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Then: Goo Goo Eyes

Now: Googlize

While writing a scene the other day, I had one of my older characters mention that girls used to oogle after him and give him "goo-goo" eyes.  I immediately thought of today's teens and how they had probably never heard that expression:  "goo goo" eyes - meaning an amorous, inviting glance.

In fact, if you mention “goo goo” or “oogle” to anyone under twenty they probably think that you are an "out-of-touch" older person who doesn't know what you are talking about.  For of course, you must have been referring to Google. Not!

In case you didn't know, Google came about by a spelling error.  In 1996, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, both students at Stanford University, founded the search engine.  They had decided on the name googol, meaning a large number of things.  While searching for the domain name Sergey Brin misspelled the word and typed in Google. And there you have it.  

And what we have is a very powerful search engine,  enabling us to look at the world differently than ever before.  With just the click of our fingers, we can look up anything from the Alaskan whaling industry to the mating habits of Zebras and everything in between

When I was in school we used the encyclopedia, World Book and Funk and Wagnalls being the most popular. (Remember those?)  Each year we received an updated edition in the mail.  If not for the Internet, we would still be getting these updates and I wonder where in the world we would be keeping all those books?  As it is, I'm running out of shelf space.

Although, I do feel a slight pang at the loss of one of the world's greatest professions: the Encyclopedia Salesman.  It took guts, a good pair of shoes and a thick skin to walk door to door selling something that everyone needed but couldn't always afford to buy: knowledge.

With Google we now get knowledge quicker than ever before.  And we also get another commodity that we humans thrive on: the human interest story.  Especially those involving famous people.  Why, the other day Google was actually running a bit slow when news of Michael Jackson's death hit the Internet.  Within nanoseconds, Tweets, Facebook chats, MySpace messages, IM's and emails flooded Cyberspace, showing us how powerful the Internet really is.

Kids of today can't picture a world without it.  Imagine having to wait until the Nightly News to get information.  How horrible that must have been?  How did we ever survive?  

Well, we did okay.  But, believe me, I'm happy for the Internet.  These days, I couldn't live without it.  I'm always Googling up, looking for an obscure fact or the meaning of some word.    

But then I'm just as happy to use the library or buy a good reference book at the bookstore.

And the face-to-face contact does one have one major advantage over the Internet.  I can always make "goo goo eyes" at the helpful librarian.



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      Yana Berlin wrote Jul 2, 2009
    • Goo goo eyes is what Stoli does at me when he wants something. estatic

      Is so trey Jenie how we adapt to everything, and even though we no can not imagine life without the Internet, I still remember how peaceful life was without cell phones and all of the technology that we so readily embraced.

      Thank you for another great read.



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      Janie Emaus wrote Jul 2, 2009
    • Yana,

       Thanks.  It’s always nice to hear from you.  Happy 4th of July!



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      Tinaf wrote Jul 2, 2009
    • Hey, thanks for that tidbit on the name Google. I’ve wondered about that!  And of course now it’s so common, it’s a noun, to google...

      Another great blog for which to read with goo goo eyes!  =)



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      Janie Emaus wrote Jul 2, 2009
    • Tina,

       I found that bit about Google interesting and thought others might enjoy it.  I’m glad you did.  Happy 4th!



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      Justjer wrote Jul 2, 2009
    • Loved the blog...for the same reason that I’ve loved your others...you took me back to my childhood, and to the same experiences you obviously had. You are spot-on about the World Book and had me imagining it before you mentioned it.  Which took me to the accordian my folks bought for my brother from a salesman at the front door....‘Lady of Spain I adore you...’ I’ll stop now...Happy 4th.. Love you and Thanks...Hello to Arlie P et al....
      Jeri



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      Janie Emaus wrote Jul 3, 2009
    • Jeri- I didn’t know your brother played the accordian!  The things we learn as we grow older.  Have a happy 4th!



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      Pamaloon wrote Jul 4, 2009
    • Hi Janie! And I bet you googled (it’s a verb now, too!) about Google to find out about googol! LOL! I have to admit to loving the internet, and all the endless possibilities it presents, even though I feel like I a swimming against a current of technology that might just drag me under. Tow me!!!!! Great post, Janie! Happy 4th! xox



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