Kihei, Hawaii Whitefish, Montana Bloomington, Minnesota Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria UTC/GMT Iraq Afghanistan Republic of Korea Ocean Grove, Victoria
Optimized for 1280x1024 resolution

Monday, July 28, 2008



Thats how many web pages that Google indexes every single day. And there are even more that they ignore.

The first Google index of the web was done in 1998 and generated 26 million pages. In 2000 the index surpassed 1 billion. It is widely acknowledged that Google is the extensive of all the search engines and yet people are hinting that next week there is going to be some big announcement in that field.

The easiest way to explain how Google works is that it follows links from one website to another. The more incoming links that a website has the higher its status in the index. If someone had a stand alone page with no inbound or outbound links, it would be virtually invisible. Think of Google as being a roadmap of one trillion intersections on the web.

Starting in 2010, California will become the first state to ban the use of trans-fats in its 88,000 plus restaurants. The one exception will be "packaged foods".

According to an as yet unpublished report by a professor from Rice University, it could be hazardous to your family's health to have granite counter tops. Something to do with the release of radon gas, a known cancer risk factor. After all the money and effort of installing granite counters and floors, I doubt anyone is going to remove them.

Bloomberg and Gates join forces to reduce the use of tobacco:

Fires continue to consume California:

While all areas are under scrutiny, special attention is being paid to the oxygen bottles on that Qantas 747 that made an emergency descent and landing over the weekend. In fact, all of Qantas' fleet are having the O2 canisters checked.

Jimmy Soares took a hoe,
Gave his father 40 blows.
When the job was neatly done,
He gave his mother 41.
And in a final insane fit,
He tossed them in
The cesspool pit.

Yesterday's NASCAR race at the "Brickyard" was a complete fiasco.

The Goodyear Tires being used couldn't make more than 10 laps before losing all their rubber. Did Firestone get out of the racing business?

I know NASCAR is a "good ol' boy" operation, but isn't it stupid to have only one source of rubber?

Obama does a short, modified version of 'The Grand Tour" and dominates our national news. McCain meets with the Dalai Lama and the only people who even take notice are the Chinese. Who weren't very happy.

A melee involving 200 people in most of the world would be classified as a riot. In the States, its just a minor disturbance or a brawl, at the most.

Oh, just to be official, at 8:50 pm PDT tonight, my son officially turns 40. He had a great party on Saturday night with about 75 people in attendence. Do you know how hard it is to look at someone and realize you haven't seen them for over 20 years? You brain is scrambling to rearrange faces, eyes and voices to conform (and confirm) who is before you. A lot of these "kids" I hadn't seen since they were teens and now they are grandparents. You know you are getting old when your kids, and their friends, all look middle aged.

If nothing changes, the daughter is taking me and her boys to the county fair tonight. I'll try and get some pics.

And a new week begins while another month comes to an end. Thanks for your visit and hope to see you all again real soon.

"Let's all be careful out there!"