The Meta-Question

I think I’ve been using Google as a search engine from the day Google emerged as a search engine. Which, of course, was there sole business when they did. It was the fastest, most accurate and the least gruesome of all search engines of it’s time. Just this textbox and two buttons (at least, I can’t remember the day the ‘I feel lucky’ button was introduced, to me, it seems like it’s always been there)

So there it was, this mostly white page, with nothing more than that colorful logo just shouting at you ‘let me find what you want!’. Back in those days, I didn’t even think of the Meta-Question. I just typed and found. Even back then, I wondered what good a Search Engine would be if it didn’t Find anything. To me, it was the ultimate Find Engine.

Many years have passed and still today, it’s my Find Engine of choice. If I can’t find in on Google, I’m sure as hell not going to Find it on Yahoo, Bing, Just Jeeves or Ask.com. If Google can’t find it, it simply becomes a question to which there is no answer. I know it told me the meaning of life.

Without Google, my IQ drops at least 20 points. I’ve always said that knowing where to find the answer is as valuable as actually knowing the answer. It no longer falls back on the answer, but how you state the Question. Just asking ‘I need pussy’, doesn’t really get you laid. It however, might get you a kitten though.

But I’ve never asked the engine the Meta-Question: ‘Where can I find it’. Today I asked the mother of all search engines that question. The number one pick as about a celebrity style website. Nah, that wasn’t what I was looking for. So I asked Yahoo. Guess you can find it at Totally Toddler. So I asked Bing. I seem to find it at Find. Except from advertising, I can’t enter what I’d like to find at all.

Concluding, none of the mayor ‘search engines’ actually find themselves. A simple question remains unanswered. Where can I find it leads to dead links and outskirts of the internet. There is simply no answer to that simple Meta-Question.

And if you ask ‘What can I find’, the biggest hit is the wayback machine. So, if you ask the internet what it is you can find, it will point you to the biggest archive of all stuff ever found but never searched for. The question where you can actually find stuff remains unanswered.

I guess that’s why they still call them ‘Search Engines’. It’s about time someone invented a ‘Find Engine’. I know I’m done Searching.

Blog

I’ve been thinking about this a long time. Years ago, I started a blog to document and sometimes contemplate my and my families move to Australia. You can find it at http://www.kemna.eu. In the beginning I’d just put up some new post about where in the process we were, how the kids were doing etc. It was a family blog.

However, more and more colleagues asked me to write about my work life as well. I resisted every attempt by pointing out that most of the people blogging do not really care about what they are saying, they care about how many people actually take notice of their exhibitionism.

I can remember, years ago, years before wordpress, blogger, facebook and others made it easy to blog, there was a guy who wrote a piece called ‘why I hate weblogs’. The original post is long gone but I tried to find it today and I’m pretty sure I found the correct content, but it’s just put into… a blog…

Actually, people have copied it to their blogs, threw it on facebook, it’s mentioned in a weblog about blogging, oh wait, this post is becoming just that. Stop!

Anyway, thankfully the internet has more memory than I have and the original can still be found at the Wayback Machine, the original post at October 13, 2002 up until it’s deletion in June 2008, and even the funny test can be taken, but the outcome will forever be gone…

I guess I’ll never know, and who’s going to read it anyway 🙂

Cheers!

About Sirious’s Business

Welcome!

It seems you’ve reached yet another outskirt of the internet where someone felt the need to put content.

If you are looking for my families blog about our move Down Under, please proceed to www.kemna.eu.

Here I’ll just try to keep up with life, work and everything else that doesn’t really fit the family category, the little annoyances and joyful moments life brings, as well as the things I work with, work at, or maybe even things that work against me.

After all, what I do is just Sirious’s Business 🙂

Digital Inhabitant

I acknowledge the fact that I’ve been born a tv-native (I’ve never wondered about a tv-less world) but my children are what they call ‘digital natives’. Think of it, the communicator we’d love to have from Star-Trek, is what they call an iPhone, blackberry or if you are really hip, an android phone.

We got the technology Star Trek dreamt about delivered at our doorstep. To my son, there is no difference between the tv-remote and my iPhone, just because I was that stupid to install some application that allowed me to control my tv through my iPhone. But when he grows up, there really isn’t a difference.

I’m called Gen-X, the generation next to the BabyBoomers, just before GenY, the digitally adaptees, and so far away from GenZ, the digitally natives. My children will grow up in a world where tv-screens are a thing of the past, where social interaction, the day after a programme, will be cut short in YouTube fragments.

What both the babyboomers and GenY seem to misunderstand, is that GenX made it happen. Where would Facebook be, without cheap data plans on your mobile? Without internet reaching every single home? We grew up with the fear that one day, we’d be out of ip4 internet addresses, but we’re also the generation that thought of IPv6. We’ve put our parents on the internet and we’re giving that same internet to our children.

GenX may be silent and silly to most of you, we made the world you’re experiencing right now. We did see the potential, we just didn’t want to make money of something that should have been available to everyone when we were young. So, not only did we get our parent online, we shared the online world with our children.

Gen Y blames us for not having it ready way before they came, but I happen to think that if Gen X had the digital platform we now have, we probably wouldn’t be bothered with producing Gen Y at all. I know I’m still waiting for a massive online Grand Theft Auto 😉 Oh shoot, I just gave away yet another idea some GenY’er will make a fortune…

But really, the best digital inhabitant today probably is the 30-40 year old. These are the people that had to live without and learned to live with all the opportunities offered. We’re probably the last generation that actually had to go somewhere in the flesh to meet a partner. We know how to operate those communicators, as we’ve invented them… But we also know what it means to interact with real people in real life.

hell, we’re probably the last generation that knows the meaning of the acronym IRL 😉