Google Middle Earth

Since I installed Google Earth I wondered if someone mapped the filming locations as placemarks. Quick web searches didn’t reveal much – only one placemark for Helm’s Deep. However tonight I found a very rich collection of Middle Earth placemarks, showing many locations plus the WETA studios. I’m very attached to the Lord of the … [Read more…]

Google Blog Search

WebmasterWorld and Tom Raftery mentioned the new Google Blog Search almost simultaneously. Yes, it’s nice. Yes, it’s way faster than Technorati. No, it hasn’t all features of Technorati (yet). Yes, :tz: is listed. Yes, I like it. Sounds like a “me too” post? OK, here comes the beef: Via Google Blog Search (which really should … [Read more…]

Blogs missing basic functionality

I had a revelation today! I cycled home from work, and my mind was wandering a bit, and I thought about a few things which happened during the last days. All of a sudden I became aware that TYCon3 is over now and Kai hasn’t blogged anything new about it. And that opened my eyes! … [Read more…]


Here’s the thing. Google has memorized who you are. It’s memorized all of us, through those little forgotten bits that we leave behind like breadcrumbs. And what’s more important, it’s memorized it’s own idea of you. Google is omniscient. It’s omniscient and omnipotent. That’s an excerpt from, a site which will publish a new … [Read more…]

Google OS?

Brett over at has found a Japanese(?) Website featuring what looks like an operating system from Google. My Japanese ist not quite – ahem – fluent, but the general opinion is that it is rather a conceptual study.

Nuclear Moose is online again!

I’m please to see that Nuclear Moose is online again. After he ranted about WordPress, his blog fell silent – resp. his site was completely unaccessible! A week ago he started blogging again. No reason given for the downtime. Welcome back, Moose!

eBay and linguistics

Coming from work I stopped by a do-it-yourself-store. When I stood in line in front of the checkout, I witnessed the following conversation: She: I ordered terry cloth rompers on eBay. He: That’s what mothers do – ordering such things on eBay Anything remarkable in that conversation? Did you get it too? They did not … [Read more…]