I told you I was ill...

Grave of Carl D. Patterson by K.C. BoltonGrave of Carl D. Patterson
by K.C. Bolton

I was searching for web images, for a web-site I’m constructing, and I remember reading sometime ago that the Google Images haven’t been updated in sometime. So I decided to test it out by trying to find some of the images that I’ve used on this blog. I don’t actually know how the images are selected, whether it uses the ALT image attribute or whatever, but I wanted to give it a go. So I put carl d patterson into Googles search box. I didn’t find any pictures that are on this site but I did see a lot of images: school kids, some idiot called Nathan Wohlstein who has tried to fiddle his Google rank, Ms. Rodgers Red Hot Readers and lo and behold a grave bearing the name Carl D. Patterson.

The stone says, “Beloved Husband Dad - Grandpa Carl D. Patterson U. S. Navy - Korea June 6, 1928 - April 26, 1994” it was photographed by K.C. Bolton on 23/11/2003 and is at Greenlawn Memorial Park, Southwest, Bakersfield, Kern County, CA.

This reminds me of a book I heard about called Are You Dave Gorman? by Dave Gorman and Danny Wallace in which Perrier Award nominee Dave Gorman has a drunken bet with Danny Wallace that there are other Dave Gormans in the world. There are indeed and he spend half a year tracking them down throughout the world. I personally haven’t read it yet but it is now next on my list of books to buy.

Back to the image that I found. I can’t see how the image could have been found by Google. The image simply sits in a directory which seems to list all the grave stones in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Southwest, whose surname starts with p. I always thought that Google, or any web spider for that matter, could only work on links from actual web pages. Then again I suppose that any spider will only do what a browser does and will index the files in a directory listing without any trouble.

After Christmas I bought a book called Who Do You Think You Are? by Dan Waddell after seeing an episode of the BBC Two television programme of the same name. I thought that I could trace my family tree back through the ages as the celebrities did in the series. Of course I haven’t quite got round to reading the book yet as I am still working through the back log of others that I’ve purchased and not read. I also thought that it would be an excellent excuse to purchase an Apple iBook or PowerBook as it would no doubt involve taking copious notes in libraries and so on and I wouldn’t want to have to resort to pen and paper.

Possibly I’ll just have a little dig on the inter-web to see if I can find who this chap was and if there are any others. It’s funny that I could find someone with my name and initial. I did know that someone had the carlpatterson.com domain name registered so I’m glad that I registered this domain when I did.

Mark Twain:

Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.

Isaac Asimov:

Life is pleasant. Death is peaceful. It’s the transition that’s troublesome.

    1. O'Rourke:

Even very young children need to be informed about dying. Explain the concept of death very carefully to your child. This will make threatening him with it much more effective.