Google helps the Government

 

Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) today announced partnerships with the states of Arizona, California, Utah and Virginia to make it easier to search for hard-to-find public information on state government websites.

This means job seekers in Utah can now search on Google for employment in the state and find job postings provided by the state’s Department of Workforce Services. In Virginia, search engine users interested in the region’s colonial history can now find a greater variety of online resources provided by the Commonwealth’s archive, the Library of Virginia.

The states are even using Google Custom Search Engines on Utah.gov, and Virgina.gov

Is this a good sign?  I think so.  I also think it’s one step closer to total world domination by Google.  But, i’m not complaining…

Shotgun!

I came accross these rules a few years ago, but have since forgot them, now here they are again in all their glory:

1. In order to call Shotgun, the caller must pronounce the word “Shotgun” in a clear voice. This call must be heard and acknowledged by the driver. The other occupants of the vehicle need not hear the call as long as the driver verifies the call.

2. Shotgun may only be called if all occupants of the vehicle are outside and on the way to said vehicle.

3. Early calls are strictly prohibited. Shotgun may only be called while walking toward the vehicle and only applies to the drive immediately forthcoming. Shotgun can never be called while inside a vehicle or still technically on the way to the first location. For example, one can not get out of a vehicle and call Shotgun for the return journey.

4. The driver has final say in all ties and disputes. The driver has the right to suspend or remove all shotgun privileges from one or more persons.

Section II
Special Cases

These special exceptions to the rules above should be considered in the order presented; the case listed first will take precedence over any of the cases beneath it, when applicable.

1. In the instance that the normal driver of a vehicle is drunk or otherwise unable to perform their duties as driver, then he/she is automatically given Shotgun.

2. If the instance that the person who actually owns the vehicle is not driving, then he/she is automatically given Shotgun, unless they decline.

3. In the instance the the driver’s spouse, lover, partner, or hired prostitute for the evening is going to accompany the group, he/she is automatically given Shotgun, unless they decline.

4. In the instance that one of the passengers may become so ill during the course of the journey that the other occupants feel he/she will toss their cookies, then the ill person should be given Shotgun to make appropriate use of the window.

5. In the instance that only one person knows how to get to a given location and this person is not the driver, then as the designated navigator for the group they automatically get Shotgun, unless they decline.

6. In the instance that one of the occupants is too wide or tall to fit comfortably in the back seat, then the driver may show mercy and award Shotgun to the genetic misfit. Alternatively, the driver and other passengers may continually taunt the poor fellow as they make a three hour trip with him crammed in the back.

There’s also a survival of the fittest game, but i don’t particularly care for that one.

Drink soda, get hot

That right there is a solar furnace, kinda neat and cool if i do say so myself.  50 soda cans painted black to absorb sunlight and air passes over them and through a hose

With 80 degree outside temp, he recorded a 15 degree increase:

Hemmings Auto Blogs {MAKE}

Movie Trailers galore

That’s Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix trailer, oh man does that movie look awesome, but it better be better then the pervious 2, because this is an important part in the series, and the books will always be better.

That’s the newest Live Free or Die Hard trailer, i’ve been waiting for this movie for the past 7 years…

Then there’s the Ocean’s 13 trailer, another good looking movie, and they still managed to get all the cast to return for!

There’s Pirate’s of The Caribbean: At World’s End trailer, sure it’s been out for a few weeks, but it still looks awesome.

Then there’s Spider-Man 3, Transformers, The Bourne Ultimatum, and this summer looks like the best movie summer in a long time.

Cool Camera Attachment

This little mirror attaches to the lcd screen of digital cameras to allow you to still see the picture’s you take at extreme angles, like the one above.

I think its cool, costs $22 + import fees
buy one (it’s in Japanese) {Gizmodo}

Water power for all

Ian Gilmartin and Bob Cattley have made their very own waterwheel power plant that’s capable of producing up to 24 kilowatt hours of electricity a day from waterfalls as small as 20cm

Amazing i say!  Now i just need to get me some property with a stream running through it…