That, my friends, is the “end of the Great Wall” of China.
HOW I GOT MY DOMAIN NAME BACK
I blogged for years at Urban Onramps dot com. From the late 1990s (pre Y2k - remember that?) Sometime around 2010 or 2012, I let the name go. Blogging had changed. More people had platforms, more voices were “out there,” and I didn’t have time to keep up with changes. I let the name registration lapse. Someone picked it up - I don’t know who. They held it for years and did nothing with it. There is an industry of domain flippers who buy names and hold them to sell for profit. I probed a few times since then about re-acquiring the name. I was in no rush. I could never get an upfront price. Fast forward: In March, I got an email about a GoDaddy service called AfterNIC, a “one-stop location to buy and sell domains.” GoDaddy is credible, so I probed. I searched for Urban Onramps dot com and found a price: $288. I gave it a shot. They took my money right away, but I could not get the domain for 60 days. It’s been 60 days, and I just got notified that the domain is mine. What will I do with it? I still don’t know. Since 2012 there has been an even greater explosion of platforms, voices, blogs, vlogs, streams, etc. Not sure. But I will do something, even if it’s just to attach the name to this, my SubStack.
STORIES THAT CAUGHT MY ATTENTION
30 years ago, Romania deprived thousands of babies of human contact. Here's what's become of them. (The Atlantic)
The summer job market for teens is sweet. (Wall Street Journal)
June 24 - I will speak at the CRI Resilient conference. Topic: Resilience through Apprenticeship.
June 26 - Training Day #1 for the Green Room: Board Leadership for Leaders of Color, hosted by the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.
Nov. 10-13 - CCDA National Conference, Kansas City
Thank you for your attention.
Memories of my years in Grand Rapids (2009-18). My three girls at Garfield Park. Winter was finally over.