On knowledge and Google
Looking through my server logs to see how people found the blog is often a gratifying experience. It's a reminder that there is hardly anything you can write about that people don't care enough about to search for information on. From "sainsbury's "isle of bute" scottish cheddar" to the name of virtually every restaurant I've ever mentioned, people have found the blog. From song lyrics, place names, event names, current event descriptions. Some of the search strings have been rather odd:
- how to make a complaint at sainsburys when the security guard treat you like a criminal
- "brute force" at2 os x
- "I require access to all human knowledge"
- buy and sale computation, using nominal rate in phils. setting
- happy moon pps
- capital T does not work OSX
- newfoundlands noral weather in summer and winter
Through this, and projects like Google Print, I suppose that eventually a really huge portion of the stock of written human knowledge will be available in readily searchable form. Whether searching can still be intelligible in the face of such volume isn't something we can really know yet, though enterprises like Google lend one optimism.
- The webcam on this site provides a stunning view of Vancouver. It is located above the Burrard Street Bridge, looking across Kits and Point Grey at the University of British Columbia. The sunset shots are especially nice.