Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Palestinian Search Engines

Lurker found this graphic appeared in the LA Times on the new Palestinians Google.



But then friend Robert sent us a list of other new Palestinian Search Engines that were localized:

  • Ask Jeehad
  • AlterHista-ree
  • Allah Web
  • Highway 72 (think about it)
  • Lie-cause
  • Mecca Crawler
  • Incite
  • InfoSheik
  • and my personal favorite:
  • Itbach al-Yahoo



Wherever I am, my blog turns towards Eretz Yisrael טובה הארץ מאד מאד

10 comments:

Joshua said...

The picture was throughout google everywhere. It was in honor of Faraday. The picture is supposed to represent how Faraday discovered that an electric field can induce a magnetic field and vice-versa.

Alpha3958 said...

I was wondering why google put up a explosive device for their logo. Now it makes sense.

Lurker said...

Joshua: The picture was throughout google everywhere. It was in honor of Faraday. The picture is supposed to represent how Faraday discovered that an electric field can induce a magnetic field and vice-versa.

(1) I use Google multiple times every day, and never saw this logo.

(2) Why would a picture of Faraday's experiment in magnetism include a timer, which has nothing to do with it?

(3) Why would a picture of Faraday's experiment in magnetism include a nail, which has nothing to do with it?

(4) Why would a picture of Faraday's experiment in magnetism include a pipe, which has nothing to do with it?

(5) Google archives all their previous "special" homepage logos right here. Why doesn't this logo appear there?

ODannyBoy said...

If you wrap a live electrical wire around a nail, it turn it into an electrical magnet.

I think the watch is a compass.

I'm not sure what the pipe is.


But what is interesting is the association. People saw wires, pipes, and nails mentioned with Arabs, and the first thought was Bomb.

Lurker said...

Joshua -- one other point: On which day did this picture appear as Google's logo? If it was indeed a commemoration of Faraday's discovery of electromagnetic induction, then the appropriate day would be August 29, since Faraday's conducted his original experiment on August 29, 1831. In that case, the supposed screenshot of the Palestinian Google homepage that appeared on the L.A. Times site could not have appeared any later than August 29, 2008. But in fact, that is quite impossible -- since the Palestinian Google site [google.ps] didn't even exist any earlier than a couple of weeks ago.

Lurker said...

ODannyBoy: But what is interesting is the association. People saw wires, pipes, and nails mentioned with Arabs, and the first thought was Bomb.

Indeed. Just take a look at this comment on the L.A. Times post.

ODannyBoy said...

Doh. The pipe is a rudimentary battery for the nail magnet.

Schlens said...

Lurker: Rest assured that the logo also appeared in other countries (Germany, in my case) and that it wasn't related to any sort of bombing in any case whatsoever.
ODannyBoy is correct in his assumption that the "watch" on there is in fact a compass.
BTW: If you had clicked on the images in the LA Times link, you could have seen a (relatively) hi-res version of the image where it's clearly recognizable as being a compass, a nail, some cable and probably a battery.

Joshua said...

Sorry, it honors Orsted, not Faraday. See http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2009/aug/14/hans-christian-orsted-google which confirms it was elsewhere, not just on the Arab google. Orsted discovered the initial result. Faraday then generallized and figured out much of what was going on by systematic abd clever experimentation.

Lurker said...

Joshua: My apologies; I stand humbly corrected. And now I also understand the reason for the date (Aug. 14) -- that was Ørsted's birthday. I still don't understand why this doesn't show up in Google's logo archive, but you are nonetheless obviously correct.

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