Optical illusions

In 1832, the Swiss crystallographer Louis Albert Necker discovered his famously ambiguous cube, which seems to jump back and forth between two orientations. Given the same raw data -- a particular arrangement of a dozen line segments -- our brains find different ways to interpret it. ... The real integration challenge resides inside our heads. There is no single frame of reference for data. [Full story at Infoworld.com]
Apparently I've used this Necker analogy before. But it aptly describes what we see happening this week, for example, as Doug Purdy, Ted Neward, Dare Obasanjo, and others bat around the implications of DataSets, doc/literal SOAP messages, and hierarchical vs. relational storage.


Former URL: http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/2004/06/04.html#a1014