In my effort to get my ideas out I have created blog posts over time and morphed them into short Kindle books that sell for a few dollars and have the merit of introducing notions that may be far from the thinking of most readers. I naturally hope they become more common. This blog has the merit of getting indexed on search engines so it is possible that some may be led here, The book itself need cost nothing if one has a Kindle and belongs to Amazon Select. I believe it can also be borrowed which in fact reimburses the author more than a royalty would. The main point is to underline my main thesis. That we are engaged in a global struggle to defeat sprawl and the car as the default means of transportation. I am not holding my breath. You would be amazed at the progress this idea has made in the last 50 years.
Update 4:09 PM – Google persists in taking considerable work and arbitrarily denying it a Web presence. This is harm. It is wrong. It is unfair. I practice a daily routine in which I forgive all for all the wrongs they have done. It is my interpretation of the Lord’s Prayer that this is what it means to say forgive us as we forgive those who do us harm. I do not relish giving much of my time to creating what I feel is decent content and having it relegated to a dustbin. If this was constant it would be one thing. But it inconsistent. Whimlike. Neronian. I will allow myself this little rant and get back to my routine. Sufficient to the day is the evil thereof.
Update 12:32 PM – Remarkable. Yahoo has been been bitten by the Google bully bug. The same pattern of listing I note in the update below is also present on Yahoo. With no original listing. This is getting interesting. Next stop Bing. 12:38 – The same thing. This post is the only way you would be aware of the offerings I have made today. My next step will be to repost all of items below via Ping.fm – each with the proper destination. 12:53 – OK I have figured out the drill. The History Swinging Backwards post below is properly located now. With the this post in second place. The other posts are all slide shows. These are second-class citizens that no one gives much credence to, but they have been my most successful posts of all because they are, in my view, no less “weighty” in their way than prose posts. Google has recently been posting my slideshows. Today it has stopped doing so. I will wait and cogitate on what to do next.
Update: 12:14 PM Thursday ET – This has to be the reductio ad absurdam. When I check to see of the titles below are indexed, the reference to this page pops up under each title. There can be no more obvious proof of Google’s apparent entrapment in its own world that it would make it possible for you to access my articles from where their titles and original links should be posted by searching there and then coming here and clicking on the direct links below. I have been on the Web a lot longer than Google has and this takes the cake.
Google is at it again. In their apparently daily tweaking of their algorithm to ensure that the very best content shows up in their results, they have given no place to anything I have put up today. I am sure they are on Bing and Yahoo. So once again it is Google that taunts a competitor and stokes up the likelihood of an eventual regulatory initiative that will suggest that it is protesting a bit too much.
Unindexed thus far after a week during which indexing has been decent if not perfect.
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POSTSCRIPT 19 September 2006 — Ironically, THIS piece comes up when you Google Genius Observed. I have pretty much given up on Search Engine Optimization. But I would still maintain that a blog called GENIUS OBSERVED deserves placement for the exact term.
A tongue in cheek analysis of “The Wizard of Oz” in a blog called Genius Unobserved on Blogspot which is Google’s very own blog component is not yet observed by the globe’s premium search engine which also happens to be Google.
A search just now for the rerm “genius observed” revealed that Google does not have any terms of that name save in one inaccessable stylesheet connected with Stanford.
Now it may be a matter of time or something like that.
And one cannot really be certain what affects what on the Web. I once had a spurt of traffic based on a reference to one of my pages — invidious — on the Wall Street Journal site. The spam hate mail so generated was an apt reminder that the fall of humankind leaves no soul untouched.
Nevertheless I am having fun. The blog is actually written by Adam Panflick, the hero of my recently-released novel “Panflick: The Boston Car Wars”. In GO, Panflick argues that Baum’s “Wizard of Oz” is one of the more profound theological works to have risen from American soil.
He is, of course, entitled to his opinion if not (yet?) a smidgeon of attention from the world’s primary search engine.