What I'd like to do is crawl a list of 5000 to maybe 10,000 max URLs on a weekly basis, searching for a couple of specific terms. I don't see a way to set that up with Google Custom Search. I have access to server space and am comfortable enough with PHP or Python to configure a dB and script if needed. There are countless options out there. Anybody have specific experience to point me in the right direction?
I've searched without success for a novel that I read and enjoyed sometime in the 90s or early 00s. As I recall, it was about a man who had to fake his own death (maybe he had accidentally killed someone?) and started a new life, working as a photographer. He caught something big on film (possibly a fire) and became an overnight sensation. The price for his works went through the roof but it brought him to the attention of someone from his old life and he had to disappear and start over again. He was trying to be a photographer, but since he no longer had any name recognition, no one was interested in his work. [more inside]
Four months ago I was laid off from a company where I had worked for almost 15 years. I received a severance equivalent to 30 weeks of pay. About half of that was paid to me in bi-weekly paychecks while I could still technically be called an employee of the company. The other half will be paid in a heavily taxed lump sum check in the next week or so. more inside... [more inside]
So I'm moving and getting roommates, any advice from the green on how to move forward with my life? [more inside]
Is there any way to see what movies are available on Netflix (at least currently, and preferably also things that were available at one time or another)? After poking around their website, I can't find any way to search unless I want to Start My Free Trial TODAY!!!
A few days ago I was searching for an email in my Gmail inbox and entered the email address of the person I knew it was from -- let's say email@example.com. I don't know what I did wrong during this very mundane occurrence, but ever since then "firstname.lastname@example.org" has been aggressively filling itself in on google-related search boxes in Chrome, preventing me from using Google effectively. How can I make it stop? [more inside]
Is there an app that will take a set of files in one folder (wildcarded) and find probably references to those files within the text of the files within the same, or another folder (recursively)? Although I could probably write this app fairly quickly, I don't want to reinvent the wheel if I can help it.
I'm a fresh college graduated from a European academy for Graphic Design and want to move to NYC to gather more experience in the field, and live there for a while. Question about job search and accommodation. Considering doing a masters degree too. [more inside]
(Metafilter long shot special) My two MCMA twin girls were born at 32 weeks and were in the NICU for a while. They are big bouncing babies now and doing really well, but I would very much like to find the fabric used on the quilt that they were given while they were in intensive care. [more inside]
What's the "go to" job search site for ICT jobs in the UK?
I'm looking for ways to find out if a specific book has been published in audiobook format, either on CD or as a digital audio file. [more inside]
I want to find a full-page ad in the New York Times from a few days after hurricane Sandy that thanked a bunch of corporations. (Maybe it was the WSJ?) Is this sort of information available still? Do libraries archive the ads in a searchable form? I haven't been to an actual library in years -- so I'm not looking forward to sifting through microfilm, but maybe I have to? Is there a digital record of newspapers I'm missing out on?
I'm writing a book, and I just got the following task from my editor: get a sizable (50+) list of high profile people who have written blurbs or reviews for similar books, and get their mailing addresses. Here's the kicker: I'm not supposed to contact them directly, unless I already know them personally. So! What's the best way to do this? I hear there are search engines that charge a monthly fee for this kind of information, but I'm having a hard time finding out which ones are good and which are scams. What do lawyers use when they need to track people down to serve them? [more inside]
I want to set up a Google search that searches a set of 15 domains. Google's "Advanced Search" doesn't do the trick. Is there a workaround? [more inside]
How do you discreetly frisk someone for concealed firearms? [more inside]
You're an employed person in Philadelphia. You don't have a proclivity towards ripping copper pipes out of the wall. You dislike college dorm room replacements apartment complexes like this and you are looking for an apartment. Where did you look? [more inside]
I'm learning a language (Hungarian) and I look up new words in a bunch of websites (2 dictionaries, Google images inside of Google Translate, Forvo.com). In general, I just copy and paste each word into the URLs, but there must be some way of clicking a button and searching all four websites at once. Is there? [more inside]
I am looking for a copy of a 1938 pamphlet called "Gratitude" written by Dr. Harry L. James of Chicago. There was a copy on Ebay, but it's sold now. Any chance I could find another copy (or PDF) of this thing? [more inside]
Can I make my Google search results not pass through Google? [more inside]
What are the best non-English or non-U.S. search engines? Google is the leader in the U.S., but Russian users prefer Yandex from what I understand, and Baidu is the top choice in China. What other search engines prevail in other countries or locales? [more inside]
Please help me find a website I used last week that shows you public Facebook events for your city, broken down by date, and - rather uniquely for such websites - lists the confirmed attendees by their self-selected Facebook gender! When you clicked on an event, it would pull up a map, and a list of the attendees, and then give you the option to click through to the Facebook event page. It was such a great resource and it's killing me to not be able to find it anymore!
Search interface for Zappos.com that includes more granular price information? [more inside]
I am searching for a ballpoint pen - Papermate Pendulum. Can anyone help me find some? [more inside]
You may be familiar with Dj Tomcraft and his song Loneliness. I'm searching for those exact same lyrics, but closer together and the song has more... tempo? [more inside]
I'm worried about the safety of my dad, and I'm not sure what to do. He helped me move to a new city. Things had been stressful for a while, and this evening he took his bag and left. [more inside]
Help me discover new, interesting things to learn about on the internet. [more inside]
Where did Google's advanced search feature disappear to this time, and why do they keep moving it around? Is there any way I can edit my settings so that it's always in a nice visible place? [more inside]
Please help me find .... it was a program or maybe a FireFox add-in that constantly submitted random search-engine searches - the idea being to prevent google/bing/whoever from building any kind of meaningful profile of the user. Thanks
I have a unique name that, when my first and middle names are transposed, becomes a more common name that is now the moniker of a rather unattractive porn star. How do I fix Google results that turn my unique name into this porn-yielding other version? [more inside]
Is there a gmail search operator that will return all contacts? [more inside]
This question is about as meta as I think I've ever come up with. There's a site that allows you to send a link to a google search, and the resulting page shows the search being typed into google and completed. Maybe I'm having an idiot moment, but I can't think of any way to search for the site without using the words "google" or "search" which obviously obfuscate the results I'm looking for. Anyone know the site I'm referring to?
Calling SEO/Google Experts: I have a bloglike site for a new company (on Wordpress) and I am trying to make it SEO friendly. Hypothetically, lets assume that the site is about flying lizards and I have named it 'liz.ly'. Every day, new and well written content is added to this site so hopefully in the next few months it will start showing up at a respectable rank on google. BUT: [more inside]
Since Google Maps ended its real estate search function in February 2011, have any of you found a good replacement? I can't find anything like it. [more inside]
Twitterfilter: What URL will return original tweets with the #muckreads hashtag? (unique, filtering out all retweets, old style & new) [more inside]
You know that text that shows up under the link in a Google search result? Where does it come from? Specific example follows, in which the text is nowhere on the website in question. [more inside]
I am having the darnedest time translating my personality into a winning cover letter to my dream job. Help! [more inside]
Is there a way to automatically "force" Google to search for the words I typed in, without having to manually include "+" before every single term? I do sometimes utilize fuzzy search, but I'm finding that lately, it is doing more harm than good, and nearly every search requires me to go back and add "+". [more inside]
Using FireFox, can I search the link text (the URL) on a given page instead of the anchor text? [more inside]
This video clip from the TLC leaves me wondering what should be done. I know to never allow the police to search anything and to not answer questions. But what if the request is not a question but a demand rationalized by the officer as a safety issue. Bonus question: does the door being opened count as consent to search? YANML YANAL TINLA apply [more inside]
Another book-locating question: help me locate this Victorian pulp fiction! [more inside]
Looking for a book I read about a decade or a little more ago about a boy with autism. There was a dog that helped him communicate with the world, and it might have been from either his perspective or his mothers'. Any ideas what it is would be appreciated.
How do I hunt particular clothing items, but in different sizes? [more inside]
Job hunting filter: I’ve been at the same job, in a leadership position for 9 years. I think I’m finally ready to move on and have found a job available at a university that I might be qualified for and am planning to apply for. The application is somewhat extensive and at one point it asks if I have ever been fired from a job. Unfortunately, the answer is yes. [more inside]
How to find a place to rent in London (residential)? And what should I know/look out for? [more inside]
Are there any scripts/tricks/bright ideas for how to filter out search results from answers.com, ask.com, yahoo answers and other worthlessly crowdsourced Q&A forums that always seem to make up the first page of anything I google? Present company excluded, of course! [more inside]
I need to find a room to rent in San Francisco. Is there somewhere aside from Craigslist that I should be looking? Thanks!
How does one go about finding an old friend in another country when every search I have tried turns up absolutely no records? I've gone from Google to Facebook to obituaries to phone directories and come up totally empty handed. [more inside]
This summer, on the road in NH, stopped at a light, a car pulls up besides us with a (round?) sticker on the trunk saying "Eat something, you'll feel better." Anyone knows where to find that online? This is likely on 107 or highway 4.
I'd love to find the text of a poem online, but my google-fu fails me [more inside]
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