I've spent the last four month reading Les Misérables by Victor Hugo. It's a massive novel whose chapters are only outnumbered by its acclaims. If you know (at least the mainstream) story line, you know that it is great story—that is not to be taken for granted, here. However, the best part about the book is not the story. Hugo goes into extreme detail about a very minor character—very minor. It can be frustrating at first, but when you finally get to this character's one significant act the background knowledge adds so much weight that it almost brings tears to your eyes. However, it is not Hugo's command of detail that makes this book so great either.
This week Google celebrated it's 18th birthday! That's right, Google is officially an adult and has become more vital than ever. From it's beginning as a dissertation research project of Larry Page and Sergey Brin to its overwhelming integration into our everyday lives, Google has had a wild life. Let's take a closer look at its roots, how it's evolved over the years and reflect on its validity today.
Like father like son. My boy is starting to code!
I started coding when I was in fourth grade. I (unknowingly) used a very classical approach. I read the basic terms and definitions and then followed tutorials on how to make games. The tutorials were in qBasic, but I had BasicA, and there were always a few things to debug and modify. So, I would naturally work through the grammar, dialectic and rhetorical stages of coding each month. Now that my son is in the fourth grade, he's beginning to do the same thing. Only this time, the language is a little more kid friendly.
We recently celebrated my eldest son's birthday. Usually my wife would have prepared his meal of choice (which was brinner), but we had a busy day. So, this year we went to iHop. At the end of the meal, they came out singing and presented him with a complimentary dessert. (Remember when that was a big deal and went above and beyond expectations?) After the meal a stranger came up to our table and gave us some interesting information.
Big business has gotten a bad name over the years. They help no one but themselves. (Unless of course you are employed by them or shop with them or produce products that are sold by them—but I digress!) Because of this, it's nice when we see big businesses giving back. Usually what you will see is a big business giving big bucks to big organizations (that usually partner with the big business somehow). Going off of the beaten path yet again is Amazon. For some years they have had a wonderful program called AmazonSmile, and we'd like to tell you about it.