Friday, May 21, 2010

Google transcends space and time

There is a rift in the space-time continuum around Plum Island!

As is my custom, I searched for Plum Island on Google news this afternoon just to check for anything new. I scanned the results to weed out the New York Plum Island (the one with the scary lab) and almost passed over three hits on the NY Breaking News blog. Then I noticed what they were. These were the hits:

Obsessed Fishing Charters, Merrimack, Plum Island, Massachusetts, Striped Bass ...

NY Breaking News (blog) - ‎1 hour ago‎
Obsessed Fishing Charters 9 Marquand Lane Newburyport, MA 01950 (978) 462-0984 Our daily fishing trips depart from Captains Fishing parties Dock, ...

FSAddon Plum Island

NY Breaking News (blog) - ‎1 hour ago‎ http Plum Islands small airfield (2B2) is situated near Newburyport, some 27 miles north of Boston along the Atlantic coast. ...

Plum Island Shipwreck

NY Breaking News (blog) - ‎3 hours ago‎
December 14, 2002. Drenched is the best description for me after this video. And, a ruined waterlogged camera that will only work for a little longer and ...

OK, I don't know when the charter boat ad was placed, but I do know that the flight simulator add-on for 2B2 was released a couple of years ago, not a mere hour ago. I vividly remember the shipwreck involving the barge bringing the crane to work on the bridge -- in 2002! December of 2002 was only 3 hours ago?!?!? Yikes!

Why a barge aground in Massachusetts in 2002 is breaking news in New York in 2010 is only explainable by Google's ability to manipulate both time and space. Google has evidently given this little corner of Massachusetts to New York and begun to replay the last 8 years in fast forward.

Welcome to the machine.

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