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Friday, May 2, 2003

Why do men cheat?

“They have wandering eyes. They’re obsessed with Page 3. They come home from one-too-many late nights at the ’office’; with lipstick on their collars. To whatever degree, men do cheat and they do it more than women. In the original Kinsey Report, published more than 50 years ago, approximately 60 per cent of men, compared to 30 per cent of women, were unfaithful to their spouses before the age of 40.”
– Abby Schwartz and Eileen Livers (

Incongruency with their own words is directly opposed to a female’s spatial intelligence. Intuition keeps the upper hand to logic in this clashing, especially when the man is acting illogical — listening to the “commander”, that is. Some might want to find explanations for adultery in evolution, libido & hunter instincts, or socialization, gender roles & macho behavior patterns; but Peter S. Beagle’s Schmendrick brings it to the point:
“Men don’t always know when they’re happy.”

Misquoting Google & Google’s deadly importance

Blogger’s down [1] so here’s a manual entry for today.

On misquoting Google:

“Google has become such a part of our culture that writers often quote how frequently a name or phrase appears in a Google search as an indicator of popularity. Unfortunately, more often than not, the numbers published are completely wrong.”
– Jonathan Dube (Poynter Online)

From “Bloggers in Google“ comes this bit on Google’s deadly importance:

“Also at Supernova, Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google talked about how important the ranking and results [algorithms] were for Google. For instance, first result for “suicide” can have a life or death impact on someone depending on whether it is a page to help you decide not to commit suicide or a page about how to commit suicide.”
– Flemming Funch (Ming the Mechanic)

Fair enough, though it’s not really Google who determines what shows up first; rather, when it comes to PageRank, the democratic choice of the people online, and their decision of where they want to link.

Search Engine Live Test using the phrase “Google has too much power”:
1. Google + Google Groups (4 hits)
2. AllTheWeb (3 hits)
3. Altavista (0 hits)

[1] “No need to be pessimistic, it wouldn’t work anyway.”

And for those of you who want to know what’s the Matrix Reloaded, listen to Chris Suellentrop (“a sci-fi John Hughes movie”).


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