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Google goes Jetsons

Google goes jetsons
Locals commuting in San Francisco and Los Angeles have probably already seen Google testing autonomous cars. The highly modified Toyota Prius that Google has been using wouldn’t go un-noticed and there are several in testing.

In 2010 Google logged over 140,000 miles of autonomous driving with passengers in the car to assist as little as possible. One leg of the trip had over 1,000 miles of un-assisted driving done by the computer.. ‘look ma, no hands!’ During all of that road testing the sum total of accidents was 1, which was a human driver rear-ending the Google car stopped at a red light.

With sensors all over the car, and 360 degree vision coming from a roof mounted camera, the is little shock that the autonomous car is less distracted, sleepy, intoxicated, or momentarily removed from the driving process by bees flying in the window or a poorly timed sneeze. The cars take shorter routes, automatically avoiding traffic congestion, construction, and other hurdles that humans may get stuck in.

Google autonomous car

Then you get to safety and looking at the staggering figures for accidents and deaths related to car collisions each year: the reader doesn’t need to see how this would be a huge change to our lives! Thinking further ahead, if we can eliminate accidents on the road then cars could be built much lighter, with less expense, and fuel savings (even electrical) would be drastic.

According to the New York Times, Google has hired a Las Vegas-based lobbyist to promote two measures: one is an amendment to an electric-vehicle bill that provides licensing and testing of autonomous vehicles; the other is an exemption from a ban on text messaging while driving.

“It almost seems comical to put the two measures together; Like when you need extra income so you approach the boss with a story that leads them to think you got their daughter pregnant and ends with a small ‘easy to handle’ request for a raise.”

In actual fact it seems more in-line with typical Google wisdom to lobby Nevada first. When you think of the long list of things that an autonomous car would provide, the most compelling features appeal the most to Vegas:

- Autonomous taxis cabs (picture the strip without the litter of taxi cabs)
- Autonomous delivery vehicles
- Fantasy thrill of first city on the planet with licensed autonomous vehicles

If Nevada moved forward with the proposal then Google’s footprint in Vegas would grow considerably along with their economic investment which would be huge. Cheap housing in the state would certainly be welcome to Google employees and families.

The measures Google is lobbying for are due to come up before the legislative session comes to a close in June, so we’re winding up to a landmark decision really soon!

SEO news blog post by @ 8:06 pm on May 31, 2011


Matt Cutts Loves His Cuttlettes!

Help people find the new Moo-gle by searching “matt cutts loves his cuttlettes” on Google and click on any of the resulting pages. This will help the phrase appear in the suggested search listing and help Matt sell for cuttlettes.

Google’s Matt Cutts went on record today saying that he does in fact have a chronic passion for meat… especially cuttlettes. In a candid interview today, Cutts revealed that it has been a lifelong passion to bring tasty meat cuttlettes to the masses…on a stick!

A particularly focused Cutts stated that: “I like meat. And that’s all there is to it. All I ever really wanted to do was to bring more meat-based products to the world.” Mr. Cutts went on to say that he will be leaving Google immediately and plans to open up a chain of cuttlette stands across the country where people can buy flavored meat cuttlettes on stick or in a cup.cuttslogo.gif

“We start with only the best mechanically separated, industrial grade meat products. Add our blend of 42 special herbs and seasonings, choose a topping…mayonnaise, whip cream, peanut butter, etc. put it on a stick and then deep-fry it! You can’t resist flavor of that magnitude”

The new chain of meat-on-a-stick and meat-in-a-cup stands will be flying under the banner of “Moo-gle.” Cutts believes that with his understanding of marketing that he should have a leg-up on the competition and that he will grind all other competition in to pate.

He went on to say that is totally committed to fulfilling his meat-inspired dreams and is completely determined to become the world’s biggest franchise of meat-on-a-stick, and meat-in-a-cup distributors. With such a strong vision, there can be no doubt that Matt Cutts loves his cuttlettes!

This is fake news :) The purpose of this post is to entertain and get as many people as possible searching “matt cutts loves his cuttlettes” in a fun experiment to affect the suggested search on Google in a fun and harmless way.

SEO news blog post by @ 6:12 pm on April 4, 2011

Categories:just for fun


Google Drops +1 Button

In a breaking new story that was first revelaed to us from Jim Hedger of WebmasterRadio, that Google has just announced that only a day after launching the implementation of the +1 Button that plans for the widespread implementation of the new feature would have to be scrapped indefinitely.

In a quickly press release from Google, Eric Schmidt stated that the new feature would be "far too easy to game as a ranking signal," and that "it has become abundantly clear that would have serious repercussions as far as rankings were concerned and that we cannot in good conscience, release this feature at this time."

The new +1 button was an attempt to allow users to upvote items of interest that they find on the web. The new button would appear on search results, on ads and sites across the web. Google did not go in to any specifics of the potential exploit but concluded that once they determine how to correct the problem, “we may consider continuing the development of the button.” What happens next is anobody’s guess.

Read Google’s offical press release here.

SEO news blog post by @ 6:56 pm on April 1, 2011

Categories:Google,just for fun


Leonard Nimoy – “Mr. Spock” Turns 80

Not to be out done by his illustrious captain, Leonard Nimoy, who portrayed Mr. Spock in the original Star Trek series, turned 80 on Saturday and received birthday wishes from NASA and former co-star George Takei on Twitter.

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Born on March 26, 2931, Nimoy’s career has spanned over 50 years and has included many roles on and off camera. Nimoy’s roles ranged from science officer Mr. Spock, a narrator in Sid Meier’s Civilization IV, many recurring roles in the Stark Trek movies and television series and even a short lived singing career. But it was the role of Mr. Spock that has cemented his place in the collective memories of his fans forever.

Even though he played the straight-man to Captain Kirk’s more boisterous "human" antics, Nimoy says he plans to spend his 80th birthday partying with "gypsies and vagabonds." From all of us here at Beanstalk SEO, we want to wish Mr. Nimoy an incredible birthday and our wish to you is: "May you pointy ears never droop,” and of course to "Live Long and Prosper"

Some fun facts that you may not have known about Leonard Nimoy:

  • His father had a barbershop in Boston, where one of the more popular haircuts given was the "Spock cut."
  • The Vulcan nerve pinch concept on Star Trek was invented by Nimoy when he and the show’s writers were trying to figure out how an unarmed Spock could overpower an adversary without resorting to violence.
  • He and William Shatner are the only actors to appear in every episode of the original Star Trek series.
  • As a non-commissioned officer in the army, Nimoy was in charge of a platoon that included a Ken Berry. Berry later said in an interview that he confided to Nimoy his ambitions to be a dancer and performer and Nimoy encouraged him to go to California at the end of his enlistment.
  • Nimoy opened exotic pet shop in 1970 after Trek’s cancellation.

SEO news blog post by @ 5:14 pm on March 28, 2011

Categories:just for fun


To Boldly Blow Out Candles Like No One Has Done Before!

I can’t believe I missed your birthday Mr. Shatner. My apologies. That’s right; William Alan Shatner, the original “Rocket Man,” turned 80 years old on March 22, 2011.

Born on March 22, 1931, William Shatner Is best known for entertaining us through the years with tales of his daring exploits amongst the stars as James Tiberius Kirk, captain of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701). With his patented: Every. Word. Is. It’s. Own. Sentence. delivery, Shatner is an iconic actor and a true renaissance man. From his hair-raising adventures as a LCPD captain in "T.J. Hooker" to &
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"$#*! My Dad Says," William Shatner has a list of television and movies credits longer than his…ego.

He courageously took on every woman on every planet he could find for the good of the Federation and still has the ability to make any green-skinned woman swoon. He is an actor, a musician, a comedian, a WOW fan, a man who can laugh at himself…and most importantly…he is Canadian.

My birthday wish to you Mr. Shatner: "May you never wear a red shirt and may you continue to live long and prosper."

SEO news blog post by @ 10:26 pm on March 24, 2011

Categories:just for fun


Organic SEO Warlock

Charlie Sheen has been ‘winning’ a lot lately, even if you’re having a hard time figuring out what exactly has been going through his mind. The message hasn’t been very clear, but the results are phenomenal.

Charlies recent “Winning Recipes” video on FoD begins with a few notable quotes:

“I am living the life of a rock-star Vatican assassin” and “..if you hadn’t noticed I’m ‘winning’ television right now..”

Followed by his desire to be the “first person to make an appearance on every television network”!

To cement the intro Charlie reveals that he was the first to “build my own rocket-ship to Cassiopeia using only my mind-tools” and “first person to get one million twitter followers in 24hrs!”.

The last quote is backed by the Guinness Book of World Records, and is no small achievement to be very honest.

How does a person step ‘out’ of the limelight and leverage web-casts and short interviews to double their star power? Magic? Tiger blood? Who knows; The tests for narcotics are coming up false, so we’re all scratching our heads on this one.

It’s almost like Charlie sat down, read a marketing handbook for SEOs, and said, “I just need to be honest, reach out, make some accessible videos, and stop taking everything so seriously.”.. Is Charlie Sheen some comical messiah marking the flop of TV and the dominance of the Internet?

Speaking of which, how much do you think an SEO would charge, and what sort of time line would they place, on a campaign for a keyword like “winning”? Charlie is linked to first page results on Google for “winning”, half the video results link to him, and if you leave the general search and hit News, Discussions, etc.., you have to be a recently successful pro sports team to rank for “winning” along side Charlie.

One thing is clear, he’s having a great time, and any man who closes with the warning, “the taste of Charlie Sheen has the potential to cause your soul to weep”, clearly isn’t taking himself too seriously. Which would be hard to do when his “body is a Lockbox of Diamonds, Uranium and Assassin Nobility”.

Remember what Charlie says, if you’re not in the Korner(sic) winning, you’re a troll; “Sizzle. Losing. Bye.”

SEO news blog post by @ 12:02 am on March 19, 2011


Beanstalk Snow Day!

Victoria was hit with a substantial snow fall over night making for a skeleton crew at the Beanstalk offices today. For those of you not familiar with Victoria weather, anything over a heavy frost effectively shuts down the city and gives most of us a “snow day”….unless you are lucky(?) enough to live close to your work. For those trying to reach our office, things should be back to normal tomorrow :-)

For those of us not able to walk to work, the heavy snow fall has caused traffic snarls galore, fender benders and school closures. BC Transit is unable to service side streets and is experiencing huge delays. So many people visited the B.C. Transit website that it crashed their server which remained down in to the late morning.

The snow is still falling and with the winds picking up, the wind-chill is reported to reach -25c by this evening in some areas. The forecast remains unsettled and is calling for flurries until at least Thursday afternoon.

SEO news blog post by @ 8:50 pm on February 23, 2011

Categories:just for fun


Optimized Green Light Bulbs

Ok…I know what you are thinking…what do light bulbs have to do with SEO? The answer is: "not much." However, Beanstalk has always been an environmentally conscious workplace. We have an extensive recycling program and have won awards for the reduction of carbon emissions that we have eliminated from our workplace. My boss and coworkers can attest to the amount of fluorescent tube bulbs that I have covertly removed from our work place in an effort to conserve electricity :-P


When I saw this story at CNET, I felt I had to share it with our legions of dedicated blog followers. It was announced recently that traditional incandescent bulbs would no longer be sold. Stores would be allowed to sell off their remaining stock, but after that all bulbs sold must be LED.

Many individuals ran out to purchase as many cheaper, traditional filament bulbs as they could. Many individuals complain that the quality of light from an LED is not as good as their beloved traditional incandescent bulb. While there may have been some basis for their argument in the past when the LED bulbs were first introduced, the new LED bulb from Phillips should assuage any lingering doubts in their minds.

The simple fact is that LED bulbs use far less energy than incandescent bulbs and that it is time to switch over whether we like them or not. Consider that a typical LED bulb use between 2-10 watts, while the traditional incandescent bulb can use 30 at least watts or more and LEDs can last 25 times as long as incandescent bulbs.

A standard 60-watt incandescent bulb uses 60 watts of power while an LED that can produce a similar amount of light uses just 6 watts of power. Over a bulb’s life span, an LED bulb uses 360 kilowatt hours of electricity over 60 000 hours. A lamp using incandescent bulbs would use around 3600 kilowatt hours of electricity over 60 000 hours of use.

Most of the energy supplied to an Incandescent bulb is lost in the form of heat. This requires extra energy to counter act with air conditioning in the summer time.
A traditional incandescent light bulb lasts approximately 1500 hours. By comparison an LED light bulb can last about 60 000 hours. In other words, you would have to replace a traditional incandescent bulb 40 times to equal the life span of a single LED!

The new EnduraLED A19 Bulb 2700K by Philips Lighting is a dimmable, 12w LED bulb that will match the amount of light given off by a 60w incandescent at 800 lumens. It is perfectly suited for any indoor lighting application. It is expected in stores by December and is priced at approximately $40. The EnduraLED gives off a relatively warm, yellow light with a rating of 2700 Kelvins. The color rendering index, a measure of color accuracy, is 80. Its average life is rated at about 25 000 hours and it does not contain mercury or lead.

According to LightingFacts, a site run by the Department of Energy, the 12-watt Ambient LED clocks in at 64 lumens per watt, That’s slightly better than EnergyStar-certified CFLs, which are rated to last between 6,000 and 15,000 hours, according to the DOE.

If you are still balking over the hefty price tag, remember that as LEDs become more and more commonplace, the prices will drop significantly. Even still, I think we owe it to ourselves and to our planet to consume as little energy as possible and light bulbs are a great place to start :-)

SEO news blog post by @ 7:27 pm on February 16, 2011

Categories:just for fun


Happy Birthdays All Around !!!

Taking us into the weekend (and a long weekend up here in Canada on top of that) we’ve got two big happy birthdays going out.

John Lennon – Jon Lennon would be turning 70 tomorrow and Google has a video logo to celebrate.  I’m not even going to get into the significance the man had on 60′s/70′s culture – if you don’t know you’re probably too young to care but I will post the Google’s logo:

Mario – And our little friend Mario will be turning 29 on Sunday.  On October 10, 1981 he was born of Nintendo as Jumpman in the arcade classing Donkey Kong.  Still an awesome game today.  He wasn’t named Mario until Donkey Kong Junior.  Also a classic. :) And now, a little fun to take you into the weekend …

Online Games

SEO news blog post by @ 6:53 pm on October 8, 2010

Categories:just for fun


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