This is creepy. I’ve been posting about my heart rate monitor on this blog. What’s so creepy about that? Nothing. Here’s the creepy part: I’ve been receiving calls on my Google voice–my voicemail account is associated with the e-mail address for this blog–from a number that connects to a cardiac/thoracic surgeon. Isn’t that frightening!? Some bot or psycho heart surgeon is harvesting content, figuring out the Google voice number from the e-mail address, and then placing targeted, unwanted, illegal phone calls. What a Brave New World we live in.
As for training, I ran a steeper longer hill for my intervals. This week it’s still: 10 times 90 seconds uphill at 80%-90% effort with 90 seconds of recovery. I think my training plan only has me running intervals twice a month, Thank God!!! Although, I must say that I always feel fantastic when my intervals are done.
Part of my job is to provide instruction to community college students. Here’s what I have them do. I ask them open up Google.com. Then I tell them to search for “Martin Luther King Jr.” Then we examine the search results. Then they everyone gasps in horror and shock when they discover that one of the top ten results–usually the second or third–www.martinlutherking.org is run by Neo-Nazis.
It’s an effective device. Students realize quickly that they can’t trust Google results.
Just because Google ranks a page highly doesn’t mean that the page contains reliable or relevant information. In fact, it proves what I have been saying for a over a decade: Google sucks!! As a search engine, Google is a complete flop. Have you ever tried searching for something as simple as “printable haircut coupons”? If you haven’t give it a try. You will be bombarded with spammer sites that try to trick you into giving them your e-mail address and they never once take you to a page that actually has a printable coupon. It’s tragic Google has become nothing more than a promoter for link farms, spam-bots, and porn. Was that their dream?