A sad day it was. The day I could no longer search. Dumbfounded, confused, I tried repeatedly and each time no results displayed. Something is clearly wrong and I was bothered. Only on the desperate last search did I see the words. So accustomed to seeing a list of results that on first view I didn’t bother to read. The brief and sweet send off read:
Torrentz will always love you. Farewell.
Returning to the homepage it was clear that the message was there all along and I simply refused to believe it. Is it rational and mentally sane to cry over a website? I don’t care. I nearly did.
Torrentz was a free, fast and powerful meta-search engine combining results from dozens of search engines
The site shut down a couple of days ago. And I’m still in shock.
Update: Excerpt of notice of copyright infringement from Thomson Reuters. Full email here.
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A high brow Paris lawyer. A vain do good-er in the extreme. Smug.
A traffic argument leaves him in an embarrassed shock. Someone of his profession and verbal agility is wronged in public. And the public agrees. Outrage at there being no one to defend him, to support him; our lawyer recedes into a more normal though imperfect life and being.
The public’s perception of him does not meet the purity of his own.
It is a defeat. A grand fall.
What is this life but reading in the park on a Saturday midday.
Trust is a very difficult emotion to feel for someone. It’s fragile and sensitive. Trust can be created more easily with strangers than with family. Strangers have yet to hurt you and generally don’t intend to if they seek your trust. And if they do hurt, then it is placed aside as an example of humanity’s nature. As if your were expecting it and satisfied so proved right.
Family can scar; always hurting and infrequently punished. One’s family is not chosen so it’s okay to disregard.
New adventures sought to create distance between yourself and Family. Along the way a new family is formed; a family of strangers that morph into friends that understand and accept your present self. Friends that want trust and discretion.
And this conflict seems to have drawn Alexander Supertramp to tramp across the country rejecting all that family meant and created a distance of silence. He doesn’t share his adventures. Of strangers he creates family and of family he creates strangers.