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Bird Gastronomy 

There won't be many occasions on this website when the gastronomy of our feathered friends is mentioned. 

Some visitors will descend on a page with but one interest, grab what they want and fly off.  They won't be aware of page repetition which is there for hawks. 

A social psychology student writing a broad essay on food might gather a few morsels and fly off.  A social worker writing a report on the need for better nutrition in down-town wherever, may extract a lot of material of use.  Not a hawk.  Background pages used elsewhere may be included within such sections of the website which may appeal to hawks.

The website specialises in crumbs of comfort.

Have you noticed bird gastronomy in real life?  It seems that a bird table can sit for a long time with no visitors.  Without any apparent reason, later, there are many birds attacking each other to obtain the food.  Is there a who dares, wins sociology which determines which bird arrives at the table first?


Let's move wider within the animal kingdom. In the UK, the BBC 2 network ran a series of programmes assessing how the Internet affects our daily lives.  The last programme was on 20 February, 2010.

The Virtual Revolution

Presented by Doctor Aleks Krotoski, and developed in partnership with the audience through a mix of social networking sites, The Virtual Revolution (or, The Digital Revolution as it was known while it was being made) takes a fresh look at how the virtual world is shaping the way we live now.  ...


In this programme, Aleks Krotoski  asks Can we find any evidence  that the web is really changing the way we think?  She brought in Prof David Nicholas, Director of Ciber at University College London. He is .. the first academic to systematically study people's online behaviour by analysing millions of anonymous data records.  In one survey, he found that 40% of people never revisit the same webpage; that they only view up to three pages from the thousands that are available online.  In his words, .. people seemed to be skipping over the virtual landscape.  They were popping in from sites, looking at one or two pages, going to another site, looking at one or two pages and then going on .  Nobody seemed to be staying anywhere for very long. 

These two types of thinking can be termed fox and hedgehog.  Foxes are people that embrace all kinds of ideas, like the wisdom of the crowd, bounce from here to there and pick things up.  That's how they acquire their knowledge. Then there are hedgehogs.  Hedgehogs like one big idea.  They repeat, they go back to the same source.  These people like the peer-evaluated environment because they are certain of that. 

If foxes form 40% of the Internet-viewing population, is that figure rising?  You can participate in an online survey which may answer such questions. 


My email inbox makes this website seem like a busy bird table at times where foxes and hedgehogs somehow also visit.   In deciding which category you fit into, it's best to take the positive interpretation than the pejorative.  These creatures also have endearing characteristics.  Not many hawks or foxes email me.  Those who read what is said on this website by others or me, and formulate a statement and or questions are very welcome.

Always pleased to help hawks, hedgehogs and foxes. 


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