The new Cthuugle uses Nutch with Lucene and Tomcat. I wrote some custom crawl and merge scripts, and set things to autostart, and now we have a working search engine. After a little tweaking of the JSP, the original look and feel were easy enough to duplicate as well. The added bonus of more granular results and the ability to view explanations for search results were also really nice. One NginX proxy was added for flavor. Done.
Derek Anderson from Charged Multi Media created this site after seeing an interesting post in a forum. I have been a fan of Lovecraft mythos stories for years, and the concept of a Cthoogle hit a funny bone. I renamed the site to avoid a namespace collision, and came up with Cthuugle. Update: apparently there is a site called cthoogle, but I can never get it to load or me. Try it Cthoogle.com for yourself. Maybe it is just my firewall.
Because I can. Because nobody else was going to. Because I was tired of writing soulless e-commerce customer cart abandonment demographic correlation software.
Also because it was easy, and made me giggle.