"Google Bumming"

2008
May
29

For the record, I do NOT know why Google seems to love me so much. The feeling is not quite mutual. I have made fun of the Big Goog occasionally. Philosophically, I distrust any entity that offers to do EVERYTHING for you, ESPECIALLY commercial ones.

I digress, but that Thomas Jefferson quote that’s been doing the rounds lately has kind of bothered me: “Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have.” Forget the fact that you can find Jefferson quotes that contradict every other Jefferson quote, but a government doesn’t NEED to be ‘big enough to supply everything you need’ to be ‘big enough to take everything you have’. When a good piece of the “War on Drugs” is being paid for with non-contraband property seizures from drug-law suspects… but I’m getting too serious. Well, I promised less Wit and more tler…

And I still frequently cringe when I see the ‘context-relevent’ ads that Google AdWords put in my sidebar. That’s why it is working its way down the page with each design tweak. But I can’t drop it entirely because it has ‘earned’ me about $1.50 a month in the five years I’ve used it, and I am now actually getting close to the $100 level for a minimum payment. I’m not going to leave $97 on the table, dammit. Of course, if you’d like to see me drop the Google ads, you could help me reach the $100 level by… no, I’m not allowed to say that, am I? If I have ever written anything that rates a 😉 emoticon, this is it.

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