Different targets, different
Omnis feret omnia tellus
~ Targets ~
Updated May 2005
Different targets, different techniques... so obvious and
yet, at the same time, so incredibly underestimated! Seekers know that each
kind of quarry has specific
characteristics and parameters they should take account of... Lovely and
lively moving little quarryes, dancing
on our 'evershifting' web of quicksand sites... Nuggets of pure altruistic
knowledge hidden among the
foul-smelling and evil-blobbing commercial sargassos seas... Oh my!
How are we supposed to track
our targeted results down, to aim our seeker sharp arrows at our signal,
when everything moves so quickly?
Yet EVERYTHING is out there!
Omnis feret omnia tellus! We can learn how to find ANYTHING on the web.
Anything! Indeed the web is so huge that -with almost no exceptions-
searching in the correct way will enable you to find anything you may
be looking for. Any image, any music, any book, any document, any data,
any software (proprietary or not), any newspaper
published in the history of mankind. Whole national libreries are
going on line in this very moment in some godz-forgotten country somewhere
in Africa or Asia. Half a million people are putting in the
very 5 seconds you are reading this half a million scanned images on some god
forgotten homepage. Another 200 thousand users are
uploading, in THESE five seconds 200 thousand mp3,
somewhere on the web.
Some of these books, of these images, of these musics, have never been on the web
before. But they will now remain on Internet for the ETERNITY, and you will find
them even if their Authors have pulled them down!
Well, let's first of all improve our "searching Shahin" (this is of course
a sine qua non in order to find whatever - and I mean whatever - we are looking
this reason, as you'll notice,
some sections of this lore will remain "closed" to you until you develop
your egoistical searcher's Heijoshin into a more capable ethical
seekers' Fudoshin, hehe :-)
New ad hoc section How to search for books and texts
New ad hoc section How to search for images
Audio quests ~
Audio search engines ~
The music blogs phenomenon ~
There is a section ad hoc
You'll also find some info about total recorder (an interesting tool for sound streams
Should you simply want to dig out of the net some mp3 on the fly, behold the power of FAST (alltheweb):
In fact you can find your favourite mp3 songs using the name of the
author (for instance dylan) and stating that the document must include "index of/mp3" in the title: here is FAST's Bob Dylan's ad hoc
Note that the "index +of" seekers' trick is worth studying :-)
Sound quests and "musical searching" essays
In June 2002 I published A musical riddle for the sommer, that you will be able to hear
if you wait for it to load
Our fellow seekers
order to solve it. Many sound and music search tricks lurk in these threads, for the patient
readers that will adventure inside :-)
[909Essay.htm]: Elusive angles: dark 909 - light z404 search
~ ("I have a couple of searches myself that I've begun maybe 2 years ago. One of them I was able to complete in one hour or so when I resumed it after the 909 ordeal:)"
by ~S~ vvf and ~S~ Jeff,
part of the [Essays].
An Opera/IRC/Mp3 searching essay (pulling MP3 trough Opera's IRC client)
by vvf, July 2004
Part of the irc searching essays & sounds
Audio Search engines and tools
A tool for usenet music search is Audiofind, for instance
Another interesting search engine for or audio & video content (even content based on speech recognition)
SpeechBot, that currently indexes 14553 hours of content.
Here its powersearch mask.
The music blogs phenomenon
musicblogs.htm: Searching among Music Blogs , How to fetch da beef without wading into the blogs,
A list of mp3 bloggers and
Searchlores' own music blog
~ How to find any file stored on this planet ~
This section is closed to non seekers :-)
Yet - in the mean time - you may learn something nevertheless: either visiting
the file searching lore section or reading the Catching
web-rabbits approach. You may also trying the following approaches:
file searching lore
Autonomus Citations Index
Blah blah: "ResearchIndex is a scientific literature digital library that aims to
improve the dissemination and feedback of scientific literature, and
to provide improvements in functionality, usability, availability,
cost, comprehensiveness, efficiency, and timeliness".
Of course, for seekers,
the whole point is just to fish some names and/or some more 'angles'
out of the web-void in order to improve their own chances in finding a
specific quarry they were already hunting. This said, believe me (and The+Owl): it would be hard to underestimate the usefulness of
this tool. Note also that ResearchIndex computes citation statistics and related documents
for all articles cited in the database,
not just the indexed articles.
Only retrieving 2000 citations. Only a fraction of citations to each article may be shown.
Order: citations weighted by the expected number for a given year.
May the Abstract be with you, oh intrepid seeker! :-)
Standards and Cross References (ADSL-XML)
Sysadmin oriented indexes and search engines, all sort of documentation and information,
Pointers and Resources, FAQs, Descriptions, Standards and Protocols
xrefer's contains encyclopedias, dictionaries,
thesauri & books of quotations.
All cross-referenced, all in one place
Journals ( means you'll need some proxy/password gimmick)|
Due to licensing restrictions, remote access to many journals is limited to students and
staff of various study institutes and
universities. So check the passwords, rabbits
and proxies sections to learn your tricks
http://www.nla.gov.au/ajol/: Australian Journals OnLine (AJOL) (Australian National Library)
http://www.lib.umich.edu/ejournals/: University of Michigan, Electronic Journals & Newspapers List
http://www.lib.cuhk.edu.hk/electronic/jol.htm: Links to e-journals subscribed by CUHK Library and some free journals.
http://www.jstor.org/: Jstor (you'll need to masquerade as a US or UK "Participating Institution"
http://medworld.stanford.edu/research_journals.html: MedWorld, Biomedical and Clinical Journals On-line
http://www.hg.org/journals.html: Legal and Law Related Journals
"Scholars" (University level essays) |
An incredible wealth of mostly useless and preposterous scripts...
Google has its own scholar search
For instance: http://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=%22search+engines%22&btnG=Search&hl=en&lr=&safe=off&num=100
But the problem is that this scholar engine is strangely stale and gives a lot of obsolete results.
You may want to refine your scholar searches temporally with the two arrows below, posted by Nemo (here as an example: "euro dollar reserves":
euro dollar reserves "numrange:1-31 * 2004"
euro dollar reserves "january | february | march | april | may 2004"
And here we have Polonus' additions (November 2004)
These days I jump around in the fori, and whenever
I find some jewels while doing so, I try to share these with others.
One such a complete searchsite is OJOSE, a website
to search for scientific journals, papers &
The link to go there is: http://www.ojose.com. Really a Swiss "top site".
It is a bit
like the Fagan Finder but for these search actions.
By the way for looking up general information there
is an experimental service ( one time it is up, then again down, so be aware)
from Southampton at: http://paracite.eprints.org/ . Really a
clever one, and worth to recommend.
I have learnt that we
must evaluate all results in these search areas
as well, and carefully so for here misinformation can reign
in subtlety and misleading information is a political bias, to explain this
in a clear manner just search for instance "25
subjects censored", or "top 25 censored stories" and you will see what I mean, and why
Email providers "Syrupping" |
See also the ad hoc sections "free" (sic) email repositories and
where to upload stuff
I decided to call this "email providers finding" trick syrupping :-)
A useful way to find all over the world "free" email address
providers, inter alia exactly those very providers and/or
servers that do not care too much about
aliases, about being exploited and about anonymous logging,
in fact syrupping uses the very SPAMMERS' attacks in order to find the providers.
Very elegant method, I think: In fact syrupping
uses the forces of evil for nobler purposes :-)
It recalls, to a minor and humbler extent,
the great tricks described in Nemo's Search Engines Anti-Optimization
(Get your own stop words!)
essay and in WayOutThere's
Reversing to Enhance and Expand famous essay
about Copernic reversing.
Ingredients: spammers, yahoo, usenet, dubious internet sites
Results: huge lists of free emailproviders
Time required: takes coupla day to kick in, but then it will produce syrup continuously
1) You create a fake id, say on yahoo, that you will use only for syrupping and then you'll let sink into oblivion, sagged by spam.
2) You subscribe your fake address to religous nuts magazines, porn-a-day services, jokes-a-day, brides in orient, all the possible
crap and worst the commercial web-morasses have on offer.
3) You get a zillion nasty spammers stinging dicho fake address, like bees on the syrup
4) You now use yahoo's own facility "this is spam" to denounce spammers to yahoo and thus you get
A NICE LIST with all those spammers' addresses, from firstname.lastname@example.org to 32442@Ziloteptera.org
(alternatively you just grep them with your scripts :-)
The important part for us is of course the providers list, those after the @ in the address :-)
5) Ta-daa: you grep a very long list of email providers, and - as an added bonus -
rather dubious ones for that matter (or weak public servers taht have been Xploited by spammers, which means we can Xploit
them too when spreading lore :-)
Here, for instance, some idiot spammers fished
fresh today on a normal and protected account (hence imagine how many
you will fish once you spill syrup all over the web table :-)
A big danke to gs (Gregor Samsa, a brilliant ~Seeker~) for the following
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Alchemical symbols, from Abstrahere to Zinziber
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