Saturday, July 23, 2005

what is google upto.....

Google has created for itself a 2 way relationship with its users and admirers - love~hate - no other words to describe it. To better understand the phenomenon of what is that google users do - i landed up at the doorsteps of google blog. Saw a german word out there on the right hand side of the page 'zietgeist' - rattled up my brain to brush out what ever i know about german language (having lived in Germany briefly - i believe know it all!). Well 'Zeit' is 'Time' but what about the rest... i enter the Zeit zone ... and am in a different time world.

Zeitgeist Pronunciation: 'tsIt-"gIst,'zIt
Function: noun Etymology: German, from Zeit (time) + Geist (spirit) Date:
1884 Meaning: the general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an
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The time of our time is a unique perspective of what we - as in we humans - are upto at this moment thinking, doing, wanting, aspiring, wishing, writing, loving, hating, feeling, sensing about around us and about us! Do i now have a better understanding of this love~hate relationship with google?


  1. Well `zietgeist' is familiar in literary circles too, although its meaning was something I'd forgotten over time...but I remembered `poltergeist'...a spirit of a different kind!

    Well I onced used the Google language tools to translate a line of a poem :

    `As I go further away I try to come back'

    from English, to French, to German, and then back to English...

    And what resulted was:

    `As I go far me further you try to turn over'


  2. On the love-hate relationship, I was just reading a news article wherein CNet has published some personal details on the Google CEO using Google search... This has been frowned upon by Google and all Google employees have been asked not to talk to CNet for one year !! Can you beat that !!

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