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Friday, March 17, 2006

I'm Feeling Lucky

Today is St. Patrix Day –um – St. Patrick’s Day. Since some of my ancestors come from Ireland (the Higgins family), I should celebrate this somehow.

Anyway, I was inspired to try a little experiment and I came up with the following list:
1. Gaurav - Yes
2. Amit – No
3. Sunil – No
4. Charukesi – Yes
5. Patrix - Almost
6. Ravikiran – No
7. Michael – are you kidding?

What was I doing?

18 Comments:

  • Michael:
    We lived in Chicago for more than two decades, and vividly remember how the Chicago river was dyed green on St. Patrick's Day, and Mayor Daley, as Irish a politician as you can get, would lead a parade while we cheered from the sidelines in nearly freezing Chicago weather. After Boston, Chicago is the next best Irish city.

    That was when we were young and reckless. Now, it's just green beer, corned beef and cabbage for us.

    By Anonymous Sarat Dayal, at 12:52 PM  

  • Tracing our genealogy based on our names? I would be surprised to find Gaurav in the list though. Not if he was O'Gaurav though.

    BTW I am celeberating St.'Patrix's Day on my blog in my little way. Take a look; it will be gone tomm.

    By Blogger Patrix, at 7:07 PM  

  • I know the answer. Should I spoil the game for others? You should have chosen a different title though :-)

    By Blogger Eswaran B, at 11:29 PM  

  • duh. *no think*

    By Anonymous Charu, at 12:15 AM  

  • Okay. I think I may have got it too. Google's I'm feeling lucky?

    By Blogger Patrix, at 1:54 AM  

  • Yes: Googles I'm Feeling Lucky. I was feeling lucky on St. Pat's day (luck o'the Irish) and wanted to try out that rarely used feature.

    I was amazed that in a country of maybe 10 million Gaurav's, Gaurav's Vantage Point came up no.1. I guess he can thank IIPM. ;-)

    By Blogger Michael Higgins, at 6:01 AM  

  • Hi Sarat:
    Definitely, they go big time for St. Pat's in Chicago.

    Hi Patrix:
    Unfortunately I missed it.

    Eswaran: Indeed, the title was a really really big hint. I have learned that subtlety is wasted.

    Hi Charu: You're the world's most famous Charukesi! At least according to Google.

    Hi Patrix: Yep - except the detail was that I was trying to get your URL and I got NEFA's old URL. Thats why you got an almost.

    By Blogger Michael Higgins, at 6:09 AM  

  • world famous on google. what next?!:)
    (just tried it myself)

    By Anonymous charu, at 6:46 AM  

  • in my blog's defense....there's more Sunils in this world than Gauravs (and if you don't believe me, start counting). :-)

    And m St. Patrick's day was celebrated with 2 shots of Baileys irish cream in ice-cream. Good stuff.

    By Blogger Sunil, at 12:11 PM  

  • What can I say? It has been a long and uphill struggle to reclaim my name from that imposter. Sometimes I am ahead and sometimes he is, but one of these days I shall not only regain my lead, but shall absolutely crush him and leave him far behind. You will have to scroll through 10 pages of Google searches to even find his name. I live for that day.

    No one shall upstage me on google just because he is more talented and more well known than I am in the real world.

    By Anonymous Ravikiran, at 11:55 PM  

  • Incidentally Michael, I recently went to a certain place, searched for a "Higgins" and was pleasantly surprised to find a Michael Higgins. Can you guess where I went? (It is related to this post.

    By Anonymous Ravikiran, at 12:01 AM  

  • Umm.. Sorry for spamming you, but no, the place was not CIA headquarters, Langley

    By Anonymous Ravikiran, at 12:12 AM  

  • On google.co.in though, my blog is the 4th result. Very strange.

    By Blogger Gaurav, at 2:03 AM  

  • Hi Ravikiran
    I cannot guess. If you use both first and last name I rank in the top ten in a few different searches but with just "higgins" I cannot think of anything. Of course, google might throw up a million other Michael Higginses. There is some actor with that name and some Australian pol as well.

    Hi Gaurav
    You're international - clearly.

    By Blogger Michael Higgins, at 5:42 AM  

  • The place was Ellis island. They let you search their ship manifest records, and if you pay, they will give you a framed certificate saying that your family came on a ship on Ellis island. It might have been your ancestor I found?

    By Anonymous Ravikiran, at 11:16 AM  

  • If you had done it for me, you'd have had a "yes" ;-)

    By Blogger Gautam Ghosh, at 2:15 AM  

  • Hi Ravikiran: That is interesting.

    Hi Gautam: Admit it, you knew this long before you read this post! Anyway, that is quite impressive.

    By Blogger Michael Higgins, at 7:03 AM  

  • i know ...I kinda missed this post !!

    I remember reading David weinberger's blog and he had given himself an award for "top ten in firt names on google"..that was quite tongue-in-cheek!

    By Blogger Gautam Ghosh, at 7:19 AM  

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