August 14, 2006

7 Archetypes of Internet Searches

Paul Boutin used the search data that AOL mistakenly exposed to the Web last week to grok the search habits of Internet users in this great article at

I'm an Omnivore, without a doubt. No surprise there.

My actual eating habits relate to what I choose to digest online.

Funny, that.

The Splunk search engine is something special, too.

August 8, 2006

Kottke's rules for "How to blog"

He's one of the better bloggers on the planet, as well as the other half of the blogosphere's most famous couple. Jason Kottke posted some simple rules for "How to Blog" today, expanding upon the precept that Seth Godin lays out here. I'll see if I can apply them here and elsewhere.

The following is Godin's guide (by "sends" he means "posts," which of course is more or less the same thing these days with the advent of RSS on blogs.

No one "sends" an idea unless:
a. they understand it
b. they want it to spread
c. they believe that spreading it will enhance their power (reputation, income, friendships) or their peace of mind
d. the effort necessary to send the idea is less than the benefits

No one "gets" an idea unless:
a. the first impression demands further investigation
b. they already understand the foundation ideas necessary to get the new idea
c. they trust or respect the sender enough to invest the time

Something to chew on.

August 7, 2006


Wikimapia offers some nifty mapping tools, along with open source map tags of the world. Fun stuff. For instance, I outline below much of the Arnold Arboretum, where I often walk the dog when I'm in Boston.

Here's another one, from further aloft, featuring Downeast Maine and Acadia. I went sea kayaking up there this summer, though not nearly as often or as long as I would have liked.

August 1, 2006


While I could blog about sea kayaking or cycling in Acadia (which I did) or about the three stitches in my sprained right ankle (which itch and pull occasionally) or about the rapid movement of events in Lebanon that Newt Gingrich persists in calling the beginning of WWIII, instead of drawn to things just a bit more funny.

Stephen Colbert managed to crash the servers at Wikipedia with traffic generated from mentioning the site on his show last night, thereby provoking the registered user community there to "semi-protect" the entries relevant to his show, the Colbert Report.

CNET blogs about it here.

The big chuckle is that the words with the most attention were "truthiness," his very own contribution to the new millenium's political lexicon of snark, and "wikiality," a typically sly comment on the nature of entries in the world's largest encyclopedia.

That Colbert coined the term is no shock - he and his large writing staff have proven themselves to be masters of the droll, irony laden satiric singular expression recently - and urging his listeners to go change different wiki entries he created quite an online spectacle.