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Backlinks; Pi Digits; Text Obsession

MSN vs. Google Backlinks
Random observation: it seems that an MSN "link:" search almost always produces more results than a google "link:" search. Here's an MSN example compared to a google example. I'm not sure why that would be, but it boils down to two possibilities:

1. Google wants to show all backlinks, but they can't because they're incompetent;

2. Google is competent, and they have the links, but they've decided not to show them all.

One of those things that make you go "hmmm." If I had to fomulate a conspiracy theory, I'd say that google wants to prevent people from reverse engineering the details of their PageRank system.

Digits of Pi
The first 50 million digits of pi in gzip files. What I want to know is, why does everyone pay attention to the first digits of pi? Where are the calculations of the last digits of pi? Come on, pi-ophiles, try to overcome your cultural fixation that "being first" means "being the best". Lets see a few of the final digits!

The first 65536 hexadecimal digits of pi, plus the code to generate them.

Fetishizing the Text
Good; now I don't feel like such a loser for owning a redundant pile of writing instruments and several empty journals... but it's just so hard to find the perfect (i.e. flawless in all respects) pen, or pencil, or journal, or graphpaper, or eraser, or pencil leads, or hiliter, or....
(I'm not sure which page this is via; that's one of the perils of opening tabs 20 at a time. You lose track of which page lead to which tab.)

Tornado Mechanical Pencil
Aluminum squares are deeply etched into the surface of this very unique mechanical pencil. Nice balance; handsomely proportioned chrome accents; beefy eraser.
kEwL, maybe THAT will be the Perfect Pencil. It's only $23, which isn't too expensive....


  • At 1:39 PM, Amber said…

    So, about the pi thing: it's hard to focus on the last digits of pi because pi is a irrational number, meaning it has an infinite number of digits. ala there are no "last" digits of pi. But reading that made made laugh over how silly of a comment it is.


  • At 9:43 PM, Derek said…

    Laughter was the intention!


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