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Thursday, June 16th, 2005

Republicans Against Bush

I guess I’m not the only Republican who has felt betrayed by George W. Bush.

Some conservative observers have, however, begun to think the unthinkable, and have begun to question the priorities and policies the Bush presidency, and consider whether these advance or undermine the essential conservative values of limited government, fiscal responsibility, personal liberty, and sound, effective national defense.

Read more.

I’m still sure that these folks would have differences with me on my positions on individual liberties where they conflict with social mores, but at least we are on the same page as far as fiscal responsibility and opposition to international adventurism goes.

My apologies to George F. Will. Apparently he has established a clear track record in opposing the current administration on matters of principle.

Posted by Greg as Politics at 17:04 PST

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Google Ranking Commercial Software

For some reason I Googled “google API” and quickly saw that I was not the first to think of my “Google Fame” concept. It was predicted ar least as early as April 2002 by Rael Dornfest, and someone’s trying to charge $150 a year for a commercial version. I wonder how they got Google’s permission for that?

There are stand-alone pages that will do this sort of search for you – I remember now finding them before. But there is no existing plugin for WordPress, so my project will be the first to do that.

Posted by Greg as My Website, Software at 11:35 PST

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Sample Output

That little Google Fame placeholder is a nagging reminder to stick with my project, which is a good thing. So to better illustrate my concept, and prove I’m working on it (and I guess this documents my idea in case somebody else beats me with a finished product,) I am providing some sample output. Here’s a recent run:

SEARCHING FOR: "greg perry" "west chester"
Estimated unfiltered total is 50

CYCLE STARTING WITH 1
10 of 10 requested records returned
1 http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2003/10/04/loc_GTHAllen04.1.html
2 http://radio.weblogs.com/0113501/2005/03/01.html
3 http://radio.weblogs.com/0113501/2004/05/29.html
4 http://www.icpug.org.uk/national/archives/040207ar.htm
5 http://www.thetimesherald.com/news/stories/20050121/localsports/1897786.html
6 http://fl.hfu.edu.tw/~hb/msg00188.html
7 http://pdx.brickfest.com/registration/whosattending.php
8 http://www.drc.state.oh.us/web/BADNewsletter2.pdf
9 http://www.cnpbook.com/link/res/search/040624-1/4155.html
10 http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0789726270?v=glance

CYCLE STARTING WITH 11
10 of 10 requested records returned
11 http://amiga.czex.com/history/5_01e.html
12 http://www.indesignmag.com/jump?jump=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2Fexec
13 http://www.peachbelt.com/baseball/baseball%20records.pdf
14 http://ronsilliman.blogspot.com/2005/05/only-few-weeks-left-before-school-of.html
15 http://ronsilliman.blogspot.com/2004_03_01_ronsilliman_archive.html
16 http://www.gregrperry.com/
MYSITE FOUND
17 http://www.ncaa.org/news/1985/19850522.pdf
18 http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/guestbook/betsyguests1997.htm
19 http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/arcguest1997.html
20 http://www.herdzone.com/sports/baseball/05media.pdf

"greg perry" "west chester" ranks 16 out of 50
2 calls to Google API.

Basically, all this output is for debugging purposes. The only things that count are the search terms used, which will be pulled from the database, and the ranking results that are returned, which will be stored in the database and accessed by the display in the sidebar. I’m going to use a back-end interface to enter the search terms and either a timed event to update the search results or a “Run Now” button that will only appear when I’m logged in. Conceivably, I could create little graphs to show the rankings over time as well, but that might be too much data to present in a sidebar and I don’t yet know how I would create and show graphics.

Posted by Greg as My Website, Programming at 09:07 PST

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