I love Google Alerts. I love having digests of news stories on topics of interest delivered to my email in box every day. Sometimes the alerts are short-term, reminders so I won't forget an upcoming event (a book publication date) or way of researching a specific project. What I love about Google Alerts is that even if you're careful about defining and refining your search terms, you can get some bizarro results.
Right now I have a Google Alert on Grimm, the upcoming NBC television series. I don't watch a lot of television and I'm always missing shows that sound interesting because I forgot they were on. And if they're not on Hulu or CastTv, I'm cooked. And don't tell me to DV-R them. To do that, you have to know when they're on in the first place. Hence the Google Alert.
So I get my Grimm Google Alert today and it includes this news story roundup from August 9, 1911, an account of various goings on at the time, including a speech by a suffragette named Miss Harriet Grimm. She stopped speaking when a dog fight erupted up the street, realizing that no one was listening to her. (She had a sense of humor about it.) I hope Miss Grimm lived to cast her first ballot.