|One of the versions of Edvard Munch's "The Scream" was stolen from an Oslo museum in August 2004. It was recovered in 2006 (this image from Wikipedia)|
2004! It was still the relatively early days of the New Millennium. Do you remember anything about it? Let me remind you of a few things that happened that year:
• Facebook was launched
• Terrorist bombs at a Madrid railway station killed nearly 200 people
• The Republic of Ireland banned smoking in bars, restaurants and enclosed public spaces
• Greece won the European football championships in Portugal
• Wikipedia reached 1 million entries
• The Cassini-Hugyens spacecraft arrived at Saturn
• John Peel, Ronald Reagan, Ray Charles, Marlon Brando, Christopher Reeve and Yasser Arafat all sloughed the mortal coil
In addition to these milestone events, the Merriam-Webster dictionary picked "blog" as word-of-the-year. Back then I didn't really know what a blog was but I remember thinking that if they were that important I should probably have one. Such folly! I duly sniffed around on the internet and found Blogger who offered a free hosting service. I signed up and after a bit of fiddling and wishing I'd paid more attention to the HTML class I'd attended in 1999, I finally published the first entry of Mad Dogs and Englishmen. That was on August 26, 2004: today is its 9th anniversary! Needless to say, I had no idea where how the embryonic web log was going to develop. Certainly it's evolved over the past nine years. I'll pontificate on the blogging process on another occasion -the fact is I'm still here even though the average blog lifespan is around three years. Oh well...!
Happy Birthday MD&E!