Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Using Google powers for awesome

I came downstairs one morning and Miriam was hard at work on my computer researching My Little Pony. I wondered how she'd found the information she was looking at so I checked the Google search history. She had typed in

how rainbow dash got her cutie mark

and 

pony names

to Google. Nice. While I was looking through the history, I found these other gems from my own Googling.

people talking and not understanding each other. It was something related to a paper I was writing for my Language Acquisition class. I think I was looking for an illustration.

man from snowy river poo sliding off face. Don't you remember that scene? I couldn't remember if it was real or if it was an overactive childhood imagination, so I Googled it. (I didn't find anything conclusive, so I texted my sister instead.)

what time is it on the east coast. Sometimes my brain hurts from converting the time zones all the time and I wanted Google to ease the burden.

half of left pinkie cut off. Ummm, don't ask. Except that maybe someone I've known for almost a year - well, I just barely noticed that half of their left pinkie is cut off.

how old remove back of booster seat. The answer: not yet.

iron turns on won't heat up. Because my iron was doing that.

Anyway, that's what's going on with my Google searches in the past week. Did you realize that Google was saving all your searches? Because I didn't, not really. Yikes.

17 comments:

  1. Have my little ponies always had anime style eyes? Shoot, I think I'll google that! :) hehehe Track that, google!

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  2. Ok, whoa, apparently I'm not the only one that noticed their eyes got weird! I remember the ones from the 1980s! http://rachelmariestone.com/2012/04/24/the-cultural-evolution-of-my-little-ponies/

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    1. Yeah, MLP undergoes a redesign every decade or so. This is the newest incarnation.

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  3. Google tracks a lot more than your searches. They track where you are making it from, on what kind of computer, using which browser and a bunch of other stuff. You have to go way to far to truly surf anonymously now-a-days.

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  4. My favortie Google search was when I asked Google "How to make corn on the cob" and the website I found totally mocked me! It said and I kid you not, "Why are you reading about how to boil corn on the cob? How hard is it to boil water and throw in an ear of corn? Perhaps you just want to know how long to boil it? Maybe there is just one specific thing that you've forgotten? Well follow along with me and refresh your memory why don't you!" I already know I am an idiot about cooking! Why don't you just rub it in there!? So be careful what you ask for. You may just get an earful!!!

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    1. I Google "how to hard boil an egg" every time. I can never ever remember how to do it.

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  5. That's really funny about the corn on the cob search because I did that exact same thing last year. I felt totally embarrassed that I would look something up, but then felt justified because I would have boiled them a LOT longer than recommended, so in the end it was good that I looked it up.

    This was the site:
    http://www.cornonthecobrecipe.com/boiled-corn-on-the-cob/

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  6. so funny that you posted this, because i have been finding the greatest stuff in my google history lately.

    "caterpillars that poop a lot"
    "poetry"
    "words that have to do with photosynthesis that start with the letter t"

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    1. What is with that last one??

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  7. And yet, I'm wondering what you were hoping to find by asking google about people with only half a pinky... Like what it looks like, or if that's a mob-inflicted punishment, or if it's an initiation rite into a marching band in Florida.

    Of the people I know missing digits, they are men who lost their nubs due to either a) a hungry-hungry lawnmower, or b) running your work-piece through the table-saw a bit too aggressively. Let it be known that I keep back from the mower-deck and carefully consider my hand position when sawing these days.

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    1. I know, right? I was mainly wondering if it was something to do with her culture. I already knew it was related to the yakuza, but since this coworker isn't from Japan, I don't think that's it. Maybe I'll - gasp - ask her sometime. But I think it might be weird because I've known her for a long time and I just barely noticed this.

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    2. My only knowledge of the yakuza comes from Hawaii 5-O, so this comment makes me really happy.

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  8. Google is creepy.

    And also:

    is that a veiled Strong Bad reference in the title of this post? Because if it's not, it should be.

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  9. I know you said don't ask but why did you google "half of left pinkie cut off"? What answer were you expecting from that search?

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  10. I don't always read the comments but I just did. My question is answered!

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  11. Bridget you can cook your eggs in the oven and I hear they are much better then boiled...harder to mess up. Grace is obsessed with cutie marks. I expect this to be our search terms in just a year. She wants to be a My Little Pony and prays for it almost every night. She also is constantly putting fake tattoos on herself. I didn't see the connection until now. I'm about 90% sure she will end up with a real tattoo someday and her father will blame me :) PS Google search memory is how people check up on their spouses or kids to see if they are looking at porn....oh the joys of a teenage son....

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I had to disallow anonymous comments because of all the spam I was getting. Sorry!

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