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defyalllogic
12-21-2010, 08:29 PM
I'm writing a short story and I feel like I should explain to my husband that he dosen't need to worry about my searches for "murder life insurance" "murder inheritance" "indiscretion" etc.

:)

Does story research gather you some strangeness you hope doesn't show up on the auto-complete the next time someone borrows your computer?

KingM
12-21-2010, 08:32 PM
Are you sure this post isn't intended as cover for the inevitable police investigation? ;)

Ineti
12-21-2010, 08:32 PM
I have my search history set to delete every time I close my browser, so no issues there. :)

jaksen
12-21-2010, 08:33 PM
I've searched for poisons, smuggling (guns), serial killers, how-to-tie different knots (strangulation story), positions of bodies on burning, and so on.

Just delete your history if it troubles you. And never let anyone borrow your computer!

Wayne K
12-21-2010, 08:44 PM
I rarely look at porn, but for the recent WIP I searched all the vintage sites to try and find one of the movies I was in. Try explaining that to your wife

defyalllogic
12-21-2010, 08:46 PM
Are you sure this post isn't intended as cover for the inevitable police investigation? ;)

good thing I planned to post the story in SYW. haha.

I actually just discovered Private Browsing (aka: Porn Mode)

Hubby understands, I just worry that I'll jinx him.

though, i also have things like robot sex and how to drug a robot...

it the history was looked at completely, it would be pretty clear those are just a few of many strange searches.

Also I worry about being hospitalized and having people go through my things without me having the ability to explain away the creepiness...

bip
12-21-2010, 08:48 PM
Comedian Kyle Kinane does a bit about how he judges how productive he was on a give day by his internet search history. One day it was just "beer calories", "Del Taco calories" and "Louis Farrakhan 'cause I felt I didn't know enough about the guy", l0l.

(PS I might have the Del Taco wrong, it's calories in something but possibly another type of alcohol and not a food. He talks about eating a lot of Del Taco, so I substituted that for the one I couldn't remember).

Maryn
12-21-2010, 08:51 PM
Do share with us low-tech folks. What is Private Browsing and how does one do it on the major browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.?

My search history is weird. Since I write both erotica and mystery, plus shop online and just explore what's of interest, I look like a murderous pervert into crafts, movies, and power tools.

Maryn, thinking that description is fairly apt

Wayne K
12-21-2010, 08:53 PM
I think husbands should take up erotica writing just for the search history excuse

defyalllogic
12-21-2010, 08:55 PM
Firefox: Tools > Private Browsing
http://support.mozilla.com/en-US/kb/Private%20Browsing

seun
12-21-2010, 08:56 PM
I've searched murder, suicide, incest and rape all for one book. So to answer the original question...yes. Extremely.

Wayne K
12-21-2010, 08:57 PM
Pffft, I searched all that doing my genealogy

amyashley
12-21-2010, 09:01 PM
Makes me happy I don't share a computer with hubby. Also makes me happy that hubby is understanding.

I clear it all before my parents come visiting though!

Sophia
12-21-2010, 09:11 PM
I don't have a search history on my computer (except for what might be in a hidden file somewhere). It comes under the category of "clutter", so I have it switched off. (In Firefox: Tools --> Options --> Privacy tab and then tick the 'Clear history when Firefox closes' box).

Wayne K
12-21-2010, 09:12 PM
That bit of info could save a lot of marriages

gothicangel
12-21-2010, 09:34 PM
Kidnapping, Temezapam and Rohypnol.

What ever you do, don't drink the tea . . . :tongue

defyalllogic
12-21-2010, 09:36 PM
Kidnapping, Temezapam and Rohypnol.

What ever you do, don't drink the tea . . . :tongue

I Lol'd

Susan Littlefield
12-21-2010, 09:45 PM
I'm writing a short story and I feel like I should explain to my husband that he dosen't need to worry about my searches for "murder life insurance" "murder inheritance" "indiscretion" etc.

:)

Does story research gather you some strangeness you hope doesn't show up on the auto-complete the next time someone borrows your computer?

Poor guy...he's seen your searches and commented? Or, you are just worried about what he'll think?

Don and I have our own computers, and nobody borrows mine, so I don't have to worry about it. Now, if the FBI is tracking me.... :D

Jamesaritchie
12-21-2010, 10:03 PM
My big worry is that I frequently search for such things as how to build dirty bombs, where to obtain black market uranium, weak areas in government security, how best to commit terrorism in middle America, how much powdered plutonium it would take to render a large reservoir unusable, etc.

If Homeland Security doesn't have me under surveillance, they aren't doing the job they're supposed to be doing.

Phaeal
12-21-2010, 10:45 PM
Don't worry, we're all over you.

:hat:

Gack, I better get rid of that history of searches for Rum Tum Tugger/Mistoffelees slash...

DamaNegra
12-21-2010, 10:54 PM
Yeah, the other day I went through my history looking for a page I'd looked at the week before, and disturbed myself with all the pages I had visited.

Snappy
12-21-2010, 11:24 PM
I have my search history set to delete every time I close my browser, so no issues there. :)

I don't have it set automatically, but I'm definitely sure to clear it out at the end of the day!

RosalieStanton
12-21-2010, 11:56 PM
I write primarily paranormal romance, but I am attracted to crime as well. I don't think my husband would blink if he saw me researching murder. He already knows I'm a little twisted.

We were watching comedian Patton Oswalt one night; he was discussing his girlfriend:


...my girlfriend is obsessed with like true crime and serial killers, too. All she does all day-- watches fbi files, forensics files on tv. The most graphic, disturbing, depressing shows.
I walk in the house every single day "the amount of semen found in the chest ravity lead .." it's like "shhh, it's the semen cavity killer." So, last year they re-released The Good, The Bad and The Ugly--maybe the greatest movie ever made. So she said, "I've never seen The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. I was like, "Well, you're in " so, we go to seethe good, the bad and the ugly-- ten minutes into it, she walked out, 'cause it was too violent. It was too violent. And then I gotta go home-- "the necklace was made of vaginas and that led--" oh, my god.

My husband turned to me and said, "That's you."

No, he wouldn't be surprised. LOL

benbradley
12-22-2010, 12:33 AM
I have my search history set to delete every time I close my browser, so no issues there. :)
Jesus Saves, and so does Google.

And if that weren't enough, there's this site, it shows me "Your recent searches" on the right:
http://www.bookfinder.com/

My big worry is that I frequently search for such things as how to build dirty bombs, where to obtain black market uranium, weak areas in government security, how best to commit terrorism in middle America, how much powdered plutonium it would take to render a large reservoir unusable, etc.

If Homeland Security doesn't have me under surveillance, they aren't doing the job they're supposed to be doing.
It occurs to me that "published author" might make a good cover career for a terrorist...

Wayne K
12-22-2010, 12:39 AM
The only time I delete my history is when I go on Farmville

Stanmiller
12-22-2010, 12:41 AM
Do share with us low-tech folks. What is Private Browsing and how does one do it on the major browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.?

My search history is weird. Since I write both erotica and mystery, plus shop online and just explore what's of interest, I look like a murderous pervert into crafts, movies, and power tools.

Maryn, thinking that description is fairly apt

Power tool perversion? That's hot!

Google Chrome, Tools, Ingcognito.
Internet Explorer, Tools, InPrivate Browsing
And then there's the old standby; open an Anonymizer account and browse from there.

Stan, needing more details about this alleged power tool fetish.

Ineti
12-22-2010, 12:42 AM
Jesus Saves, and so does Google.

You can disable Google toolbar's search history as well. :)

backslashbaby
12-22-2010, 03:41 AM
Mine looks really bad. The pictures alone are truly disturbing. A lot of death and war and now Wikileaks and classified info laws. I bet even my Youtube watching habits have me on a list somewhere :D

Darkwing
12-22-2010, 04:14 AM
I haven't been doing many searches recently. There tends to be a lot of home improvement stuff in there.

But it was a little strange while I was researching my most recent short story. I was trying to find out enough about prisons to be able to not sound like an idiot. :P

Susan Littlefield
12-22-2010, 07:50 AM
My big worry is that I frequently search for such things as how to build dirty bombs, where to obtain black market uranium, weak areas in government security, how best to commit terrorism in middle America, how much powdered plutonium it would take to render a large reservoir unusable, etc.

If Homeland Security doesn't have me under surveillance, they aren't doing the job they're supposed to be doing.

And, you think we didn't know.....

We know. WE KNOW.

PrincessofPersia
12-22-2010, 08:09 AM
My ex-girlfriend used to love to sneak onto my computer and find the last thing I searched, as I typically forgot to remove them from the Google search bar in the browser. The thing that got her hooked was when she found "When were pants invented?" in there.

mario_c
12-22-2010, 10:45 AM
I guess I'm too tech savvy to chance a lot of searches for very weird, dangerous, Peter Sotos level webpages on my computer. Go ahead and delete cookies and history - your spouse won't know, but your IP will always know and forward it to the authorities (and to your spouse, just to piss you off), and there's not a damn thing you can do about it so you'd better have a good reason for that serial killer searching you've been doing.
I think I may have a boring online life. What the hell, I have a boring offline one.

JulieHowe
12-22-2010, 11:07 AM
I purposely keep something called Google Desktop turned on all the time to save my computer usage and internet search history (the first option comes in handy when you've deleted a file by mistake and you need to retrieve it), but I delete certain things from my Google search history. If I die an untimely death, I really don't want my loved ones believing I went to hell after engaging in Google searches for breeding mares in heat (it was for research, I swear) and reading up on how one compels a stallion to perform his horsely duties.

benbradley
12-22-2010, 11:09 AM
You can disable Google toolbar's search history as well. :)
I'm sure that turns off the IP-address-saving feature on Google's servers also. :D

Jadedinsc
12-22-2010, 12:09 PM
I purposely keep something called Google Desktop turned on all the time to save my computer usage and internet search history (the first option comes in handy when you've deleted a file by mistake and you need to retrieve it), but I delete certain things from my Google search history. If I die an untimely death, I really don't want my loved ones believing I went to hell after engaging in Google searches for breeding mares in heat (it was for research, I swear) and reading up on how one compels a stallion to perform his horsely duties.

Once, for a table top role-play character whose story is one I'm turning into a novel, I did some research on "canine copulation" and I do mean all the mechanics involved in it. It was an exercise in silliness, and the character was an elf of all things, so it's really not what you think, it was just something that came up and I needed to know the biology involved.

Because my now-ex and I shared a computer at the time, I made sure to say, "No, this isn't for anything I'm writing! (I occasionally write little smutty stories for fun.) It's for role-play! ... Wait, that, um, that really sounds worse somehow." He thought it was hilarious at least.

Once I get around to writing another story I have planned, I'll have to hope my computer never gets confiscated by any authorities. I'll be researching money laundering, offshore banking laws, and contract killing.

benbradley
12-22-2010, 12:18 PM
...

Once I get around to writing another story I have planned, I'll have to hope my computer never gets confiscated by any authorities. I'll be researching money laundering, offshore banking laws, and contract killing.
You don't get it - the authorities don't have to have your computer to find out what you've been searching for...

Jadedinsc
12-22-2010, 12:37 PM
You don't get it - the authorities don't have to have your computer to find out what you've been searching for...

...yeah, I was being facetious. However, I do feel sorry for whatever secret government agent who gets assigned to monitor my computer or check whatever keylogger might get installed however covertly. My life (and search queries) are usually quite boring, and the exciting and/or possibly incriminating searches are few and far between.

shaldna
12-22-2010, 03:10 PM
I tend to look up random things that take my interest, and stuff for research, and stuff for other people.

This week I have been researching home made bombs, the Klan, blue cheese, ham glaze, some news stories from the early 90's about child attacks and i've spent a lot of time looking for puppies.

backslashbaby
12-22-2010, 08:21 PM
Yeah, it's even funnier if you add in the regular searching, eh?

Mine: decomposition rate of dismembered corpses, Granny's best spinach balls, changes in offshore banking laws. . .

happywritermom
12-22-2010, 08:46 PM
I had to search "black market, body parts" and "Corpses, black market" for my WIP. Just waiting for the FBI to crash down my door!

AlishaS
12-22-2010, 08:48 PM
Sadly my search history is pretty tame :( I also have my own netbook that only I know the password too so I really don't have to explain anything to anybody.

Anne Lyle
12-22-2010, 08:51 PM
I did feel a bit self-conscious the other day, searching for information on lock-picking. Not worried about DH finding out, since a) my laptop is all mine and b) he knows the kind of stories I write, but I was thinking of the monitor at Google headquarters (http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/11.05/google.html) that shows random searches :eek:

This thread reminds me of the intro to Castle:

"There are two kinds of folks who sit around thinking about how to kill people: psychopaths and mystery writers."

Rowan
12-22-2010, 09:17 PM
My search history at work is almost as bad--if not worse--than the one on the home computer. :)

And then you have the books ordered from Amazon for research!

Supreme_Overlord
12-30-2010, 11:18 AM
If it ever stayed around, I'm sure my search history would be disturbing, just slightly of course. *Manages an innocent grin* Most of it hasn't been written into use at this point.

Even so, I'm sure they have someone keeping tabs on me.

cameron_chapman
12-30-2010, 05:06 PM
My latest searches were all about names for different varieties of pot, as well as their individual effects (I was looking for one that would help insomnia), but I do live in Vermont, so I doubt that raised any red flags (unless the entire state is under surveillance by the DEA). Most of mine are pretty tame, though NaNo this year had me looking up opiate overdose and possible home remedies (one of which involves burnt toast). So if anyone looks at my history, they'll just think I'm a burnout.