Yearly Archives: 2010

On Google new search engine

Google just released an incredibly fast new instant search engine, it was so fast I kept typing on the enter key not realizing the results were already there. Here is the consequent chat I had with my brother about it (he was eating fries at midnight) :

me : pfff crazy !!!!!
brother : i will take google’s slimming pill in 2025
me : yea but it won’t remove your existing fat
brother : sure it will
it’s google
me : but google doesn’t know about the past
brother : not yet
soon you’ll be able to search in your memory
2020
me : yea that would be nice
we’ll be able to set the search speed as well
maybe for some people it’s too fast
brother : yea i’d like a query that takes 3mn to let me make some tea
me : lol
sure
like tele-transportation or the train
i’m sure some would still prefer the train
brother : yea to have a little nap
would be nice to have a 15mn nap according to the difficulty of the question
me : yea it means that we’re sure to get the right answer, instead of always searching very fast without finding anything
brother : yeah
me : you have the choice between a 20mn search that will output you the answer you’ve been looking for forever or a 10ms query that gives you the wrong answer
brother :and it can take years before it delivers an answer if it’s too complicated
me : lol
brother : then it notifies you by mail when it found it
me : exactly

enabled by gtalk.

More seriously I will be glad to use instant search essentially to type my query directly in the browser’s address bar, otherwise it’s still a fancy feature. For the moment seeing the results even before I finish typing my query is a little disappointing when the results are not satisfying.

Also now I want the same for google search images.

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Digital narcissism: We are digital mammals

Do you google yourself?

I saw a documentary untitled “I am the Media” directed by Richard Rassat that discusses the question of digital narcissism. It shows how the Internet has become a way for us to exhibit ourselves more and be more narcissistic. The documentary begins with the question “Do you google yourself?” and in fact this is the question asked to all the people interviewed and almost all of them answer yes.

Narcissus

Narcissus (by Caravage)

As mentioned in the documentary, people used to like looking at themselves in the mirror, now they like “googling” themselves. The documentary showed many examples of self exhibition (some of them were really extreme) such as personal web tvs that broadcast someone’s life in a live video blog, compulsive bloggers and famous youtubbers. I have to say, I don’t use much social media and I mainly use the Internet to share information but I feel ill at ease to share things about my person, indeed I am one of those reserved dinosaurs. But since there is so much enthusiasm spreading online to get the most followers, subscribers, friends through any way possible, it seems that the Internet has invented a new sport : the self marketing. This new hobby of the modern homo sapiens itched my curiosity and obliged me to study the question of digital narcissism.

Why do people share all their life openly online? Why do they reveal what they ate at lunch?

I am curious, is it really only about self mirroring through the Internet? Even me, I had to open a blog about my interest for technology. Is it narcissistic to share my point of view? Is digital narcissism a bad thing and did technology encourage it? Or is it society that is becoming more narcissistic? What is the role of the Internet in the expansion of narcissism?

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Tippex experience Ad: A hunter shoots a bear!

Have you seen this buzz video?

Of course you did, it’s so fun! The first time my brother sent me the link, I just stopped at the end and I didn’t get it. Uuh. I was just frustrated at the end to see the two choices and I didn’t even bother to click because I was not used at all to click in videos… The second time I saw the video I finally clicked and oh my, it lead me to that page:

I love the concept. Once you chose what to do at the end of the video, you arrive on a page where you have to type in the word that completes the sentence “a hunter ….. a bear” which is then played in the player.
I didn’t click “Shoot the bear” in the video, I wanted to see the hunter hunted by the bear or maybe I was just afraid of willingly killing a bear, kind of morally compromised, google was watching. Here are the words I typed in a nice and then dangerously criminal way:

A hunter…
– loves
– hates
– eats
– hugs
– kicks
– caresses
– annoys
– shoots
– kills
a bear

And only “annoys” triggered a 404…!! So cool. I guess they did a little UX research before and found out the most typed words.

The experience was fun and engaging but hum, I don’t need tippex, I have my screen and ctrl+z that’s enough :p This is actually interesting that they advertise something being made useless by technology in such an impressive technological way…

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“I really hate talking” : how Technology makes it OK

“I really hate talking” : this was my google search query of the day.

There is something I like to do…when a thought pops up in my head I like typing it in google and see if other people had the same thought too. I find it really amusing that sometimes the exact sentence I thought of, even as weird as it is, with the same combination of words appears in google. There is something reassuring to it. “Ohh google thinks like me ….. :)”. Other times when there is no result at all, it’s also flattering. “Hehe my thoughts are so unique … :)”. Today when I typed “I really hate talking” in google, it was really to measure how many people out there didn’t like talking either, I was certainly hoping to be reassured on some level…by the Internet.

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Happiness through blogging?

From www.postsecret.com

This blog is one of my favourite, sweet and hilarious, and most of all so very human.

PostSecret is an ongoing community art project where people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a postcard.

I used to admire this blog because it was super successful (>300,000,000 visitors) but was on a postsecret.blogspot.com url, now they changed to .com, I wonder if this was really necessary…

I don’t base my happiness (yet) on the number of my blog’s visitors, but do you? Is it possible that one day technology fulfills our need for attention/care and happiness??

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My phone the Savior of awkward moments of existence

Have you ever been in that situation where there is that one person in the whole universe that you absolutely don’t want to see ever again and yet, that is THE person that you randomly meet on your way home? Well, that’s exactly what happened to me today. Fortunately my phone saved me.

Before anything about this story, I know we are supposed to be strong and grown ups, and everything officially “wise” to say but I prefer to be honest with myself : there are things in life I really don’t like, and don’t accept and that person is someone I really don’t like ! So my life is better if I don’t see her.

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An Interview With Myself

Hello Elodie
Hello yourself.

Why do you write in English?
Because on the web, words come to my mind in English. My English is not perfect but I assure you my computer will correct it as soon as it gets intelligent. My primary language is French.

Why did you start this blog?
Every plant starts as a seed.
This is my seed.

What do you believe in?
Science, the brain, and the rational approach.
But that doesn’t mean I don’t have big dreams in my head =)

So what are your hopes and dreams?
A LCD screen.

By the way, do you have a personal API?
Hmm, no. But my future version will.

How do you define yourself then? In 54 characters please.
I’m a living consciousness in this brilliant universe.

Define yourself in one word now
me

In one character
e

How do you know this?
I just know.

Just like that?
Just like that.

That is a-mazing! What about your skills? Can you name a few?
Controlled craziness.

Also, as I was browsing your mind I noticed you have a category “the deep sleep courses”, what’s that?
Ahh those, yes. Hmm it’s just some courses I was forced to study without ever understanding what it was about. I think it was marketing, finance and law. I could never understand design courses either, but at least I was interested.

What is your tech profile?
{
Computer: ‘Macbook’,
Phone: ‘HTC Desire’,
Camera: [‘Fujifilm FinePix F50d’, ‘Canon 550D’],
Else: [‘iPod’,’TV’,’remote control’,’Fridge’],
Weapon:null,
WebApps: [‘Gmail’, ‘GoogleDocs’, ‘i love Google’],
Homepage: ‘www.google.com’,
Bookmarks: [‘Flickr’, ‘Twitter’,’8Tracks’, ‘Deezer’, ‘StumbleUpon’, ‘Netvibes’],
Browsers: [‘Firefox’,’Chrome’],
IDE: ‘Notepad ++’
}

Who is your best friend?
My computer. I hope my phone won’t get jealous.

Anything you want to add?
I hate popups. They make me want to vomit.

Thank you!
You are welcome, anytime. This has been a great use of my time.

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