Practical DigiSchol – Refinding Lost Recent Web History

I don’t know to what extent our current courses equip folk for the future (or even the present), but here’s a typical example of something I needed to figure out a solution to a problem (actually, more of a puzzle) today using the resources I had to hand…

Here’s the puzzle:

I couldn’t remember offhand what this referred to other than “body shape” and “amazon” (I’ve had a cold recently and it seems to have affected my mental indexing a bit…!), and a quick skim of my likely pinboard tags didn’t turn anything up…

Hmmm… I recall looking at a related page, so I should be able to search my browser history. An easy way to do this is using Simon Willison’s datasette app to search the SQLite database that contains my Chrome browser history:

pip3 install datasette
datasette ~/Library/Application\ Support/Google/Chrome/Default/History

This fires up a  simple server with a browser based UI:

Body Labs – that was it…

Sigh… So what was there?

You can browse the archived site on the Wayback Machine.

On reflection (as I said: head cold, not focussing/concentrating properly), I could have web searched:

No closer to the video but it sets the context…

That said, searching for bodylabs video brings up some likely candidates for alternatives, such as this one (pixelfondue: Body + Measure + Scan + AI = Bodylabs delicacy):

Anyway, back to the question: what did I need to know in order to be able to do that? And where do folk learn that sort of thing, whether or not they are formally taught it. Indeed, if there is a related thing to be formally taught, what it is, at what level, and in what context?

PS I had actually also kept a note of the company and the video in a scribble pad draft post on the Digital Worlds blog where I collect irreality related stiff:

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Author: Tony Hirst

I'm a lecturer at The Open University, with an interest in #opendata policy and practice, as well as general web tinkering...