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I have no aptitude for drawing. I think the only person who enjoys my drawing is my two-year-old niece. Even though I am not good at it, sometimes I have to draw a picture for explaining something, or conversely, I have to refer a drawing for understanding something.
Typical example of it is origami (http://www.origami.com/index.html). As you may have experienced before, when we have to describe in words how to make certain origami, we feel it is a really challenging task and usually end up with recognizing that diagrams (or photographs) are the most effective way to explain it. It is easily noticeable that we just cannot ignore the importance of drawing documentation as much as that of general documentation.
Configuration drawings of drum sets are also good examples of drawing documentation. This site contains biography as well as cymbals configuration of Peter Erskine who is one of my favorite drummers. (http://www.zildjian.com/EN-US/artists/artistDetail.ad2?artistID=1120&genreID=2,4) At the upper right side, you can find the drawing of his drum set, and if you click the cymbals, you can even listen to the sound of them! Both nominally and virtually, this is one result of the modern integrated documentation, and I suppose it could be a prototype for the future documentation.
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. (Lord Acton, 1834-1902) The Google Dilemma by Grimmelman reminded me of this famous epigram again, which was also cited before in the article of Martin, B. From my point of view, the power itself is not a something to be blamed because competition and its result may be one of the reasonable consequences in the nature. What I recognized from this epigram was, nonetheless, power could be problematic when men of power or people around them try to manipulate it for their own interests.
Even though Google says, “Don’t blame us, the computers did it”(Grimmelman, 944), I do not think we need to be upset about it. That is not because Google has no responsibility at all, but because that is the way technology improves. To put it another way, we need constant efforts to make the internet credible and useful, which will not be done instantly. At the same time, it will be essential to observe and supervise the internet so that no one can abuse the authority, as Grimmelman’s thesis works.
Even when I wander around the internet for searching of fun stuff, it sometimes makes me frustrated to reach where I wanted to go, to say nothing of scholarly articles, which I eager to find with certain purposes. Especially, when I just get stuck with nowhere to go or I just get into infinite loops of hyperlinks, the level of frustration becomes higher. Therefore, it seems like important to steel myself for these kinds of frustration before starting to explore the databases.
I found one web site( http://www1.wnec.edu/library/index.cfm?selection=doc.5190 ) that explains how to obtain free scholarly journals through Google Scholar, which is also introduced in the Badke’s book, chapter, 6. I think it is useful when we promptly want to search articles with familiar interfaces or when we come hard to access paid databases for one reason or another. As a result of my test of it, it is pretty much effective to get ‘free’ scholarly articles, even though some of the links still leaded me to paid databases. Google Scholar could be a good alternative for the professional databases, which are fastidious to use at some points.
Once again, I realize how tricky it is to write a paper. Even though I set a general idea of it a few weeks ago, I have been struggling with choosing one specific topic. One of the reasons for this difficulty is probably to narrow the space appropriately between what I do not know and what I want to know. That is because if I just concentrate on what I do not know, the topic seems to become far apart from my interests, inversely, if I only cling to what I want to know, it somehow tends to become ambiguous or abstract. Nevertheless, I almost decided what to choose, but it still needs to be polished up a little bit.
For this research paper, I have read the guide of Badke as well as Purdue Online Writing Lab(http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/658/01/ ), which has been great help for my writing so far. All of them are definitely instructive and useful guidelines, but I have to admit again that the more important thing is not “a guide”, but my own decision after getting through it, although it is a natural consequence.
I still remember the way I searched data through the primitive type of engine about 12-13 years ago. Although it slightly varied with search engines, to use Boolean operators was almost essential for finding appropriate data. For instance, I had to type in “+, –“ signs, or sometimes “&, |” when I looked up on the internet; somewhat it sounds like an old story. In these days, most of the search engines basically do not require us to input this kind of operators under the name of artificial intelligence, which is convenient at some points.
Recently, I found a new search engine, DuckDuckGo ( http://duckduckgo.com/ ) that has an adorable name and user interface and is one of the simplest and fastest engines. The first noticeable characteristic of it is what they call, “zero-click info”. If we type in some keywords for searching, DuckDuckGo instantly show brief contents of it at the top of the first result page by using Wikipedia, so we do not need to follow the links for more information. Of course, it may not enough for serious research, but it is worth for casual information, which takes big part of our internet surfing. They also show the official labels of sites in front of the every search result, and this enables us to recognize easily where the information came from. Moreover, DuckDuckGo provides hierarchical or categorized search results for users. As William B.Badke pointed out in the chapter 3, it might be problematic if we want to look up multivocal words, such as “rock”(Badke, 42). However, DuckDuckGo show the categorized results for these kinds of words, and consequently, we are able to choose appropriately for what we were looking.
It is true that not many engines win success in this technological world, however, it is always enjoyable to look around new “products” and compare its merits and demerits with previous ones. With this comparison, sometime we can predict the future of search engines and database.