Google Wow

Waking up to the sound of rain in our Airstream is one of the most beautiful sounds, the steady drone of heavy drops ~ like the rhythmic seductive beating of  drum. But unlike most of our mornings on the road, I had an appointment to make! I promised to teach an early morning yoga class, and 5 friends showed uP! Fabulous. 🙂 But after that, I had plenty of time on my hands. A perfect day to spend on the computer, searching and researching.

Google has always been a good place to start for me, and today I stumbled upon a goldmine! Did you know that Google offers more than 70 Google services — from 3D Warehouse to YouTube? I didn’t realize this fact until I installed a Google toolbar add-on in my Firefox browser. The Firefox toolbar rocks! I’ve always been a fan of the Google search engine and my Gmail account, but add an additional 68 features (and growing), you have a pretty behemoth workhorse of a company that is providing useful target services, pretty much for every individual on this planet who uses the Internet! Now that’s an impressive company.

For example, they have Google Transit … kind of like Google Maps but a planning /  scheduling system for the transit systems of more than 446 cities. Now that’s impressive (and as we approach Earth Day, an eco-friendly resource that I want to promote).

Here’s an extensive (but not fully comprehensive) list. You be the judge!


  • Alerts Get email updates on the topics of your choice
  • Blog Search Find blogs on your favorite topics
  • Books Search the full text of books
  • Checkout Complete online purchases more quickly and securely
  • Google Chrome A browser built for speed, stability and security
  • Custom Search Create a customized search experience for your community
  • Desktop Search and personalize your computer
  • Directory Search the web, organized by topic or category
  • Earth Explore the world from your computer
  • Finance Business info, news and interactive charts
  • GOOG-411 Find and connect for free with businesses from your phone
  • Google Health Organize your medical records online
  • iGoogle Add news, games and more to your Google homepage
  • Images Search for images on the web
  • Maps View maps and directions
  • News Search thousands of news stories
  • Patent Search Search the full text of US Patents
  • Product Search Search for stuff to buy
  • Scholar Search scholarly papers
  • Trends Explore past and present search trends
  • Videos Search for videos on the web
  • Web Search Search billions of web pages
  • Web Search Features Find movies, music, stocks, books and more

Explore and innovate

  • Code Developer tools, APIs and resources
  • Labs Explore Google’s technology playground

Communicate, show & share

  • Blogger Share your life online with a blog – it’s quick, easy and free
  • Calendar Organize your schedule and share events with friends
  • Docs Create and share your online documents, presentations and spreadsheets
  • Google Mail Fast, search-able email with less spam
  • Knol Share what you know
  • Orkut Meet new people and stay in touch with friends
  • Picasa Find, edit and share your photos
  • Reader Get all your blogs and news feeds fast
  • Sites Create websites and secure group wikis
  • SketchUp Build 3D models quickly and easily
  • Talk IM and call your friends through your computer
  • Translate View web pages in other languages
  • YouTube Watch, upload and share videos

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Happy April Fools Day ♫♪♫♪

Wordpress logoApril Fools Day: a time for light-hearted trickery celebrated in various countries on April 1. This day of fools is marked by perpetrators playing practical jokes and pranks on those gullible enough to be duped. I thought that Facebook would provide the greatest audience for my little stunt announcing in an update that I was ‘single, footloose and fancy free’ while also changing my surname to Google. Speaking of Google, today they played an awesome joke stating that the company would be changing it’s name to ‘Topeka‘ (as in Topeka, Kansas — the city which temporarily changed it’s name to Google). Quite a funny article if you get the chance to read! Anyway, it seemed that I managed to pull the wool over several peoples’ eyes before they realized the nature of the day. However, before the Facebook godS could return the favour in due form (thanks Sandra for declaring that I was pregnant with triplets!), I was quick to return to my happily married unpregnant status before any more chaos was created.  Happy April Fools ♫♪♫♪ !!

In an unexpected turn of events, Mother Nature fooled us all today (or should I say the weather man did?) by revealing a gorgeous blue-skied day, right from the get-go. We were expecting severe thunderstorms and gusting winds. Neither evolved, which made for an absolutely gorgeous spring summer-like day. What better way to leave Skydive Elsinore than to make our last jump at the DZ (on this visit) a tremendous tracking dive?! 4 people in total exited on our jump in an attempt to flock across the sky. However, slaDE~ and I were the only ones present throughout the entire skydive (from my perspective anyway) while Mike and the visiting Brit flailed in the outer regions of our vision. And to top the morning off, Laurie Reynolds from Trinity Wellness Network gave me the best aromatherapy massage ever. A fabulous day spent prepping for our trek to Eloy tomorrow and relaxing in the home of our dreams doing what we love most, together, happily married. 🙂

WordPress revisited

I am constantly amazed by the breadth and depth of WordPress‘ supreme capabilities. Or moreover, the developers who design such startling gorgeous and functional templates.  And having had the pleasure of learning the nuances of the Atahualpa template we use for this blog, I am ready to take on designing for other clients who might be interested in developing their website in this fashion. But holy smokes, the choices for options and templates is beyond astounding! And with awesomeness of WordPress comes the backend coding. The learning curve thus far has been pretty steep and I haven’t taken that leap in to pursuing it with reckless abandon. But now an opportunity exists for a client who wants a website developed. So I’ve taken the plunge and have offered my design skills through this new-age forum. And it is through the researching of such a task that I’ve come to exploring the endless possibilities of the job I’m about to take on. Oh dear, what have I gotten myself in to??! Wish me luck! 🙂