Homeless in Vancouver: Along came a spider…to index or just browse?

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      These days it’s not uncommon for bodybuilders to put whey powder in their protein shakes and yesterday I myself had a big helping of poutine, which consists of french fries mixed with brown gravy and cheese curds, a kind of Canadian “down haute” cuisine.

      Point is, unlike the old days of “Little Miss Muffet”, we no longer have it so tuffet. We don’t have to eat our curds and whey together, which is progress of a sort.

      Though we still have spiders that sit down beside us; particularly when we’re blogging in a park on our laptops on a sunny day.

      So that at least hasn’t changed since the 1800s when the poem was first published, unless…

      Unless that was a Google spider.

      Up till now their spiders have all been indexing programs that only crawl the world wide web, but the Mountain View, California, company has been buying up a lot of robotics and drone companies. You have to wonder why.

      Maybe they’ve decided to “get real” in their endless quest for our social metadata.

      That would also be progress of a sort.

      Stanley Q. Woodvine is a homeless resident of Vancouver who has worked in the past as an illustrator, graphic designer, and writer.


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