The truth and the recursive (in search of search terms)

There was a time when searching any string of words with “Lascaux” in it would bring up my post, “The truth and change, 3a:  From Life on Mars to Linden,” as one of the top three hits in the images section—because of the photograph I used of the caves in Lascaux, France.  I got the photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Then there was “bee tree,” or “bee bee tree,” which for a long time brought up my photograph of a tree in Prospect Park, Brooklyn (11215), where I observed a bee swarm with my son in 2008.  I took the photograph, along with the photograph of the bee warm itself.  This photo was in the post, “The truth and Twitter, part 3:  The Swarm.”

And then these images completely disappeared from the Google Images searches.

Which made me begin to wonder:  How do search terms work?  A friend told me to embed vivid descriptions in my photographs, because Google really likes this.  And then I thought about all those search terms that I see every day on my data.  Some are downright weird—“life goes on symbology” or “rocket party dei black eyed beans”—and some sound really cool—“gilgamesh Foucault” and “shot of major truth and rocket science.”

I’m no whiz in SEO (search engine optimization), but I thought it would be fun to post all the  search terms I have seen, down to a certain level (all these are multiple viewings) that people have used to find truth and rocket science, whether they intended to or not.  What happens when people search these terms?  Do they come to this posting, or some other? Does this (not entirely) random assortment of words bring about some kind of Internet query magic?  Would be fun to see …

Update, 15 minutes after I posted this originally

Within 15 minutes of posting this, these search strings came up.  I just had to add them.  It’s obvious why.

medieval witch killings paintings

envy the epic of gilgamesh


bee tree

wolverine michigan desk

maghan lusk

sleeping dogs

pond @wordpress

blacklight poster


brigadier pudding

hubris fingerprint

faroeste gary cooper

mirrors “lady from shanghai ”

blacklight poster

bee bee tree (almost every day for a while)

lady from shanghai mirror scene

“not many people make me laugh”

tett creativity complex

john locke public domain pictures humane

iran twitter

rocket party dei black eyed beans

bacon francis house


lotte zweig

“kareem fahim”


twitter iran


sleeping dog

bee tree

sleeping dogs


zak smith

tattoo and tattoos

“life goes on” tattoo

tattoo design principles

Credit:  The photograph is of tattoo work by Grisha Maslov, copyright 2010, obtained from Wikimedia Commons.


heroism in Gilgamesh

gilgamesh Foucault

Foucault Gilgamesh

Note: I am not sure where this came from, since Foucault is not mentioned in the post with Gilgamesh.

amoebas and dysentery

gas exchange in amoebas

amoeba pictures

poem on dysentery

amoebic dysentery brazil

live amoeba vs. fixed amoeba



brazil land of the future by Zweig trans

lolalita brasil1

brasilia architecture falling apart


faroeste caboclo

brazil colony

forest manaus

social science

standard deviation diagram

one standard deviation bell curve

stats bell curve normal curve

standard deviation bell curve

bell curve

iq bell curve

bell curve standard deviation

iq bell curve diagram

standard deviation diagram

bell curve diagram

unicorns and medieval stuff

medieval maiden painting

unicorn pictures

unicorn truths

unicorn Bristol



unicorn medieval

unicorn museum castles in new york

the unicorn leaps out of the stream

the start of the hunt

unicorn in captivity

the unicorn is found

the start of the hunt

the truth about unicorns

the hunt of the unicorn

Sylvia Plath and Leonard Shelby

Memento, the film, a timeline

plath writing

leonard shelby

Credit: The chart of the timeline of Memento (Christopher Nolan) is by Dr Steve Aprahamian, and can be found on Wikimedia Commons.

truth and rocket science

truth and rocket science (lotsa times)

rocket science in our lives

shot of major truth and rocket science

truth and rocket science

the truth about diamonds

the truth and sleeping dogs


The House of Tomorrow, 35,000 BCE


lascaux cave pictures

lascaux paintings

lascaux cave paintings

lascaux cave

lascaux painting

lascaux images

cave art Lascaux

lascaux caves france

cave paintings Lascaux

lascaux pictures

cave of Lascaux

lascaux caves

caves of Lascaux


Filed under hubris, ideas, life, New York, philosophy, truth, vanity

9 responses to “The truth and the recursive (in search of search terms)

  1. mehshel

    Lascaux will always remind me of the art history class I took in college… & wished that I had taken sooner so that I would have double-Majored. I think I’d be much happier as a curator than a bookkeeper these days!

    And of course, Leonard Shelby just rules in all his confusion. Or was it confusion?

    Prehistoric art and anterograde amnesia. Cool shit.

  2. Mich,

    Thank you. I work hard at trying to find the obvious, simple, and easy connections between obscure things. Perhaps you too are a curator of things. You just have to admit which things you are curating. And how are you doing? We haven’t emailed in a while. Would love to hear a story from you.

  3. lol. toe re somerazy seach results.
    It does make one wonder

  4. sorry, i meant to say this.
    Lol those are some crazy search results
    I does make one wonder

    • Everything about Google makes me wonder. After posting this, I got no search results for several days, as if Google were playing a trick on me. Then the weird search results began popping up again. Your guitar macro is a really nice photo. I like it quite a bit. –John

  5. Wow. That’s is quite a list. This is my favorite: faroeste gary cooper. Isn’t it interesting how the human mind works in making connections and how the logic of the computer translates this?

    • It’s cool, Lita. This one came up yesterday and got me 2 hits:

      greatest parietal art public domain

      You ever look at your list? John

      • Is it the list on the blog stats page or another one?

      • Lita,

        Go to your dashboard. To the right, you should see a section called “stats” with a graph of recent hits. Under it there are things like “top searches”, “most active,” etc. Beneath that is a button called “view all” and you press that. The next page has a big graph, and then below that “Search Engine Terms” and data on those, recently. Those data go back a couple of days. Then click on “Search Engine Terms” and it will go to a new page with search terms data for a lot of time and more options for period sin which to measure them. Try this.

        You have posts that are so full of different things that you might have a lot. Experiment with tags and use a lot of them.

        Let me know how you fare…


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