Google Squared

Google has released two cool new products this week. First, there is a major update to the user interface for Street View.  The transitions between scenes are much smoother, and it reminds me of Microsoft’s Photosynth technology.  One gets the feeling of looking around corners, and actually being immersed in the environment.  For a good example, take a look at Times Square in New York.

As cool as this is, I’m even more excited about the public release of Google Squared, a new search product that creates tables for search results.   I had mourned the demise of Google Notebook, and haven’t really played around with Search Wiki, which is supposed to replace it. This new product is an excellent tool for research and comparison. Continue reading “Google Squared”

Unrest in the Neighborhood

The other day as I was heading out of our street I spotted a small yellow sign advertising a community “meet and greet” at our local swimming pool.  I decided that it would be a good opportunity to see some of our neighbors, so I made plans to attend.  Unfortunately, it turned out to be more of a “meet and beat” with complaints overriding any socializing.

The meeting included residents from our greater neighborhood, bounded by the four major streets.  There was one neighbor from our street, and a good friend from several blocks away.  In all, about 25 people gathered. Continue reading “Unrest in the Neighborhood”