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Monday, July 5, 2004

Musicplasma Music Search

Musicplasma is a very nice (and very visual) music search engine. I entered Wainwright, which resulted in the Flash-powered Wainwright cosmos – Loudon Wainwright III, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wrainwright and other musicians. (The underlying artist database is huge, and I suspect Musicplasma uses the Amazon API to find items.) You can zoom in on any artist, open the discography, and select records to buy at Amazon.

Technorati Live Search on Google

“Searching the World Live Web” may sound silly. But if you want to find out what happens right this moment in the blogosphere, you can’t beat Technorati (which now features sponsored links to the right hand side). Unless Google developers have fallen into deep sleep I suspect it’s only a matter of time they introduce a live blog search plus blog backlink-tracker of their own. They already let you search minute-old news reports via Google News, but nothing beats plain blog search to get an idea of what people are talking about.

Here are live search results for “Google”:

“I am entering the very field of video games replay tool so that I can extract idea for my own Interaction Analysis in CatchBob!. (which btw has now a google ranking of 67).” [Here, “Google ranking” refers to the Google page count for a word.]
Pasta and vinegar

“1). Take your LJ [LiveJournal] username and replace each letter with the corresponding number (A=1, B=2, etc...). If your name contains numbers, you’ll need to convert them to letters first before you can convert to numbers.

2). Add all of the numbers together to create a kind of super number.

3). Make a note of the first digit of this number, then add the digits of the number together.

4). Find the post of this number in your LJ. If you don’t have that many posts, add the digits together again. Keep doing so until the number is smaller than your pathetic number of posts.

5). Take the digit you noted in step 3, and count that many words into the post.

6). Use the resulting word in a Google Image Search, and select a picture from the first page.”
Cookiedough Alchemist’s LiveJournal

“No one listens. I’m sure no one will ever find this. There’s no reason for them to find this. It’s not like I’m going to submit it to google for heaven’s sake.”
Bogging blog

“Google says ’no.’” [People often settle disputes by consulting Google.]
Playing with my food, and other things

“I deleted my journal accidently !! have you recently and accidently deleted your journal and want it back? try searching the cache maintained by .. this will allow you to copy your entries over into a new journal”
AOL Journals

“I am sick of Google asking me, “Did you mean ’slobodan’” when search for myself on the internet”
Slobokan’s Site O’ Schtuff

“Google adds missing sock search feature”

“The other day I noticed two odd “blogs of note”... bo logh, a blog written entirely in Klingon. (I wonder if he also uses Google in that language.)”
Alan’s boring life

“Capitulate what does that even mean? I have no idea! I don’t even know where I picked it up. But its popping into my head at the most ridiculous times. I’m going to google it... Hmmm maybe its a sublimal message for me to just chill out already?”
Everyday is a struggle to silence my insanity

“Why is Orkut so slow? ... Blogger rocked since they started, but they became extremely popular when “blog” became a household word. Suddenly Blogger was running like shit, and it started running erratically. I bailed and moved on but still kept an eye on it. Later, when Google bought Blogger and a new release was out, suddenly all these troubles went away.”
Pedro Vera’s Web Log

“Our dinner date was made for a 6 at a cute little french place called ladugamin i spent the day talking to my friends about the adventure i was about to embark on and asking them for what i should do in the worst case scenarios (...) I did a google search on the guy. his name didnt show up so thats a good thing, i think?”
20 guys in 21 days

“In the days of google you are no longer really safe :(“
Treehuggin’ pussy


Copyscape is a new web site to find copies of your content on the Web to protect you from copyright infringement. (You can also simply find out who quotes you.) Copyscape features some of the same technology Google Alert does and makes use of the Google Web API.

Import Contacts Into Gmail


You can now import contacts into Gmail. Just open the “Contacts” window and click on “Import Contacts”. You can then provide Gmail with a CSV (Comma Separated Values) text file containing your contacts. (See the Gmail import help entry for guidelines on how to create a CSV file from Outlook, Outlook Express, Yahoo and Orkut. AOL and Hotmail are specifically excluded as they don’t provide CSV export.) [Thanks Nathan.]


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