Here are the rules to the brain-teaser Petals Around the Rose (try if you can figure out the solution – note the site needs Internet Explorer to work):
“The name of the game is Petals Around the Rose. The name of the game is important. The computer will roll five dice and ask you to guess the score for the roll. The score will always be zero or an even number. Your mission is to work out how the computer calculates the score and become a Potentate of the Rose.”
This article by Seth Lloyd tells of his meeting with the Google co-founders, where the three of them discussed quantum internet search. Seth writes “Sergey and Larry and I noted that when it is up and running, the quantum internet should offer all sorts of wacky possibilities for quantum internet search.” [Thanks to Dimitar Vesselinov in the forum.]
Do you have a friend who might want to link to this blog using the words “Seraphim Proudleduck"? You will get a single extra ticket* per friend who emails me telling me you referred him to this contest. (Your friend needs to include your name and email.)
As stated before, in the lottery on January 1st, 2005, I will award the full prize money of $1792 to a random webmaster who linked to me and informed me via email. (Of course the money will only be awarded if this blog wins the challenge.) Every single ticket increases the chance to win, and naturally, I will not hand out any tickets to myself.
*You will get one ticket per friend you referred (additional to any existing tickets you may have), independent of how many domains your friend uses to create links.
Also see the competition details.
“Google is pronounced in a variety of ways abroad, reflecting its
international popularity. In France, the search engine is ’GooGEL’
while Japanese say ’GOOgaru.’”
– Verne Kopytoff, Google making its mark worldwide (SFGate.com), September 20, 2004 [Thanks Justin F.]
I asked FindForward some questions by choosing “Ask Question” from the search menu. Here are the more sane results (there were also plenty of insane results).
Who will be the next president?
Again kerry will be the next president overtaking bush cause he sucks.
Who is the better President?
That Bush is the better president for wartime and that Kerry will do better
Who was behind 9/11?
Bush always suspected Saddam was behind 9/11 (Filed: 27/04/2003) Find undermines Blair’s doubts on link, writes Con Coughlin
When are the next elections?
Four years. The next elections are due in September, 2006. Election results 2002.
Will Kerry raise taxes?
Bush Says Kerry Will Raise Taxes $900 Billion; Kerry Says That’s False. Attack ad revives question of whether Kerry’s numbers add up. March 11, 2004.
Who founded Google?
Mot clé “Founded Google” a été demandé moins de 100 fois au cours des 4 dernières semaines sur le Web francophone.
What is the best search engine?
Google Is THE BEST Search Engine. “[I]f one could call a search engine ’sexy,’ then Google would be the pinup power search of the
Who is the most famous celebrity?
Julia Roberts is the most famous celebrity in Hollywood.
Who is the richest celebrity?
About which celebrity is the richest or the most beautiful. I know
Who is the coolest actor?
Jason bateman is the coolest actor on tv right now! Have you seen him in arrested development yet? arrested mikes mail!
Who is the worst actress?
Julia Roberts is the worst actress, she’s ’Julia Roberts’ in every role...awful. Tom Cruise is the worst.
Who is the best actor?
SHAHRUKH KHAN is the best actor i’ve ever seen.I’am his fan since from his serial
What is 10 times 10?
The number 10 is 10 times as loud as 0, the number 20 is 100 times as large as 0 and the number 30 is 1000 times as large as zero.
What did the duck say?
Independence! Why did the duck say “Bang!"? Because he was a firequacker! What cat said, “The British are coming! The British are coming!"?
The Pingomatic service pings several blog directories at once, alerting them of a change in your blog.
As I mentioned I will pass on $1792 if I win the Seraphim Proudleduck competition to those who link to me using anchor text “Seraphim Proudleduck”. Several people already linked here (some with several domains, and some including forum signatures). This blog is not yet indexed for the phrase, but how is the competition doing and what does the Google result look like? It turns out the current top ten is dominated by French search engine optimizers “Thick & Noname”:
|1||WikiBabe||seraphim- proudleduck. cafewiki. org/||6k||0||English||Brief information||0||Thick & Noname|
|2||Seraphim proudleduck||seraphim- proudleduck. promo-web. org/||6k||0||French||Information, links||12||Stephane|
|3||seraphim proudleduck||www.mylinea. com/ seraphim- proudleduck/||8k||0||French||Links, Amazon Affiliates||2||Thick & Noname|
|4||[more from above domain]||-||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|5||7D - seraphim proudleduck knows Google||www.seraphim- proudleduck. tk/||2k||0||English||Links, Cartoon, Popup||226||Thick & Noname|
|6||☼ seraphim proudleduck montpellier seraphim proudleduck||www. mangeur-de- cigogne.sud- impact.fr/ seraphim-proudleduck.php||8k||0||French||Links, Information||22||Jeff|
|7||seraphim proudleduck||cigogne. tonsite. net/||3k||5||French||Links, Cartoon||249||?|
|8||seraphim proudleduck i-mode||www. i-noname. com/ seraphim- proudleduck/||4k||0||English||Links, Brief Information, Cartoon||0||?|
|9||seraphim proudleduck [D day-105]||www. presidentielle- 2007.net/seraphim- proudleduck/||-||0||English||Information||2||Jan|
|10||Ublog / leseraphim proudleduck / 2004/09/16||www.u-blog.net/ leseraphimproudleduck||8k||0||French||Blog||0||?|
“Based on the half-dozen hires in recent weeks, Google appears to be planning to launch its own Web browser and other software products to challenge Microsoft.
Google has wooed Joshua Block, one of the main developers of the Internet programming language Java, from Sun Microsystems.
The company also hired four people who worked on Microsoft’s Web browser, Internet Explorer, and later founded their own company. One of them, Adam Bosworth, is credited with being a driving force not only behind IE, but Microsoft’s database-management program, Access.
Most recently, Google grabbed Joe Beda, the lead developer on Avalon, Microsoft’s code name for the user interface that will part of the next version of Windows, called Longhorn.”
– Stephen Lynch, Google Picks Gates’ Brains (New York Post), September 19, 2004 [Via Kottke.]
(I wonder what the Google Browser will be named, if it is indeed waiting around the corner: Google Browser, Growser, Google Explorer, Gbrowser, Googlefox and Gopera, or Googlesurf?)
Both of my Yahoo searches of the following form...
“They call new Google employees Nooglers. That was what I was last week when I was down in Mountain View. It was a pretty exciting week. I went to some training classes and got my computers set up and such. I spent quite a bit of time working and hanging out with other Googlers. Everyone was super smart and down to earth. I learned a lot and had a great time.”
– Joe Beda, Noogler (EightyPercent), 14 Sep 2004 [Thanks Philipp H.]
You could say I’m a Google fan. Sure, I blog about Google because I liked it so much in the first place. But I’m not blindly in love, and instead try to be objective – and there’s also some things I dislike about Google. Here is the top ten:
Do you have other negative criticism? Post in the forum thread.
In reaction to the “I, Robot” cover story, a reader in Wired 9/2004 writes:
“The buffed bots of the future won’t amount to more than a molehill without a quantum leap in reasoning (...). I want a software algorithm that can understand context rather than a remote-controlled machine that can stand on one foot. In the humanoid race, my money is on Google, not Sony.”
– Jonas Lamis (Austin, Texas)
Another Gmail project at Sourceforge is the Gmail API for Java.
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