Posts Tagged ‘Google’

The “What Do You Need?” Exercise

I wish I had thought of it, but I didn’t. And Abby of Perusals & Peregrinations didn’t think of it either – she got it from Facebook. But I got it from her, so fair credit is due.

The gist of this idea is, when you’re feeling confused or uninspired, Google your name and the word “needs” [Carol needs]. Take a look at the first 10 results and, as Abby puts it, you’ll, “never need to read another self help book ever again.”

Carol needs:

  1. Carol needs to change
  2. Carol needs assessment information
  3. Carol needs 2K more DL miles
  4. Carol needs our help
  5. Carol needs your prayers
  6. Carol needs a pacemaker
  7. Carol needs licensed real estate agent
  8. Carol needs a photoblog
  9. Carol needs a share in Tehachapi, CA
  10. Carol needs to get Facebook … NOW

Really? Prayers and Facebook? Extraordinary ideas, except that I don’t know where Tehachapi is.

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Google’s Pac-Man Game Becomes Permanent

Google's Pac-Man mini game
Last week was classic video game Pac-Man’s 30th birthday, and it was marked by plenty of hoopla.  I loved the mini Pac-Man game (including 256 levels) that was on the Google homepage -their creative department rocks!

Enough fans of the mini game convinced Google to give the page a permanent home, which I think shows extraordinary generosity.  So here is the link to Google PacMan; play at will.

Social Networks and Google were Immediate

I was working quietly at my desk this afternoon when the Phoenix area felt the relatively gentle rolling of the 6.9 earthquake that centered in Baja, California.  My husband and I looked at each other, and I first thought maybe I was coming down with an illness.  But then I realized that my monitor, lamp, and blinds were moving – and that they probably were NOT ill.

We lived in California some years ago, and I do know what an earthquake feels like.  But it was so odd to experience that here in Phoenix that it took some moments to put it together.  We checked on the family (several of whom also thought they were ill) and then scratched our heads.  Really?  An earthquake?

So here is the extraordinary part:  while my husband turned on the television and started searching the news channels, I Googled the quake and within moments had confirmed the occurrence at earthquake.usgs.gov and was reading tweets from other Phoenicians that were just as perplexed.  The on-air channels did not have coverage for nearly 30 minutes, and some as long as 50.  Even the local websites for the news stations were well behind.  But Twitter and Facebook were immediate.  Extraordinary.