What is a Search Engine?
A search engine is a program that searches for and identifies items in a database that corresponds to keywords or characters specified by the user, used especially for finding particular sites on the World Wide Web. In English, a web search engine, which is the most common search engine, is a type of website that helps a computer user find information on the Internet. For the sake of simplicity, I will only be talking about web search engines, since, as I said before, they are the most common search engines. Examples of web search engines are Google, Bing, and Yahoo.
According to multiple websites, including comscore.com, reliablesoft.net, and ebizmba.com, Google is and has been for a while now the top ranking web search engine. In October 2012, Google ranked first with a stunning difference of 45% from second place (Bing at the time). The problem is that I found the ranking by searching “web search engines ranking” on Google, Google with no doubt was the first. Bing and Yahoo are in constant competition for second place, but Bing was in second place leaving Yahoo third. Surprisingly, when I searched the same thing on Yahoo, it showed me the 2010 ratings, when Yahoo was in second place, whereas google showed ratings as recent as February 2015.
Here is a brief video about the history of search engines.
The history of web search engines is vast, so talking about and around the time Google was launched, webreference.com says, “Google was launched in 1997 by Sergey Brin and Larry Page as part of a research project at Stanford University. It uses inbound links to rank sites. In 1998 MSN Search and the Open Directory were also started. The Open Directory, according to its Web site, “is the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web. It is constructed and maintained by a vast, global community of volunteer editors.” It seeks to become the “definitive catalog of the Web.” The entire directory is maintained by human input.”
Google is an American global technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products. These include online advertising technologies, search, cloud computing (computer programs that are on the Internet rather than on your own computer), and software. Most of Google’s profit was made through AdWords which is an online advertising service that places advertising near the list of search results.
According to wikipedia.org and Google itself, Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were Ph.D. students at Stanford University. Together they own about 14 percent of its shares but control 56 percent of the stockholder voting power through supervoting stock. They incorporated Google as a privately held company on September 4, 1998. An initial public offering followed on August 19, 2004. Supervoting stock is a “class of stock that provides its holders with larger than proportionate voting rights compared with another class of stock issued by the same company.”
Since Google was founded, it has been rapidly growing, resulting in the triggering of an enormous chain of products beyond Google’s core search engine. Google offers online software including email (Gmail), cloud storage (Google Drive), an office suite (Google Docs), and social networking system (Google+). Google also created some applications that are found on the App Store and Play Store including a photo editor (Snapseed) and an instant messaging app (hangouts). Google even created their own operating system called Chrome OS which, to be completely honest, isn’t that great.
Chrome OS is an operating system which runs Google chrome. The idea is a good one, but it doesn’t work unless you have a backup windows laptop with you. The problem is that you have to have access to WiFi for the laptop to work, so if you’re in a place with no WiFi, your laptop is basically useless. To solve that problem they should have added LTE to their laptops, but until that happens I think Chrome OS will keep being completely useless to the average consumer.
As mentioned in the video above, SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. It is the act of getting traffic from the unaltered search results on a search engine. Simply, search engines look for titles, key words, links, reputation, and words in links. Generally, search engines like Google change their algorithm, it is like their recipe to ranking websites, frequently. People who want their websites to rank higher work hard to get the right keywords on their pages. They try to get the right title, which is a part of the HTML code that we don’t see, that will make the search engine rank them higher. They pay other websites to link back to them using specific words in their links. As Brad from the video above said, the problem is that these websites are paying to only temporarily boost their ranking. Every time the search engine changes their algorithm, they have to pay even more money to cheat the new algorithm. Instead of wasting their money on SEO’s, websites should spend their money on making their content better and more relevant. They should spend their money on getting better writers.
In conclusion, using the internet would be so difficult, troublesome, and people would never have been able to achieve all that they can from the internet today, if they did not have search engines. Even with search engines, it wasn’t still quite easy to navigate around the internet. It wasn’t till Google came along that the internet was truly accessible. In a sense, Google is a true hero.
What is your favorite search engine and why?
Just for fun, what was Google’s original search engine name?
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Out of The Banishment and Beat It, in my opinion, Beat It best relates to act 3 of Romeo and Juliet. None of the scenes in both videos match any Romeo and Juliet scenes, but the lyrics in Beat It would match what a person that knew Romeo would say. Michael says, “They told him, “Don’t you ever come around here.
Don’t wanna see your face. You better disappear.”
The fire’s in their eyes and their words are really clear
So beat it, just beat it”
The lyrics were the core reason of me choosing Beat It, but The Banishment was also very close.
Out of Love Story by Taylor Swift and Closer by Ne-Yo, in my opinion, Love Story best relates to act 2 of Romeo and Juliet. Taylor mentions both Romeo and Juliet in the song, which means that the song was probably made specifically for Romeo and Juliet. The song also mentions that Romeo and Juliet’s parents don’t approve of their relationship. The video includes dance scenes from the Romeo and Juliet movie and the costumes replicate those of the old times. And probably most of all, Taylor was in a lot of scenes in a balcony and “Romeo” was on the ground looking up at her.
There has been more than 30 film versions of Romeo and Juliet made but for this post I will only be comparing two of them, the 1968 and the 1996 movies. The 1968 and the 1996 film versions of Romeo and Juliet are very different. I will be focusing on specifically the balcony scene in both movies. The setting, atmosphere, and the place Romeo was hiding are different in both movies.
First of all, the setting is different in both movies. While the 1968 film version of Romeo and Juliet takes place in Verona, Italy, the 1996 version takes place in Los Angeles, California, USA. In the 1968 version, the events were supposed to be taking place in accent times, when people used to fight with swords, but in the 1996 version the events are supposed to be taking place in the current time (1996) because there are gangs, guns, elevators, and security cameras.
Secondly, the atmosphere in both movies is different. In the 1968 version, its dark night and the atmosphere romantic. No security guard shows up and the scene was better acted in the 1968 version. In contrast, in the 1996 version, the atmosphere is tense. Romeo is trying really hard to stay undetected because the Capulet mansion had lights, security cameras, and a security guard. Consequently, the scene isn’t as romantic.
Finally, the place in which Romeo hid in both the 1968 and the 1996 film is different. In the 1968 version, Romeo hides in the bushes and trees. However, in the 1996 version, Romeo hides by standing still in front of the wall adjacent to the elevator.
Overall, I think that the 1968 film version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is better than the 1996 version especially in the balcony scene.
Antagonist: a person who actively opposes or is hostile to someone or something; an adversary.
Protagonist: the leading character or one of the major characters in a drama, movie, novel, or other fictional text.
Imagery: visually descriptive or figurative language, especially in a literary work.
Symbolism: the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities.
Foreshadowing: is an advance sign or warning of what is to come in the future.
Example: The author of a mystery novel might use foreshadowing in the early chapter of his book to give readers an inkling of an impending murder.
Motif: a distinctive feature or dominant idea in an artistic or literary composition.
Oxymoron: a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in conjunction (e.g., faith unfaithful kept him falsely true ).
Pun: a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words that sound alike but have different meanings.
Paradox: a statement or proposition that, despite sound (or apparently sound) reasoning from acceptable premises, leads to a conclusion that seems senseless, logically unacceptable, or self-contradictory.
Allusion: an expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference.
Blank Verse: verse without rhyme, especially that which uses iambic pentameter.
/ / /
Iambic Pentameter: a line of verse with five metrical feet, each consisting of one short (or unstressed) syllable followed by one long (or stressed) syllable.
Example: Two households, both alike in dignity.
Subtext: an underlying and often distinct theme in a piece of writing or conversation.
Simile: a figure of speech involving the comparison of one thing with another thing of a different kind, used to make a description more emphatic or vivid.
Example: as brave as a lion, crazy like a fox.
Metaphor: a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable.
Example: I had fallen through a trapdoor of depression.
Personification: the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something nonhuman, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form.
Tragedy: a play dealing with tragic events and having an unhappy ending, especially one concerning the downfall of the main character.
Prologue: a separate introductory section of a literary or musical work.
Soliloquy: an act of speaking one’s thoughts aloud when by oneself or regardless of any hearers, especially by a character in a play, also called monologue.
Aside: An “aside” is a dramatic device in which a character speaks to the audience. By convention the audience is to realize that the character’s speech is unheard by the other characters on stage. It may be addressed to the audience expressly (in character or out) or represent an unspoken thought.
Verbal Irony: irony
Enjambment: (in verse) the continuation of a sentence without a pause beyond the end of a line, couplet, or stanza.
Tragic Flaw: a fatal flaw leading to the downfall of a tragic hero or heroine.
Tragic Hero: a tragic hero is a person of noble birth with heroic or potentially heroic qualities. This person is fated by the Gods or by some supernatural force to doom and destruction or at least to great suffering. But the hero struggles mightily against this fate and this cosmic conflict wins our admiration.
Comic Relief: comic episodes in a dramatic or literary work that offset more serious sections.
Foil: prevent (something considered wrong or undesirable) from succeeding.
Hamartia: same as tragic flaw.
Although many athletes are educated, most soccer, football, and basketball players are not. Professional athletes are influential figures. They provide entertainment to the public and influence people of all ages to mirror them (i.e. get their haircut, wear their signature shoe or jersey, or act like them in real life.) Since athletes influence people so much, they should set good examples to them. In my opinion, all athletes should be educated.
A professional athlete is a person trained or gifted in exercises or contests involving physical agility, stamina, or strength.
For professional soccer players, the vast majority them didn’t have a choice. Soccer is most popular in South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Most of the countries in these continents have something in common. The don’t provide citizens with a proper education. The countries are either so poor that they can’t afford providing education, or so rich that they don’t think the citizens really need it.
For professional football and basketball players, almost all the uneducated players chose to take the easy way out. People tend to often mix up going to college or university with getting an education. Since football is mostly popular in the USA and Canada, most players don’t reach the professional level unless they are on a college or university team and get scouted later on. The problem is that even though they go to a college or university, they still don’t get educated. Because they make the college or university so much money, that college or university doesn’t care if they are learning. All they care about is that their athletes are well trained so that they could win them games. The colleges or universities overload their athletes with training sessions and barely leave them any time to study. Skip to 5:43 till 8:46 in the following video which will better explain my point.
A CNN investigation found public universities across the country where many students in the basketball and football programs could read only up to an eighth-grade level. The data obtained through open records requests also showed a staggering achievement gap between college athletes and their peers at the same institution.
This is not an exhaustive survey of all universities with major sports programs; CNN chose a sampling of public universities where open records laws apply. We sought data from a total of 37 institutions, of which 21 schools responded. The others denied our request for entrance exam or aptitude test scores, some saying the information did not exist and others citing privacy rules. Some simply did not provide it in time. 
The following video is a CNN news report about their investigation. The investigation reveals that, surprisingly, college athletes read at levels as low as fourth-grade.
A role model is a person with passion and the ability to inspire other people, a person with clear set values, and a person with the ability to overcome obstacles.
For soccer, football, and basketball players, there is no doubt that they are passionate about the sport because otherwise they wouldn’t play it professionally. All professional soccer, football, and basketball players that I know of are really passionate about the sport that they play and are determined to become better at it.
Almost all celebrities are famous because they can inspire and influence people. While most celebrities are also famous for their talent, some aren’t. A celebrity like Kim Kardashian is not talented at all. She gained the media’s attention through her friendship with Paris Hilton (a millionaire). In 2007, she received wider notice from the media after a sex tape with her former boyfriend Ray J was leaked. What truly makes Kim famous is her ability to influence and inspire people. The ability to influence and inspire people is great when it is in the hands of the right people. When good people have the ability to inspire other people, they inspire kids and teenagers. This impacts society by ensuring that kids and teenagers have a goal in life and are eager to learn and do the right thing. Professional athletes influence people of all ages greatly. Through advertisement and public appearances, they display different shoes and apparel which the public then buys and also wears. This is the main reason why, in my opinion, all athletes should be educated.
Professional soccer, football, and basketball players have clear set values. When they start to play on the Professional level, they make future plans and set goals for them to achieve. They always try to be the best at what they do. For example, it is every professional soccer players goal to win the Balon D’Or (best player of the year award). What motivates them is the amount of money they make on their way to the top, which is an enormously huge amount of money, When good people have the ability to inspire other people, they inspire kids and teenagers. This impacts society by ensuring that kids and teenagers have a goal in life and are eager to learn and do the right thing. Professional athletes influence people of all ages greatly. Through advertisement and public appearances, they display different shoes and apparel which the public then buys and also wears. This is the main reason why, in my opinion, all athletes should be educated.
Professional soccer, football, and basketball players have clear set values. When they start to play on the Professional level, they make future plans and set goals for them to achieve. They always try to be the best at what they do. For example, it is every professional soccer players goal to win the Balon D’Or (best player of the year award). What motivates them is the amount of money they make on their way to the top, which is an enormously huge amount of money, and the fame that they gain after winning the award, which makes them even more money.
Professional athletes in general have the ability to overcome obstacles. They get injured but they get back up and get back in the game as soon as they’re better. They get out of form but they train hard and get back inform. For example, Real Madrid’s midfielder, James Rodriguez, was injured not so long ago. He still can’t play in a game, but he is doing his best in physiotherapy and in training. Real Madrid is a Spanish soccer team which is, as of 2015, one of the best soccer teams in the world, even though they are not having a great season.
James Rodriguez is not expected to be fit in time for the clasico against Barcelona on March 22.
James fractured a metatarsal on Feb. 4 during the Sevilla match and underwent an operation the following day.
The Colombia international was given an estimated recovery time of two months, with doctors predicting he would be able to return to action on April 14 or 15 — the Champions League quarterfinals.
To date, the midfielder has missed the Champions League last-16 first leg with Schalke and five Liga matches.
Speaking at a dinner at the Presidential Palace in Colombia in honor of Juan Manuel Santos, international teammate Carlos Bacca said: “James is fine, he is in good spirits and he is in no rush to speed up his recovery process.”
He says that these kinds of injuries take their time to heal and can be difficult because you can be tricked into thinking you are progressing quicker than you are — you gain a week in the recovery time then suddenly, you’re four weeks behind schedule.
In conclusion, a lot of athletes are educated but in my opinion, all athletes should be educated. For the most part, athletes are good role models, demonstrating the ability to inspire people, setting clear goals, and overcoming obstacles. The only thing that a lot of professional soccer, football, and basketball are missing is a proper education.
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Prince warns citizens to refrain from violence after violent crimes
By: Mohamed Maklad
Verona- On Friday, July 15th of 1592 at 11:00 am EST on the corner of Market Street and St. Luke Street in Verona, Italy, an intense conversation turned into a fight between the servants of the house of the Capulet and the house of the Montague.
Yesterday at 11:00 am, a fight broke out in the middle of Market Street near its intersection with St. Luke Street in Verona. Eyewitnesses said that the fight started when Sampson, one of Lord Capulet’s servants, degradingly bit his thumb at Abram, one of Lord Montague’s servants. They drew their swords and started fighting. Other house members then joined and created a huge fight scene in the middle of the street.
According to the owner of the Chinese restaurant on St. Luke Street, the two families have fought three times before and nor the prince neither the citizens were happy with it. To ensure that the families will never disturb Verona’s streets again, the prince threatened both families with a death sentence if they disturbed the peace again.
“Three civil brawls bred of an airy word by thee, old Capulet, and Montague, have thrice disturbed the quiet of our streets and made Verona’s ancient citizens cast by their grave-beseeming ornaments to wild old partisans in hands as old, cankered with peace, to part your cankered hate.” said prince Escalus of Verona, “If you ever disturbed our streets again, your lives shall pay the forfeit of peace.” (1.1.91-99)
“Here were the servants of your adversary, and yours, close fighting ere I did approach. I drew to part them.” explained Benvolio, the Montagues’ kinsman, “In the instant came the fiery Tybalt with his sword prepared, which, as he breathed defiance to my ears, he swung about his head and cut the winds who, nothing hurt withal, hissed him in scorn. While we were interchanging thrusts and blows came more and more and fought on part and part, till the prince came who parted either part.” (1.1.108-117)
Both families were summoned to old-free town, their common judgment place to speak with prince Escalus and his father. The citizens of Verona hoped that no more disturbances will occur.
- I consider my strengths to be making up topics. I can make up a topic and make a really good story in my brain. My weakness is that I can’t find words to put that make my piece sound good. I’m working on my weakness and hopefully I’ll overcome it.
- Because I wrote it, I can read it really quickly. I go through my piece of writing to find and fix spelling or grammar mistakes or find better synonyms for some words.
- The hardest part was revising my lead. I literally spent more than an hour on it.
- I can ensure that I’m submitting the most polished piece for evaluation by learning from my mistakes so I don’t do them again and getting some people that I know to proof read my piece and help me make it better.
True love is when a person is willing to die to save their love’s life. In Romeo and Juliet’s case, true love is when two people cannot live without each other. I don’t believe in love at first sight. If a person thinks that another person is attractive that doesn’t mean that the first person is in love. I believe that for a person to fall in love, the two people have to get to know each other.
In my opinion, Celine Dion’s Version of “The Power of love” best represents the theme of love in Romeo and Juliet. “Lost is how I’m feeling lying in your arms When the world outside’s too Much to take That all ends when I’m with you” Dion, Celine “The Power of Love”. These lyrics best suit Romeo and Juliet’s level of love. Perhaps, its even not enough Romeo and Juliet to end killing themselves because the other died.
My family wants to marry me off to Paris. I don’t love him and I doubt that he loves me. I want to marry a man that truly loves me. I hope to find my true love soon since my parents are prussering me to get married. When I find my true love nothing will stop me from marring him; not even my parents.
While many athletes are educated, most of them aren’t. CNN says:
“A CNN investigation found public universities across the country where many students in the basketball and football programs could read only up to an eighth-grade level. The data obtained through open records requests also showed a staggering achievement gap between college athletes and their peers at the same institution.
This is not an exhaustive survey of all universities with major sports programs; CNN chose a sampling of public universities where open records laws apply. We sought data from a total of 37 institutions, of which 21 schools responded. The others denied our request for entrance exam or aptitude test scores, some saying the information did not exist and others citing privacy rules. Some simply did not provide it in time.”
Image of Cristiano Ronaldo by http://www.dnaindia.com
Most athletes including Cristiano Ronaldo aren’t educated. Cristiano Ronaldo is currently the world’s best soccer player, winning his 3rd Balon D’or this year! He was born in on the island of Madeira, which is a few hundred miles south of Portugal. He acquired a poor education on Madeira and in Portugal and I don’t blame him, given that his family’s financial situation wasn’t great. I love soccer and I am a big fan of Cristiano’s but the problem is that athletes are role models and have millions of fans. Kids that look up to them want to be athletes like them. The kids are in a hurry to pursue their dreams that they don’t want to waste time at college or university. Athletes are influential figures, thats why I think they should really set good examples to their admirers.
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