Changes in the advanced search

Yeah, so you can FINALLY search for phrases in quotes on the Advanced Search Page.

You will also be able to search based on race, and sex. Though I’m still working on that. Because, you see, I have to go back over all 14,173 cases and specify their sex and race. I’m working on it.

There is also a new category of missing person: “Migrant.” By which I mean a person who disappears while traveling to the U.S. illegally. I’ve got quite a few cases like that on Charley and I never quite knew which category to put them in, so I decided to give them their own.

I have go back over the missing migrants and put them in the new category. I’m working on it.

I have returned home and had a marvelous time

I have arrived home from Wisconsin. I went there to attend a fundraising event of the Someday Known nonprofit group, and meet people and give a speech. The hotel was nice and I didn’t get dive-bombed by a clipboard, unlike last time. I had a great time at the event, and my speech was well received. The event was supposed to last from 6:00 to 9:00 but I didn’t leave till almost eleven.

Someone took a cell phone video of me giving my speech, but I’m saving that video for a special project I’m working on.

Tomorrow morning is my surgery. I hope I shall be back in fine form by Tuesday. We’ll see.

I’ll be preoccupied this weekend and early next week

So on Saturday I’m going back to Wisconsin, because that night I’m due to deliver a speech to a non-profit group at their fundraiser. I am a little nervous but it should be loads of fun and they’re actually paying me!

And then I stay overnight at a hotel there, and then drive back on Sunday. Then on Monday at six o’clock in the morning (ugh) I’m reporting to the hospital where I’m getting a minor elective surgery done. Specifically, I’m getting my tubes tied, because I hate children and babies and can’t afford them anyway. I should be out of recovery and heading home by noon or so, but I suppose I’ll probably be feeling a bit down and out for a day or two after that.

So things may be quiet around here for a few days, is what I’m saying.

Five (sorta) missing people in the wreckage of a crashed plane

So, if a plane crashes and they find the crash site but are unable to recover the bodies for whatever reason, I don’t usually consider those people to be missing, even by my quite generous definition. After all, their fate and the location of their remains is known.

But today, I added five people whose case fit those parameters: plane crash, wreckage found. I decided I could just about wedge the case within the Charley Project’s case requirements because, after the crash site was initially located, it vanished again. It moved.

I doubt that happens all that often, but this was in Alaska, the Land That Eats People.

A small plane carrying four Polish tourists and their pilot was on an aerial tour of Denali National Park when it hit the side of the mountain. This was at 11,000-foot elevation, on an unstable field of ice and snow. When park rangers found the site a few days later, the plane was embedded in snow right on the side of a cliff, as you can see in the photo accompanying this article. The fact that it’s gone now is not terribly surprising: shifting/melting ice and snow, wind, etc.

So anyway, the victims are now up on my site: the pilot, Craig Layson, from Michigan, and the four passengers: Janusz Intek, Maria Libacka, Kazimierz Miernik and Robert Sieniawski, all of them Poles. Rest In Peace. The mountain is their grave.

Orville has returned, and I was on a podcast

Hi all! I was finally able to pick up Orville this morning. I had thought I would be able to do it Saturday, but they still weren’t done with him by closing time, and the shop was closed Sunday. But now I have him back and I’m adding updates as fast as I can.

Also, I was interviewed for the Victimology podcast! Check it out on your favorite podcast app or here on your browser.