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Thursday, October 05, 2006

Google inadvertently invents an acronym generator

Hats off to Google Labs for creating the first search engine to allow regular expressions, even if it's just for their new code search engine.

This is something I've been waiting for for ages. Why? acronym discovery!

This regex "\s+I\w+\s+P\w+\s+O\w+\s+D\w+" means find sequences of words that match I*, P* O* D*. We get from this:
  • indexes pairs of digits
  • invalid path or domain
  • important property of DOM
  • \sL\w+\s+O\w+\s+V\w+\s+E\w+ searches for love and gets "lock on VLDB entry"

    \sI\w+\s+B\w+\s+M\w+ finds i.b.m. and gets :
  • is being moved
  • image being manipulated

  • signal handler is trashed
  • systems hide it there

  • random string sent
  • related structures stored
  • report some statistics

  • Wednesday, October 04, 2006

    Why the big sunnies?

    Aidan B over at Yahoo asks in his blog why people are still wearing those ridiculously large sunnies.

    I woulda commented on his blog but Yahoo 360 wants me to sign up, so I'll stick it here.

    My theory (and it's probably not very original) is this: fashions take influences from new developments in society. In the 70s it was all about colour because colour TV just came out. Now in the naughties we have a massive increase in the consumption of porn (and I've read experts are having to reevaluate their estimates on how popular fetishes are). So these porn sunnies are worn to reflect society's growing tolerance towards porn.

    By wearing them, girls are unconsciously sending a signal that they are sexually comfortable. (Even though of course it's mostly teenage girls who wear them, probably the least sexually beings in our society.)