Kat’s father made it home to Long Island last night, having walked about fifty blocks uptown before managing to get off the island. One of Kat’s college friends was also very near the WTC when it was hit, and made it out physically unharmed. So far, despite Kat’s strong NYC ties, we’ve been lucky: so far as we’re aware, nobody she knows was injured or killed. We’re safe, everyone we know is safe; I don’t know about you, but for me, Thanksgiving has started a little early this year, even as I mourn the loss we’ve suffered as a people.
Archive: September 2001
Kat and I have just heard that her father, whose office is very close to where the World Trade Center used to stand, was not harmed but is still somewhere on Manhattan Island. Apparently he saw everything, which I don’t think I can imagine. Or, more likely, I just don’t want to.
Our hearts, in the moments when they can feel at all, go out to those who have lost loved ones today.
As I crawl back into update mode—last week was Web2001, where I presented quite a bit and met lots of cool folks (and got my picture taken by Heather Champ). I also got Jeffrey Zeldman’s Taking Your Talent to the Web signed by the man himself, and then discovered that I’m mentioned in the acknowledgments.
Random thought drawn from the show: although I don’t think tables are an evil design tool, I do think they’ve poisoned and limited our ideas of what is possible in Web design. There is another structure that can be described as a collection of cells: a prison. It’s time for designers to break out.
If you’re dropping by to see if the complexspiral demo is live yet—no, it isn’t, but it will be soon! I’ll be doing my best to get it and the material from my talks online in the next week or two. I beg your patience while I get myself reoriented to life without five simultaneous high-pressure short-schedule projects. While you’re waiting, you can get an update on nanotech use in military and civilian products from CNN.com and the Associated Press. Thank you—please pull around to the first window.