Google and WorldCat

Ever wanted to keep track of all the reading material related to a specific topic, like say, Google? WorldCat is one way to do it. Check out a simple list.

Just create a free account, do a simple search for the topic you want to research and WorldCat will show you which library has the material you’re looking for.

Way back on January 30th, 2007, I wrote an entry entitled The Fall of The Paper Newspaper, so it was interesting to see another piece written today titled, Pew study: Internet takes over papers as news source

Some 40 percent of those surveyed by Pew Research for the People & the Press say they get most of their international and national news from the Internet, up from 24 percent in September 2007

Something  just a bit sad about the decline of print media…

At least, it found its way into the Double Tongued Dictionary. The site says the phrase is “yet to be researched”. Earliest mention I can find is June, 2003. Anyone see anything earlier than that?

Congrats to the good folks at the Search Marketing Standard, excellent news indeed.

If you are not familiar with iNET, it is a social media company operating prominent online communities for Internet professionals and technology enthusiasts. It operates properties such as WebHostingTalk.com, the largest online community for hosting services professionals and HotScripts.com, the largest directory of scripts and hosted services.

Once again, congrats to Boris and the team, and to iNET.

Actually, it was an effort to prove to my kids that a website can be launched for free, get traffic and possibly, earn some income. (trying to motivate them to get started in the business)

Anyway, it’s devoted entirely to words, definitions, word origins, neologisms, curious phrases, and eventually, to copywriting. And, I can keep this blog free from posts about words, and get back to SEM and SEO.

Logomaniac

If you notice any display problems, please let me know. Was having some JS issues. I’ve checked it in IE and Firefox and it looked okay. Except when I log in from the uni, and for some reason, the CSS doesn’t get pulled and it looks terrible.

Stumping is clearly a throwback to the days when politicians campaigned in small towns, didn’t have PA systems and there was no such thing as TV coverage. They stood on a stump to be seen and heard.

When’s the last time you saw a politician standing on a stump?

Bill Clinton Stumps For Wife in Baker City. In the pic, he’s standing on concrete steps.

Is Obama ‘stumping’? 550,000 results in Google say yes. Hillary is stumping to the tune of 1,650,000 results while McCain is stumping around with 962,000 results.

No politician is going to be seen standing on a stump for fear of someone from the Green movement asking why the tree was cut down. No more stumping. Or soapboxes for that matter. When’s the last time you saw one of those?

4acesEven in the most casual perusal of any of the big newspapers you will likely find mention of the “race card“.

Apparently the card may be played at any time, by any player, although the outcome of playing that particular card is uncertain. What is certain, is that nearly every player will be accused of playing the card at some point in the game. With no clear rules about how the card is to be played, or even if it should be played, journalists often see that card as the only card in the deck.

Is the mere mention of race considered playing the race card? Do we live in such a small-minded world that even mentioning black or white can be viewed as racist?

Given that nearly everyone thinks of politics as some shady, backroom activity to begin with, should anyone be using playing cards as a theme? Do we want to think of our politicians gambling with our futures as they would with a stack of chips? Bluffing us with a poker face, dealing from a stacked deck, while they rake in the chips after we’ve all gone all in?

What if we refuse to play until they add some better cards to the deck. How about the honesty card? Or the “Feck Opuc” card? For that matter, they can take the “change” card out of the deck too. The only thing the politicians want to change are the faces at the table.

Yet again. Like a phoenix from the ashes… err, more like recovering from a really bad case of burnout. If you don’t know, I write for more than one blog, and I needed a vacation.

Playtime is over though. At least for another year or so.

Impacted Versus Affected

I cringe when I read that a group of people may be ‘impacted’ by a hurricane or politics, or for that matter, that anyone may be impacted. I know that a wisdom tooth may become impacted, but my OED says nothing about people being ‘impacted’.

Does anyone know when ‘impacted’ gained favor over ‘affected’? Or why?

In little more than a day you can take your pick of stories that best fit your opinion of the Microsoft bid for Yahoo!. Once you get past the Microhoo and Yasoft jokes, you can find everything from How The Mighty Have Fallen to Futures Jump on Microsoft/Yahoo Potential Merger to Why Microsoft’s Bid Helps Google, IBM and Apple.

From The NY Times,

Today, Microsoft lacks both the weaponry and the nimbleness to compete with Google. Its operating system monopoly gives it no advantages in this battle. People can use Microsoft’s operating system and browser to get to the Internet — and to Google — or they can use Apple’s.

Yes, that’s true. But aside from Gmail, Google has very little in the way of destinations in their lineup. How many millions of queries are made with the goal of using Google’s search engine to arrive at a Yahoo or Microsoft property?

The blogging world is abuzz with news, comments, flames, opinions and the deal hasn’t taken place yet. Want to feed your thirst for opinion? Start here. 5,167 entries in the past 12 hours. Lots of opinions here at Webmasterworld as well. Not content with one story, Search Engine Land had five on the subject.

Many discussions center on the perception that Microsoft is evil. And with 1,690,000 results, it looks like a lot of folks think Microsoft is truly evil. Then again, check the results for Google is Evil

Innovation you say? Microsoft doesn’t innovate? Take a look at Google’s product offerings and apart from search and AdSense, where is the innovation?

As for me, I’m going to try to ignore the ordeal until the merger takes place, if it takes place. What happens after the merger is what I’m interested in.

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