We like patterns. Patterns in nature such as this seashell, patterns in software, patterns in human behavior. So Google's new Flu Trends page is quite interesting to us. Crested Butte is a resort town, catering to skiers, hunters, bikers, boaters, outdoor lovers and tourists of every type. Perhaps partly as a result of this high tourist traffic we have our fair share of influenza cases every year. Maybe this year when we notice a rising trend on the Flu Trends page we'll work extra-hard to keep germs at bay.
Or maybe not.
Nevertheless this is a fascinating, non-invasive, apparently accurate and speedy method for following the spread and incidence of this contagious respiratory illness. A very cool, sideways-thinking use of technology.