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.