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On with the show ...
So, are you sick of me talking about Google all the time?  TOUGH!  I'm
going to talk about Google some more, and there is nothing you can do
to stop me!  :P
Seriously, though, we talked about Google's Browser Buttons a few
weeks ago (see  I didn't have
the space in that post to mention this, but our friends at Google have
a couple of other features you might want to know about.
Google Uncle Sam
As a former Space Camp counselor, I am particularly interested in the
Space Shuttle.  Let's say that I am interested in doing a search for
Space Shuttle information.  With most search engines, mixed in with
government-issued Shuttle information (from the .gov and even the .mil
domains -- the Shuttle flies military flights too) will be third grade
reports on the Shuttle (from the .edu domain) and promotional
brochures attempting to convince me to purchase my own orbiter (from
the .com domain).  Since an elementary school report won't do me much
good, and since my bank won't give me the financing to buy my own
Shuttle until I pay off my student loans, how can I limit my Space
Shuttle-related searches so that I only get information from official,
government Web sites?
Well, I guess I could always use some search engine math and look for
something like
      +"space shuttle" OR OR
      +"space shuttle"
but that is a HECK of a lot of work.  And, besides, that long mess of
gobbledygook will only work in a few search engines.
Google to the rescue!  Google has a free "Google US Government" search
engine at 
that automatically weeds out non-government stuff and only gives you
hits from the .gov, .mil, and the government-related .us domains (like
Neat, huh?  Wait, there's more.
Other Googles
If you are a loyal member of the cult of Mr. Torvalds, you'll be happy
to know that Google has a Linux-only search engine (in other words, a
search engine that lets you search for only Linux-related information)
at .
Google also offers a BSD-only search engine at 
and even an Apple-only search engine at .
Lastly, Google offers a "University Search" that lets you "narrow your
search to a specific school website."  Check it out at .
Sci-Tech Dictionary
As long as we are talking about searching for stuff on the Net, here
is a neat site to add to your already overflowing bookmarks list: the
Academic Press Dictionary of Science and Technology at .
According to the site, the printed version of the dictionary is almost
2,500 pages long and
      contains a total of 133,007 entries, making it the largest
      scientific dictionary ever compiled in the English language.
      Included among these 133,007 entries are 112,227 main entry words
      and 20,780 secondary entries
You can buy the dictionary for about US$100 at most bookstores or ...
brace yourself ... you can search the dictionary online for FREE!
And, folks, this is one impressive online dictionary.  Just for grins
I did a search for "muon" which, as we all know, is an unstable
second-generation lepton (much like my younger brother), and darn it
if the Dictionary of Science and Technology didn't find SIX different
matches.  That's unbelievable!
Like the online edition of the American Heritage Dictionary of the
English Language (at, the Academic Press
Dictionary of Science and Technology also gives you audio
pronunciations for many of its entries.  That's right, folks ... not
only can you look up a scientific word's definition, you can also hear
how that word is pronounced!
Anyway, if you are looking for a good scientific dictionary -- or if
you are just wondering what would happen if you heaved a block of
cesium into your neighbor's swimming pool (hint: cesium "decomposes
water to produce hydrogen that ignites spontaneously") -- add to your reference bookmarks.
And if you know where I can find a block of cesium, let me know.  :)
That's it for today.  Have a safe and happy week, and we'll talk again
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LAIG (noun).  A limb or appendage.
Usage: "That there hound dog done bit me in the laig!""
[Special thanks go to Roy Daniel for today's word]
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