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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Why Are Some People Puckered At Both Ends?

Each morning I like to read the news online. I like to know what pressing matters are happening in the world. Just like traditional newspapers, online news sites put the most important news on the front page. I had to chuckle at this Chicago Tribune front page story, Google logos draw fire.

Apparently, some people thought this image was not very American.

Some feel Google should not be honoring the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik. I'm so glad all of the world's real problems have been solved so we can start talking about this kind of thing.

While I don't claim to be an expert, I believe
the launch of Sputnik was an event that changed the course of modern history. Here is part of what NASA says about Sputnik;

History changed on October 4, 1957, when the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik I. The world's first artificial satellite was about the size of a beach ball (58 cm.or 22.8 inches in diameter), weighed only 83.6 kg. or 183.9 pounds, and took about 98 minutes to orbit the Earth on its elliptical path. That launch ushered in new political, military, technological, and scientific developments. While the Sputnik launch was a single event, it marked the start of the space age and the U.S.-U.S.S.R space race.

Those are pretty big words from an organization that was once the main competitor of the U.S.S.R. space program.

Google is a giant in the world right now. I would venture to say that 85% people using a computer today will Google something. Small people fear giants. Really small people fear cartoons.


Bill said...

I know this is off of the subject, but did you hear that there is a recall on all of the Cubs playoff merchandise... it’s apparently due to a choking hazard...

Bill said...

I took my son and daughter to an astronomy club a few weeks ago. While we were viewing the moons of Jupiter, from a telescope, some of the members of the club got very excited. We looked to see what was happening and it turns out that a satelite was flying overhead. It was closer that I expected and moving very quickly. It was really cool to get a look at it. Everyone marveled at out connection to this technology. And, I'm pretty sure that it was traveling around the entire world, not just over America.

Mark Plocharczyk said...

That's awesome.