The weirdest and funniest “happy birthday” of the day? I opened Google after midnight and there was a picture of a birthday cake and other goodies. So I said to myself, I wonder who else’s birthday it is?
When I hovered the cursor, it said (still does) “Happy birthday, Marilyn.” I think it must only work on my computer, but that’s the picture.
How do they do that? It’s kind of spooky, but cute! I know it’s software, but still … out of the millions of people using Google, how do they know to make that header show up on my computers?
Isn’t technology grand?
So I was sitting here, watching one of the last Jay Leno Tonight Shows and suddenly it came to me. I thought “I must be approaching my blogging anniversary.” So I went to look it up, which turned to be more difficult than I expected.
Finally, I went to the trophy thingie on WordPress and saw that I had an anniversary icon … dated today.
It’s exactly the same as my one year icon. Identical. Be that as it may … it’s been a mad, mad, mad, mad, mad, mad couple of years:
- 126,000 hits
- 18,560 comments
- 1,927 posts
- 1,677 blog followers — not including followers via Twitter, Facebook, Tumbler, Google and comments.
My top post in terms of hits is still that odd post about the TV show, Criminal Minds. It scored a whopping 10,135 hits, something I don’t think I’ll match. It was a fluke that Google put me on the top of their search engine for that show. You can read it and wonder — along with me — why in the world it was so popular: The FBI can’t do a simple Google search?
I finally got Freshly Pressed. It was a lovely surprise, especially since I didn’t expect it. After all that blogging without having gotten the nod, I didn’t think it would ever happen. Never say never. You can read about it in HOLY EXPLETIVE! I AM FRESHLY PRESSED! and WRITING FOR THE RIGHT REASONS. The post that did it was most uncharacteristic of my usual stuff — by far the creepiest thing I ever wrote: GONZO GEORDIE HAD AN AX.
I posted at least once per day for all of last year, not counting that unfortunate week on Cape Cod when I had no WiFi.
Thanks to all of you who’ve been my faithful friends and to all my new friends. I hope we can all celebrate when the next anniversary rolls around!
From Google, this is dedicated to Harriet Tubman, Activist, humanitarian, African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the American Civil War. (See Wikipedia for more.)
She was born in 1820 in Dorchester County, MD and died on March 10, 1913, in Auburn, NY. Married to Nelson Davis (1869-1888) and John Tubman (1844-1851), she had one daughter, Gertie Davies. She was the child of Harriet Greene and Ben Ross.
There is a huge amount of information about Harriet Tubman available in libraries and across the Internet. Today is the first days of African-American History month. Google Harriet Tubman to find out wonderful things you will love to know.
Not all heroes wear uniforms.
Not every day yields a bonanza of weirdness. but there has been a small epidemic recently. Today we have two winners!
gonzo xxx water sake
I wrote a post with the word GONZO in the title … as did anyone else who responded to that writing challenge … so why did this one come to me in particular? And what might an XXX WATER SAKE be? It’s the XXX that has me most concerned. Clearly this water sake is one bad sake. Not “for heaven’s sake,” surely. And not the sake you drink with sushi at a Japanese restaurant because that sake is yummy in the tummy.
This is a lurid and evil sake, perhaps a spirit sake, dangerous to ones soul. I can but speculate on the nature of XXX water sakes and what they have to do with me. It’s not right, them creeping up on me this way.
And then there is … (trumpets, short drumroll) …
doleful porn tube
I am willing to take suggestions. I’m clueless. Three little words, connected only in the bizarre mind of some Internet searcher. Porn? Maybe, though I don’t think this site even rates a PG, much less as “porn” of any kind — though if you put it together with the XXX water sake, you might have something going there …
Tube? Porn tube? An x-rated tube? Like … inner tube? Highly inner tubish?
Stay tuned for more. Peculiar things lurk in cyber-space and they converge at Serendipity — the website where you can be as strange as you want because nothing surprises me. Maybe I shouldn’t say that.
Seriously — who are these people and how did those searches land them on my site?
pic of sick face
What does this mean? Picture of a sick face? What do you mean by sick? And why did it end up here, on Serendipity? Who are you calling sick?
googleexcerpts from unxead pool
All I can say is huh? What? No idea what this means. Oh, wait. I bet it’s The Undead Pool, the new book by Kim Harrison coming out next month. I’m looking forward to it … but surely this search should have taken them to Kim Harrison’s blog or Amazon? Why me?
Doesn’t the inability to spell the title disqualify the search?
wyatt earp clothing
I swear I have never written anything about Wyatt Earp’s clothing. I mentioned his gun I think. A long time ago. In context of a review of Tombstone. But I never said a word about his pants. Or any other article of clothing.
So was it the gun you think?
What’s Google good for?
Need to know the latest headline news? The weather in Boca Raton? A quick answer to a simple question, like: “Hey, who won the Best Actor Oscar in 1997?”
Need a picture of someone famous to put in your post? You’ll find it on Google, no problem. Need a portrait of an actor or politician? Need a painting of a giant cockroach cooking dinner? Google it! Google will give you lots of choices, a few of which are presumably not copyright infringements.
Need to get some information about an obscure medical condition? Want to know which hospital has the most up-to-date treatment for it? Google may have the answer. It’s not a substitute for a diagnosis, but it’s a jumping off place. Want to know the side effects of your new medication? Google will to give you more information than you really wanted. You probably won’t like most of it.
What else is Google good for? If you believe a lot of recent blogs, you’d think Google is the route to all knowledge, the all-purpose cure-all for every question, every problem. Recipes, diets, travel, reviews, buying, selling … you name it, you can do it on Google. Or can you? Really?
Google can help you get a good idea where to look for more serious information. If you are serious about learning and want to do more than scratch the surface, Google is the place where you line up your water fowl and figure out which are geese and swans versus the real ducks. After that?
I look for books to buy. For example, you cannot learn anything of value about ancient Chinese porcelain on Google. All you can find are additional sources which might lead to better material.
You can learn the rules of baseball by Googling it, but if you want to play the game, you’ll have join a team. Some things, you’re better off asking someone. “Grandma? Could you show me how to crochet?” Or take a class.
You are not going to really learn a language on line, not well enough to really communicate, but you might find out who gives courses or where to find a tutor.
History? Ornithology? Identifying wild flowers or butterflies? Buy a couple of books or borrow them from a library. Anyone who is even slightly serious about drilling deep into a subject knows Google is the where you commence the search. It isn’t where you end it.
Google is intrusive, ubiquitous, careless of privacy and copyrights. It is many other bad things. But when you need basic information pronto, Google is the best way to get going.
Imperfect it may be, but there isn’t a better way. Or even a reasonable alternative.
- Seek and Thou Shalt Find … Usually on Google (teepee12.com)
- Prism Schism Google Shmoogle (dave-lucas.blogspot.com)
- Googles Shmoogles (allnightsblog.wordpress.com)
- We’ve Seen the Future, and You’re Freelancing (jezebel.com)
- Engadget – Google will soon display your Google+ photo when you call an Android phone (davidchartier.com)
What was I looking for and why? Seriously? Why would you care? Why would anyone care? Searching for something, finding it and moving on are kind of like breathing in and out. As natural as plugging a lamp into a socket. As normal as expecting your refrigerator to be cold.
So there I was, answering a prompt. I needed a picture of Sidney Poitier and another of George Hamilton. It took about 10 seconds to find each of them, another second or two to pick them out, save them, and insert them in the post.
I doubt this is exciting news to anyone. This is how and why people use Google. Are we descending into serious levels of deep triviality here or what? Just saying.
I have a great idea for The Decision Makers of WordPress. Let’s do “What did you have for lunch and why?” next time. That’ll really get our creative juices flowing!