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Category: Computers

this may be a conspiracy theory

Right now, Google’s logo is “Mother’s Day” – click on it, and you do a search for Mother’s Day.

Makes sense, okay.

But at the same time, it’s almost like a giant ad for everything Google can do inside search, too. Almost too much so, maybe, to be a coincidence.

For example, you get an instant answer onebox (mother’s day is on …).
You also get integrated inline news results (fairly new), related searches at the bottom, an ad with a Google Checkout badge, and of course, a YouTube video is one of the top results.

Take a gander over at live search and you get a pretty plain old results page – you get news results at the top, and one related search that makes no sense (“Monologue S For Mothers Day” – wtf? Is monologue R for Memorial Day?) has a nifty “MOM” tattoo heart thing going on, but the result of a search is pretty much as bland as

The winner? Google, because their related searches include apostrophes in “mother’s” – grammar is important.

who eats popcorn with a spoon? seriously.

If you want to get revenge upon someone, simply install two virus scanners onto their computer.

It will, by far, be worse than any combination of virus or spyware you could ever possibly come up with.

Enjoy. Remember, if you can’t win, spite.

wow, pretty

In possibly the first semi-halfway-decent (yet rather hard) machine problem at U of I, I had to make a program which would let a user control a camera walkthrough of a given terrain in 3D. For example, you can load up a nice old tiff of the Grand Canyon and pretend you’re really there. It’s pretty nice, if I do say so myself. With real-time lighting effects, texture mapping, and wireframing capabilities, it sounds cool despite being lame.

Check it out if you’re so inclined. Me? I’m going home.