Posts tagged “search”


The Nutshell Toolbar v1.0 is one of the most useful tools I’ve ever found. Way to go, André! link via kottke


Three years ago this month I made my very first purchase from They sent me a coupon for a $10 discount on any purchase over $50 to celebrate my Amazoniversary. Is this a cheesy marketing gimmick? Yes. Does it work? Yes. I probably won’t even use the coupon; it expires on January 31st. But

Year End Search Stats

With more than 150 million queries per day, Google offers a unique window into what is happening in the world on any given day, as well as a fascinating retrospective on the peaks and valleys of popular culture. It was cool to see that the Beatles ranked #1 in the Most Searched Music Groups this

Getting There

There is now an excellent article at The BradLands which very nicely explains how a reader might have gotten there. TheBrad proves, once again, that he is a usability genius.

Spam URL

From the Spam from Places with Incredibly Long Domain Names Dept.:!


I’m happy to report that five separate individuals searching the web found my web site using the search phrase “Tennessee football sucks“.

Disturbing Search Requests

Most of the people that visit my website come here because they know me. Usually it’s a friend or family member who has discovered my little corner of the internet, but sometimes a complete stranger will click on a link to me from somewhere else and start reading. Often someone will go to a search


I added a few new items to my collection of personal disturbing search requests. I guess I can understand why Yahoo! or Google! would send searchers to for dave gagne custom ice. That makes sense. I’m sure I must have used the words custom and ice at some point in the last two years.


People keep searching this site for the word frog. I don’t know why. If you come here looking for frogs, please leave a note and tell me what you hoped to find. My mind wobbles.

Search Me

Really. Because I just can’t help myself. Here are a few more search strings that have led people to my site: shaved my head mousepad x rated sex earnest hemingway’s novels the old man and the sea santiago christ descartes response to dreaming argument the swamp and big two hearted river emotocons the snows of

What Is This? is the personal weblog of me, David Vincent Gagne. I've been publishing here since 1999, which makes this one of the oldest continuously-updated websites on the Internet.

A few years ago I was trying to determine what cocktails I could make with the alcohol I had at home. I searched the App Store but couldn't find an app that would let me do that, so I built one.


You can read dozens of essays and articles and find hundreds of links to other sites with stories and information about Ernest Hemingway in The Hemingway Collection.