Jim Grandy wrote:
From: jgrandy Subject: stupid Google game Date: January 7, 2006 6:17:58 PM EST
Google for “unfortunately, yournamehere”:
Lots of fun hits for “unfortunately, jim”:
unfortunately Jim’s orange dry suit made him look like a carrot
Unfortunately Jim is no longer with us as he died of a brain tumor in 1993.
Unfortunately, Jim did not respond. He disbelieved that it was an angel.
Unfortunately, Jim is only one person with a limited amount of time available to help Jane find answers to her questions.
I’ve turned this into a web page here.
I prototyped it with a screen scraper for Google, but I didn’t want to deploy a screen scraper.
Fortunately, Google has a Search API.
Unfortunately, Google’s API uses SOAP.
Fortunately, Ruby has a SOAP library.
Unfortunately, the Ruby SOAP library doesn’t work on Dreamhost.
Fortunately, the Yahoo Web Search API uses REST.
Unfortunately, Yahoo’s summaries don’t include enough right-hand context, so it’s harder to extract decent sentences from them.
Maybe I’ll go back to screen-scraping after all.
Update: Jim tells me he got the idea from Jorg Brown at Google.