Former Silicon Valley Companies Pollute Google's New Building

From the Mountian View Voice “Toxic vapors found in Google offices

Over 1,000 Googlers moved into “the Quad” near Whisman Road and Middlefield Road in June of 2012, an area once home to Fairchild and Intel, among others. Those companies used TCE (trichloroethylene) as a solvent in the manufacturing of the first silicon computer chips, leaving behind a massive plume of contaminated groundwater discovered in 1981 — one that may take many more decades to clean up.

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Google Glass Video At The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

The Google Glass video on youtube “How It Feels [through Glass]” appears to show video from the albuquerque balloon fiesta at the start and end of the video.

http://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/v1uyQZNg2vEPublished on Feb 20, 2013
Want to see how Glass actually feels? It’s surprisingly simple. Say “take a picture” to take a picture. Record what you see, hands free. Even share what you see, live.

Directions are right in front of you. Speak to send a message, or translate your voice. Get the notifications that matter most. Ask whatever’s on your mind and get answers without having to ask.

All video footage captured through Glass.

The video does a good job showing how the Glass can film video. Big deal. I can do that with a helmet cam. They need to show more of the other stuff the Glass can do like searches, etc. So far I am not $1500 worth of impressed (the supposed price point of the device).

Introducing Always Very Busy

Sometimes I go out and buy a lot of food to cook only to find the kitchen a mess and decide to go out and eat instead. This is how this blog has become. I have recently made some changes to clean up and focus the content, in the hopes of actually writing more.

The first thing I did was to delete about 30% of the content. I removed all posts about politics (there’s plenty of more qualified people writing about politics). I reduced the number of categories and re-categorized posts.

greginthedesert.net is supposed to be about Me, Greg, in the desert. So I have started a new blog called alwaysverybusy.net to write about tech and gadgets and other stuff that keeps me always very busy. I’m also considering another spin off site where I can focus on photography.

I’m still in the process of moving and removing posts. I still have the problem of Google not indexing this site so more work is to be done.

Missing Person Looking For The Lost Dutchman Mine

Superstitions

People are still looking for the Lost Dutchman Mine in the Superstition Mountains in Apache Junction, Arizona. Including Jesse Capen who disappeared looking for it in January of 2010.

He had planned to return to Denver in time for Christmas, but he either walked away or was taken from his campsite, and his whereabouts remain a mystery. He could have been bitten by a rattlesnake, shot by another prospector or fallen and broken his leg and been devoured by a bear, Burnett said.
“Deputies suspect foul play may be involved because there is no sign of him,” she said. “Even if he would have been eaten by wild animals, there would be shoes and clothes left behind.”

Capen, who had never married, worked a graveyard shift as a bellhop at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel the past 11 years. For 10 years, he spent his free time studying the legend of the Lost Dutchman mine.
“This is beyond obsessed,” Burnett said. “He has more than 100 books and maps on the legend. This was like research for a Ph.D. This is a classic case of a man’s search for treasure.”

I’ve been camping a few times in the Superstition Mountains when I lived in Arizona as a kid. It’s hard to believe that a area relatively close to a major city, with today’s technology of Google Maps and GPS locators that someone could disappear so easily.

As far as I know, Jesse Capen has not been found.

What Google Takes Away, Google Gives Back

At the end of last year Google did something with its page rank algorithm that caused my site to loose most traffic from Google. I thought the problem was due to excessive load times on my site. I used Pingdom to narrow the load times to a javascirpt from a WordPress contact form plugin. The javascript took about 4 seconds to load and was loading on every page, including pages that did not have the contact form.

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Once disabled the load times were down to a more reasonable level, although they have crept back up according to Google Webmaster Tools. As far as I can tell it’s images causing the load times. It was a good exercise for me to understand load times but it was a change made completely on Google’s part that caused the loss in traffic. The site not only got the traffic back but it increased a little. Also, when the traffic did come back the site had a significant increase in comment spam, so much that I had to turn off comments for certain posts.

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Meanwhile, I took a much need break from the blog and completely ignored everything (except approving comments) and missed that TechCrunch linked to one of my pages. Causing a nice spike in traffic.