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Newest Playlist and the Mystery of Nedelle

August 24th, 2004 | Comments | Posted in Music

Here’s what I’ve got in rotation:

  • Dizzee RascalBoy In Da Corner
  • Emily HainesLive at Cafe du Nord SF 6/22/04
  • Hot Water MusicThe New What Next
  • Minus the BearThey Make Beer Commercials Like This EP
  • Nedelle and ThomSummerland
  • The Fiery FurnacesBlueberry Boat
  • The Moving UnitsDangerous Dreams

BTW, some of you may have heard the RLB song Fragile Wrists, written by our own Christopher Wu. In case you haven’t, here’s what Wu wrote about the song when we recorded it in the fall of 2002:

This song is about this girl who used to work at Amoeba who was really cute and extra cool because she was the “hip chick who worked at a record store.” I was always very polite and she always wore wrists guards to avoid carpel tunnel (I guess). Then she disappeared. She would never date me though, I’m not hip enough, I can see her going out with someone in the Strokes or something.

As it turns out (and unbeknownst to young Wu at the time) that young lady was none other than Nedelle Torrisi of Nedelle and Thom. See, when Wu got the Nedelle and Thom record and saw Nedelle’s picture, he had a sneaking suspicion that Nedelle was in fact “amoeba chick”. He has since recieved independent confirmation that she did in fact work at Aomeba Records in Berkeley. That’s our Wu, always a trendsetter. Now here’s one more twist; from an SF Weekly article about her:

Doctors soon diagnosed her as having fibromyalgia, a disease with no known cause or cure, which affects the muscles, ligaments, and tendons. The condition made playing guitar and piano — or even typing on a computer — increasingly difficult.

So, she does, in fact, have fragile wrists! Anyways, Wu is very much enjoying the Nedelle and Thom record (and so am I), and we are going to see the N&T show at Hemlock Tavern on September 4th. Now all we need is ‘Roma Girl’ to show up in a band too.

USA Today: Y! vs G

August 19th, 2004 | Comments Off | Posted in Yahoo! Related

USA Today published an article today comparing Google and Yahoo! across a number of properties, including search, mail, toolbars, etc. In general, they were fair (and we won most of the matchups). However, I wanted to debunk some of their fallacies regarding web search. Here’s their evaluation of Yahoo! Search:

Yahoo dumped Google in February to introduce its own search technology, and it’s now a respectable second choice. It doesn’t have definitions or a calculator in its search fields, and you can’t use search to look up people’s phone numbers. You’ll have to go to other parts of Yahoo where all this is possible. But more often than not, the Web site search results are almost as good as, if not on par with, Google.

Now let’s take a look at a few Yahoo! Searches:

And look at this: do the same dictionary query on Google, and you’ll notice there is no definition! You have to search for misinform to get dictionary results; I guess Google doesn’t think inflected forms are real words.

Admittedly, on Y! Search the phone number lookup is yellow instead of white pages; on Google you get my stepfather’s home phone number and address instead of his office. Then again, try searching for my dad on google and you get his law offices; they only use white pages as a fallover from yellow pages.

I think USA Today owes us an apology.

Y! Search Blog

August 18th, 2004 | Comments Off | Posted in Yahoo! Related

We also just launched the Yahoo! Search blog, in case you’re interested in following the public face of what I do every day. Who knows; maybe I’ll even post one of these days.


Yahoo! News Search launches new UI

August 18th, 2004 | Comments Off | Posted in Yahoo! Related

Just a quick note to say that we launched the new Yahoo! News Search UI today. This is actually a complete and total rewrite of the entire system using the global search platform, ready to be internationalized. The look and feel has now been coordinated with the other search verticals, and we’ve finally added spelling correction (long time coming). Feel free to send bugs my way.

And in case you missed the kickass custom RSS feature of Yahoo! News Search, here’s a form to search Yahoo! News or make your own personal Yahoo! News RSS feed:

Y! Search



August 9th, 2004 | Comments Off | Posted in Politics

Remember what I was saying about not playing fair? I can’t BELIEVE this is even LEGAL. AAARGH!! This kind of crap (it reminds me of the dirty dirty redistricting crap they were pulling last year) makes me furious; how can this not anger the entire voting population of Louisiana?