Google

People love talking about google. Its the most used search engine in the world.

Anyway in light of a recent slashdot article I compiled a list of interesting google features (with links!)

Definitions
I hope you’ve all clicked on the underlined words in the “Searched the web for ” bar right above the search results. They’ll take you to Dictionary.com’s definition of the given word. But if you search for “define:word” or “define word” you’ll get a full page of definitions for the first search and a one line definition with search results for the second.

Calculator
This is probably one of the most powerful features (besides search) of google. You can process equations like 2+2, 80 calories in joules, gravitational constant, mass of jupiter and even answer to life the universe and everything. It’s very cool.

Search Trick
Now there are hundreds of tricks I’m sure, this is just one that I didn’t know. If Google finds a tilde (~) in front of a word it searches for all variants of the given word. This is pretty powerful stuff. Here’s an example. For the word “specific” it also found “Specify” and for “words” it found “word”, “Dictionary”, “Language”, “names”, “Vocabulary” and “list” just on the first page. This is bound to come in handy if you don’t know how to phrase something correctly.

Telephone Numbers
This would be another search trick. If you search for a phone number (Its picky about format. It has to be (123) 456-7890 or it will treat the search like any other.) it will look it up and get you a map of the phone’s location. Try it out.

Google Labs
Google Labs is where google publicly tests its up and coming technologies and services. There’s a lot of ideas floating around the labs some have even made it into google (like the define: search).

Search by Location
Brought to you by Google Labs better then you’d think.

News Alerts
A Graduate of Google Labs News Alerts watches Google News and will email you when new headlines matching topics you request is found. Its a way to keep tabs on breaking news events. I’d find it annoying personally but I guess I could keep my friends names as key words and see if they ever become news worthy.

Google Toolbar and Google Compute
They’re not directly related. I’ll start with the toolbar though. The Google Toolbar is quite nifty. It blocks popups. Now it has a few other features (which google describes quite well on their site) which are handy but that is by far the most useful I’ve ever seen. It only works with windows and Internet Explorer (you don’t really need it with other browsers and operating systems) and you can be sure it does its job and nothing else. Google is a name you can trust not to try to put spy-ware on your computer.

Google Compute requires the google toolbar and has your computer use its idle time (when you are not requiring its processing power) to crunch numbers along with thousands of other computers on the internet. “The first beneficiary of this effort is Folding@home, a non-profit academic research project at Stanford University that is trying to understand the structure of proteins so they can develop better treatments for a number of illnesses.”

I have a few computers helping folding@home already. I find them to be a lot more worthy then little green men or breaking arbitrary encryptions.

And thats my round up. For a complete list of official google features go to http://www.google.com/help/features.html

Also you may find this interesting.

-Francis

I can’t believe I’m doing this.

I had a good birthday. I woke up early, went to class, did errands, and now I’m going to sleep for a big test tomorrow. No wild parties with boobs and too much alcohol. I guess I’ll have to wait until next year. Anyway I made out good with some DVDs and a New Computer (which I built a week ago and it still makes me drool). I also gave my self a car wash (for my car) and I left a waitress a $20 dollar tip for some ice cream. (Didn’t catch her reaction though I left to soon.) I dunno… I’m happy it was a good day.

Thank you everyone who came to Liberty with me. I had a good time. =)

And I can’t really believe I did this. I didn’t mean it…


Love is Love

“Parts of the brain that are love-bitten include the one responsible for gut feelings, and the ones which generate the euphoria induced by drugs such as cocaine. So the brains of people deeply in love do not look like those of people experiencing strong emotions, but instead like those of people snorting coke. Love, in other words, uses the neural mechanisms that are activated during the process of addiction. ìWe are literally addicted to love,î Dr Young observes.”

What is love? Who knows? But this excerpt is from the Science of Love and it oddly enough all started with Voles.

-Francis

Everybody Loves a Redford

Tonight I watched Sneakers it was shown to me as a kid by my mother (a woman ahead of her time in knowing what was ahead of her time) who found it to be quite fun. I can look back (all the way to 1992 when I was 8) and recognize the technologies they used in the movie in real life. Makes me wish I was born in the late 70’s so I could a punk teen when all this was going on.

-Francis

Also to note that I Finished Big O season 1 (think Japanese Batman with cooler toys and not so many men in tights) and it was good, along with 3 Kings which is a movie I appreciate more every time I watch it.

The French Connection

The French Connection was good. I have a thing for for old cop and spy movies from the 70s. Normally these movies have Robert Redford in them but I made an exception for Gene Hackman. The most hyped part of the movie was the subway chase. The most memorable was the New York City skyline from the Brooklyn. The funnies part was little dance “FrogMan 1” and Gene Hackman did in the subway.

I wish I had seen this movie with my family when they rented it a few months ago. Anyway it was worth the rent.

-Francis

50 First Dates

50 First Dates Sweet romantic comedy that was better then expected. That being said it starred Drew Barrymore nipples. And while every other character was some other weird sexual stereotype Drew her self was not. She was an insanely cute and naive girl who started every day as if it was some day in october.

I thought they’d butcher her part and make her really dumb. Or even worse make her situation really dumb. I mean how could a woman (20 something?) who starts each day as if it was sunday survive in the real world? This is where I was pleasantly surprised. Apparently she was able to make due because she lived in a tight nit community in Hawaii.

There was also this romantic element.
(If you must know) Adam Sandler would have to make Drew Barrymore fall in love with him each day because she didn’t meet him until after her accident (which killed her short term memory – each night she forgets the previous day). My favorite line is when she gives Adam Sandler a tip to get her to fall for him the next day. “Lilies, I’m a sucker for lilies.” Anyway the romantic element does its job being romantic.

Over all its cute and so is Drew Barrymore.

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