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The Search Engine Belt Buckle 244

ptorrone writes "Engadget shows how they made "The Search Engine Belt Buckle" a PDA-based device which shows 24 hours of all the bizarre and banal things people are looking for on the web. Art project or pointless hack? That's for you to decide, people are searching for some pretty freaky stuff out there, so why not put in a belt buckle and get on the scene like a sex machine?"
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The Search Engine Belt Buckle

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  • Both? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by kjones692 ( 805101 ) <[the.cyborganizer] [at] [gmail.com]> on Wednesday August 25, 2004 @11:40PM (#10075309)
    Art project or pointless hack? Why can't it be both?
  • by thegoogler ( 792786 ) on Wednesday August 25, 2004 @11:42PM (#10075324)
    I remember hearing that there is a monitor at google headquaters(i think it was in wired magazine) that scrolls random searches that are currently being done, cool idea.... but not new
  • I see the attraction (Score:5, Interesting)

    by number ( 309649 ) on Wednesday August 25, 2004 @11:50PM (#10075373)
    A great many people use search engines as modern-day confessional booths - supposedly confidential ways to bear their most personal and private thoughts (well, search engines are more useful, but suck at spiritual advice).

    And who wouldn't want to listen in on a confessional booth every now and then? Sure you'll never know who made what search, but it's a peek inside someone's psyche that you would never get the chance to see otherwise. Mental voyeurism.

    Plus you may (~may~) find out that everyone else really is as weird as you in private. But why you'd need this on a belt buckle is anyone's guess.
  • Be nifty (Score:2, Interesting)

    by thewldisntenuff ( 778302 ) on Wednesday August 25, 2004 @11:51PM (#10075374) Homepage
    if it had wifi....Could update it 24/7

    But an interesting project nonetheless....

  • A similar effect... (Score:4, Interesting)

    by rde ( 17364 ) * on Wednesday August 25, 2004 @11:55PM (#10075390)
    I've had hours (okay, minutes) of amusement by doing something similar; using the passive search feature of gtk-gnutella to see what others were looking for. People do indeed look for weird shit.

    You can always tell how many are using the system for the first time by the number of times there's a search for the word 'porn' by itself. I'm tempted to try it out myself, but I'm afraid that with only 256Mb of ram, my computer will blow up.
  • by humankind ( 704050 ) on Wednesday August 25, 2004 @11:58PM (#10075407) Journal
    Does Google have an area where real-time search queries are displayed?
  • Re:That's a belt?? (Score:0, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 26, 2004 @12:06AM (#10075438)
    are you really fat? i bet you can sign up for one of those loose weight programs for a free ipod..

    what the hell is up with your web page? man you are the new starwars kid for me.. what a dork..

    Who is Robert

    I am a 21 year old male, born and raised in Rhode Island, USA.elite mr dude

    I was born on December 24, 1982.

    I have always liked science, technology, and computers.

    My first computer was a TI-99/4A back in 1985 or 1986.

    My first modern x86 computer was a 486DX2/66 that I built in March of 1993.

    At around the same time, I began writing small MS-DOS Batch utilities.

    In 1994 I created my first web site, a simple search engine/link list.

    I started programming applications in late 1995.

    I released my first shareware application in 1996, "Go To AOL", an add-on for American Online.

    At this same time, I created a screen name called "MrProgrmmr", everyone called me MrP for short, that is how I got this name. In February, 2000 I created this site, elite because I'm so elite :), and MrP because that's who I am.
  • Common Searches (Score:5, Interesting)

    by ozmanjusri ( 601766 ) <aussie_bob@@@hotmail...com> on Thursday August 26, 2004 @12:18AM (#10075498) Journal
    There are a few places where you can check on live searches, and there are a lot of advertisers who are very interested in the results.

    http://searchenginewatch.com/facts/article.php/215 6041 [searchenginewatch.com]
    is a site which aggregates a lot of the searches.

    On occasion, I find it quite relaxing watching the queries scroll up the screen like some wierdly twisted ascii lava lamp, and the content of some of those queries makes me feel reasuringly normal by comparison.
  • by pherthyl ( 445706 ) on Thursday August 26, 2004 @12:31AM (#10075558)
    I like that once in a while the phrase
    "Why are you watching?"
    scrolls past. A new symptom of the slashdot effect I guess ;)
  • by Capt'n Hector ( 650760 ) on Thursday August 26, 2004 @12:55AM (#10075642)
    It's always amusing to see which google searches hit your site. I kid you not, I've had:

    sexy salesperson girl gallery
    possum probe

    Try it! What sort of sickos are surfing your website? Post em here!

  • by tpgp ( 48001 ) on Thursday August 26, 2004 @01:25AM (#10075734) Homepage
    Does Google have an area where real-time search queries are displayed?

    Afraid not - the closest Google have is the Google zeitgeist

    However - some of the other (crappier) search sites do.

    The only one I can find at the moment is Metacrawler's Metaspy [metaspy.com]. God - just been watching it for a few seconds - it includes the gems:

    * how to measure body fat percentage with a tape measure and scale
    * thongs for 7 year olds
    * ubaid alien
    * uncensored olympic gymnastic photos

    I also found The Disturbing Search Requests Page [weblogger.com] - gleaned from some guy's referrer logs...It includes such goodies as 'clitoris size scale' and 'vampire "breasts grow"'
  • by ZorbaTHut ( 126196 ) on Thursday August 26, 2004 @01:29AM (#10075744) Homepage
    Yes, there is. It's equally mesmerizing - I've sat there and watched it for a few hours. Funny searches:

    paris hilton (no less than seven times)
    UTOPIA (you're not gonna find it if you can't fix your capslock)
    www.google.com (found it!)
    net (I can only wonder what they were searching for)
    BIG BROTHER (no, no we're not watching you)
    . . . and at least two or three phone numbers, which I was very tempted to call.

    "Hi! Who is this? Did you know someone's searching for you on Google?"
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 26, 2004 @03:45AM (#10076100)
    From my google (groups) command line search utility...

    Entered for parameters lightning+strike+window
    Entered for parameters plink+coke+hole+window
    Entered for parameters lightning+car+group:sci.geo.meteorology
    Entered for parameters waiders+flesh+welded
    Entered for parameters lightning+plastic+body
    Entered for parameters lightning+out+of+the+blue
    Entered for parameters lightning+rear+window
    Entered for parameters lightning+soft+top
    Entered for parameters lightning+strike+stories
    Entered for parameters zing+lightning+sparked
    Entered for parameters alt.dreams+notes+playing
    Entered for parameters alt.dreams+musical+notes+playing
    Entered for parameters weeping+noises
    Entered for parameters lightning+weeping+hit
    Entered for parameters lightning+singing+glow
    Entered for parameters lightning+singing+static
    Entered for parameters singing+rocks+lightning

    (note: most of this is obviously from lightning research, but you can see how you can come up
    with a rather looking funny list of things
    through the course of using a search engine to zero in on specific events.

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