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New Year Days are typically a time for reflection on what has been, and anticipation for what will be.
I find myself reflecting on many things that have happened over the past twelve months, not the least of which was my very great fortune in finding Web Master World. I have many friends here; I have seen none, I have spoken to none, I have sticky-mailed but a few, but I have learned from you all. You are all my friends; I enjoy my time with you and I thank you all for letting me into your lives each day.
And of course I am very grateful, as I am sure are you, to Brett for setting up the fora, and to the moderators for keeping things running smoothly.
There is a very long post here [webmasterworld.com] entitled “Why is this different?” One of the main reasons is that the quality of information and assistance available here is, in my opinion, surpassed by none. Take Chiyo’s post here [webmasterworld.com] as an example. He really hit the nail on the head, prompted me to rethink my designs and also to go off and re-read a lot of Jacob Nielen's site. Nielsen predicts that 2001 will see great changes in the way the internet operates.
What most people don't realise though is that with change comes opportunity, or to put it another way, "Change is a given, growth is optional", or to put it yet another way, “The future looks great - if we want it to be”.
Anyway, back to the New Year. In Australia we are celebrating thrice: -
1) celebrating the coming of the New Year, 2001
2) celebrating the "true" beginning of the new Millennium (no arguments please or I will tell you why it is not, and neither was 2000...), and
3) celebrating the Centenary of the formation of Australia as a Country. Australia began as a series of colonies from England that became known as separate states with separate governments. In 1901, Australia was formally constituted as a Federation of States to be known as the Country of Australia.
Its kind of like the New Year of the Internet; celebrating a New Year, celebrating a New Beginning, and celebrating the initial forming of the internet as we know it. (OK, not quite a centenary but you get the idea.)
This idea of New Year Messages from around the world is Rencke's, credit where credit is due, it has fallen to my lot to have the honour of starting things off simply because of my location. His idea was for a series of fun messages, and looking back on my post I see it is more introspective than fun.
So let me get off my soap-box as I ask you to join with me now as I propose a toast; a toast to the New Year, a toast to the New Internet, and a toast to our mutual growth and prosperity in these exciting times.
On behalf of Web Master World, I invite you all to include your New Years messages here for us all.
And from me, I wish you all the very best for the coming new year. Or as they say in Southern China, "Kung Hey Fat Choi"
Cheers and Onya
Here at the 69th parallell - in the country with outdoor air-conditiong year round - the New Year's Eve beach parties have been suspended due to 12 hours of snowfall, which has wrapped the whole town in white. Streets, buildings, cars and trees are all under more than a foot of new snow, muffling the noise from even the ferocious fireworks. It is very pretty and the temperature is milder than normal, just one degree below the freezing point. If the global warming trend continues like this, we are going to have problems keeping our champagne cold. Not that there is much left of it at the time of writing. Just one more bottle to go, so:
PS: I always thought that Australia was a penal colony to which the Brits sent their least desirable elements. Thanks Woz, for setting me straight and Happy Centennial!
How are the New Year’s resolutions going? I’m quite sure many will be ‘forgotten’ within the next few days – if not the next few hours! Mine is to get my computer organised – hmmm – I will, really.
Wouldn’t it be nice if those that ran the search engines would have the same idea on a rather larger scale and once there to let it stand so we all knew where we were. And a further idea on their part – to revert to the paying schemes they are all concocting. One can dream.
Good luck for the coming year
ps Brett - a new resolution for you - your clock is 8 minutes fast!
Plus thanks for the citation Woz!
Thanks to all the moderators and brett's vision and commitment especially.
If WMW gives us half as much in 2001 as in 2000, we will be very happy. Somehow I think it will be much more...
It's a chilly 66 degrees (Farenheit), and the sky is lit up by dozens of fireworks, which were just made legal here again. We've got "Dick Clark's Rockin' New Years Eve 2001" on the TV, and I suspect that there is an aging portrait of him in his closet. :)
Well, that said, we're off to toast the new year with a chilled bottle of Martinellis...
It's gettin' chilly now, gonna move indoors in a half hour or so, after the fireworks, and things quiet down again.
All the best to each of you in 2001 and the NEXT hundred years!
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year WebmasterWorld members, lurkers, moderators and anybody else that happens by here. I wish you all the best in the coming year.
and to all the Canadians:
[big]Happy New Year Eh![/big]