Thursday, October 26, 2006

Corporate Semantics

Check out today's Google Blog where they address the legalities of using "Google" as a verb and the possible dangers it poses to their brand identity.  They have identified the fact that people are using "Google" or "Googled" to mean search.  People apparently say "Googled" when they have used web sites other than Google to search on the Internet.  It never even occurred to me that people would do that.  I always assume that people actually use Google when they say, "I Googled it."  If that's not the case, then a) people are dumber than I thought and b) the English language is going to shit because people don't care what words mean anymore - which is the whole point of language. 
 
On the flip side of this coin, does anyone forsee people saying things like "Yahooed" or "MSNed" or "Ask.comed"?  Of course, you would have to say "Ask.comed" not "Asked" since "asked" has it's own meaning already.  Or maybe not, since we no longer care what words mean.  Regardless, this whole thing begs the question: Why don't we all just used "searched"?
 
Or maybe I'm just an idiot.*
 
 
*By "idiot" I mean: smart, 30 year-old, gainfully employed, graying, typist of this message.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

North Korea

Boy, it must be frustrating dealing with a nation that does whatever it wants despite repeated warnings and advice from the other nations of the world.
 
I wonder how Bush likes the taste of his own medicine?
 

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Is that so?

SI.com does a profile of a college cheerleader every week.  This week it's a girl from the University of Georgia.  Basically, they gave this girl a form and told her to fill it out.  My favorite part is question number 6:
 
6. One misconception about cheerleaders: We are smart!  The average GPA for my squad is 3.04
 
Check the definition of misconception, sister.
 
I also enjoy her answers to numbers 5 and 20:
 
5. Best place you can take me on a date: Some sort of sporting event and then to get ice cream
 
20. Perfect date: Spending the day on the lake tubing and waterskiing, having a good relaxed time and getting to know each other.
 
She managed to change her mind within fifteen short questions.  Technically, I should be giving Sports Illustrated a hard time for asking what is essentially the same question twice, but if she's so smart then she should have realized she was answering the same question twice.
 
Then there's number 10 which will have guys across the nation making their very own mayonnaise:
 
10. Strange and unusual fact about me: I love mayonnaise!  I will eat it on anything.
 
But it's so fattening.  You should know better.
 

Here we go again...

Packers wide receiver, Koren Robinson, was sentenced to 90 days in jail for his second drunk driving offense.  HOWEVER, the jail sentence will not start until after the NFL season.  The same thing happened when Ravens running back Jamal Lewis was sentenced for setting up a drug deal with his cell phone.  His sentence was scheduled to take place in the off season.  Am I the only person outraged by this?
 
If I get busted for drunk driving twice, I go to jail immediately after I'm sentenced.  I don't get to finish the project I'm working on and then go to jail.  I go directly to jail.  No waiting period.  The point of our corrections system is to punish, deter and rehabilitate people for breaking our laws.  If someone breaks the law and then gets to serve his sentence when it is most convenient for him, it defeats the purpose.  Koren Robinson is not being forced to give up his means of making the living like the rest of the American population would be, so how exactly is this a just - or even useful - punishment?  This will not deter him from committing the crime again - or from committing any crime again.
 
Put him in jail now.  Just like what would happen to anyone else.