A timer and stopwatch. Totally unimpressive in every way, but free of ads.

I use timers and stopwatches. I don’t think this is unusual.

When I’m cooking, I’ll use my phone, but if I’m at my computer (a not uncommon situation), I’ll just Google “timer”. Google has one of those built in things.

But they also show me the search results.

And, inexplicably, two thirds of the time they show me a sidebar about this seemingly banal high-concept romantic comedy.

Now, part of me is concerned that I’m being brainwashed. I resisted the temptation to read about the movie for several months. But eventually, my curiosity overcame my instinctual hatred and fear of manipulation. I absolutely refuse to see the movie, though. That is my line in the sand.

Now Chrome can auto-complete my app instead of that oddly inconsistent results page.

Don’t worry, I’m working on larger projects that will make their way to the blog. I just didn’t want to miss an opportunity to help people avoid the Googleplex.