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Jeremy Cherfas

Managing the internet is hard

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A nice, friendly email alerted me to the fact that there were a few people still subscribed to this website by email or RSS, who have possibly been confused by what it has become. More likely, of course, they're just ignoring it in the way that I ignore emails from things I subscribed to ages ago and that no longer interest me. So much simpler to ignore than unsubscribe. Anyway, the site that used to be at this domain was originally intended as an online presence for the great Russian plant explorer N.I. Vavilov. It was funded by the same people that funded Gary Nabhan's book Where Our Food Comes From: Retracing Nikolay Vavilov's Quest to End Famine, and after that funding ended I kept it up as long as I could, but I couldn't honestly sustain it.

Then a bad crash at the original host left the website unusable. I have all the material in a backup, natch, but in the meantime I have started to use this domain for an experiment. I thought I had cleaned up the feed and RSS emails for the domain, but I hadn't, so now I am. Subscribers are about to get an email explaining what's going on. Some of them may, I suppose, get this post first.

I feel bad that I have neglected the Vavilov material, but other things have pushed it down my priorities. Putting it back up is one of the important but not urgent, back-burner projects that never seem to come to the boil. I need to turn up the heat on myself.