Could the most popular search engine Google, which claims it can make money without doing evil, be engaged in spamming? Recent activity on this blog would suggest so — and they certainly have both motive and opportunity.
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My Melbourne friend Richard (one of the several Richards I know there) sends this photo of Melbourne’s smoke-filled sky today as residents face the massive bushfires.
So far around 400,000 hectares have been burned.
Although the fires are burning in an area between 150 and 200km north-east of the city, they’re casting a smoky haze over Melbourne. You can smell it, even indoors, and despite the pollution in the CBD.
It’s like God’s fired up his pot-belly stove.
The Age is collecting further smog photos too.
Now that I’ve upgraded to Firefox 2.0, I get spell-checking inside website forms — a bonus! But the spell-checker has trouble with “Stilgherrian” (oddly enough).
Its suggestions are “Spenglerian” (after the German pre-Nazi historian and philosopher Oswald Spengler, “Utilitarianism” (the ethical theory), “Cherianne’s” (whoever Cherianne is!), “Algerian’s” (well, I know what Algerians are, but why has it chosen the possessive form?) or “Utilitarians”. Not the best set of alternatives…
The other day I met someone who’s the exact opposite of Eric.
Thanks, Gaping Void, for providing such insights.
It seems a curious claim to allow on your website for several months, but if it is true then BoardTracker.com‘s “advanced search” is very advanced indeed. Since April, when reader Stilgherrian first told us about it, it has offered to search back through the last 6142 years of internet forum postings.
I didn’t even last a week of daily posts! But what a schedule. Everyone seems to want everything before Christmas. I was working until 2230 last night on “web stuff” for clients, and today’s going to be full of it too. I’m going to be so sick of the computers by the end of it…
Apparently at least one federal government minister has enough time on their hands to complain about a TV presenter’s joke. Personally, I wish they’d be more focussed on matters of importance — like, oh, making sure they’re not paying millions of dollars to foreign dictators.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t plug Pong’s exhibition Passive Intruder which opens at Newtown’s Buzzzbar Cafe (with three Zs!) tonight. Of course, you can sneak in during the day and see the pictures before it’s officially launched — so I’m hoping to see a bunch of red dots by the time I arrive…
I popped in to see the exhibition when it was being hung yesterday, and it was great to see the brightly-coloured images printed full size. They work well in the venue, and I have the gut feeling they’ll do quite well.
Plus I should say that the food at Buzzzbar is excellent — there’s a distinctly North African subtlety to the spices — though the proprietor is Greek, so perhaps that’s just my ignorance showing.
“‘British’ used to be a byword for quality, trust, craftsmanship and innovation,” he says.
Thanks to Gaping Void for the pointer.