Google Leaves Phoenix

It was a big deal when Google opened an office in Phoenix in 2006. I remember a lot of competition between the various cities in the Phoenix metro area to get Google to open an office and it eventually went into the Phoenix downtown area. I thought there was some attempt to get Google to open it in Albuquerque but I can’t find any links to that.

Today, Google announced that they can’t get their engineering act together so they are closing the office down altogether.

We opened our Phoenix office in 2006 and hoped that it would develop to support many of our internal engineering projects, the systems that make Google, well, Google. But we’ve found that despite everyone’s best efforts, the projects our engineers have been working on in Arizona have been, and remain, highly fragmented. So after a lot of soul searching we have decided to incorporate work on these projects into teams elsewhere at Google. We will therefore be closing our Arizona office on November 21, 2008.

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Spring Is Nearly Here

The average last frost date in Albuquerque is April 15th. I’m not letting that stop me from getting an early start on my vegetable garden this year. Last year I made many mistakes producing lack luster results. That’s ok because I have learned from my mistakes and will hopefully produce a bountiful harvest this summer.

The overall size of the garden has increased to 120 square feet from 100 last year. I’ve changed the irrigation system to make it easier to manage. Last year I had a single soaker hose that snaked from row to row. It was hard to move around and get water just where I wanted. The hose itself sucked because it was a thin walled hose with holes every 12 inches. Again hard to get water just where I wanted. This year I have a single poly hose that runs along the inside wall. I can then connect smaller hoses to this hose along the perimeter anywhere I want. I’m already using 1/4 inch recycled tire hose which is a soaker hose that spews water all over it.

My biggest concern is lack of nutrients in the soil. I added amendments last year and added more this year but it’s just not going to be enough. To overcome this I will use compost tea. “Why go to the extra trouble of brewing, straining, and spraying a tea rather than just working compost into the soil? There are several reasons. First, compost tea makes the benefits of compost go farther. What’s more, when sprayed on the leaves, compost tea helps suppress foliar diseases, increases the amount of nutrients available to the plant, and speeds the breakdown of toxins. Using compost tea has even been shown to increase the nutritional quality and improve the flavor of vegetables.” I’m betting a lot on this so it better work as good as they say.