I couldn’t let it go by without reflecting on the past 3 years.
For the past 3 years Shane has done nothing but make me better, not only professionally but personally. He pushed me far beyond what I ever expected from myself and the worst part is, the bastard didn’t even do it on purpose. He is just being himself.
At almost every major great event in my time at Microsoft so far, Shane has been there with me, pushing me to do nothing short of awesome. Whether it’s our work on REMIX for the past 3 years, our trip to AiR, our running of AiR locally or the dozens of Microsoft internal initiatives or even getting hospitalised, Shane has demonstrated that awesome is something you are and not something you do.
I’ll miss having my on-tap psychologist/high-five buddy/spell checker.
Shane, you are the most generous person that I have ever had the privilege of working with. You have also set the impossible standard for what a great working relationship should be and I now look forward to continue to be inspired by you outside the firewall.
A “meh” button: Many have commented on how the results are too alike to choose from. Many seem to struggle to choose one result the others.
More than “10 blue links”: Many have commented on how BlindSearch is interesting but search has evolved beyond a list of results. They commented on how they expected to do more with their results like view a map or images inline, preview results, quick access to related queries etc.
Surprise: Many were surprised that Google wasn’t always their choice. There were many instances of surprise that Google wasn’t as superior as they thought it was.
BlindSearch has been a great exercise and has really driven home that we’e only just begun with search. Thank to to all of you who keep using it and have found value in it. Please keep spreading the word.
We’re looking for a new Audience Lead at work. You will be managing many of the evangelists (including me) and marketers in DPE. This is a kick ass job, with great responsibility and frankly we want to ensure we get the right person for the gig.
I thought i”d be fun to see what happens when you do a search that doesn’t have branding. Are we swayed by the branding of our favourite search engines?
To figure it out, I thought I’d try my hands at building a ‘“Blind Search”. Basically, you enter a query, get back three results in random order then select the column which you believe gave you the best results.
update #1: The poll has been compromised. Probably equally due to my lack of leet skills and to the malicious person gaming it.
I’ve removed the ability to see the results until I sort this out. Meanwhile you can still have fun playing with blind search. Feel free to blame the douche for ruining it for everybody. Meanwhile, I wouldn’t take this a scientific whats-e-ma-jing, it’s just a bit of observational fun.
The irony, as most multimillionaire authors will tell you, is that it’s art that creates the commerce, not the other way around. Hugh set out to write a book that matters, not a book that will please everyone.
Researchers found that doctors who spent at least three hours a week playing video games made about 37 percent fewer mistakes in laparoscopic surgery and performed the task 27 percent faster than their counterparts who did not play video games.
Love that stat! And now I feel even prouder that my 5 year old is addicted to Lego Indiana Jones.