A Google then and Now

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When I was young, I was introduced to the word “google.”  It came from something I was reading.  In it, a math person had come across a number in his work that was a 1 followed by 100 zeroes.  He asked his little boy what it should be called and the boy said it was a “googol.”

That is such a far cry from what it is now.  The word is now known by nearly every person in the world, certainly everyone who owns or has access to a computer.  It is now both a search term (used on said site) or the company that began the search engine.  “Google” now means a great deal more.

However, this morning I brought up my home page and clicked on the “Google” word to see what the company wanted to talk about today.  It seemed it is their anniversary (or one of them as they used several different dates).  Today marks 16 years for them.  The wiki page it brought me to discussed, at great length, all the company has gone through and done in its relatively short time in existence.  According to the document, the shares run a little over $576 as of this morning.  In 2004, the stock (GOOG) ran about $54.10.  That’s over 11 times your money in about 10 years!  If that doesn’t seem to interest you, think of it this way:  If you invested $5000 in the stock in 2004 and simply left it in, you would have about $55,000 now (minus some expenses).  That always angers me because, I know that somehow I could have come up with $5,000 back then had I really put my mind to it.

Looking back at the article, I will highlight below.  I would encourage you to read > THIS < when you have more time and are interested as it is pretty fascinating.

1996 – began as research project by Page and Brin at Stanford

9/4/1998 – Google as a privately-owned company (Page and Brin at Stanford)

8/19/2004 – Public stock offering

Unofficial Slogan – “Don’t Be Evil”

2004 – moved headquarters to Mountain View, CA – googleplex (from googolplex – 1 followed by a googol zeroes)

2007 – est. 1 million data centers around the world

2009 – 1 billion searches per day and 24 petabytes of user-generated info (1 petabyte =1,000 Terabytes or 1,000,000 Gigabytes)

2012 – Earned $50 Billion dollars in revenue

2012 – Google increasingly into world communications.  Creating fiber-optic network in Kansas City

2013 – Listed by Alexa as most visited website in the world

January 2014 – market share capitalization reaches $397 Billion

2014 – Owns Motorola, YouTube, and Blogger;  Runs Gmail, Google Drive, Google Plus, and Google Docs – Leads development in Android and Chrome

In all of this long article there are many acquisition stories as well as sell-outs and corporate conflict.  In all, I think Google has still come out as a company keeping allegiance to it’s “Don’t Be Evil” motto.  What do you think?



Five Sentence Fiction: Confusion – “It was a Dark and Stormy Night” Rated R

Lillie gives us the word prompt “Confusion” for this week’s Five Sentence Fiction. My contribution below, rest > HERE <  Enjoy!!!

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“It was a Dark and Stormy Night”

By Scott L Vannatter – September 26, 2014

Jonus opened his eyes and listened with great confusion to the raging storm outside, matching the one going on inside him.

He could not remember anything about most anything except that his little girl had been murdered by two? no, three men.

He shook his head and felt the weight of the machete in his right hand, the handle dripping red onto a growing pool.

One by one he saw the bits and pieces of human beings scattered all around the old warehouse floor.

Then, shaking his head once more, he saw the two? no, three heads laying on the concrete and he remembered it all.




Friday Fictioneers – “Very Apro-Poe” – Sarcastic Suspense – Rated PG13-R

Well, Rochelle brings us Friday Fictioneers again.  My contribution is below the prompt.  For the rest > Here < Enjoy!!!

Source: PHOTO PROMPT Copyright – Marie Gail Stratford

“Very Apro-Poe”

By Scott L Vannatter – 100 Words

Marie opened her eyes and they widened, screaming where her taped mouth could not.

She was bound to a pole behind the wine bottles in their basement. Her husband was hastily

putting up a brick wall in front of the wine rack, sealing her inside with the bottles.

She struggled, then, looking down, giggled a little crazily. Irony was, after all, something to laugh at.

There, on the floor, was the last present she had bought him: a leather-bound copy, opened and flipped to show the illustrations of two stories. They were “The Black Cat” and “The Cask of Amontillado.”





Once Again, Affirmation Works!

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This has been an interesting month.  I often read Mollie Player’s blog about affirmations.  I have proofed one of her books twice.  Buy one and read it.  She has an interesting way of looking at things; kinda like me, only different (that statement always looks weird when I read it).

One of her basic premises, and I share it, too, is that we get what we affirm.  I test that, in my own little way, each month.  It’s not really a test; it’s a putting into practice.  On the 1st of each month, I choose an amount that I am comfortable with and affirm that I will have that extra to spend by the 1st of the next month.  I began with $50 for the first 2-3 months.  Each month, that amount or a little more would come to me.  I did $100 one month and, though it took 3-4 different sources, I received that amount.

On the first or so of September of this year, I decided to try $150.  I realized yesterday that we were about 3/4 of the way through the month and I did not think I had received any!  I did not panic; I simply thought, “Okay, you are just not supposed to worry about it and let it happen.”  Later that day my Mom stopped into the house and while we were talking she said, “Here’s $20 just so you will have some.”  Then she remembered about me doing laundry and gave me 8 quarters.  I thought, “Well, there’s $22 of my $150.”  Then it hit me and I started checking into things.

I receive my check for disability once a month on the fourth Wednesday of the month.  This was Tuesday, the day before.  I realized that I had bought gas for the car yesterday when I normally have used up my allotment for the month.  Then I realized I had gone to Walmart for groceries and I had $13 in my pocket I don’t normally have at this time of the month.  That worked out this way:

$20 Mom + $2 Quarters + $22 Gas + $33 Groceries = $77  Now, I was a bit excited.  I was almost 1/2 way there.  See, having the money because you did not have to spend it is the same as having it extra.  I went to the computer and brought up  my spreadsheet for my budget.  There had been 3 bills that, due to summer and the nice weather, had been lower this month and I did not get someone to clean the house a second time ($40 Cleaning).  I added up what was left for the month in my budget and the total of all of it was $167!!!  I thought that an odd amount.  But, tonight, Tuesday, I took my Sis out for her birthday (I had forgotten I had budgeted for that) and it was about $17 which brought the total down to, YEP!, $150.

Remember the head honcho on the old show “A-Team” when he would always say, “I love it when a plan comes together”? – Well, so do I.




Too Late Means, well, a Lot of Sh** Hits the Fan

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Okay, I am not going to throw out a lot of fanfare here.  This is simple:  there are 3 links below to videos about climate change and/or people’s reactions to it.  They helped solidify a lot of things in my mind.  There.  Simple.

Now comes that hard part:  You need to watch these.  I don’t care what your viewpoint on global warming is, you need to watch these.  The last one is nearly 1 hour long.  Perhaps, you can skip the first 2 and just watch the last one.  That’s the one that taught me the most.  It frustrates me to no end how people, usually people who are well off compared to the majority of the world, sit back and argue saying there is no problem, no climate change brought on by us.  Well, here is one little item I extrapolated from the longer film:

In the last 50 years or so, the CO2 levels in our atmosphere have gone up 40%, from (I don’t remember exactly) from about 180 -240.

What I see here is this:  It took nearly 3 billion years to get to 180, now it has gone up to 240 in 50 years, but IT’S NOT OUR FAULT?!

That should be enough to help most people see.  It won’t be, but it should.

Do yourself a favor, take an hour out of one of your days, watch the last clip and learn.  Don’t be ignorant.  And, quit procrastinating!



Tell you what – watch 10 minutes, the decide if the rest is worth it!




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