Monthly Archives: October 2015

English 24 Oct 2015


Not a huge amount to report, the English Swadesh is pretty tame in comparison to the other languages. is losing the SEO image competition to, which is amusing. It seems that the base reason for Google image searching in the English-speaking world is dream interpretation, if the SEO trolls are to be believed.

Arabic 19 Oct 2015


A couple days late, my apologies, travel intervened. The Arabic list didn’t have anything terribly weird or amusing to report, besides the fact that dragging and dropping a good number of images caused the Mac OS Finder to crash. Perhaps a UTC-8 Arabic coding bug? Dunno. Saw some returns again, and made its presence known, but not really in a SEO way. Also, Twitter avatars popped up as results more often than not.

Thus ends the third round of sets, and I’ll start over with English next week. Should be interesting to see the changes from last time.

Chinese 11 Oct 2015


Well, you can always depend on to serve up some Chinese characters, cheesecake, gore, and whathefuckery with every image. For some reason this round seemed particularly odd, and there were plenty of mouseover redirect entries that I had to screenshot to get an image. Fortunately, baidu serves the redirect image thumbnails as scaled versions of the originals. If the originals are big, then the thumbnails are also big — if you magnify the browser view to bring that size out. So I got decent-res screenshots of most of the redirects. The subject matter of the redirects was another matter — sometimes it made sense, sometimes it was wildly off. The winner in the WTF redirect probably goes to 190 圆 (round), which returned some odd valve thing, although 176 黑 (black) got the most unintentionally amusing return, with an iPhone knockoff.

The SEO award again goes to nipic, and oopic of course comes in strong with all the characters returned. The Overall WTF award for the day is split between the busty woman in a brassiere cleaning a man’s teeth for 9 这里 (here) and the animé ingenue getting done literally doggystyle for 186 坏 (bad), which I suppose is pretty apt, and funny.

Spanish 03 Oct 2015


Another Spanish up! For some reason was exceptionally slow today, both in serving the GIS pages and also in loading the individual item window images.

No weird patterns or exceptionally amusing results this week, except for the excited girl with a fan of paper money for the image for “to hold”.