Bornholm is my ancestral homeland. It is an island located about 100 miles off the coast of Denmark in the Baltic Sea that is actually closer to Sweden than to Denmark.
David Alan Kjøller
It has been more than twenty years since my first foray on the internet. As a junior in
computer science I was in a group comprised of only a few hundred students in CS and
Engineering who were given access to this domain.
Indeed, all other students whatever their majors, had no such access which, since its inception, had been available only to academia, the military, and other government entities.
I had no doubt that if I had asked anyone 'on the street' what the internet was, not one person in a hundred would have known.
Back then, navigating the internet was not nearly simple as now. It required the use of Unix commands though for us these were already familiar terms. The fascination wore thin quickly.
Everything was text; there were no graphics, windows, images, hyperlinks; in short, it was missing virtually all that makes the net so compelling now.
The year was 1989 and the first website would not be conceived and built until 1991. Its creator was Tim Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist and MIT professor, who also invented the concept of the World Wide Web.
As I begin this adventure of experiment I am mindful that the web may be
the ultimate expression of democratic opportunity. With minimal resources and an idea
of merit the potential for gain is quite extraordinary.
Though I have no particular expectations it is curiosity that drives my interest here. Unlike a typical site which has a single purpose, I have chosen instead an eclectic composition of domains and pages whose form, features, and other characteristics are subject to change over time.
My guiding idea will be very simple. Try something and see what happens.
My Visitors and Country of Origin
United Arab Emirates
Jim Gaster is one of very few coopers in the US. He makes authentic oak buckets and
other articles using simple hand tools. His works are in museums including
the Smithsonian, displayed by famous venues like Disneyland and bought by motion picture
production companies for films such as Seabiscuit and The Alamo.
Gaster is another resident of Indianola who has gained fame from his endeavors.
Indianola is a very small town in SW Nebraska. Its population has been 600 to 800 for nearly all the years since its founding in the 1870's. I have a very strong bond to it on my maternal side. My mother grew up there and my grandparents and great grandparents lives extend back to its founding.
Fascinating.  Its the word that best describes my thought about the number of visitors who
have come to my website from other countries in the nearly 6 years since I created it. Why
they come or under what kind of search is the heart of that question.
When I needed a name for the website all the names I thought of were already taken so I decided to create a name by simply putting letters together. Eventually, this somewhat random process resulted in the name - sondeau.
It never occurred to me or did it matter that sondeau might have a french connection as it were. Later, I would discover that there are a few people with that name but it doesn't appear that is a significant reason for visiting.
In contrast, my last name, Kjoller, is certainly a reason why Danes and other Scandinavians come to my website. For all others, I simply don't know.
Some of the countries listed do not have the status as being fully independent in keeping with the definition but rather are protectorates or of a similar nature. For example, the Virgin Islands is roughly divided geographically into two parts - one is controlled by Great Britain and the other by the United States.
Also, In reference to where they are in the world, many of these countries are unfamiliar to me. As a consequence, I've taken to reading and learning various aspects of them. In its own way, the statistics software which presents information about my visitors has become an instrument, of sorts, to a geography and history lesson.