doug — off the record

just a place to share some thoughts


  • Image searching

    I was lead to this from Doug Belshaw’s newsletter. The site is called Same Energy. It’s a website devoted to finding images for you. So, what makes this stand out in an environment full of search engine? For the most part, search engines accept the descriptors that you send them and does its best to… Continue reading

  • Fixes

    I didn’t know that anything was broken until I was getting ready for “This Week in Ontario Edublogs” and had logged into Zencastr. Out of the blue, it reported that there was a problem with the sampling rate of my microphone. Now, you have to realize that I have two monitors, five blog posts in… Continue reading

  • Search them all

    A long time ago, I had written a script that kind of did was Soovle does. It’s just that Soovle does it so much better. It was based on the premise that if searching on one search engine was good then searching on more than one can be better. So, let’s say you’re interested in… Continue reading

  • Better answers

    Yesterday, I had mused a bit about search engines.  I got some interesting questions – Dogpile?  Why certainly!  Why just “Go” when you can “Go Fetch”? Many people just stick with the default search engine that comes with their browser and that’s OK.  Search engines generally all do a wonderful job of bringing back good… Continue reading

  • Just Like Me

    Yesterday, I went out for a coffee with a friend two towns over.  As I got to the designated Tim Horton’s, I received a text message indicating that he was stuck at a train tracks but would be there shortly.  What to do?  What to do?  Well, I had two of life’s necessities – a… Continue reading