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Monday, February 23, 2004

Xahara Adult Image Search

Xahara is an image search returning nothing but adult content. [Via Memepool.]

Memecodes Evolutionary Page Experiment

Here’s an idea for a set of evolutionary pages that have “natural” offspring and grow into being more popular. I plan to put up a set of pages with random words; Project Memecodes. Say, 5,000 pages with random word sequences (let’s pray to the Googlegod I won’t get the death penalty for that).

Now whenever a page gets a visitor who arrived from Google, the page will create a new modified randomized version of itself via its database back-end, and create a link to it in a visible place. The new page will continue do the same as the old page. After a while, a page “dies” and is taken offline. Soon several pages would be able to specialize on search niches in the Web environment – word combinations people are looking for that are not yet covered online and therefore make my evolutionary pages turn up in the top results which people actually click on. A search phrase entered by a search engine visitor is just like food in nature’s ecosystem – there will be specialized pages to catch this food. A page’s “meme code” will lead it to become a successful species with a lot of offspring, or die and be forgotten.

Like infinite monkeys writing Shakespeare, if the experiment will be running long enough with enough modifications, the once randomly worded pages might even modify themselves to the point of becoming natural language.

Memecodes The Memecodes site is now online! (If it doesn’t work for you at the moment please check back in 12 hours – the subdomain went live only this morning.)

Paper Feedback

Here is how you can find out what other people think about the magazine article you are reading. Enter a sentence from the page into Google or another search engine. If you are lucky the first and only result will be the online version of the magazine. Copy the URL and enter it into Technorati. If you are lucky again you will now see blog comments with links to this article.

E.g. I just tried this approach with the Wired magazine I’m reading, and on page 37 “Blogfather” Glenn Reynold’s says: “Technorati is my favorite weblog tool.” – and the top Google URL for that entered in Technorati returns 11 backlinks.

New Book: Mining Google Web Services

[At Amazon]

As you may know Google lets developers access its search results via SOAP. I use this approach for
Now here’s a great new book on the topic: Mining Google Web Services: Building Applications with the Google API by John Paul Mueller. I had the chance to review the book and give my input early on.

“Google’s Web Services provide all kinds of powerful capabilities that you can leverage in your Internet programs. Here’s a book that teaches you how to develop practical Google Web Services applications. Learn how to embed the popular search engine in a web site, create applications for optimizing complex searches, automatically monitor the web for specified information, develop custom applications to avoid objectionable material, and much more. Even find out how to use Google Web Services and Amazon Web Services together. In “Mining Google Web Services”, you will discover how to develop these real-world applications using VBA, Visual Studio, PHP, Java, and Mobile Devices.”
– Book description via Amazon


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