It's been a couple of weeks since I posted anything--it's been busy. Burning Man was a hoot (and I came back with a notebook full of questions that I'll write about later), and then it's been non-stop writing papers for upcoming conferences, giving talks, running my research... generally having way too much fun. Prediction: October will be a better month for updating the blog!
But I want to go into October with an interesting search challenge.
I just returned from New York where I gave a talk at the Ithaka 2010 conference on the "Future of Search." I made a bunch of points that will be familiar to readers (a bit about new modes and ways to create queries, how much people know about searching, a call to action around teaching search literacy).
And somewhere along the way, I started talking to someone about Butte, Montana. We both remembered seeing a large body of water near the town, but neither of us could remember was it was called. We both remembered it was interesting because it was so heavily polluted, but the name escaped us. (Of course, for searching out more about this place, it would be essential to know what it's called.)
Can you figure out what this largish body of water is that's near Butte, MT?
And, for extra credit, how badly polluted is it?
As usual, show your work so we can all learn from your search method.
(FWIW, one of the things I talked about at the Ithaka conference was how people generally learn to search. A few learn from classes at libraries, but strikingly few. Most learn over-the-shoulder of a friend. That's what this blog is really about: scalable over-the-shoulder experiences!)