Heads up! Ogling with Google Goggles

Resisting the urge to write “Here’s looking at you, kid” (see how I did that?), Google is getting ready to launch its Google Goggles later this year. According to published reports, Google X lab is developing thick-rimmed “smart glasses” that will connect with the Internet, giving wearers a heads-up display.

The glasses, which the site 9to5Google reported would look somewhat like the Oakley Thump, would include a built-in camera that records what the wearer is looking at and then uses that feed to find relevant information about what’s being observed, which is then displayed on the lenses of the headset. The smart glasses would reportedly have motion-sensing capability and rely on 3G or 4G wireless connections.

Motorola has a similar product in the works. Watch this fascinating video demonstrating the various applications this heads-up eyeglass capability can provide.

Do it now!

I did it last week. You should do it too, as soon as possible, or at least before March 1. Protect your online privacy. Hurry! Dump your entire Google web browsing history. Because safe surfing is becoming rarer. Just ask Scroogle.

Meanwhile, top government lawyers from 36 states have sent a letter to Google expressing “strong concerns” with Google’s new privacy policy.

“On a fundamental level, the policy appears to invade consumer privacy by automatically sharing personal information consumers input into one Google product with all Google products,” reads the letter sent to Google CEO Larry Page and signed by 36 state attorneys general.

Google last week announced it will add a do-not-track button to its Chrome Web browser. No time frame was set for changing the Chrome browser to include a do-not-track feature.

“Forget about authoritarian governments, democratically elected ones are tracking your every move online,” writes Kyle Gonzales, The International Man, who explains how you can use the Internet in “stealth mode”.

Online “Nosy Book”

Years ago, my mom owned an annually published book that listed all registered voters in our city. We laughingly referred to it as “The Nosy Book.” It listed voters by street, precinct and ward, and included their names, age, occupation, political party affiliation and home address. I can assure you, in my parents’ household, “The Nosy Book” was well thumbed through!

Today, the “Nosy Book” is electronic. You and your neighbors can find out with a couple of clicks who lives in your neighborhood. A satellite bird’s eye view shows your neighborhood, with a number assigned to each dwelling. Run your cursor over it and the info pops up on the left sidebar. Though your neighbors’ occupation and political affiliation aren’t listed – yet – if they’re using a landline, their phone number is included. This info could come in handy in an emergency, I suppose. Or if you want to plan a neighborhood block party. But isn’t it just a little creepy?

Facebook Fast for Lent

Lent is a season of preparation for Easter, practiced by many Christians. It begins 40 days prior to Easter on Ash Wednesday and is a time for Christians to fast, repent and reflect on the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Many Christians give up a favorite food or activity as part of their penance, or sacrifice.

A Chicago woman has taken her Lenten sacrifice to a modern-day level – giving up Facebook for Lent. It’s a huge sacrifice. She says she has Facebooked every day for the past five years, posting status updates and photos and generally being very active on the social networking site.

But she thinks the 40-day Facebook fast will teach her something about herself. Yet she’s not ready to go all cold turkey about it – admitting she won’t stop using Facebook and Twitter.

“That would be impossible,” she said.

Hooked on your phone?

Here’s an idea or two to help you put it down and step away slowly.

The Time Capsule

1860 – Lincoln delivers Cooper Union speech

1902 – Author John Steinbeck born, Salinas, California

1906 – Bugsy Siegel born, Brooklyn, New York

1954 – U.S. detonates largest man-made explosion at Bikini

1963 – de Gaulle arch enemy charged with attempted assassination

1969 – Maiden flight of supersonic Concorde

1986 – Sweden’s PM Olof Palme assassinated in Stockholm; wife wounded

1991 – Operation Desert Storm victorious after only 100 days

Now playing at the Princess Theater, Urbana, Ill.

Congratulations to WND readers Tim Kerlin of Watervliet, Mich., and John Spivey of Bucyrus, Ohio, who were among the first to correctly guess actor John Wayne in his portrayal of Sgt. Stryker in the 1949 film “The Sands of Iwo Jima.” The film was based on a dramatization of the World War II Battle of Iwo Jima.

The selection was tied to last week’s Time Capsule item when in 1945, the Stars and Stripes was raised at Iwo Jima.

The quote was: “Life is tough, but it’s tougher if you’re stupid.”

This week’s quote: “I love Doc! He was a character witness for me, and I ain’t got no character.”

Name the movie, the actor and the character. Send your answer to me at the email address below. Please be sure to add your town and state. Good luck!

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