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The Ubiquity of the Text Box (excursus)

One of my favorite authors in the field of „search“ is John Battelle. Although he was not trained in the field of information science or information retrieval, his experience in the fields of journalism and publishing at the cusp of … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Web Doesn’t Change Much from Day to Day

Lately, I have predominently been writing on some of my other websites (most recently, in particular Socio Biz and Nooblogs Com). Here’s something that I have observed, though, which is really a very personal insight. Some people think my work … Continue reading Continue reading

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Fuzzy Language and Fuzzy Vocabulary

Since I wrote about words vs. names a couple weeks ago (see “Names vs. Words: Strings for Identity vs. Strings for Information“), I have had an uneasy feeling that something is not well… and I think maybe I have figured … Continue reading Continue reading

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Names vs. Words: Strings for Identity vs. Strings for Information

There is a long-standing tradition of distinguishing names from words — although it is not formally codified (even language itself is not “set in stone”, but rather is undergoing constant evolution — much like a living being), it can be … Continue reading Continue reading

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Topics as Locations: Physical Location vs. Virtual Location

There are many people who get very excited about local search… — and so do I; but only a very few think about location in a way that could be described as even just remotely similar to the way I … Continue reading Continue reading

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The Theory of Handles and Relationships

In a sense, this is a theory of what it means to be a theory… — but that would actually make it appear rather insignificant. It is much more: It is also a description of relationships, and the role these … Continue reading Continue reading

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Card-Carrying Members, Kind of Pregnant,… — Just Saying: Actions Do Not Speak Louder Than Words

If you maintain that (your) actions speak louder than (your) words, then that is an indication that you yourself are insincere. That is not some astounding new discovery, but it has significant impact on an online discussion I took part … Continue reading Continue reading

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Words as Puzzle Pieces

There are photo shops that will turn any picture into a puzzle — you can probably find hundreds of such services online. One thing that recently occurred to me is that if you took two (or more) pictures and sent … Continue reading
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Even though some aspects of language are very static over long periods of time the fact that languages are constantly in flux will make it next to impossible to “calculate” individual statements or even entire texts (in other words: to “figure out their meaning”)

The title of this post is excerpted from “The Wisdom of the Language“, an article I wrote over 7 years ago. Recently published research has now corroborated my hypothesis. As my friend Lawrence Wilkenson wrote the other day: Readers will … Continue reading
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Everything I Feel is Related to Nothing at All

Some people — especially creative people — are able to think of ideas. Some of you may have thought of an idea recently, or perhaps you are thinking of an idea now, or maybe you will you think of an … Continue reading
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