Posts tagged ‘google’

One of my personal projects involves reading and revisiting a journey described in a stupidly rare book from the 1920s. I finally found two copies of it online – once as a 80MB pdf file and again as a scan from Google’s famous book scanning exercise.

This fantastic preamble comes from that Google scanning and OCR…

      This is a digital copy of a book lhal w;ls preserved for general
ions on library shelves before il was carefully scanned by Google
as pari of a project

      to make the world's books discoverable online.

      Il has survived long enough for the copyright to expire and the
book to enter the public domain. A public domain book is one thai
was never subject

      to copy right or whose legal copyright term has expired. Whether
a book is in the public domain may vary country to country.
Public domain books

      are our gateways to the past, representing a wealth of history,
culture and knowledge that's often dillicull lo discover.

      Marks, notations and other marginalia present in the original
volume will appear in this file - a reminder of this book's long
journey from the

      publisher lo a library and linally lo you.

      Usage guidelines

      Google is proud lo partner with libraries lo digili/e public
domain materials and make them widely accessible. Public domain
books belong to the
public and we are merely their custodians. Nevertheless, this
work is expensive, so in order lo keep providing this resource,
we have taken steps to
prevent abuse by commercial panics, including placing Icchnical
restrictions on automated querying.

It’s not looking good when your OCR can’t even process your boilerplate frontpage…

May 2010
Sweet, sweet irony…

Imagine for a moment that you’re a blogger with a fun and exciting website. ( Don’t feel bad about fantasizing – most of us do it. )

Being the conscientious type that you are, you want to check that all the links on your website work correctly.

Lets check with google to see if anyone trustworthy has a validator we can use…

I don’t think I need to say any more, do I?

No… didn’t think so…

[ screenshots taken at 23.55 on 22 May 2010 ]

UPDATE Sadly, W3C have now fixed their site. Ah well… – 24 May

May 2009
Candy Stripers

I’m watching old episodes of ER with GB and finally got around to searching Google to find out what a Candy Striper is.

The results from a Google Image Search gives you a surprisingly good idea. Apparently they’re hookers in hospitals… :)

Apr 2009
Google Image Search

I’m not quite sure when it happened, but google’s image search has suddenly sprouted a colour selector so that you can filter your results by one of twelve colour groups. The results are surprisingly accurate, although the colour options are rather limiting. Something like Multicolr would have been rather cooler and well within the abilities of the Empire…