Dave Gorman's Googlewhack Adventure (BOOKRING)
21 journalers for this copy...
Fuelled by a lust for life and a desperate desire to do anything except what he’s supposed to be doing (writing that novel and growing up), Dave falls under the spell of an obscure Internet word game--Googlewhacking.
Addicted to the game, and gripped by obsession, Dave travels three times round the world, visiting four continents and the unlikeliest cast of real-life eccentrics you’ll ever meet in what becomes an epic challenge, a life-changing, globe-trotting Googlewhack adventure.
A hostage to the vagaries of a search engine, Dave Gorman has become a 21st-century Dice Man throwing his fortune to the fates. The only difference is that the dice Dave rolls has three billion faces"
Bought this on the strength of "Are You Dave Gorman?" and was certainly not disappointed - it's funny. Very funny. Read it in one sitting funny. Enjoyed it so much, I thought I'd do a bookring with it...
Here are the participants:
saine (Aus) skipped!
wistfuldragon (UK)<-- book is here!
Then back to me!
Here are the rules:
1. When you receive the book, make a journal entry so we all get the thrill of knowing where it's at...
2. PM the next person in line for their address.
3. Read the book, and make a journal entry to tell us what you thought. The journal entry has to include your own personal Googlewhack - which you should also write in the book...
4. Make release notes/a journal entry to say when the book is leaving your hands and who'll be catching it next, and pop it into the post!
Any problems, ping me a private message!
7/3/04 - by the way, if you write your googlewhack down here, google will catch up with it and index it. That's progress for you, eh? (go check WICKETKEEPERS WALKMAN out on google to see what I mean). I'm happy for you to stick it down though, cos I want to know what you have gone for, and otherwise I won't know till I get the book back. Actually it made me laugh - I was trying to show someone what a googlewhack was too. Sigh.
29/08/08 - so where's this got to then? Is it ever coming home, I wonder?
Let's get this show on the road... where better to start than in beautiful Australia (where I'm sure not enough bookrings start life).
Here's my googlewhack to get us going. Kind of appropriate to me I think:
remember the rules folks! off she goes... over to you Deb...
This is a really funny book about another of Dave's obsessions with something other people can barely fathom. I flew through the book and haven't stopped trying to tell people about it ever since. Unfortunately, his tendency to throw a tantie when things don't always go his way turned me off a bit.
When I was looking for my own Googlewhack I decided to use one of SwissToni's words and one of my own. Maybe we can get our own 10 in a row?
My googlewhack? WICKETKEEPERS MORSEL
Posted to awaywithfairies today. Happy googlewhacking!
BTW, will be keeping the book until March 19 with SwissToni's permission. Will be going to see Dave's live Googlewhack show (the new extended version, apparently) in Sydney that night. Hope to get the book signed while I'm there.
Actually finished reading the book last weekend but have been hanging onto it until today. Went to see the Googlewhack show last night at Sydney Theatre in Walsh Bay and got the book signed by Dave afterwards. Just a little thank-you to SwissToni for instigating this bookring!
My Googlewhack: CORNETIST TINNITUS
20/04/04 Have just checked my Googlewhack again and it is no longer one. Ten more websites have also appeared that were not there a month ago! FYI, the site I found was titled "My horn - my health, my happiness".
09/08/04 Another late addit! Was surfing Dave Gorman's website today and took a look at his Links page. Guess what? Bookcrossing is there! According to Dave, it's "a beautiful idea, beautifully rendered". Does his signing of at least one Bookcrossing copy of his book have anything to do with it? I hope so!
Posted to BookFrog. Happy reading!
It is quite unfathomable how people can get so obsessive but also amusing. I sort of sympathised with him on the growing up issue - though I can't go a beard to prove I am growing up - probably a good thing.
I would have liked to see his stage show - oh well onto finding my googlewhack now - I am sure there is a cryptic crossword around here somewhere but then I have to solve it and well that's no help! What to do, what to do, ahh textbooks!
I was sick when I read this and so haven't been sleeping well and one of my fevered dreams was I was googlewhacking - a bit scary I think!
Perhaps Dave should steer clear of drinking though he has done alright for himself, he gets to travel, he gets to put on stage shows and write books. I wouldn't want to grow up too fast if I was him.
Will give to tqd at Tuesday cocktails.
Complete with Dave Gorman's signature, and other BCers' googlewhacks! Now I've got to start finding my own googlewhack!
A fun read! Loved the wandering accent, the globetrotting, the alcohol induced stupidity.
I am a little scared that awaywithfairies made him sign this book. Is he going to become completely obsessed with BookCrossing now??
And my googlewhack: picaresque flummoxing (no whicketkeepers for me!)
Onto Saine next.
And I found another googlewhack, just to show off. "cremation pennywhistles" :)
In terms of the book, I agree that he does get obsessed by little things, but it's still fun! The only problem is that I keep having to tell someone about the amazing coincidences that led to him visiting David Gorman's website, so I kept my partner awake last month and then had to ring my Dad today. I knew it was the sort of thing that Dad would be interested in hearing! But now you are all thinking strange things about my Dad.....
Should be finished soon.
It actually took me a little while to get it finished, I kept picking it up and putting it down. I loved the googlewhack concept, but I think that Dave became a little too self-absorbed and the book became less interesting. However, I am one of those people who HAS to finish a book (even though my TBR pile is enormous) so I finally finished it. It is currently in the post on the way to Western Australia.
Pity he could not go into greater detail about his trip to China but apart from that, it was an enjoyable read.
In regards to Puppymummy's googlewhack.... I was rather bemused when I saw it because my real first name is Xanthi . But no, I'm not a plagerist! ;)
I'm currebtly trying to find my own 'whack and am having no luck! :< I'll keep trying....
EDIT: I found: libertine procavia
I looked atthe site and it looks like gobbleygook to me but I hope it counts!
When I went to see the show a couple of years ago I came home and found a googlewhack (http://www.fushmush.net/pics/miscellaneous/googlewhack1_large.jpg). Unforunately, it's not a googlewhack anymore :(
And I found another googlewhack :D. I've uploaded it as the journal entry picture so it remains a googlewhack. (the book gives you some good clues on finding googlewhacks as I found two googlewhacks straight away. Last time it took me at least half an hour!)
Update: Posted to crimson-tide on 23/08/04
Obviously being the internet, things are always in a state of flux, but to lose the whack between finding it and posting here is a bit rich I thought. It has not gone from 1 result to 2, but has gone altogether. However I did take a screen shot (thanks fushmush) and shall try to get it on this entry as a picture. Also, if I name it here, then perhaps it will reappear as a googlewhack??
I've almost finished the book and will find another "real" googlewhack and post again soon.
Edit: sorry the image is not very clear.
My replacement googlewhack is in the picture for this entry. Click on the pic to enlarge.
Posting off to noodlebowl today.
===== Update July 2006 =====
Not surprisingly, it ain't a googlewhack no more. Google now seems to be able to find 62 entries - quite a few of which are of the nonsense variety though.
====posted today 30/12/04======
Happy New Years Eve! Apologies again for hijackiing this book for SOOOO long...
something my mother used to make and we children were forced to eat. Ok so it's not a proper googlewhack. Will keep on with the search!
then stuff happened.
so i finally remembered to come over here and journal it's arrival, have already wasted way too much time looking for a googlewack, good to hear i am not the only one!
will shuffle my TBfR pile and then kickstart my TBP (to be posted) pile.
I've already spent half the morning looking for a googlewack - I'd better get back to work....
I have spent countless wasted minutes looking for a googlewhack to no avail, I keep coming up with word lists. Anyway I'll keep trying and will report back once I get one.
Have PM'd estherase and will send on once I have her address.
Thanks for starting this swisstoni & fitting me in as a late starter!
Great fun book though...
Now I just have to read the book to find out about it!!
I went to see the Dave's Googlewhack Live show a while back in Southampton Guildhall so it will be good to renew my acquaintance with this adventure and have a think about a googlewhack myself.
Actually my hubbie worked with Dave Gorman once.... not the ginger bearded one though! Hubbies colleague did get a letter inviting him to go to the show "Are you Dave Gorman?" and he decided that it was a bit suspect and chose to ignore the invitation despite everyone in the office (including hubby) egging him on to take part. Duh!
Thanks for mailing it on Lady-Mondegreen, I'll be sure to keep the book and badges moving
Now I have a problem, I've been searching for googlewhacks all week and can I find one? NO!!!!
This book will be on the move real soon
The book was amusing, well written *and* a good idea. (Unlike another cmedian's book I've read not that long ago who also went on a 'crazy' adventure following a drunken bet.)
I've been trying to find a googlewhack, but so far with no luck. I did find one combination of words for which there were no hits at all - but I can't write them here, because then I'd have created a googlewhack, which is a bit of a cheat! Anyway, I might have spelled one of the words incorrectly.
Looking forward to it - will report back soon.
What struck me the most was the number of people who were quite happy to invite this lunatic (albeit very nice, but how were they to know that?) Googlewhacker into their homes - I didn't know whether to be humbled by people's trust or awed by the potential risks....
Anyway, thanks SwissToni for organising this - and for being indirectly responsible for my spending far too much time at work searching for my Googlewhack. ;)
And here it is: Truncated Zebroids