Fun Way To Look At Web Logs

In my spare time (I know, ha ha) I love to watch Food Network. Yes, I admit it – I’m a closet FN junkie. And naturally, my new favorite website is Food Network Humor. It’s a smart and hilarious site that pokes (mostly) good-natured fun at Food Network shows and stars.

One of the most recent FNH posts is titled Food Network Humor Search Terms. Needless to say, that got my attention! Food Network *and* search, all in one post? Jackpot!

Whether or not you watch Food Network, if you’re a search pro, you’ll love this. We’ve all seen similar examples of weird, crazy, and just plain non-sequiter search queries in our logs, but these made me laugh anyway.

I think I’ll go bid on “bobby flay arrogant ugly redhead.”

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Funny AdSense Ad Of The Day

I was reading my Gmail today when this short and sweet ad caught my eye:

I was intrigued by the ad copy, but even more so by the display URL: Say it out loud. ORK ORK!

I should send this to Bob & Tom.

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Eddie Van Halen Hot For Teacher Guitar Track

This isn’t search related, and if you’re not a Van Halen fan, you can stop reading. 😉

Just stumbled across the isolated guitar track from Hot For Teacher, one of the best tunes from Van Halen’s 1984 album. As a lifelong VH fan, this find made my day. There is just no better guitar player than Eddie, and hearing this track in isolation makes that plain. Nobody rocks like Eddie! Ed-die! Ed-die!

Plus, if you’re a total VH fan like me, you can sing along. Ha!

Rock out this holiday season – best to all of you in 2009!

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What If SES and SMX Merged?

No, the two conferences aren’t really merging. But if they did….

Two of my coworkers attended the Annual Summit in Vegas last week. By all accounts, it was a fruitful show, with informative sessions and a packed exhibit hall.

That’s where the SES / SMX mashup comes in. My coworker was filling me in on her experiences at the show: specifically her conversations with vendors at the expo. Talking with a rep from a search marketing firm, she asked him if he exhibited at other shows like, and I quote, “SEX or any of those?”

Alrighty then!

The best part of the story is, the guy she was talking to didn’t even notice the faux pas! He kept right on talking and never missed a beat. Our other coworker, who was standing by, looked on in horror as the two of them talked about “going to SEX.”

It’s not a bad acronym, when you think about it. Search Engine Xpo, anyone?

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Search And The Tao of Neil Peart

Neil Peart, the drummer for Rush, is regarded by many as the best rock drummer of all time. On VH1, Pantera’s drummer, Vinnie Paul Abbott, called him “God on drums.”

We saw Rush at DTE Music Theater on Tuesday night. It’s the 5th time I’ve seen them, and as usual, the drum solo was the best part of the whole show.

So what does this have to do with search? Well, I was flipping through the tour book Wednesday morning, in which Neil wrote a 3-page narrative about the evolution of their latest album, Snakes & Arrows. Near the end of the article, I was pleasantly surprised to find this paragraph:

“One thing I have always done when we decide on a title is check to see if it’s been used already. In the old millennium, that would involve a visit to the local record store and a flip through their master list, the Phonolog. These days, of course, it’s a perfect job for a search engine.”

How cool is that?!? It’s as if I’ve stumbled upon my own personal “six degrees of Neil Peart” – something I do for a living is actually helping a hugely successful rock band to do their job. It just doesn’t get any better than that.

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100th Post

I wish I had something super-profound to put in this, my 100th post – but alas, I don’t! Starting this afternoon, I’ll be on vacation until next Wednesday for the last hurrah of the summer.

I’ll try to make Post #101 into something profound. Until then, enjoy the relative quiet in the SEM world for these last days of summer!

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Cars & Guitars at The Henry Ford

My husband and I are big rock-and-roll buffs, so on Saturday our family took a little trip to The Henry Ford Museum to see the Cars & Guitars exhibit (warning: if you don’t love Uncle Ted’s “Cat Scratch Fever,” turn down your speakers before clicking).

We weren’t disappointed. Although the exhibit isn’t huge, it’s full of life-size photos of the rock stars whose cars and other memorabilia are featured. I’ll try to post pictures soon (posted, on 8/25). They had cars from Rick Nielsen, ZZ Top, Van Halen, Elvis, and John Lennon; and hometown Detroit artists Madonna, Kid Rock, Bob Seger, and Ted Nugent. Very cool. Below is a photo of me and the Van Halen “Hot For Teacher” car:

Another fun thing was the two games of Guitar Hero they had set up near the exhibit. I’ve never played the game, so we eagerly lined up to try. Bottom line, I sucked! But it was fun anyway, even though I’m no Eddie Van Halen.

(that’s me attempting to play VH’s “You Really Got Me” and failing miserably, while my son looks on)

If you are anywhere near the Detroit area between now and September 30, be sure to stop by The Henry Ford. If you’re not a music fan, it’s still worth going. They have a ton of great historical artifacts there, including the chair Abraham Lincoln was sitting in when he was shot, the limo President Kennedy was riding in when he was shot (along with at least 5 other presidential limos), the bus Rosa Parks was on when she refused to move to the back, and lots of other cool stuff. It’s fun and educational for kids and adults alike.

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