Why Yottagoo? (part I)

6 April 2012

The following was my first Yottagoo posting. It was posted on 8 November 02009 (i.e. 880 days [or 2 years 4 months 29 days] ago).

I named this blog Yottagoo because I’m hoping to post a lot of stuff to it over the remaining nine decades of the 21st century. [yotta- is a lot and goo is stuff]

During the early part of the 21st century I started using the handle nanofoo.

Nano- is an SI prefix representing one-billionth of something. For example, one nano-second is one-billionth of a second (i.e. one second is one billion nano-seconds).

Foo is frequently used when something needs to be given a name, but the name doesn’t matter. Sometimes I use foo when I use a profanity (e.g. WTF is What The Foo!)

I initially wanted to connect the 20th century with the 21st century using foonano, but SI prefixes come first so I picked nanofoo instead. [Note: Nanotechnology was born in the 20th century, but molecular nanotechnology is a child of the 21st century.]

Yotta- is a SI prefix representing a factor of one septillion (i.e. 10^24). For example, one yotta-second is one septillion seconds (1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 seconds). I picked the yotta- SI prefix because we’re living in an era of large numbers.

Goo has numerous definitions, but in the yottagoo context it’s 21st century form of foo. [Note: ‘g’ comes after ‘f’] In the science fiction realm, via the Wikipedia, goo is a “large mass of replicating nanomachines.”

In a nutshell, yottagoo is a lotta 21st century foo.

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It Has Been 196 Days Since My Last Posting

28 August 2011

The last time I posted to this blog was 196 days ago on 2/13/02011.

These days I do most of my blogging using multiple Twitter accounts (@nanogoo, @mathbabbler, @compufoo and @yottagoo), Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn. In addition, I currently have 533 postings on my four-year-old AzCentral.com blog.

I did a quick review of the postings made to this blog and I am motivated to keep it alive.

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Why yottagoo?

8 November 2009

I named this blog Yottagoo because I’m hoping to post a lot of stuff to it over the remaining nine decades of the 21st century. [yotta- is a lot and goo is stuff]

During the early part of the 21st century I started using the handle nanofoo.

Nano- is an SI prefix representing one-billionth of something. For example, one nano-second is one-billionth of a second (i.e. one second is one billion nano-seconds).

Foo is frequently used when something needs to be given a name, but the name doesn’t matter. Sometimes I use foo when I use a profanity (e.g. WTF is What The Foo!)

I initially wanted to connect the 20th century with the 21st century using foonano, but SI prefixes come first so I picked nanofoo instead. [Note: Nanotechnology was born in the 20th century, but molecular nanotechnology is a child of the 21st century.]

Yotta- is a SI prefix representing a factor of one septillion (i.e. 10^24). For example, one yotta-second is one septillion seconds (1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 seconds). I picked the yotta- SI prefix because we’re living in an era of large numbers.

Goo has numerous definitions, but in the yottagoo context it’s 21st century form of foo. [Note: ‘g’ comes after ‘f’] In the science fiction realm, via the Wikipedia, goo is a “large mass of replicating nanomachines.”

In a nutshell, yottagoo is a lotta 21st century foo.


Hello world!

2 November 2009

I’ve been blogging since the fall of 01997. Back in those days I blogged almost exclusively about computing; however, over time I started blogging about  topics such as road tripping, biotech, nanotech, robotics, math, stocks, politics, community, and life in general.

I keep reading about the popularity of WordPress, so I created this blog to help me learn about this popular blogging service.

I like how WordPress creates an initial blog entry that says “hello, world!” When it comes to learning new programming languages, the tradition is to begin by writing a program that prints the phrase “hello, world!”

By the way, I am Gerald Thurman and I live in Tempe, Arizona. These days I’m a computer/math instructor at Scottsdale Community College. I am in the process of developing the RoadHacker, TempeHiker, and MathBabbler characters.