Tech Tip Tuesday: Constitute

Screen Shot 2013-09-24 at 10.52.32 PMDamn you Google, you’ve done it again.  Well, it wasn’t all Google, but Google Ideas did provide the seed money for the Comparative Constitutions Project  to develop Constitute.  Frankly, it’s just awesome.  What makes it awesome?  160 constitutions.  Yes, 160 of those documents from around the world.

You can read them. You can search them. You can analyze them. You can even refer to a specific one, such as the US Constitution, when you want to challenge some crazy liberal idea that appears to have complete disregard for that constitution.  Print or download constitutions, or even pin sections of different constitutions and download those in one document for comparative purposes.

The site provides a variety of different ways for you to research constitutions, such as browsing by country, date, or topic.  For example, say you are interested in proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America and want to know what that procedure would include:

Constitute Search

Or perhaps you are interested in finding where ‘God’ is referenced in the US Constitution:

Search for God in US Constitution

Hmmm…no results.  Good thing they also allow you to report errors, right?

How could this get even better?  Perhaps a Google Docs plug-in so that when you pin the sections you really like from various constitutions, those sections can then be added directly to a Google Doc to be crowd-edited by all.

Seriously, though.  160 constitutions from all over the world.  Very nice.

 

Tech Tip Tuesday: Google Fun

GoogleI’ve been somewhat of a Google Geek since about 1998, when I read a paper by Brin and Page while I in still working on my M.I.S.  I knew they were going make something big, only I didn’t have a good business mind back then.  If I did, I might be much better off financially today!  Even though I didn’t get rich off Google, I do make sure I stay up on what they are doing and admittedly I really like a lot of what they do.  One thing I find very cool about Google is that they like to have some fun and have a pretty cool sense of humor.

Here are some fun things you can do with Google (you may want to select ‘Do Not Use Google Instant’ under your search settings)  Things that you should type are put in single quotes and you do not need to include the quotes in your search.  Most of these searches will also work best if used from the main Google search page rather than from the results pages from your first search.

Some ‘I’m Feeling Lucky’ searches:

  • type ‘search‘ and click on the I’m feeling lucky Google search option
  • type ‘google gravity‘ and click on the I’m feeling lucky Google search option
  • type ‘google gravity‘ and click on the I’m feeling lucky Google search option
  • type ‘google hacker‘ and click on the I’m feeling lucky Google search option
  • type ‘epic google‘ and click on the I’m feeling lucky Google search option
  • type ‘google goth‘ and click on the I’m feeling lucky Google search option
  • type ‘search‘ and click on the I’m feeling lucky Google search option

Calculator Fun:

  • type ‘the answer to life the universe and everything
  • type ‘loneliest number
  • type ‘once in a blue moon’
  • type ‘baker’s dozen

Fun Search Results:

  • type ‘tilt‘ or ‘askew
  • type ‘do a barrel roll‘ or ‘Z or R twice
  • type ‘recursion
  • type ‘ascii art
  • type ‘anagram

What fun things have you found in Google Search?