The Nessness of Ness

Some suffixes are an afterthought, while others define or refine the essence of the word before.
Ness is like that.

Ness and -ness are about more than the thing itself, about the meta-ness of any concept, place, person, or thing.
Ness is like that.

800px-Nessie cc Paul Hermans

As the Vikings explored, they mapped the territory. A Ness is a promontory, a vantage point for seeing further.
Ness is like that.

You can refer to Wikipedia for more about Ness, Wiktionary for -ness, and other places for more.

Several entries from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

Ness may refer to:
Ness (Irish mythology), a princess in Irish mythology. More about this can be found in comic form (!) by the artist Patrick Brown

Places
The Germanic/Nordic word for promontory, found in Northern European placenames
Loch Ness, a large, deep, freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands Loch Ness Monster, a cryptid that is reputed to inhabit Loch Ness

River Ness, links the Loch to the North Sea at Inverness, Scotland, UK
Ness: East Ness & West Ness, Ryedale, North Yorkshire
Ness, Lewis, the most northerly area on Lewis, Scotland, UK
Ness Football Club, Football club based in the Western Isles
Bo’ness, a town in Scotland, UK
Lowestoft Ness, most easterly point of the UK
Orford Ness, shingle spit and bird sanctuary in Suffolk, England, UK
Ness, Cheshire, a village in Cheshire on the Wirral Peninsula, England, UK
Ness Botanic Gardens, owned by the University of Liverpool and located on the Wirral Peninsula, England (located in Ness, Cheshire, UK)
Ness City, Kansas
Ness Township, Minnesota

Affixation
Caithness, a Scottish county
Dungeness (headland), shingle promontory and site of a nuclear power station in Kent, England
Inverness, a Scottish city, Capital of the Highlands
Langness Peninsula, in the Isle of Man
Sharpness Point, a promontory at Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear, England, UK
Sheerness, an English town in Kent
Shoeburyness, an Essex Town on the North Bank of the Thames Estuary
Stromness, a harbour town in the Orkney Isles
Alness, a Scottish town
Skegness, a north sea coastal town in East Lincolnshire.
Hamars Ness, a headland on the island of Fetlar in Shetland
Milton Ness, a coastal landform along the coast of the North Sea
Scurdie Ness, a headland to the South of Montrose and the name of the lighthouse located there

Organizations
Ness Computing, Personal search company
Ness Technologies, Global provider of IT services and solutions
Ness Foundation, a medical research charity near Inverness, Scotland
New England Skeptical Society (NESS), a skeptical organization

People
Ness, also NE2S, shortened versions of name used by French rapper Nessbeal
Ness, Eliot (1903-1957) American lawman
Ness, Edwards (1897–1968), Welsh Labour Party politician
Ness, Flowers, Welsh former rugby player
Ness, Wadia (born 1970), Indian businessman
Ness (surname)

The surname Ness may refer to:

Politics
Don Ness (born 1974), American politician from Duluth, Minnesota
Eliot Ness (1903–1957), American Prohibition agent
James Van Ness (1808–1872), seventh mayor of San Francisco, USA from 1855 to 1856
Steinar Ness (born 1959), Norwegian politician for the Centre Party

Arts and Entertainment
Mike Ness (born 1962), American guitarist, vocalist, and chief songwriter for the punk rock band Social Distortion
Dan Ness (1975-) Portland, OR-area artist
Evaline Ness (1911–1986), American commercial artist and illustrator for award winning children’s books
Jennifer Ness (born 1972), English actress best known for her role as murderess Kris Yates in the ITV drama Bad Girls
Patrick Ness (born 1971), American author, journalist and lecturer
Tigilau Ness, Niuean New Zealand activist and reggae artist

Sports
Brad Ness, Australian wheelchair basketballer
Erin Ness (born 1978), American poker player, former photo producer for Maxim Magazine, and television personality
Harry Ness, a footballer
Jack Ness (1885–1957), first baseman in Major League Baseball
Jamie Ness (born 1991), Scottish footballer
Nate Ness (born 1986), American football cornerback and safety
Ness Flowers, Welsh former rugby player
Thormod Ness (born 1972), Norwegian football coach and former player

Education
Carl Van Ness, curator and historian at the University of Florida
Immanuel Ness, teaches political science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York

Other fields
Arlen Ness, American entrepreneur and motorcyclist
Charles Ness, a senior Royal Air Force commander
Dan Ness (Sr.) (1923-2013), a U.S. Air Force pilot and Lt. Colonel
Dan Ness, Jr. (born 1957), an information technology industry analyst and award-winning author
Helge Ness (1861–1928), Norwegian botanist
Terje Ness (born 1972), Norwegian chef

So many Dans

I guess I’m not the only one who has typed my name into Google to see what comes up. I haven’t looked lately, and I can tell you that even years ago there were many people named Dan Ness that came up.

So, if you’re curious about Dan Ness, one place to start is finding out if I am the Dan you think I am.

He did what?

He did what?

Dan (or DAN), may refer to any of the following:

People

  • Dan (king), several kings of Denmark, known from pre-christian medieval Scandinavian texts, including Dan Mikilláti, from whom Denmark took its name.
  • Dan I of Denmark, the progenitor of the Danish royal house according to Saxo Grammaticus’s Gesta Danorum.
  • Dan (Bible), one of the sons of Jacob
  • Crown Prince Dan, prince of Yan in ancient China
  • DJ Dan, electronic music artist

People with the surname

  • Fyodor Dan (1871–1947), Russian Marxist revolutionary
  • Nicușor Dan (born 1969), Romanian activist and mathematician
  • Tomoyuki Dan (1963–2013), Japanese actor and voice actor

Places

  • Dan River (disambiguation)
  • Gush Dan, metropolitan area in East Israel
  • Dan (ancient city), the biblical location also called Dan, and identified with Tel Dan
  • Dan (cuneiform), a cuneiform sign
  • Dan, Israel, a Kibbutz in northern Israel
  • Dan, subdistrict of Kap Choeng District, Thailand
  • Dan, West Virginia

Characters

  • Dan Dare, a classic British science fiction comic hero
  • Desperate Dan, regular in The Dandy since 1937
  • Dan Cahill, a character from The 39 clues
  • Dan Hibiki, a character from the Street Fighter Alpha series
  • Dan Moroboshi, alias of the title character in Ultra Seven, a 1967 Japanese TV series
  • Dan Humphrey, fictional character in Gossip Girl
  • Dan Kuso, a character in the Bakugan anime series.

Organizations

  • Dan-Air, a defunct airline in the United Kingdom
  • Dan Bus Company, a public transport company in Israel
  • Dan Hotels, a hotel chain in Israel
  • Dialogue Australasian Network, an educational organization
  • Direct Action Network, a confederation of anarchist and anti-authoritarian affinity groups, collectives, and organizations
  • Divers Alert Network, a non-profit organization for Scuba diving
  • Defeat Autism Now!, a defunct, controversial program of the Autism Research Institute

Other

  • Dan, a 1914 film starring Lois Meredith
  • Dan (Chinese opera), a female role in Beijing opera
  • DAN (protein), a family of tgf beta signaling protein inhibitors (I bet you already knew that!)
  • Dan (newspaper), a daily newspaper published in Montenegro
  • Dan language, a Mande language spoken primarily in Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia
  • Dan people, an ethnic group located in West Africa
  • Dan (rank) in Japanese, Chinese and Korean martial arts and Go
  • Dorsal attention network, a sensory orienting system in the brain
  • Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons, a scientific instrument on board the Curiosity rover
  • Tribe of Dan, one of the Tribes of Israel

Fast Facts Online-Search Strategies for Finding Business Information

Fast Facts Online – Search Strategies for Finding Business Information
Author: Dan Ness, Jr
Publisher: Dow-Jones Irwin
Publication Date: 1986
Available on Amazon

This book is a guide to using the Internet for research written and published years before Google was a verb, and before most people knew about the Internet. Winner of a Computer Press Association award.


In the early 80’s, I had produced several successful seminars as a volunteer for the ACM – Association for Computing Machinery. I saw how my interest in libraries, knowledge, teaching, and technology could come together into a possible business idea. I could help many people learn about how to access online information. It seemed to me the first adopters would be business types, as they would have the time, money, and incentives.

I mentioned this to a respected friend of mine. He pointed out that I would need to produce seminar materials. So, he went on, I may as well have them published by an established publisher. This would bring the benefits of having the materials produced professionally, being more legitimate, and that might even produce a little income. I was convinced.

I sought out publishers who were established in either in business trade or technology fields. Most of the technology publishers in those days were fairly small or focused on very narrow technical topics. Many of the business trade publishers, though, were eager to jump on the technology bandwagon.

I requested the catalogs of several publishers I had identified after visits to local libraries and bookshops. Then, I wrote a query letter with an outline of the book, and sent it to 2 or 3 publishers that seemed most likely. Within a week, an acquisitions editor at one of them called me on the phone. He caught me a bit off-guard with his one question “How much would you like as an advance?” We quickly settled on a number, a contract arrived, and before I knew it, my elation to turned 180 degrees from joy – because I now had a deadline!

It took me nearly a year to write the book. By the time I was done, I no longer was interested in producing seminars. However, during the time I was writing the book, several magazine editors had gotten wind of the project and hired me to write many articles on the growing field of online research.

Shortly after the book came out, I learned that it had been nominated for an award by the Computer Press Association. I was surprised and honored, as I knew this was a singular group of the best technology writers of the time. We only learned about the nomination a week before the New York event, and it’s one business lunch I wish I had attended.

The book went on to be on the Dow Jones-Irwin catalog for years, and was most popular with research libraries such as those at Stanford, Harvard, and corporate libraries such as Apple.