June 22nd, 2004

Search Engine problems

Lately, google has been seeming less useful--I don't know if it's just that the staff is distracted by the IPO.

I had a hard time finding Paperandmore to get some marble vellum--a company that used to show up near the top of the results page--and none of the other links specialized in vellum.

Today, when I looked for the Proust Support Group, they were blocked off by Seeq, a search company. Fortunately, I was able to find a link to an article about it.

I wasn't as lucky with the Sandmarathon. It was completely blocked off by a nameless search company, and there didn't seem to be articles about it in English.

Is anyone else having problems with Google? Is there another search engine that you recommend?

I'm smarter than the Supreme Court?

The decision is at Papersplease.org.

Look, guys, these statements cannot both be true at the same time.

"Obtaining a suspect's name in the course of a Terry stop serves important government interests.

Answering a request to disclose a name is likely to be so insignificant in the scheme of things as to be incriminating only in unusual circumstances."

Furthermore, surely the suspect is qualified to judge when giving their name is likely to be incriminating, and that's precisely the unusual circumstance in which the Fifth Amendment says they can't be required to give it.

Public toilets

Philadelphia pretty much doesn't have them. You need to find a cooperative restaurant or know which shops have a rest room hidden away on the third floor. This makes the city a rather less pleasant place.

Here's a possible solution: businesses which offer public restrooms (probably indicated by a sticker) get a discount on their city taxes. A high-tech tweak could be added by having a web-site which lists all the businesses getting the tax discount.