Monday, December 03, 2007

Dumped on

By Mother Nature with a foot of snow and by the NDG Cougars 4-2. And my head, by a rhinovirus.

My Panthers did not play well yesterday. They stood around looking at the puck rather than working for it and the defencemen played too far off the blue line so we couldn't keep any sustained pressure in the opposing zone. We had only half a dozen shots and lost. Child Three played goalie and kept us in the game with some nifty saves but couldn't stop them all. I don't mind the loss. It's a good lesson for the kids, and concrete proof of what I warned them about before the game: you can't coast on reputation and expect to win.

Today's a snow day, with both schools closed and the wife home, too. It's a unique day, because even on weekends, we're usually rushing to get kids somewhere. Today, there are no commitments until the evening, and I we may skip Child Three's goalie clinic because of the snow.

Gosh, all my news lately relates to this hockey team.

Our friend Neil, also one of my assistant coaches and a real macher, has arranged for our little team to visit the Canadiens practice Saturday morning. The boys are excited. I will probably miss the event, because I registered for mandatory coach training in Dollard that's supposed to take place December 7-9. I haven't heard about that yet, though. Maybe I'm not registered - but that would mean my team cannot enter any tournaments, which would suck because we're in one in the latter half of this month.

I really ought to get to work now, and maybe plot some strategy for the AGW CMAKdown, a Combat Mission: Afrika Korps tournament of the aging farts who used to/still play WarBirds. I'll post AARs (after-action reports) when it ends.

Bonus curiosity about Google:

Alex E. asked me to look into Google's "define" function. You can do a search for Google for definitions as follows: "define: pornography" - and Google will spit out definitions of the term based on online glossaries and Wikipedia. It's easy to see how Google presents the results. The search engine provides the string of text that follows the sought term on each result.

But I can't figure out how Google decides which glossaries/dictionaries etc. make cut as valid resources for a "define" search. At first, I assumed that if a page used the words "dictionary", "glossary", "definitions", etc. then Google would accept that page as a "define" result. But that can't be it. Alex has for a long time had the glossary from "Crafty TV Writing" online, but Google has not sanctioned it to provide definitions.

Anybody know the magic trick? I've looked at the source code of several sanctioned definition-providing pages and there's nothing special that I can detect. No meta tags, no Javascript, no accompanying robots.txt, no special directory names.

Even the Web is silent on how Google's "define" search works. Are there any search-optimization experts out there with a clue?


Blogger elvi said...

I'm betting there's a human involved in the selection. After all, it isn't something that's so dynamic it needs to change all the time - all they really need to do is check the list every few weeks and make sure none of the providers are dead, and that there aren't any new hotshots out there. Dictionaries are fairly static.

December 3, 2007 2:32 PM  

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