “pleased to meet you!” So very British. ;-)
I have to say that I was really moved. I felt like I have witnessed history in the making, live. This might be one of those moments that you later talk about, starting with “I remember exactly where I was when…”
I’ve felt that way once before, and that was on November 9th, 1989. I was fourteen years old. When I came home in the evening, I heard on TV that the GDR government had opened the borders. It was hard to believe what I saw on TV that night and the following days. Even weeks before noone would have thought that to be possible, and yet it happened.
I bet that a lot of people in the US also believed that it would be a very long time before a non-white president would be elected, and yet it happened last November.
Edited to add:
Take a look at The Big Picture – 48 photos of the inauguration and of people around the world watching it.
There are some great documentaries about spacesuits, the Lunar Rover, navigation computers, the Lunar Module and Saturn V on Youtube, each in five parts. They were aired on the Discovery Channel during Space Week. I’ve only watched the first two documentaries (not enough time for all of them today) and found them very interesting. Enjoy!
- Space Suits: one, two, three, four, five
- Lunar Rover: one, two, three, four, five
- Navigation Computer: one, two, three, four, five
- Lunar Module: one, two, three, four, five
- Saturn V: one, two, three, four, five
Links via MetaFilter.
There’s a great Feynman thread at MetaFilter with links to lots of videos of him. I watched Richard Feynman – The Last Journey Of A Genius last night. The film is mainly about Feynman’s and Ralph Leighton’s obsession with Tuva and was filmed in 1988, just a few days before Feynman died. There are links to a lot of other films worth checking out in the thread, too.