Google Nerds Are Antsy for Google+

Google+ ProjectGoogle is introducing a competitor to Facebook called Google+:

Introducing the Google+ project: Real-life sharing, rethought for the web

… Google+ is a different kind of project, requiring a different kind of focus—on you. That’s why we’re giving you more ways to stay private or go public; more meaningful choices around your friends and your data; and more ways to let us know how we’re doing. All across Google.

How sweet of them, thinking about me.

This is a major project for google, where it consists of multiple sub-projects (Circles, Sparks), plus retooling their existing products like Gmail (via their People Widget), Buzz, and even their Search interface.

It’s by invitation only. You can hope for an invitation to Google+ by signing up.

Wired has an interesting article about Google+ (despite it reading like an ad too much) that highlights why many (including myself) don’t like Facebook: one tends to over-share information – too many damn “friends”. Google+ appears to be addressing that. We’ll see.

I know this is old (yesterday) news.

A Succinct Explanation of the Economy

money shirtThe Truth About The Economy In 2 Minutes:

– The economy doubles since 1980, but wages flat. Where did the money go…
– All (or most) of the gains went to the super rich. And…
– With money comes political power. Taxes on super rich slashed, revenues evaporate. This leads to…
– Huge budget deficits. Middle class agitated, fights for scraps…
– Middle class divided. Buying and borrowing slow. Resulting in:
– Anemic recovery/economy.

Economics bores me silly, but this article was informative and interesting.

The Mud of Hopewell Rocks

hopewell rocks new brunswickHopewell Rocks is on the coast of New Brunswick. It’s a provincial park that features towering rocks that have eroded into interesting shapes due to the powerful tides of the Bay of Fundy.

The Bay of Fundy is known for its high tidal range, which allows you to walk at Hopewell Rocks far onto the beaches during low tide to see the high cliffs and rocks that the tide has sculpted over millions of years.

What they don’t mention as a main attraction (for kids) is the mud of Hopewell Rocks. When the tide is out you can walk around the the bottom of the tower-like rocks and around the mud flats – an area where thick, brown mud can go past your knees and can get you stuck. I had to step our of those sandals below and dig them out with my hand at one point.
jody's muddy feet hopewell rocks
Google “Hopewell rocks mud” or “Bay of Fundy mud” to see more exciting examples of the mud around the Bay of Fundy.

Contest: Name New Popcorn Business

Tommyboy has gotten into the kettle popcorn business and he needs a company name. His proposition:

post something about the name…I will send anyone who assists me in a name one bag a month for a year…and if I do not use any suggestions I will pick at random 3 of the suggestions and fed ex em a bag of popcorn…..

whatca think

He’s off to a good start too. I sent him the video below and he replied:

holy shit…same ingredients but different process….I already caught the kettle on fire…and the oil is heated first then sugar…and burning oil and popcorn splatters your face….it is all about temperature…..I will send you some….

So post your kettle popcorn company names suggestions and win free popcorn for a year!

Kettle Corn Tutorial: