### 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....

## 2 Comments:

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.

-Amber

At 9:43 PM, Derek said…

Laughter was the intention!

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