Science News Shuffle Philosophy
As I stated on the Purpose page: Sassafras4u closely reflects the way I prefer being presented with my daily hit of science news: serendipitously and without preconceptions about what I will be interested in.
I don't like to predetermine what I might be interested in reading and I make a deliberate effort to avoid immediately beginning to browse in the "research mode" (trying to find new information about a specific narrow topic).
I enjoy being constantly surprised to read about a subject that I never beforehand suspected I was interested. As you use this site, I hope youll find this to be true for you as well.
I like to think of it as my iPod Shuffle for news: I know Ill be interested in whatever comes up but dont know exactly what will show up next.
This is very much like visiting a museum with diverse exhibitions: you may go specifically to see one particular exhibition but then find yourself even more interested, once you're there, in another, completely different one.
You may notice that my definition of what constitutes a sci/tech article is rather broad. Youll also find miscellaneous articles thrown in here and there that are humorous or deal with food, for example, but this merely reflects my current interests.
The ability to use my favorite search engine to scan the Internet for specific information is still available to me as before but now I have the additional capability of conveniently searching my own personal archive of articles, adding to my growing archive each day.
Browsers Find Function
The collection of an entire months spreadsheets is available for download as a single compressed archive.
Once expanded, each days spreadsheet can be dragged into your browser window to view. Remember that you can always search the spreadsheet for specific words by using your browsers Find (in this page) function.
Desktop Search Engine
Since the spreadsheet (html) files are also just text files, I know that they will be included in any search I perform using my favorite desktop search engines, such as Spotlight on the Mac or Google desktop.
As well, any text-file articles that I have stored in my archive will be included in this search, ensuring that I will be able to easily retrieve articles Ive saved.