It was a Sunday. I can’t remember whether my parents were there. I assume they were, but what was unfolding on the television was the most amazing thing I could imagine, and I honestly don’t remember. I do remember…, a door opened…, and
Physically, a man took one small step onto the moon. Metaphorically, the possibilities of our species became, if only for a shining moment, clear to anyone who would imagine what we might accomplish.
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As I’ve discussed in previous articles, there are more than 5 trillion pages on the web, and we estimate Google indexes >50 billion of them. There is NO algorithm that will allow Google to identify the best or most useful content. We have watched as “flavor of the month” SEO strategies have been introduced, succeeded briefly, and then failing dismally…, sometimes accompanied by a slap on the wrist from Google. These strategies typically reflect some observed statistical anomaly that is resulting in traffic. These are reactive techniques, and should not be mistaken for an SEO strategy.
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In mid-July 1969, I sat spellbound before our family television for hour after hour. The Vietnam War continued…, the UK had recently severed relations with Rhodesia (largely over the issue of white supremacy). I don’t recall whether I knew it, but the Concorde had made its first test flight earlier that year. And in mid-July, I watched as two human beings set foot on the moon. The Universe seemed boundless with opportunity. Surely we would journey to Mars and beyond during my lifetime.
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I woke up this morning to see that Google had produced a front page “Doodle” in honor of Louis Daguerre’s 224th birthday. While I admit to being puzzled as to the significance of his 224th birthday (why not wait for 225?), nonetheless it piqued my interest. As some readers may know, through the 80’s and 90’s I was privileged to work as a commercial photographer for many of the world’s leading high tech companies. What some may find surprising is that my interest in photography began largely as a result of a fascination with old photographs and the window they provided into a very different world.
Daguerre’s creation changed the way mankind saw the planet… not just through the introduction of the photograph, but also by changing the scope of the visual arts.
Introduced in 1839, the Daguerreotype photo process started a 20 year sequence of events that resulted in more and more simple photographic processes, and ultimately in the art of Picasso. Not bad for a chemical process that yields a fragile image that can only be viewed at an angle.
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