Google News Archive

It’s great for looking up old newspaper articles. Sometimes you have to pay for access (which sucks) but the advanced search lets you look for just articles available for free. Take a look.

Google News Archive Search

Here’s an example of what I did with the advanced search:

Articles about “Tom Petty” in the Gainesville Sun

(Yes, I am a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers fan. No need to ask.)

The Easter Egg Archive

Easter eggs are hidden features deliberately placed into media, often as a joke. There’s a whole bunch of them at Eeggs.com. I have a couple of my own:

Look at #13 in the directions:

Flight simulator in Google Earth!

Laser-shooting spider in SimAnt!

Finally, here’s one from a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers video collection:

(More information about this is available here.)

Has the Large Hadron Collider destroyed the world yet?

What do you think?

Page source shows two interesting things. The first one is a bit of Javascript used to determine whether the world still exists:

<script type="text/javascript">
if (!(typeof worldHasEnded == "undefined")) {
document.write("YUP.");
} else {
document.write("NOPE.");
}
</script>

The second is a page comment:

<!-- if the lhc actually destroys the earth & this page isn't yet updated
please email mike@frantic.org to receive a full refund -->

Autocomplete Me

A humourous blog of funny Google autocomplete results. A lot of them are really pop-culture references but they’re so out of context it’s hilarious. (Some of them were so funny that I was worried about getting a hernia from laughing.)

Autocomplete Me

The Story Behind Tux the Penguin

Found this article on Wired.com about Tux the Penguin. Not really a long read, but one part from it caught my eye:

Still, variations of the story that “Linus was assaulted by a huge, rabid man-eating penguin that was running amok and was moving at more than a 100 miles per hour when it attacked him” are still happily told in the Linux community, but few take it seriously.

Seriously, what more can I say?

Browsershots

Nice tool to let you view screeenshots of websites in different browsers on different operating systems. A little slow at times but it’s still useful.

Browsershots

Nice new external HDD

As a late Christmas present (waiting for the sales) my mom got me a new external hard drive. 500 gig Seagate FreeAgent. Usually, HDDs fail right away or last for years, and it hasn’t failed yet, so barring the cat knocking it over or something (even though he knows he’s not allowed on my desk) it should be fine. And the five-year warranty isn’t too bad, either. (Either way, I’ll still be doing redundant backups.)