Tara Calishain

I dream in data flows


What do you THINK I was doing on 9/11?

I was aggregating and updating a resource list just as fast as I could. My stepson lived in New York City at the time and while he was fine we didn’t hear from him until late in the day (the phones were down) so it helped to have something to point my anxious energy at.

I wanted to know what was going on and I knew everybody else did too, so I started searching and building out RSS feeds and making mental notes of vocabulary and building country lists in my head and just poured myself into it.

The list ended up being archived by the Library of Congress: https://www.loc.gov/item/lcwaN0021996/

It’s such a strange time to look back on. It feels like forever ago and omnipresent at the same time. I suspect I’ll feel the same way about 2020 in 20 more years.