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.

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:

Hockey, Vancouver Canucks, Boston Bruins, and Riots

licking stanley cupNice headline to wake up to: Riots erupt in Vancouver after Canucks loss

Riot police fired tear gas, pepper spray and flash bombs in downtown Vancouver Wednesday night to try to disperse angry rioters who set cars on fire, looted stores and taunted police officers after the Canucks’ 4-0 Stanley Cup final loss to the Boston Bruins.

The same thing reaction occurred in 1994 (from same article):

Police tried to nip the violence in the bud by closing liquor and beer stores early, but it appeared to have no effect.

The strategy was also part of an effort to avoid a repeat of the 1994 Stanley Cup riot, which occurred in Vancouver’s downtown area on June 14 that year, after the Canucks lost in the seventh game of the Stanley Cup final in New York against the Rangers.

It’s expected the damage from Wednesday’s riot will far exceed that of 17 years ago.

Sport fanaticism is as bad as religious fanaticism.

You’re Doing It Wrong

A tooth brushing itself7 Basic Things You Won’t Believe You’re All Doing Wrong is an interesting read about daily things most of us do wrong, including (among others):

Tooth Brushing

Traditional wisdom […] is that we should brush twice a day, after meals.

…dentists are now recommending that people, especially small people between the ages of five and 10, not brush their teeth after every meal. The reason is that the acidity in food and beverages causes tooth enamel to soften, and brushing right after eating an acidic meal strips enamel from the teeth, leaving them vulnerable to cavities.

Each item includes a So how the hell are we meant to do it? section. For Pooping (because sitting on a toilet causes hemorrhoids and other fun ailments):

We were not meant to sit on toilets, we were meant to squat in the field.

I don’t know how accurate that information is, but it’s on the internet so it must be true.