Looking for love

“What’s in a name? That which we call rose

By any other word would smell as sweet”

Romeo & Juliet, Act II, Scene II

 

I didn’t think I’d be digging out my old battered Penguin Shakespeare for a DITA blog, but carrying on Ernesto’s theme in our lecture and lab, I thought I’d try my own “searching” exercise …

Using Google advanced image search I looked for images of a rose using various key words and operators – ok it’s not quite the detailed study of Stina Westman – but it’s a start! I left the “narrow your results” boxes on default (“any” basically), except for file type (JPEG), and usage rights (free to use & share). I then tried general, specific and abstract text based queries; thinking also of who, where, what, and when – all very subjective of course! These are the top hits:

rose

rose

rose-red

rose-red

rose love OR sweet

rose love OR sweet

rose smell sweet

rose smell sweet

rose Italy

rose Italy

rose Shakespeare

rose Shakespeare

rose dated 1597

rose dated 1597

"a rose by any other name"

“a rose by any other name”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not sure what to make of it all…  “A tale told by an idiot… signifying nothing“?? (Macbeth, Act V, Scene V)

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First adventure…

300px-Vannevar_Bush_portrait First adventure… Into the bush – Vannevar Bush that is. I was reluctant to go; no, not because I was afraid of the electronic undergrowth ( well, ok – maybe a bit…), but rather I just wasn’t sure that I wanted to read the views of this visionary who was an apologist for the Manhattan Project, and highly instrumental in bringing about the the dawn of the nuclear age with all its potential humanitarian and environmental destruction. Don’t worry, I don’t want to get all heavy and philosophical; this is just a blog after all…. I’m just questioning the man’s values that’s all. It appears he never expressed any regret about the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and even his epitaph celebrates his “advances in military technology decisive in winning the war”, albeit rather euphemistically. Am I being too hard on the man? After all, although being a visionary he was still a product of his time, wasn’t he? But another man of that time – a scientist too – Joseph Rotblat left the Project as soon as it became clear the Nazis would not be able to develop the bomb, and went on to receive a Nobel Peace Prize with Pugwash; his group committed to nuclear disarmament. I suppose I just find it depressing that so much of our digital communication technology is a product of  warfare;  for example with Arpanet in the 1960s so directly leading to the ultimate creation of the internet, and even more recently the development of GPS for increasingly accurate location-fixed bombing – as Ernesto Priego explained in yesterday’s lecture. Would these wonderful inventions have developed anyway?? Or our advances in science and technology dependent  on boys’ (and it is largely boys) fascination with destructive toys and a dogged determination to win… Let’s  hope not: remember our own national hero – no, not Winston Churchill – but Tim Berners-Lee , who invented the www in peacetime as a global neutral communication platform to share ideas, experiences and knowledge; something freely available “for everyone” – to raise us all up, whatever side we’re on. Truly inspirational…

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