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The pulse of the landscape

Posted by Smokey Stover on April 16, 2008 at 07:54:

In Reply to: The pulse of the landscape posted by Stacy Nielsen on April 15, 2008 at 20:04:

: Does anyone know what this means... "I will take the pulse of the landscape"?

This is not a common saying, or at least not an old one. Itis a literary metaphor that has recently become somewhat popular among people who read blogs and Internet postings. The phrase probably started its career in some literary work. It means, roughly, "I shall try to see if there are any signs of life out here, and how fast beats the heart of this place. I shall detect whether there be a regular metabolism and rhythm hereabouts."

In various blogs and derivative uses, "landscape" may connote a large sample of the life in a certain area, say, in a particular biosystem or geological system, while "pulse" is often used, in this phrase, to connote the rhythm of change.

Can you tell us where you read this?