Remember, to get the benefit of these commands, visit Yubnub and type the example text or something like it. For example, typing ma sarek will get you a page of info on Spock’s dad from the Star Trek Memory Alpha wiki. Equal time for The Other Fandom: typing wook ewok in the Yubnub search box will find too much information about Ewoks in the Wookieepedia.
bi: Comprehensive ISBN book lookup. Example: bi 978-1-4493-1494-1
jbo: Lojban Lookup. Lojban is a constructed language and so like Esperanto, only more obscure. Example: jbo gerku
ma: Memory Alpha Star Trek fan wiki. Example: ma sarek
math: Wolfram Mathworld math encyclopedia. Example: mathworld tesseract
safari: O’Reilly Safari Online. Example: safari hale-evans (Hey! Both my books are in there!)
tro: TV Tropes, endless fun – by which I mean you may not find your way out. Example: tro mad scientist
url: Display a Yubnub command URL for reuse. Example: url tro mad scientist
wc: Wikimedia Commons, the database of free images and other free media associated with Wikipedia. Example: wc robot
wook: Wookieepedia Star Wars fan wiki. Example: wook ewok
Yubnub, the “(social) command line for the web”, is an underappreciated website, ten years old but constantly updated, that is many things to many people, if not everything to everyone. It’s a front end to a vast variety of search engines and other web services, and is so useful that I’ve added Yubnub capability to Firefox, Emacs, and the Linux command line on my laptop. (For more information, see the Yubnub installation page.)
In case you’re curious why Yubnub has such a weird name, it’s the victory song sung by the Ewoks at the end of The Return of the Jedi. Apparently the word means “freedom” in Ewok. I don’t know what the deal is with the snail, though. An Ewok delicacy?
Here are some of the Yubnub commands I’ve found useful or interesting, including Esperanto dictionaries and Finnegans Wake search engines, as well as staples such as Google and Wikipedia. Sadly, some of the really interesting ones no longer work or have been deleted recently, such as search commands for the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and the Chess Variant Pages.
To discover your own commands, visit Yubnub and type ls.
am: Amazon. Example: am duct tape
amzns: AmazonSmile. When you shop here, Amazon donates 0.5% of the price to the charitable organization of your choice. Example: amzns duct tape
bgg: BoardGameGeek, database of board games. Example: bgg cosmic encounter
brickipedia: Brickipedia, an encyclopedia wiki about LEGO. Example: brickipedia darth vader
fweet: Fweet, database of Finnegans Wake annotations. Example: fweet chaosmos
g: Google. The default search engine for Yubnub. Example: g random celebrityNote: omitting the initial g will retrieve results from Google by default.
gdef: Performs a Google define: command that gets definitions of words. Example: gdef supernaculum
gim: Google Image Search. Example: gim random celebrity
ifdb: for games at the Interactive Fiction Database. Example: ifdb zork iii
libt: Add books to LibraryThing by ISBN. Example: libt 978-0394718330
luzme: Luzme monitors ebook prices at multiple online stores and notifies you of price drops. Example: luzme grapes of wrath