and credit goes to (this actually made the front page of the SF Chronicle):
<<...They are unknown, but their works of art are seen by hundreds of millions of people across the globe. They were art nerds in school - teased by peers or called to the principal's office for doodling in class - but are now working at one of the world's most important companies.
I got to have fun in London when they interviewed Patrick Stewart (oh, sorry, SIR Patrick!) on the infield in the break between the 100 and long jump the first day of the decathlon. He showed quite the knowledge of the sport (he was a hurdler in his youth) and of course has one of the world's great voices/deliveries.
After they were done they threw it back up to me, and I couldn't resist. I said, "Getting back to the action, over on the backstretch it's tiem for the decathlon men's long jump [insert long pause for effect, then my best imitation of...] Make it so, Numbah 1!"
He then came up to the booth and chatted awhile. Absoltuely delightful man. Was off to Israel the next day for a new film.
Interesting and typical Hollywood greed over the rights to the memorable Star Trek theme song. This link describes the spat between Roddenberry and Composer Alexander Courage. http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/trek.asp
Today Google celebrates its 14th birthday. You can see the birthday cake on the site's home-search-page, but . . . this is the wrong day (by their own admission - they say they like to celebrate their birthday whenever they want some cake). As Wiki says:
Wiki wrote:The domain name for Google was registered on September 15, 1997, and the company was incorporated on September 4, 1998.
I can't even imagine my life without Google (or its ilk). I look up at least a dozen things a day!
I remember meeting with my Ph.D. advisor one day, probably early 2000 or 2001. He was commenting about the new search engine that was becoming all the rage, devised by a couple of Computer Science guys out of Stanford. We admired their ingenuity, but also chuckled at the name (a "google" is 10^100), and furthermore wondered the consequences of entering a world dominated by Yahoo!, Netsearch, and all those other engines-du-jour......