Google Autocomplete Poetry

Inspired by this FAIL in which Google autocompleted “can you eat” with “can you eat human flesh with wooden teeth”, I decided to start asking Google a few questions, and see what other people were searching for.

I think it makes a kind of poetry – and a kind of comment on the human condition.

Raped by elves

We’ve identified before that passive voice agent-deletion is a particular problem in reports of sexual violence. The victim is centred, just as she is in most narratives of sexual violence (and its prevention), and the perpetrator is disappeared altogether or… Read More ›

Virtual travelling

Candy colored Portobello Road (365/145), originally uploaded by jennipenni I love these colours, and can imagine how cheering they would be on a grey day. It reminds me a little of the La Boca district of Buenos Aires, except the… Read More ›


So. Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ll know that Google StreetView has now indexed Australia. At first I thought it was only the cities – I idly looked up my place (feeling vaguely uncomfortable), and some places I lived growing up, and had a peek at the Perth CBD.

Then I realised they’ve also photographed a fair whack of the countryside, too. And not just the easy parts. They didn’t stint on crossing the Nullarbor: