10 years ago on 9/11 and other reflections

10 years ago I was starting my MBA at U of Calgary. On 9/11 I got up in the morning as usual, started preparing breakfast. And when I turned on the TV and saw the unbelievable images, they shocked and shook me and my better half to our cores. We knew our world would never be the same again. On that day, we had no ideas how things would turn out but we knew our friends and relatives in US are in our thoughts and we knew the Canadian government would do what was right and needed to help US.

After I dropped off my better half to work, I got to school. Some professors tried, admirably, to teach their classes but I honestly don’t remember what were taught that day and a few days afterwards.

I know the horrible images will always be with me, I will never forget. At the same time, without knowing it, as Canadians, we also witnessed the beginning of a life long friendships formed at Gander, Newfoundland.

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9/11 reflection: To live my life as best I can.

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I read this Guardian article “Memories are still vivid, but we need to declare the end of the 9/11 era” recommended by a NY friend and found it very insightful. (emphasis added)

“As Eliza Manningham-Buller, the former head of MI5, argued in her first Reith lecture calling it a war “legitimises the terrorists as warriors”. It’s exactly what al-Qaida wanted – feeding their fantasies of grandeur – and we gave it to them.

Former head of UK MI5 Eliza Manningham-Buller’s lecture Podcast (mp3) and lecture transcript (show info).

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9/11 reflection: “Canadian artist creates intricate algorithms to honour 9/11 victims

All The Names: Algorithmic Design and the 9/11 Memorial

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