On the other hand, the website (of a software) that is operational, there is map that shows the places (as dots) from which people have visited that website. Adding it to the site was an extension of an idea given by someone who once worked with me, who had suggested that we might add such a map to another website meant for a research workshop.
In the beginning I used to eagerly see the map (the details that you get when you click on it) to check how many people have been visiting. Since the number was not very encouraging, now I only sometimes see this map.
Today I happened to see it and noticed that now they have an extra feature which more specifically lists (apart from showing on the map) the places from which the most recent visits have originated. One day, one IP address, one dot. Same day, another IP address, another dot. And so on.
And what is that? One of the dots is from … Abbottabad. Now given the things as they are at present (in India and elsewhere), and have been for some time, that is something to make you jump out of your chair. As I nearly did.
I wonder which of the three great parties is using my software. Or is there a fourth* party? Should I swell with pride, shrink with shame or just faint from fear?
* Dotters or Dot Busters?
Or should I just say: one more and in a new place. And go back to my work. Or sleep.
I wonder and wonder. Because it’s a wonderful world.
Perhaps I should just curse someone (unknown) somewhere (unknown) in the Night of the Living Geeks.
(With apologies to the good people of Abbottabad.)
(As an afterthought.)
(There are some, aren’t there? … There must be.)