December 4, 2008

This one is doing the rounds, methinks. Via.


Owen Redux

November 29, 2008


November 29, 2008

Via Pink Tentacle

Hello Owen!

November 29, 2008


November 28, 2008

I’m going to imbed a video.

November 27, 2008

Oh yes I am. And here it is.

Google “I’m Feeling Lucky” and Firefox Quicksearch

May 23, 2008

UPDATE: The below only works when you use one search term as the %s. Otherwise, your going to need to use + between terms. So use “lucky” or “i’m+feeling+lucky” when you type in the location bar, but not “i’m feeling lucky.”

The short answer:  add &btnI.

The long answer:

I use Firefox quick searches constantly, especially for site-specific lookups, and I can never remember the Google-ese for “I’m Feeling Lucky,” which I often use to avoid the intermediate (and usually unnecessary) step of going through the Google search results page.

So the steps are, search Google with a site-specific modifier, such as “a077”. Bookmark the resulting Google results page in Firefox. Go to the Bookmarks menu, then right click on the bookmark you’ve just made (which will have an ugly name like “ a077 – Google Search.”

Select Properties.

Now take a look at the web-address associated with the bookmark. Find the terms you searched with hidden within the url. So in our example above, the url might look something like this:

Now replace the search term you used with the wildcard character that Firefox uses: %s. So “a077” gets replaced with “%s”.

Not that the important parts of the above url come before the first & symbol. As far as I can tell, the url will work fine without those items, which are browser identification and so on. In fact, you should just go ahead and delete everything after the first &.

Next, select a quicksearch term in the Keyword box. This is where the magic begins to happen, and it is well documented by other sites like Lifehacker. In the example above, if you select the keyword “word”, you can quickly search all of (or another site) by typing “word searchterm in the location bar of Firefox. So ctrl+L, type word and your search, and garner the Googley fruits of your labor so far.

This is all common knowledge. But this is the important part for me:

Add “btnI” at the end of the bookmarked web address. Case matters, so make sure the “I” is capital.

Now when you search from your location bar, Google will take you directly to the first website as if you had searched with the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button.

D to the I to the T

February 8, 2006

We decided to go to the Dit (this is Hank-speak for the unspeakable: McDonald’s. Long story.) tonight for dessert and playtime on the indoor play area. Owen climbed to the top of the tower (Where Adults Fit, But Just Barely), and pooped. Not that he mentioned anything about it to us. When he came down, we could smell the evidence, though. Phew. Heather tried to clean him up in the
bathroom, so that we would not have to smell him all the way home, but there was some incident in which, apparently hands and face ended up with some fecal matter on them. So he had a bath.

Dog Feeds Self

February 5, 2006

Today, Hank was hungry, and I was tired.  We sent him into the kitchen to pour himself cereal.  He’d never done that before, but he pulled it off.  We waited in our bedroom while we listened to him carrying out the various tasks we’d reminded him he needed to accomplish.  Remove clean bowl from dishwasher.  Remove spoon, too.  Choose cereal.  Careful with the milk!  It was like that old commercial were the man sends his dog into the kitchen to get beer, and you can hear the dog opening the beer, pouring, etc.  Also, a test to upload a picture from Flickr.  O!

Elevator Story

January 24, 2006

An older, fatherly man on the elevator told me a story today. Rather than have to go fight in Vietnam, he as assigned to a six-mile long island off the coast of polar Alaska. When cabin fever struck, the men would go get a rock from the north end of the island, and deposit on the south side. Thus, moving one rock closer to Hawaii.