Google Goes Black to Go Green

Black Google Homepage

Is black the new green? Google turned its home page black in support of Earth Hour. TechCrunch brings up a good point: Google, ironically, is causing more people to visit their site, using even more power to celebrate Earth Hour than they would on a normal day. It looks so funny that it almost made Christiana reboot her computer.

The Day the Earth Shook

Today is the 100th anniversary of the great quake (check out the old-fashioned design on that site).

The earthquake hit San Francisco at 5:12:05 a.m. There were two shocks. The second one was stronger. It lasted 40 seconds, but in those seconds, energy equivalent to several nuclear bombs was released.

Some scientists say that the quake was about 30 times the energy released in the Loma Prieta quake of 1989.  Wow.  And I remember that one.

I keep saying I need to get my emergency kit together.  If a quake happened and phones and computers were down.  I wonder how I would get a hold of my family.  I wonder where we would meet.  At church?  Our church building has gone through seismic retrofitting, so the 4 stories should still be standing, right?  I hope it won’t end up as a pile of rubble on top of the social hall. 


If anyone happens to be shopping at the Embarcadero Center , check out the Peet’s Coffee there.  I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to leave my mark.  If for some sad, unfortunate reason you don’t live in this great city, here are some pictures: 

Peet's picture wall 

A close up… 

picture on the wall 

Yeah, I’m a coffee-lover. 


On a more healthy note, I was able to play some tennis today.  No, I didn’t see my buddy Peter out there today.  Maybe he just plays on the weekends.  The sun was out and the weather was warm enough for shorts.  Too bad my legs were as white as the snow I was sliding on last weekend.  Hey now, they’re coming out of hibernation so gimme a break.  My new favorite line: Love means nothing to me.  I’m a tennis player.  Ha!  Someone should make a sticker with that. 

A Real Job

I will miss watching the sunset over the ocean after work. Red cloud at sunset

I’m still transitioning out of my current job since I have to stay on board to train new therapists for my cases. My last official day is next Thursday, but I’ll be starting the new job on Monday. So guess what? Next week will be a lot of work and commuting trying to juggle both jobs for a few days. Pray for energy.

I’m excited. Actually, I think my parents are even more thrilled to hear that I have a regular 8 hour a day job behind a desk. Guess they didn’t see 1 on 1 therapy as a “real” job. I realized that I’ve never had an 8 hour a day job before. I’ve never had my own desk or my own cubicle for that matter. It’s kinda weird to think of it in those terms. My friend (and now coworker) MaryAnn, told me to bring all my decorations. Funny.


God, I pray that you will be with the juniors who will be taking the new SAT’s tomorrow. Calm their hearts during those long 4 hours. Give them energy to stay awake, clarity of mind to remember the things they have learned, and wisdom to make good educated guesses when they are unsure of the answer. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.