I am somewhat intermittently rereading The New New Thing, Michael Lewis' book about Jim Clark, dating from 1999; the height of the Internet boom. I was struck by a passage about "the first bird". Jim Clark and Michael Lewis are at sea, sailing from Europe to the Caribbean on Clark's computer-controlled mega-yacht, and before their landfall they see a solitary figure: the first bird. The first bird is a cheery site for the crew of a boat because it means land is nearing, but it isn't great for the bird; likely, it has strayed too far from land and cannot make it back. An interesting metaphor for Clark himself. There is a chance the bird cannot make it back to the land it has left, but is nearing new land ahead. I sometimes feel exactly like such a bird. I cannot turn back, it would be too far, so I must press on hoping to find new land. Onward!