Rowan's World, et Cetera

Wherefore does nobody know what wherefore means?

by Rowan on 21 September, 2010

O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo? Undoubtedly one of the most quoted lines of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. But what’s the right answer? If you said “I’m over here!” then you’re wrong – not because of where Romeo may or may not be right now, but because that’s quite simply not what “wherefore” means. […]

The Non-Semantic Web: A blog entry is not a database

by Rowan on 31 January, 2010

There has long been a hope – an expectation, even – that the Web will somehow develop into something “smart”; that it will move from being a mere store-house of information to something that will actually “know the answers”. But the vision tends to overlook the nature of both computers and humans. On the one […]