For me, gas stations always smelled good. The same holds true with varnish paint. Other people might be disgusted by my special liking of artificial odours, yet I don't care.'Tools of the poets: image and rhythm, meter and accent...elision and inflection, hyperbole, lift...poetic devices that allow an inflection of language to produce an inflection of meaning. By push and pull applied to both syntax and symbol, we navigate through a space of meaning that is sensitive to the most minute variations in articulation...As difficult as it may sound , it is with operations such as these that we need to contend in cyberspace.'
-Marcos Novak, Liquid Architectures in Cyberspace, p.229
When I was about eight years old, me and my friends used to take a shortcut on our way back home from school. From the main street, we took a path to the right which led through several gardens that were seperated by high fences. We had soon discovered that one of the fences had a lose beam that allowed us to squeeze ourselves into the garden.
Whenever I try to remember what the garden looked like, I cannot come up with a picture. It is rather an accumulation of sensual impressions: the freshly mowned grass's smell, the stinging nettles hurting my bare shanks, the humming of bees and the grasshoppers' chirping, the taste of wild strawberries and red apples. I also remember the Diesel engine of the garden owner's car that was rattling so loud that we immediately were warned of its arrival and left the garden as fast as possible.'It will not be possible to assign all pertinent attributes to all objects, or to foretell what attributes a user may request for a particular journey through a cyberspace. It is therefore necessary to provide the ability to infer new attributes from those that are defined This inference implies intelligence and expertise. Each user must therefore develop inference rules and a knowledge base with which to scan the environment and extract from those objects that are pertinent to the task at hand.
The question that comes up while reading the above passages by Marcos Novak is to what extent they work with or against each other. In the latter passage, Novak talks about 'intelligence and expertise' as being necessary for successfully navigating through cyberspace. In my opinion, this cannot be enough. The comparison to poetry he draws in the first quotation seems to be more helpful.