Ray Van Horn, Jr. is a veteran entertainment journalist whose writing and live photography has been featured in Blabbermouth.net, Dee Snider’s House of Hair Online, Fangoria.com, Horror News.net, About.com Heavy Metal, MetalManiacs, New Noise, Music Dish, AMP, Hails & Horns, Unrestrained,Noisecreep, Impose, Pit, The Big Takeover.com, Rough Edge.com, Pitriff and others. His blog The Metal Minute won a “Best Personal Blog” award in 2009 from Metal Hammer magazine and he wrote and produced his own hard rock e-zine, Retaliate.

He has contributed essays to UK author Neil Daniels’ Iron Maiden and ZZ Top biographies. Ray’s fiction has been published in various periodicals and anthologies, including his flash fiction piece “Off the Record” for Akashic Books’ “Mondays Are Murder” noir series. His recent short stories “Before the Ball” and “Widow” were featured in subsequent editions of Alex S. Johnson’s Axes of Evil anthologies. Ray wrote serialized original superhero fiction for Cyber Age Adventures and five of those stories appear in the anthology Playing Solitaire. He was the winner of Quantum Muse’s fiction contest in 1999.

Ray is a former NHL game analyst for The Hockey Nut and one-time host of the forum “Comic Books” at ReadWave. He has done beat reporting, photography and lifestyle articles for Metromix, an affiliate of The Baltimore Sun, Carroll Magazine, The Northern News and The Emmitsburg Dispatch.


Monday, July 7, 2014

The Weird and Unrelated Things a Google Search Gives You

I'll reserve today's original post topic for another time since I'm utterly fascinated with the bizarre mindset of Google.  I have to share the findings of what I figured would be a supposedly simple search for one thing that ended up with some gonzo, unrelated results.

Now, any Google search vet, particularly one seeking images related to a certain subject, will tell you that eventually you're going to find something containing a skimpy-clad model, full-on nudity or outright belly slapping.  It's guaranteed.  Put in a search for images of people smiling and you're certain to find something that'll really put a smile on your face if you're in need of such a fix.  On the other hand, the miscellaneous flotsam Google can fetch you just defies logic.

Case in point, this morning I'm searching for the album cover image to George Jones' Icon 2 compilation.  Put in "George Jones Icon 2," it stays pretty much on course to Mr. Jones and country music, but it gives you a misprinted version of the album cover and no sign of the correct one no matter how far you scroll.  Phooey.  Going under "George Jones Icon2" with a closure between the "icon" and "2," I got what I was looking for sure, but let me pass along a sample of the befuddling images Google provided me under this search:


Country fried steak:


Oliver Hardy and Mae Busch from Their First Mistake:


Curious George (my kid would dig this):


Cardinal George Pell:

 
Lt. Uhura from the Star Trek animated series:


One of a handful of swimsuit divas represented by Agencia de Modelos:


Saxophonist Michael Lington:


G.I. Scout Rasta headphones:


Well, at least there are a couple of loose-ended "George" connections including musician George Benson, who you can also find in this search.  Where Tim Tebow, Fredi Washington, Gregory Peck, Sarah Jones & Alfie Boe or cupcakes have a connection to George Jones is beyond me.  What, no mason jar filled with white lightning?  Whewwwwwwwwwww.   WTF, Google?


                         Listenin' to:  George Jones - Icon 2

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