The Worldwide Weblog of Donald Pincher

by Joshua Gaskell

Tag: Google

Tuesday, 8th December 2015

Google tells me, ‘With Ads Settings, you can tell Google which kind of ads you would like to see and not see – and you can control ads based on your interests.’

Isn’t that what Adblock Plus is for?

  • Which kind of ads would you like to see? The kind that aren’t ads.
  • Which kind of ads would you like not to see? The kind that are ads.
  • What are your interests? Things other than ads.

Thursday, 12th March 2015

Search online, v.

Pronunciation: /səːtʃ ɒnˈlʌɪn/
Etymology: < search v. + online adv.

BBC. ‘To Google’: To enter (a search term) into the Google search engine to find information on the Internet. Used to avoid produce placement.

Friday, 16th January 2015

Search me, v.

Pronunciation: /sɜːtʃ miː/
Etymology: < search v. + me pron.

1. Used (chiefly imp. in response to a question) to imply that the speaker has no knowledge of some fact or no idea what course to take.
2. Used (invariably imp. given half a chance) to signal that the listener has to seek out the speaker’s blog with the aid of a search engine.

Friday, 9th January 2015

On Google Maps, the symbol marking Buckingham Palace Gardens is a green square, not the tree symbol that marks the adjacent Green Park. I assume this is simply because the palace gardens are private, but then check and find that other private gardens – Portman, Bedford, and Manchester Square Gardens – are marked with the tree. I email Google, asking what the green square denotes (Google Maps does not provide a key), and receive the following answer: ‘The square is just a generic symbol for a point of interest. The color green shows that the point of interest is recreational.’ I shall have to take Google’s word that recreation – ‘refreshing or entertaining [ourself] through a pleasurable or interesting pastime’ (OED) – takes place in the garden, which I think should be renamed the Buck House Rec.

Tuesday, 23rd December 2014

Yesterday, Google revealed the design of their driverless car. But the innovation I’m looking forward to is the cyclerless bike. I’ll be able to buy a job lot and send them out to annoy cabbies, while I stay at home and relax.

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