A few weeks ago, I discovered an archaeological relic while I was wandering in the wilderness. It was quite an expected sight. I had to stop and think a while to understand what its purpose was, to consider the role that it must have played in the lives of these ancient people. What were they doing? What were they thinking? Can we recreate these primitive folks from these few snatches of their lives? I respect the slow, steady work of archaeologists, and the challenges that they face in recreating historic puzzles with missing pieces and uncertain end states.
Less abstractly: while doing some maintenance a few weeks ago, I had to go to wordpress.com to acquire my API key in order to use the comment spam protection on this blog. I started to register an account on wordpress.com, then rememembered, "Hey, I already have an account here." I logged in and unexpectedly found my blog from my summer in Europe at the International Space University: Road Trip to Space. (It's empty there, but keep reading...)
I've spent a fair amount of time already in 2008 archiving bits and pieces of the past. I'm not stuck there, unwilling to move on. I welcome the future. I want the past to be the past. I'm filing things away so that the past can be a story shared with the characters who were a part of it instead of a private clutter in boxes and folders -- the past as a trail that can be followed instead of the past as a jungle that grasps, impedes.
Here are the posts from that old blog in their new home on this site: tag: SSP 2006. It's all the same, except that instead of hosting the photos on site, I've added them to Flickr and linked to them there. This is not groundbreaking stuff by any means, just a piece of the Kittell Legend. Sure, sure, it's not as interesting as any Duluoz Legend, but it's close to my heart nonetheless.
I've posted three sets of photos to Flickr from summer 2006. There are more -- quite a lot more, actually, and I'll get to them in due time. It takes some time to properly archive them due to my obsession with mundane details like tags, latitude and longitude, etc.