October 28, 2009

Hiking on the Barton Creek Greenbelt


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Google Goats

Just one more reason to love Google:

At our Mountain View headquarters, we have some fields that we need to mow occasionally to clear weeds and brush to reduce fire hazard. This spring we decided to take a low-carbon approach: Instead of using noisy mowers that run on gasoline and pollute the air, we've rented some goats from California Grazing to do the job for us (we're not "kidding"). A herder brings about 200 goats and they spend roughly a week with us at Google, eating the grass and fertilizing at the same time. The goats are herded with the help of Jen, a border collie. It costs us about the same as mowing, and goats are a lot cuter to watch than lawn mowers.

October 21, 2009

Just About The Coolest Thing I've Ever Seen In My Entire Freaking Life

Okay, maybe not, because we all know I speak in hyperbole a lot. But check this out:
Given information commonly available online about many games — the box score and the play-by-play — the system automatically generates the text of a story about that game that captures the overall dynamic of the game and highlights the key plays and key players. The story includes an appropriate headline and a photo of the most important player in the game.
Yes, that's right. Input: stats & plays from a baseball game. Output: AP-style story.

So awesome.

Photo jacked from Joe Y Jiang.

Nicholas & Jordana Taylor: First Dance

First Dance

More to come as I "develop" the pictures I took at their wedding in WV. But I really like this one. Nicholas needs to do a better job shaving for big days like these ;-)