How Social Media Saved the World

It cannot be understated that we are living through a history-making difficult time. Hundreds of thousands of people are falling victim to a global pandemic and everyone is else either staying home or acting brazenly stupid. It shouldn't be surprising, though, that one of the upshots of all of this is that there has been a rise in meme-making.

First defined by Richard Dawkins in 1976 as a cultural idea that takes on a life of its own and is passed down through generations much the same way that genes are, the word "meme" has itself taken on a life of its own to define pictures made and passed around on the Internet that often lampoon various aspects of life. I don't think I've seen any new memes in the past few days that weren't about the COVID-19 epidemic. But this isn't the first time a global catastrophe has been made fun of in what could be described as a "childish" fashion. In fact, one of the memes I've seen compared the uptick in Cor…

Google: Not Just Searching for Websites Anymore

Official Google Blog: Snakes in a plain... old... office building!

In a landmark decision for the multi-billion dollar company, executives have decided not only to search for websites, but added snakes to their itinerary.

"We feel snakes have a lot in common with Google," said Sergei Brin, co-founder of the search company. "For one thing, they're totally cool and popular with our main demographic. Also, you'll rarely find us on a plane, but if you do it'll take Samuel L. Friggin Jackson to get us out!"

Mr. Brin went on to describe the innovative ways in which snakes search for their prey. They use methods that, to the average animal, seem absolutely innovative and highly sophisticated. "We like to think," he said, "that if snakes had fingers and a keyboard, they'd use Google."

. . . no, but, really, a pet snake got loose in the Google offices in New York and they had to search for it. Pretty funny.