Posts Tagged ‘Google’

DooF at the Berkeley Farmers’ Market

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted (3 to 2) to ban the toys which are included in fast-food kid meals. I doubt that the measure, presented by Supervisor Ken Yeager, will keep children from becoming obese. There are many other reasons why a child might become overweight. Turning off a child’s want of fast food by denial will not solve the problem. Education is the solution for learning good eating habits, and that is where DooF can help.

DooF (F-o-o-d spelled backwards) is a program designed to help kids make healthful food choices. Kids learn by preparing some of their own meals and snacks while having fun. Parents take the responsibility for setting the food budget, buying ingredients, and supervising the younger chefs.

I attended two DooF-a-Palooza events held at Google in 2007 and 2008. Cooking stations were set up where kids could experience hands on food preparation. Oh, the joy on their faces – and without a toy!

DooF-on-Wheels will be at the Berkeley Farmers’ Market – Look for a Creme Brulee – colored bio-diesel Mercedes with DooF on the side. There will be kids and a film crew near by. A citrus grower, Didar Sing, will ask questions like, “Do citrus fruits really have superpowers?”

Berkeley Farmers’ Market
Center Street @ M. L. King, Jr. Way
(510) 548-3333
Saturday, May 1
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
DooF-on-Wheels there Noon to 3:00 PM

DooF will be visiting other locations throughout the Bay Area.

DooF the Blog
DooF on facebook
FoodBackwards on twitter

Facebook 7.07 Visits – Google 7.03 Visits

Facebook 1601 California Ave. Palo Alto, Ca.

Last week (ending on March 13) Facebook had more visits than Google.

Google Might Kill Me?

Heated Toilet in the Ladies Room Google Campus

I love Google. They once invited me to the Google campus. As the subject of an experiment in blogging, I was paid a whopping $50., all that I could eat, and just the joy of being on the inside was cool.

As I said, “I love Google”, but I’m not sure that I need Google Buzz. Do I need this next “Big Thing”? According to this potty mouth Google guy if I value my life I better or else!

Drunk or Just Dumb

No, not another post about politics.

We are talking about a cool new Gmail feature from Gmail Labs called Mail Goggles.

Late at night when you are a bit too sleepy or maybe had one too many adult beverages Mail Goggles steps in to make sure you really want to send that email, the one that next morning you may very much regret having sent.

How does Mail Goggles check that you are coherent? It gives you a math quiz! Yikes!

Good news is that you can set the level of difficulty to those math problems. Even if I were to set the difficulty level to remedial, my email probably never would be sent.

Enable Mail Goggles under Labs under Settings when logged into Gmail.

By default, Mail Goggles is only active late night on the weekend; however, you can adjust days and times in the General settings.

A few other features under Labs include Custom keyboard shortcuts; Mark as Read Button; and one that I definitely need, Forgotten Attachment Detector.

Bottom line, your email will not be sent if you had too much to drink or you are inept at math.

Google Is 10 Today

Google, incorporated 10 years ago by co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, celebrates its anniversary today.

“Google” actually began in 1996 as a research project by Larry and Sergey while students at Stanford University to create a better search engine then what was available at the time.

They determined the relevancy of a Web site by counting the number of links from other Web sites. The more links a site had determined its importance.

Google, the company, began in a house in Menlo Park on September 7, 1998. Less than a year later, the company moved to offices in Palo Alto and then in 2003 Google moved to its current location in Mountain View, the Googleplex.

Over the past ten years, Google has grown to other areas beyond search. They have a long list of products from their own Labs and from acquisitions. Products that include Gmail, instant messaging, YouTube, word processing, spreadsheets, and now an Internet browser, Chrome.

They have had a major impact on the Internet and how things are done online.

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DooF-a-Palooza at Google HQ

Our busy take-out lifestyle has helped childhood obesity become epidemic, and I was shocked to hear the recent American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation that cholesterol-fighting drugs be given to some young children. Luckily, DooF (food spelled backwards) the new PBS program that is all about helping kids to make healthier food choices will begin airing in 2009.

DooF-a-Palooza 2008:
Help raise funds for DooF while having family fun – A DooF-a-Palooza admission ticket includes hands-on activities, games, food, music, free stuff, and a silent auction for the adults.

The place to be with the kids this Saturday: Purchase Tickets and Information

Google Headquarters
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View
Saturday, July 12, 2008
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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