Andy Fisher: “When someone wanted advice on how to tell her husband nicely that buying whole life insurance was a bad idea, I went to Google to search your archives. I clicked on advanced search, typed in what I was searching for, and then told it to include only hits from your site: “www.andrewtobias.com.” I got better results than with most sites’ built-in search engines, and I didn’t have to wait for you to get your act together.”
Google is terrific. I hope soon to put the Google search capability right on the archive page, but in the meantime, this works great. Thanks, Andy.
And speaking of searching, there I was trying to get big buttons made up with the slogan IS THIS A GREAT COUNTRY OR WHAT?, and there I was, frustrated.
I had been asked at the last minute to put together a cocktail party honoring a certain candidate’s running mate and his wife, and I just thought it would be neat to make that the “theme” of the party, and to have buttons.
Well, there just wasn’t time, I was told (it took several days to find that out, by which time there wasn’t much time) and it would cost $600, I was told (which even I had to admit began to run into real money), but I really wanted these buttons, so before giving up, I clicked GoTo.com — a great search engine if you’re out to buy something. I entered “buttons” and all but instantly found this delightful little outfit, which delivered my buttons, exactly as I had envisioned them (3 inches in diameter, gray background, dark blue lettering), in time for the party, all for $160 including shipping. Is this a great Internet, or what?
Almost all the guests were happy to wear their buttons — there was a sea of them — and when the running mate arrived and saw them, he smiled broadly.
“I love these buttons,” he said more than once as he walked through the crowd.
Quote of the Day
If I had thought about it, I wouldn't have done the experiment. The literature was full of examples that said you can't do this.~Spencer Silver on the work that led to the unique adhesives for 3M Post-It Notepads.
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