Today’s amusing search request: should I make an outline slide for my APS march meeting talk?
My physics category archive is the second hit for this search in Google. This is a surprising query to see from (presumably) a physicist: an overspecific question phrased in standard English is not the most well-formed Google search. (Some search engines are designed to take queries in this form, but Google is not one of them.) Nevertheless, the searcher lucked out: the fifth hit is a set of slides on giving good scientific talks.
I’ll answer the question anyway in case anyone else is wondering. If it’s an invited talk, the answer is almost certainly yes—a 30-minute talk will cover enough different points that an outline at the beginning will help the audience follow the transitions. If it’s a contributed talk, with only ten minutes of material it may not be necessary. If the talk divides nicely into multiple distinct sections, it’s a good idea, but if it’s centered on a single result you probably don’t need it.
I almost forgot to do this. All these are from the old site since the new one has yet to obtain a high ranking in the various search engines.
- evangelicals who think anthropology majors are going to hell
Don’t evangelicals think pretty much everybody is going to hell?
- luke and han kill darth vader end episode iv
Uh, maybe you should watch it again.
- napoleon dynamite and social darwinism
Survival of the misfits?
- jesus licking
Obviously a Lebowski-related search, but instead made me think “Bible fan fiction”.
- zombie lobster
I’m searching for an appropriate pun but nothing is coming to mind.
- stop being vague.
Was this directed at the search engine? Vague Google: “Some results were found on the internet.”
- my keyboard is spazzing
Somehow I think this particular query won’t turn up any tech support pages.
I need to leave the old server up just so I have more of these next month.
- how to make a real shuriken
I assume this person is trying to acquire real ultimate power.
- games with jesus
Don’t play him in Battleship, that omniscient bastard totally cheats.
- physics phd for strangers
Physics is strange, when you’re a stranger…
- alvin and the chipmunks porno
All together now: EWWWW.
- physics of a burger
It’s a superlattice… of FLAVOR!
- planes for gazebos
I just wish this one had been “Gazebos on a Plane”.
- every female hotmail addresses
I’ve heard of the shotgun approach to online dating, but that seems a bit excessive.
My favorite is the last one, for its sheer ambition.
Search queries that led to this site last month in bold, editorial comments in italics.
- material on topic of its better to lead in hell than to serve in heaven
Looks like Damien is researching his term paper.
- images that give you an erection
This is very strange way to search for porn.
- how much wine can i bring into the state of connecticut
An important consideration when passing through customs at the New York/Connecticut border.
- ninja in literature
The first appearance of ninjas in English literature is credited to Shakespeare. Macbeth: “Is this a shuriken I see before me?”
- caltech students introverted and nerdy
I’m surprised Google didn’t just respond with “Yes.”
- clinton got a blowjob bush is giving one
Maybe this accounts for the 29% of people who still approve of his job performance.
- voting between george bush and grog
Arrr! The true pirate always votes for grog!
I think the last one is my favorite. 460 searches for “gazebo” last month.
Another installment of search requests from my referrer logs. Not much of interest this month, except for the guy trying to use it to ask me questions.
- arcanegazebo what are your thoughts on iran ? You may get a faster response by using the open thread.
- acura integra 95 weird noises for 5 minutes Dammit Jim, I’m a search engine, not a mechanic!
- shyness saliva Two great tastes that taste great together!
- lent as tarditions or superstitious This searcher has inadvertently produced an ingenious word for dumb-ass traditions.
- searching for church hime You’re in the wrong place, but I have some relatives who may qualify as Church Himes.
315 searches for “gazebo” last month, down a bit from March. My third most popular search (behind “gazebo” and my name) was “lacrosse culture”, interestingly.
Should I make this a regular feature? As usual, the boldface items are search requests that led to this blog last month, and the italics are editorial comments.
- the gazebo of power
Damn, they’ve uncovered my secret identity!
- ann coulters legs
This one is just disturbing.
- popular things of the 90s
Between the music and movies threads we’ve nearly got that covered at this point.
- proof of simpson’s rule
Anyone got a sarong?
- quagmire is awaiting me
I suspect this is Rumsfeld contemplating invading Iran.
- superconducting qubit funding
Funny, I’m searching for that, too.
- how does dos equis is digested
The syntax of this query suggests the author was investigating the problem experimentally as well.
- masons use superconducting quantum interference device to watch people squid
You can prevent this by wearing an aluminum RF shield on your head! However, we are still reading your search requests.
356 searches for the word “gazebo” last month, almost double that of February. One could probably track seasonal demand for gazebos this way. (But what about seasonal demand for Gazebo?)
From the referrer logs, these were all searches leading to pages on this blog. Editorial comments in italics.
- getting drunk in more than two dimensions
If you drink too much, try projecting onto the nearest plane.
- pics enron employees walking naked
Corporate malfeasance porn?
- what is a male reaction to meeting his soul mate if she is unavailable
I suggest getting drunk in more than two dimensions.
- english spellings illogical phonetics crazy
English spellings and illogical phonetics make Homer something something.
- how to overcome shyness among pretty girls
If you find out, let me know.
- cell phones email blackberry news technology solitude
Which of these things is not like the others?
- start a business selling physics
Laws of motion on sale—everything must go! Buy one fermion, get one free! Over 10500 string theories in stock!
The most popular search string was (as always) “gazebo”, 189 hits last month.