Thursday, June 29, 2006

Google Trends
Google has a site where you can trend one keyword against another to gage the relative popularity of each. Just go to the site and enter two searches separated by a comma. The URL is

Here's how I stack up against cat poop:

I'm on a mission to become more popular than cat poop.

If you really want to watch a battle... check out cat poop versus presbyterians. They're neck and neck each month.

God only knows why.

** On a positive note: Frost is kicking Bukowski's arse.

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At 7:59 PM, Blogger bgfay said...

Alright now, Carl, if you're going to go suggesting that Frost could kick Bukowski's ass, I would ahve you consider that Bukowski would have to be in a drunken stupor or passed out. Come to think of it, that's not unlikely.

I like to think of Frost sipping a Manhattan still dressed for tennis while Bukowski is outside the window hurling a bottle of Mad Dog across the street yelling obscenities at him.

And I ask you, what more could we want of a dead poet laureate than that?

Good luck with the cat poop. I'm behind you--or, perhaps given where poop comes from, I'm over on the sidelines cheering.



At 8:30 PM, Blogger Carl Bryant said...

I like Bukowski's style. He goes his own way, even if it isn't popular. But in a popularity contest with Frost... Google doesn't lie. It may make stuff up, but somebody has to do it.

Cat poop is stiff competition, and getting stiffer. It's giving even the presbyterians a real run for their money, but I think I might have a shot. It's a goal, anyway.



At 8:41 PM, Blogger Writing Blind said...

I'm with bgfay. I like my dead poet laureates drunk and passed out in a puddle of their own urine. Now that's being a poet.



At 10:04 PM, Blogger lorguru said...

Oh how fun. I have to go check that out!



At 1:50 AM, Blogger SarahJane said...

I think Frost is only winning because no one can spell Bukowski. From among the dead, Dickinson would have to be my choice. And everyone spells her name wrong,too.



At 8:55 AM, Blogger michi said...

is getting someone's name wrong is a sure path to being poet laureate, then arlene, err, angela, err ... ellen, um ... ms ang is well on her way!

and now i have to go check that new toy of carl's out,




At 9:00 AM, Blogger michi said...

me again: don't look up poetry vs bush on google trends. it is too, too depressing.



At 3:11 PM, Blogger Collin said...

I like them both...maybe leaning more toward Frost. "The Death of the Hired Man" is still one of the best poems ever written.



At 4:28 AM, Blogger Arlene said...

kewl link, carl! the cat poop competition sounds hard. maybe you should downsize your aspirations to canary poop?

michi, teehee. now *that* is another way of looking at name errors.




At 3:27 PM, Blogger Carl Bryant said...

Actually, Arlen.... right now I feel lower than cat poop (summer cold - don't you hate those?)

Sarah - are you saying Buk would have more appeal if the barely literate could spell his name? That's probably true. Search the popularity of the word "peom."

Lauren, were you replying to my post... or to Rebecca's suggestion to pass out in a pool of urine?

Michi, at least "boobies" are still kicking bush's ass by a two to one margin.

Collin, you're a man of impeccably good taste.




At 9:24 PM, Blogger Dawn Benko said...

More popular than cat poop. Gotta have goals.



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