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A lucid explanation of Google’s PigeonRank99 system.
Hey! I had no idea that thing was still up and available. Probably the best online April Fool's gag I've ever seen, though several roleplaying game companies and freelancers come close ( and keep doing themselves proud each year).
Oh, that's GREAT!
One of the things I love about Google is the
sense of humor its employees are allowed to have
about their company.
And the little holiday decorations they add to the Google logo are just *adorable.*
Sigh. There goes my macho credibility.
But... little bears! Giving each other presents!
Used to be when Topica was down, they put up a notice explaining they were feeding and resting the hamsters, along with a funny little graphic of a hamster wheel.
Now that their outages are longer and (harder work for everyone--and more of it, too!) more frequent?
There's a lesson in that, somewhere.
The little bears are wonderful. The other holiday versions of the logo are great too, but I like the bears best.
Thanks for this, Teresa, it's adorable!
the one for Escher's birthday is way cool.
I seem to recall that after B. F. Skinner proved his pigeon-guided missile technology to the Pentagon, one of the big casinos in Las vegas contacted him. He'd made a comment that an utterly addictive gambling machine was possible. He declined their offer.
BTW, I adore the new Amazon.com ability to search for phrases in the text of the first 100,000 or so books they scanned. Of course, egotist that I am, I ego-googled, and discovered not only some of the ones I know about (i.e. acknowledgments from David Brin, who widely circulates 1st draft novels), but some that were news to me.
For example, I was nicely cited in "Beyond the Trauma Vortex: The Media's Role in Healing Fear, Terror, and Violence", by Gina Ross [Berkeley: North Atlantic Books, distributed by Publishers Group West, 2003] for my web page on Correlations of television Violence with Actual Aggression; and was quoted in Douglas Hofstadter's "Metamagical Themas" paperback, from his Scientific American column.
Amazon, family bookstore killer though they may be, has moved us a step towards all knowledge of all human civilizations being available in fanzines, whoops, I mean web pages.
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