When Google Completes Me… I’m Feeling MOOCy
When Tom Woodward tweets something “might be a good #ds106 assignment”, he usually does not stop there
— Tom Woodward (@twoodwar) November 30, 2013
He goes ahead and tries it
Google Autocomplete is an oracle with strange powers to bring oddities into your life. This assignment asks you to seek out that randomness. Start with a strong phrase (things like “I hate . . .” or “I love . . . ” seem to work well.) and run through the alphabet looking for really odd autocompletes. When you find a good one, screen capture it and create an illustration that represents the search string.
I tried a number o false starts, and got what I wanted by starting with “why do they” and got to starting “pi”, when I spotted “Why do they pierce cows”– my MOOCmocking radar went on.
So I found a creative commons licensed image of a cow (now too hard, used google image search with advanced image for “free to use share modify”), but I wanted a closeup of the nose, Cow 0945 was perfect.
A similar search for “nose piercing” got me one from Wikipedia licensed the same
I decided to update the cow’s tag to a relevant “106”.