Required terms in Google searches

If you’re searching for something at Google and you only want to see search results that include a certain word, you can put that word in quotes. For example, if you want to search for trees but only want to see search results with the word “willow” on the page, search for
trees “willow”.

(Google apparently got rid of the + sign syntax where you used to be able to say +willow.)


We ate at Grassburger this weekend.  It’s a hoity toity burger place in northeast Albuquerque.  The burger was good enough…we’d probably go back.  They have some kinda homemade special sauce that they put on them.  They have regular or sweet potato fries.  Their soda fountain has some brand I’d never heard of, which was interesting.  The cola was good.

The Fences of San Gregorio Lake

Today we attempted to go to the San Gregorio Lake in the Jemez mountains.  At the top of their site it says “Open”.  Maybe the lake was technically open, but the road was closed and we weren’t really ready for a 7-mile round-trip walk with the kids.  So, we attempted to find a nearby hiking trail, but were mostly met with fences…fences everywhere.


Fences across the river, fences around tiny trees…part of an attempt to allow them to regrow.  Before we got very far into Fenceland and ClosedGateland, it was time for Mr. Check Engine Light, so home we went.  Four hours of driving for to see closed gates and fences.  🙁

Rubik’s or Klingon?

I’m finally learning how to do a Rubik’s cube after all these years. I just googled how to solve it and am learning the simplest one. Even then, it’s a lot of memorization of patterns and rotations. To commit moves to memory, I memorize odd phrases like “fful riff l’ ruff” (Front, Front, Upper, Left, Right Inverse, Front, Front, Left Inverse, Right, Upper, Front, Front) Once I learned it, it’s more fun than the usual “I can only solve 1 or 2 sides” thing…more of a game than some impossible puzzle. Interestingly, you can go to a site to give you the best solution. You enter the configuration of your cube and it tells you the moves to make. Instead of the 100 or so moves I’d make, it’ll do it in something like 20 moves.

The Rubik’s Cube was invented in 1974, so it’s almost as old as I am. The cubes you can buy seem to be a lot better quality than they used to be. Sean bought a set of cubes with different numbers of faces. They turn really smoothly even though they seem to be unlicensed.

Undesirable Bonus

When a store sells something a combo pack of things, why do they always put in something nobody would ever want?  Are they trying to get rid of it?  If you Costco cookie combo pack, you get white chocolate macadamia (awesome), chocolate chip (awesome), and…oatmeal raisin (what?)  Guess which ones are always last to be consumed?  If you get the Starbucks Frappuccino combo pack at Costco, they have mocha, coffee, vanilla, and caramel.  Caramel always seems to be the last one consumed, I think…or is it vanilla?  Somewhere out there is a person who loves oatmeal raisin cookies and caramel frappuccinos.  This person is ruining it for everybody else.