I've been home sick much of this week, and the only good thing to come of it is that I finally had enough time to finish John Battelle's book The Search, which is about web searching in general, but mostly about Google. I quite enjoyed it; lots of interesting background on the evolution of search engines and AdWords. Favourite librarian quote comes near the end on pg. 252: "In short, the search engine of the future isn't really a search engine as we know it. It's more like an intelligent agent - or as Larry Page told me, a reference librarian with complete mastery of the entire corpus of human knowledge."