Read a thought provoking article questioning why religion still exists…my thought on reading the first part of the quote below from that article was — “yes, that’s true”:

With knowledge of multiple faiths, which would certainly seem to cast doubt on the supremacy, and thus the value, of any particular one, and the encroachment of science in explaining the natural world, religion should have become a quaint anachronism, yet it has not.


Google Index Algorithm Insight?

I made the blog on my web-site visible to Google’s googlebot crawler a day after there was a news article about a new electric car being introduced in the market called “Detroit Electric”. I found that very quickly Google had indexed all pages of the nascent blog — all except for a blog article on my visit to the San Jose Historic Park where I explained seeing the early 1900’s car called the “Detroit Electric” (apparently the company introducing the new car had bought rights to the old “Detroit Electric” name). This page doesn’t event show up when I do a site specific search on my site (though other pages show up).

It seems like Google was penalizing my page mentioning “Detroit Electric” and I think it is because “Detroit Electric” was a recent term in the news and my blog still isn’t a trusted source! Well, Mr. Google, I was there first and I wasn’t gaming the system.

My Google Index Algorithm Insight: If your just crawled and untrusted (low pagerank?) web-page refers to terms recently in the news, Google will not include that page in search results.

Probably they put the page in the famed “sand-box” for a period of time before they will allow it into the search results. I know, I know, Google claims there is no such thing as a “sand-box”.


What does Hypo-Allergenic Mean?

Since my son suffers from mild itchiness of the skin when using ordinary body washes, I was researching alternate body washes and found a few products labeled “hypo-allergenic”. I have come across this label before and have not paid much attention to it. But imagine my surprise when I found that Wikipedia defined the term to be a “marketing” term with no medical basis! Wow! And to think that I bought a couple of brands of body washes based on this term thinking it might be suitable for my son. I’ll still try these brands and see if they cause less irritation to my son’s skin. I am also planning to try Tom’s Body Soap — seems like this does not have Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate and has all natural vegetable based ingredients.


Detroit Electric

On a visit to the San Jose History Park (part of Kelley ParkHappy Hollow Zoo area in San Jose, CA), we found a refurbished/refitted electric car exhibited in the “Trolley Barn“. This car was supposedly originally manufactured and sold in the early 1900’s.

I was amazed that as early as 1907, electric cars were one of the alternative types of cars being manufactured and sold. It seems like we’ve come a full circle with electric cars gaining importance now.

The particular model in the exhibit was called the “Detroit Electric” and sold in 1917 according to the blurb near the exhibit. See pictures below.

The History Park is an amazing place to visit for history buffs and for children.