Monthly Archives: September 2008

Searching for “search engine”

Searching for the phrase “search engine” within several popular search engines generates some surprising results. While I thought that each search engine would list themselves first within their results, that wasn’t necessarily the case.

Below is a list of search engines along the first 5 results of searching for the phrase, “search engine”. The number following the search engine name is the position that search engine appeared in its own results. Click the search engine name to run the search for yourself. Results below were run on 9/26/08 and are subject to change.

Google (#22 in its list… and it’s the UK site!)

  1. http://www.dogpile.com
  2. http://www.altavista.com
  3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Search_engine
  4. http://search.yahoo.com
  5. http://searchenginewatch.com

Yahoo! (#1 in its list.)

  1. http://search.yahoo.com
  2. http://www.google.com
  3. http://www.dogpile.com
  4. http://www.altavista.com
  5. http://www.webcrawler.com

MSN (#86 in its list.)

  1. http://www.search.com
  2. http://www.google.com
  3. http://www.google.com/coop/cse
  4. http://www.altavista.com
  5. http://www.dogpile.com

Alta Vista (#4 in its list)

  1. http://search.yahoo.com
  2. http://www.google.com
  3. http://www.dogpile.com
  4. http://www.altavista.com
  5. http://www.webcrawler.com

Ask (not listed in first 100 hits)

  1. http://searchengineland.com
  2. http://www.dogpile.com
  3. http://www.searchenginewatch.com
  4. http://www.searchenginejournal.com
  5. http://blog.searchenginejournal.com

Dogpile (#11 in the list. Note: Sponsored links were ignored.)

  1. http://www.altavista.com
  2. http://search.yahoo.com
  3. http://searchenginewatch.com
  4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Search_engine
  5. http://www.google.com

lyGO (not in first 100 hits)

  1. http://search.yahoo.com
  2. http://www.webcrawler.com
  3. http://www.lycos.com
  4. http://search.aol.com
  5. http://www.cba.ca

A9 (not in first 100 hits)

  1. http://www.dogpile.com
  2. http://www.altavista.com
  3. http://www.searchenginecolossus.com
  4. http://www.searchengineguide.com
  5. http://www.ask.com

Search.com (#9 in its list. Ignored all sponsored links.)

  1. http://searchenginewatch.com
  2. http://www.altavista.com
  3. http://www.dogpile.com
  4. http://www.search.com/reference/Web_search_engine
  5. http://search.yahoo.com

Yahoo! was the only search engine where they were listed at the top of their own results. Alta Vista and lyGO agree and listed Yahoo! first as well.

The others didn’t fair so well. Ask, lyGO and A9 did not show up within the first 100 hits within their results. MSN showed up 86th within their own results and while Google showed up 22nd, it was the UK site that showed up and not the US site, despite having conducted the search using their US site.

Do you think Yahoo! forced their name to the top or did it just work out that way? Are you surprised that the other search engine companies didn’t force their names to the top of their results? I am.

Texting illegal while driving frees up drivers to read ads

In today’s news it was reported that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill making it illegal not only to send text messages while driving, but reading them as well. Also in today’s news was a report that California wants to display ads on the Amber Alert signs while not in use.

Banning the sending AND reading of text messages while driving is supposed to ensure that drivers keep their eyes on the road. Displaying ads on Amber Alert signs adds yet another distraction. Hey California, are you dumb?

My only theory is that banning text messaging while driving will ensure that drivers will see the ads thus generating income for the state. Here’s a perfect example of greed in its purest form.

How can you screw up a bubble?

I bought two bottles of bubbles. You know, you dip in the wand, blow and bubbles float around gently? Well, the bubbles I bought do no such thing. They’re called “Super Miracle Bubbles” and believe me, the only miracle is that they don’t work!

Dip, blow and what do you get? Either it pops immediately before the bubble is formed or the bubbles that are made drop to the ground like a lead weight. I sent feedback to the company and we’ll see how they respond. I’ll keep you posted.

In the meantime, this site contains some homemade recipes for bubbles which I may end up trying. In addition, Zubbles look fun. They’re deeply colored bubbles that don’t stain, but as of this writing have not yet been released.

The “Revolutionary” GoateeSaver

http://goateesaver.com/

This is one of the dumber inventions I’ve seen in a while. Their slogan? “Real men wear goatees.” In reality, what they should be telling you is that “Real men know how to shave their goatees.”

The only way I’d call this thing “revolutionary” is if it was invented between 1775 and 1783. I’ve been the proud owner of a goatee for over 10 years and if you can’t shave your own goatee without a stencil, then you have no business having one or handling sharp objects. It’s not tough. Really.