I read an article in the New York Times this morning about the Google Books Ngram viewer. Those clever geeks at Google have created a data mining tool for the Google Books database that can tell us the normalized frequency of a word's usage over the last couple of centuries -- cool! Naturally the high brows at the NYT are using it for pointy head stuff, but for me it's drones!! The figure below shows that we really aren't as drone obsessed as we may have thought -- although it's unfortunate that the Google database stops at 2008. The peak in the 40s must have been the fascination with target drones during the war. And before that I guess the authors were more interested in honey bees.