Nothing more than the web, in this new Millennium, underlines the
old truth about
nomen est omen. I could hardly find a more telling demonstration of the deep link
between old-medieval sources research and today-web understanding (and researching).
Just to make a simple
example: think at all the querelles about and around Internic, where people
are buying and hoarding domainnames
for vulgar commercial purposes: if I would have bought
soon or later (probably not very soon, seen the slowness and
incompetence shown in every web-related matter
by all european
local administrations :-) the swiss city of Altdorf would have
to pay me in order to
get it back. And that is exactly what has happened: if you check the following
altdorf.com link, you will see how some
clown (in this case "ultimate search inc" in Hong Kong) has bought it with this hope.
Whanna make money? Buy all domainnames corresponding to the big
cities of, say,
Morocco and wait for that country to catch up on the web (which btw is happening
more quickly than you would suppose).
Domainnames are cheap, and you could buy yourself a dozen every year
just for fun.
People do that all the time, as you may check using
netcraft (which is useful also for other searching
purposes, as explained elsewhere on searchlores).
Actually when you search for internic itself
you'll immediately bump into the 'name' problem once again: dozens of commercial bastards have set up
half-bogus internic sites, each one with a name slightly similar to internic, in order to
cash easy money from all the zombies of this planet,
unable to search and thus also unable to buy directly themselves their own domains from
the real internic.
Here you can gaze in awe yourself, using the incredibly useful netcraft, at the high towers of names...
discover how many people have already registered, say, altdorf.com
Names of the querries
Think -moreover- at all the difficulties you will have, when searching,
if you don't know the NAMES of the querries. Think reversely at how easy it is to find any application
(for instance, say, softice) on the
web, using search engines and/or the ftp-search servers, once you know (or imagine :-) THE
EXACT NAMES the files or zippeed archives you are looking for have
been stored into.
You'll often have to try it for yourself. You'll need to understand the 8.3 old dos convention.
Try to access 'not found' pages,
or pages you suppose should be there, alternating lower and uppercase (significant for
Unix severs), or
trying the suffixes
*.htm, *.html, *.shtml. Try jpg and gif as
suffixes for your target EXECUTABLES, try doc, pdf or
txt as suffixes for your target PICTURES or mp3.
Many interesting approaches are listed on the 'rabbits' section.
Do you actually know what all
these formatnames REALLY mean? Did you ever have a look at the format of -say-
a jpg image? Do it. Hexedit it.
A searcher MUST be able to recognize a gif or a jpg image looking at the code.
It is extremely important that you
can imagine synecdochically
the NAMES of the targets you are searching!
Note moreover that such names are a-changing all the
time. This happens routinely for the names of the most interesting targets you may seek :-)
It is true that you can search for something even WITHOUT knowing it's exact name,
but it is worth OVERESTIMATING the importance of names.
Compare the following
searches (and try to understand why they work):
It is impossible to overestimate the importance of names on the web. Let's take a simple example: the robot.txt file, that is used to tell search engines which directories and files they should
not index on a specific site. Thus anything that has been put inside a 'robots.txt' file
will not be found by your searchqueries. This file is just a list of names. And you can access
this file easily, looking for it in the main directory of your
target site, entering per hand the URL with the following pattern: http://www.targetsite.com/robots.txt
Thus, once you have seen the names, you can
type them directly into your browser in order to access the various 'non public' subdirectories
Another classical 'nomen est omen' problem is encountered when you search
Let's take Wdasm for instance as an example, this is a 'speedy' disassembler
written by Peter Urbanik (hi Peter!) that has helped whole generations of both wannabie and
capable crackers. This program anyway is not known to be on the net under the nameform
"wdasm" and its stemmings (wdasm89, wdasm.zip wdasmdis.exe etcetera), yet you'll probably fish it (through ftp, local/regional fishing, deja or agoras) in its
'w32dsm' nomenestomen incarnation...
therefore anyone knowing this will be able to fetch this program, and those that don't know
this wont be able to fetch it... it is as simple as that.
You begin to understand what I mean, don't you? What I mean is
that ANY program or game or image or sound is ALREADY somewhere on the web, you just need to know its name
to fish it out.
Names as weapons
But names (well... words)
are also powerful WEAPONS.
As the reality cracking section of my site demonstrates,
an interesting observation is that a correct use of TERMS when cracking
reality, can help quite a lot (by the way: the very term 'reality cracking' is quite catchy
eo ipso, should you have not noticed it... :-) Rhetoric is a very neglected yet incredibly powerful
science (these two aspects being most probably correlated :-) Whomever reads (and heads)
his "Lausberg" will soon be able to destroy anything in sight! As an example let's take
MacDonald. The experience demonstrates that simply explaining to the poor slaves
how awful (and dangerous)
is the food there, will not break the 'perceivness of coolness' that especially
young zombies are frequently victim of. So what is necessary is to 'break', or to 'crack'
their PERCEPTION, throwing against their teeths a 'truth revealing' phrase that will forever destroy the
plastic wrappings i.e. the 'bounds' of their consumistic slavery.
This is extremely easy if -at times- you can
build a powerful (and sharp) rhetorical statement.
Eating at MacDonald? That's 'reverse shitting'
I won't go here into the rethorical tricks hidden inside the phrase you have read.
There is a section
of my site that deals with this kind of tricks. Let us just state (and hope) that
we will use always such tricks in order to 'illuminate' people for their own good
(I repeat: let's hope it, who knows? Just cross your fingers and toes, trying to control feelings
is always a very dangerous
Anyway: this is just a simple example: The real message is:
you should never underestimate the amazing power of words! A capable linguist is
as powerful (and as dangerous) as a capable advertisement 'creative' (these morons being evil
dark forces whereas... us 'reversers'... being of course sons of the light :-)
Fact is, that few of those that have
heard or read the above 'reverse shitting'
definition will hencefort be able to feel once more - when
eating a BigMac - their advertisement induced
'coolness'... See? Using a couple of well-chosen terms we have compensated (and destroyed) the power of their advertisement
A medievistic cut
You wish to understand more about this 'nomen_est_omen' stuff? Here a 'medievistic' yet rather
useful 'cut' (if you follow the three hints below you are in for a long ride... see you
back in a couple
of years time :-)
As a foretaste in english:
Gudmund Schuette's Our forefathers ('The Gothonic
nations'), Cambridge, Unipress, 1933 (especially vol.II) read it and be prepared to gasp in awe.
to keep rolling (in German):
M.Schoenefeld, Woerterbuch der altgermanischen Personen- und Voelkernamen,
Tilburg 1910, reprint Heidelberg 1965, his 'etymologischer index' is almost unsurpassed, note his
assertion: "Zu den unvollkommensten Erzeugnissen der Menschen gehoeren unstreitig die Woerterbuecher"
dulcis in fundo:
Ernst Foerstermann, Altdeutsches Namenbuch, Bonn 1900, reprint Muenchen 1966,
this is a book that IMHO anyone researching to-day web names-matters should carefully
and seriously study in order to learn some metodology... Bienenfleissig was Foerstermann...
Do not worry too much. This linguistic AND web-related problematic is quite relevant for
all sort of searchers,
yet there are different ways to 'countourn' (or even to solve) it.
Reading the essays and lessons on my site you'll be again and again confronted with the old nomen
est omen truth, and you'll find ways to avoid confronting it, paths that will go trough it and
ways to harness its power for your own aims.
Far from being finished...
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