Hummingbird

Just surfing the web tonight and looking at some task chairs. You might have heard of some, like Hermann Miller’s Aeron. It was kind of a big deal.

There’s a place not too far from where I live that deals in refurbished office furniture.

I digress.

Google let loose a new update that’s supposed to make changes to the way that its search engine can display shit. If memory serves me correctly, the search geniuses looked at the types of things that human beings would search for. Queries are typically structured in a limited number of formats, and a machine ought to make sense of what a question is demanding.

Anyways, they’re plowing ahead with moves towards a smarter web. The Semantic Web. (Go Google this up, and let me know what you think).

I’m not sure how to take this news. Still researching, to be sure. However, a smarter web is a better web.

FAQ: All About the New Google “Hummingbird” Algorithm – http://searchengineland.com/google-hummingbird-172816
Why Google’s New Hummingbird Algorithm is Good News for Serious Content Creators – http://www.copyblogger.com/google-hummingbird/

I will do a post to detail some of the changes that I imagine Hummingbird will bring — just a little experiment.

Additionally, I have added a contact form to this site.

The Abide Guide

I don’t know what prompted me to search for this phrase on Google today, but suffice it to say my mind has been blown. I recently watched Fargo, checking off another movie from my great list of great movies to watch, so imagine my surprise when I discover that the Coen brothers directed The Big Lebowski. Who would have thunk it.

Anyways, this book has been lurking around in my conscience for the better part of a year now. I first spied it while checking out the local spots about West Campus in Austin, TX, and I loved the book cover, so I snapped a photo of it.

(picture Lebowski sitting on a stool composed of metal briefcase atop a bowling ball bag, his legs crossed at the ankles, White Russian in one hand, and bowling ball in the other, with a single bottle a piece of Kahlua, vodka, and half and half, all resting on top of the rug [which bears no traces of urine])

If you’re looking for a preview of the book, Google is your friend as always, and I’m your friend for linking you directly to the Preview of The Abide Guide on Google Books.

And the surprises just don’t stop — it looks like Amazon is doing this thing, too. Anyways, you can click on the cover image and look inside the book on Amazon.com, or buy the book if you like it, because supporting those who produce original content is encouraged. Pick up or simply preview The Abide Guide: Living Like Lebowski on Amazon.com

P.S. If you haven’t watched The Big Lebowski yet, watch it online or something. This will help.

LOTD: NSA Surveillance

Our fingers are in all the pies

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/31/us-usa-security-imf-idUSBRE99U1EQ20131031: (Reuters) – President Barack Obama has ordered the National Security Agency to stop eavesdropping on the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank as part of a review of intelligence gathering activities, according to a U.S. official familiar with the matter.

Things are seriously fucked when our allies are all up in arms about the scope of our NSA’s surveillance program.

Big brother is watching