So, here’s some exciting news. In just under a month I’m heading off on an excellent adventure. I’m going to live in London for a while!
Yes, I’m probably about a decade late for this typical Australian rite of passage, but I’ve been busy with work and uni and the like… and I don’t think I’d be much chop working in a bar in Shepherd’s Bush. So, now’s the time! (more explanation here for those who still think I’m mad)
We’re taking a well earned break on the way, travelling via Singapore and a gorgeous island in Thailand, and touch down 2 July 2006.
At this stage, there are no set plans re: where to live, where to work and all of that malarchy. I wonder if I can ask you excellent people for your advice.
In particular, I’m keen to find out where the smart people work. The ones who are creative, intelligent and passionate. The ones who are inspiring to work with, who get to work on great projects, and where everyone looks forward to going to work every day. (Well, most days.. I’m a realist).
I’d also love to hear stories of adventures like this that you’ve had or that you’re having now (or that you’re planning) and lists of things that we *must* do / see / eat / drink / experience.
I’m going to try not to bore you too much with travel excitement on this blog, so we have a travel blog set up, if you’re interested.
Ah I *want* to love digital ‘art’ but mostly I think it’s terrible. This one is great. It’s a database of several million human feelings that uses a series of playful interfaces that allow you to search and sort across demographic slices. Via Andy Polaine
so, i’m having a bit of a play around with some of the new and not so new blog search engine offerings. There are lots of ways to compare them, but I’m just going to start with one. How long does it take before a blog post is indexed and searchable.
I’m going to test it with the ActNow post I wrote earlier today (mostly because I want to see if other people are blogging about it – come on, you know you want to).
I’ve just run my first test at 11.30pm on Wednesday night (eh, I sooo should be in bed). Here are the results:
Technorati- [updated 1.30pm 11 May 2006] not found – ok, now this is weird. Earlier, my post was found. Now, it seems to have gone missing in action. Bizzaro. Stay tuned for more. Previously, found (11.30pm 10 May 2006), plus about 5 other posts that reference actnow.com.au. Last check 7.06am 11 May 2006 – no change.
Sphere- not found (first check: 11.30pm 10 May 2006). They still doesn’t know I exist. They have Grant’s post though. And only that. (Interesting, they don’t know Trevor Cook exists either… I’m less with the miffed now). Last check 7.06am 11 May 2006 1.30pm 11 May 2006
Gnoos(beta) – [updated] found (7.06am 11 May 2006). Looks like the post was indexed overnight. Annoyingly, it is putting Planet HCI’s link to my site above the actual site link, but that’s not a major drama. (previously:11.30pm 10 May 2006 not found. Now Gnoos does know I exist… the post just hasn’t hit the index yet. Gnoos found Trevor’s post though. That’s all.)
Feedtagger - nothing found. Annoyingly (in this case) I had to choose a location before I could put in a tag to search… it didn’t come back with anything. (Not even a message to say it couldn’t find anything). Last check 7.06am 11 May 2006 1.30pm 11 May 2006.
AustralianBlogs – nothing found. And, what’s with the search results page? I thought I’d hit a wrong button and gone off to another site or something… how about you re-skin that page so that it’s less red and more AustralianBlogs? Last check 7.06am 11 May 2006 (search was VERY slow at this time)1.30pm 11 May 2006
Ansearch - not found. wow! I’m impressed with these search results. Ansearch has found pages that I’m not sure it was even meant to find! There’s not a blog amongst them though. Last check 7.06am 11 May 2006 1.30pm 11 May 2006
OK. I’ll try to update first thing in the morning. I have an early flight to Canberra though and probably not able to get online much throughout the day.
Not sure if I’ll be able to check again throughout the day. Actually, I’m not really expecting a significant change in results within the next 24hrs (although, I could easily be wrong).
Feel free to update in the comments if you have a moment and the inclination. It’s a good way to check out each of the sites.
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