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image of code showing google search results for 'aliens want'

This is a Google search to run in NodeBox. Changing the value of the search_term (highlighted in the screen shot) - say to [your name] wants, will also yields surprising and comical results. The dual cultural and cosmic connotations of the word aliens accounts for the strange mix in the results.

Unpredictable outcomes suggest meaning, even though—without digging beyond the number of times a word occurs—there may be none.

('u' sets unicode for special characters in Python 2, but it’s the default in Python 3

Source code (2009), adapted from a lost example. Created in Python with with NodeBox.