Grab That File, No, Not That Kind of File
It has been weeks since I’ve had time to write, so hold on while I do some ‘splaining.
A young woodcutter had just married the granddaughter of an old lumber jack and was determined to prove his worth in the eyes of the old man. As they headed into the woods for the first time together, the young woodcutter was eager to start felling trees.
Soon the woods were filled with the sounds of ringing axes and falling trees. After an hour or so, the young woodcutter noticed the old man sitting on a stump mopping his brow. Smiling, he continued swinging his axe.
Throughout the day the young woodcutter noticed that the old man would take a rest every so often, sitting quietly on a stump for a few minutes. Every time the old man rested, the young axeman would swing his axe faster.
Before dusk, they both stopped to tally the felled trees. The young woodcutter was amazed to find that the old man had felled more trees than he had.
“I don’t understand”, he exclaimed, “you took several breaks, sitting on a stump, and I continued working all day without a single break”.
“How did you fell more trees”?
The old man replied, “While I rested, I sharpened my axe”.
Thank you for having the patience to sit through my little paraphrased story. I needed some time to sharpen my axe.
Information retrieval science is moving forward, lots of people are interested in what Google and Yahoo are doing now. I’m interested in what they will be doing a year from now, or two years from now. Hopefully our interests will collide. ; )