Tuesday, January 31, 2006

6AM - Found the Rosetta Stone of Spanish!
For way over a year I've been looking for a magazine or newspaper that publishes in both Spanish and English. Nothing could be found. This morning I found that Rosetta Stone of Spanish. It is Google!

Attached to Google's search page is a translator for webpages. Using this translator, two windows may be opened for the same page. One page in Spanish and one page in English. This is so great, because not only does this teach the way to speak Spanish, but also the way to spell words. Fantastico!

9AM - Lassie Came Home.
Chito's dog Lassie is forever slipping his chain and getting loose. This morning he was walking around near Hill Top Camp. After awhile, Lassie gets tired being loose, and returns to Chito's patio and takes a nap. In the pics below, Mr. Mavica caught Lassie in the garden.

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Lassie at home.

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11AM - Studying Spanish in The Park.
This morning we are in The Park studying Spanish using our newly found Rosetta Stone language system. Thanks to Ms. GQ's and Mr. Datastorm's wireless capability, we are able to connect to the net outside. Don't you just love these high tech miracles?

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George studies Spanish as Lassie investigates flowers.



Google AdSense questions.
Many readers have written asking about Google ads that you see on the right side of my blog and on MsTioga Magazine pages. Perhaps other readers are curious about this ad program?

Here is how it works. There are publishers like me, who put webpages on the web. There are also advertisers who want to sell things. Google dreamed up this fantastic method of allowing advertisers to put ads on publishers webpages. But the thing about these ads, is that Google figured out a way to serve ads relevant to the content of the webpage. For example, if a webpage were about plumbing, the ads served to that page would also be about plumbing.

Let's say that you are interested in buying a digital camera, OK? You go to Google and do a search for digital cameras. If you look at a webpage that comes up in that search and that page has Google Ads, you may click on an ad to get additional info. When you click on a Google Ad, the publisher gets paid for that click.

The advertiser determines how much a click will pay for a particular ad. The advertiser bids for a search term. In this example, the search term is digital cameras. If the advertiser bids 50 cents for the search term digital cameras, then the publisher will receive a portion of that 50 cents for readers clicking on that ad. Some ads pay 5 cents, and some pay $2 or more. The advertiser is provided with reports which tell how much the advertising is costing, and compares that ad cost to the sales generated from these clicks in order to determine if the program is paying for itself.

2PM - El Boleo Museum.
Do you remember that I loaned Museum director Jose, my copy of Minerolgical Record? This is the issue which focuses on the El Boleo Mine and the Pueblo of Santa Rosalia. Jose wants to make a copy of this issue for an exhibit. Copying the pages has been stalled however, because the copying place in the Pueblo was too expensive. Jose will do the copying in La Paz where he can get copies for less money.

I was very surprised when Jose asked me to do some research for him on the Santa Clara and Guadalupe Mountains. Perhaps most of the web information is in English, making it difficult for Jose to do himself? Back home on my computer, my initial research showed that I did not know what Jose actually wants. Language problems! I will have to return tomorrow to get additional info on what Jose is looking for.



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