Thursday, November 29, 2007

Charity, charity, on the wall...

...who's the fairest of them all?

"salvation army" "red cross" "united way"

Time goes marching on

Some obvious but useful terms to help chronologically orient oneself.

Note that the newspapers keep talking about each month's events long before and after people are searching for them.

... and a happy New Year!

Let's not forget that other upcoming winter holiday, New year's day. It may be dwarfed by Christmas, but note that the New Year is actually two holidays in one:

new year

(The Chinese New Year is celebrated on February 18th)

Interestingly, only us non-Chinese tend to use the plural when describing our holiday.

Finally, let's take a look at what this holiday is really all about:

new year love sex


Sorry to say, but love is nowhere to be found on New Year's eve! Although at first it appears that the Chinese revelers are doing much better in that regard, it's a simple coincidence that the Chinese new year is 4 days away from that truly romantic holiday.

'Tis the season...

The "Christmas season" is now fully upon us, so let's get warmed up here while the weather cools down. Observe how Christmas takes a bite out of Google:


It's important to realize that "of," Google's most common search term, isn't getting fewer searches around Christmastime--rather, it's being perennially normalized downwards because of the sheer volume of Yuletide inquiries.

Better than WHAT?!

It's official: Google is now better than sex.

sex google

Short but sweet

It's fun to use short, common English words to define a "ceiling" for your Google Trends searches. It's reminiscent the DNA size markers used in biological gels, another world where everything is relative.

Can you find a word with more search volume than "of"? I tried, but failed.

For reference, here are the top 5 most common English words:

You and me...

Either the Internet is becoming less selfish (I wouldn't bet on it!), or YouTube has hijacked a very common English word:

Monday, November 19, 2007

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Free the phone...

Looks like some momentum building for gphone and more recently for Android, elements of the movement to establish open source standards for mobile phone development.

What's my line?

Do I work in Communication or Public Relations? Is it a good thing or a bad thing that people are paying increasingly less attention to it, whatever it's called?

communication public relations


BTW, is it "Communication" or "Communications"?

communication communications

Monday, November 5, 2007

Merlot vs Pinot Noir

Merlot versus pinot noir: Despite the 2004 film "Sideways", pinot noir hasn't caught up with merlot in global interest (but note the narrowing that started in '04):

pinot noir merlot


Except it's a different story in the United States, where the varietals have been neck-and-neck since the movie:

pinot noir merlot


I've got my own theory about why pinot noir was favored over merlot in the film.

Sunday, November 4, 2007

Choose your poison...

The reds have it over the whites...

But check out this summer sipper.

And, bringing it back up a notch.

Like the harder stuff? Clear spirits seem to rule here. And Mexico is sure getting hot recently!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Two religions...

...and an increasingly distracted world.

Seasonality a la mode....

Do you like your pumpkin pie with ice cream?

Global attitudes toward China...

Leaping from fascination to concern.

Political stand-offs...

The United States is definitely still a two-party system. By the way, who's this Obama guy?

Who's the big cheese?

Well, moms have it all over dads. But that said, it's a little different with the monarchy.

Pass the fries...

Our fascination with low carb diets has waned almost entirely; but notice that we're especially conscious of diet as each new year starts.

And we've always been lots more concerned about being fat than being skinny.

The world is becoming a bigger place

Our gaze is widening in recent months.

Truth is stranger than...

Not only may truth be stranger than fiction, but it looks like it's becoming increasingly more interesting too. Or we all just find less and less time to read books...

Truth, justice and the American way

The world is a big place; the American way is a small part of it.

That was then, this is now.

The present fascinates us more than the past. So does the future.

Who,what,where,when,why?

Which is the fairest question of them all? What!

who what where when why

Averting crisis

What is the best way to avert crisis?
Picnics and eggnogs seem to work well!

(I'd put images like the one below on each post, but I'm waiting to see if Google will give me permission to do so.)

crisis picnic eggnog