Google Web Search Features

Google Web Search Features

In addition to providing easy access to billions of web pages, Google has many special features to help you to find exactly what you’re looking for. I have included how to use Google’s “book” and “definition” search features. I hope you find this useful! 🙂

Book Search
Print Google is helping to get the world’s information online by bringing books themselves online. Whenever books in our Google Book Search index contain content that matches your search terms, you’ll see links to those books under Book Results at the top of your search results page. Click on any book title and you’ll see the page in that book which contains your search terms, as well as other information about the title. Click one of the links under “Buy this Book” and you’ll go straight to a bookstore selling that book online.

An example would be searching Google for “books about dragons

Definitions

To see a definition for a word or phrase, simply type the word “define,” then a space, and then the word(s) you want defined. If Google has seen a definition for the word or phrase on the Web, it will retrieve that information and display it at the top of your search results.

You can also get a list of definitions by including the special operator “define:” with no space between it and the term you want defined. For example, the search [define:World Wide Web] will show you a list of definitions for “World Wide Web” gathered from various online sources.

Water

In traditional Chinese philosophy, Water is classified as one of the Wu xing (Chinese: pinyin: wǔxíng), or the Five Elements, also translated as five phases, five movements or five steps, by which all natural phenomena can be explained. The system of five elements was used for describing interactions and relationships between phenomena. It was employed in many fields of early Chinese thought, including seemingly disparate fields such as geomancy and Feng shui, astrology, traditional Chinese medicine, Chinese alchemy, music, military strategy and martial arts. The original foundation for the idea is based on the concept of the Five Cardinal Points.

I believe it is important to understand the early beliefs the ancient people to truly appreciate what we have. While you may not believe in Chinese philosophy, it does include some important things. For example: Water can be fluid and weak, but can also wield great power when it floods and overwhelms the land. Something that seems weak can hold untold power within. Perhaps it’s hinting on something: don’t be quick to judge, and don’t abuse what you have. I don’t know what your view on global warming is, but with all of the statistics of the pollution and the warming seas, it doesn’t look great. Why? -Because we abuse the natural resources that we have.

Have you ever listened to the waves gently crashing on the shore? (If not, it sounds like *Pshhhhhhhh*) Ok, off track, sorry. Anyways, the sound of the waves crashing is usually correlated with a calming sense. The negative emotion is fear. The massive body of water that gives you that calming sensation can also ruin lives and cause mass destruction. While it’s a morbid thought, it is very true. Instead of worrying about it, do something that improves the condition of the water around you. Help de-pollute rivers, steams, and oceans.

While you can’t ultimately stop monsoons and hurricanes, do not have what I call the “not-enough mentality“. “I’m only one person; there is no way I could help.” Those are the kinds of thoughts that degrade our society.

Get out there and do something, others are bound to follow, and if not, what could you possibly be hurting?

Turn Around the Negative Self-Talk

Turn Around the Negative Self-Talk

From Wendy Bumgardner,

Do you find yourself putting yourself down? “I can’t finish this workout.” “I can’t lose weight.” “I’ll just come in last place again.”

This destructive habit is often a self-fulfilling prophecy – we talk ourselves out of improving our performance or maintaining good new habits. We talk ourselves into just giving up.


Failing Again and Again

Many of us have failed time and time again, especially with diets and healthy eating habits. And so when you once again make a resolution to eat healthier, you carry the guilt and frustration of those failures. You start off not really believing you will succeed. Any little slip up leads you to criticize yourself and reinforce that you will just fail again.

Self-Talk

Monitor your self-talk. What are you saying to yourself when you have a setback? If you skip a workout do you tell yourself you are a lazy slug? If you give in to a big portion of your favorite treat, do you tell yourself that you will always be fat and will never stick to a healthy diet?

Analyze Why You Went Wrong

Instead of criticizing yourself when you slip up, sit down for reflection. How many times in the past few days have you done it right? What feelings did you have that led you to go off course this time? What could you have done differently to address those feelings? Were you feeling deprived of treats and so you gave into the big piece of cake? Could you have asked for a half-size piece of cake, or taken a bite and then passed the plate around to your friends? If you skipped a workout because you were pressed for time, was there a time when you could have gotten in five minutes of stretching or a quick walk or jog so you weren’t completely inactive?

Positive Self-Talk

Once you’ve analyzed the reasons and come up with a course of action that would have kept you more on course, now talk to yourself in a positive way. “That cake was delicious. Next time I’ll savor a couple of bites rather than taking a big piece.” “I needed some breathing space in my schedule and so I missed the workout. I’ll bring a resistance band to work so I can get in some exercises while on hold on the phone.”

Practice, Practice, Practice

The more you catch yourself in negative self-talk and stop to analyze why you are criticizing yourself, the more you can redirect yourself to positive action. Eventually, you may begin congratulating yourself on doing the right thing rather than criticizing yourself for doing the wrong thing. Negative feelings and negative talk won’t cease completely, but if you use them as opportunities to analyze why things went wrong and to focus on positive actions, you will turn them into tools for improvement.

Fake It To Make It

Beyond negative self-talk, I give myself positive self-talk even when it’s not quite true. I tell myself throughout a tough workout that I love it and it is good for me, even as I want to quit. At the end I tell myself it felt great, even as I drag myself back to the locker room. At the end of a long training walk, even with new blisters on my feet, I tell myself it felt great to have made it that far. Rather than thinking that I must be aging or will never get more fit, I am thinking that I am somebody who loves the training and will challenge myself till I achieve new levels of fitness.
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The Messenger

The Messenger
A short Rendition of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. We had to do this for an English assignment, so I thought I’d share it since I have no other use for it. 😛



The Messenger was young and swift, for through great perils did he have to travel to deliver his precious information. This messenger had a very important task. Troop advancements, ambushes, even something like the weather could be important information for the generals and lords. Alas, the messenger’s age brought him greed, so sometimes he kept this information to himself- or told the wrong people. As long as it got him a few florins, he was happy. Even though, he was good at heart- mostly, and the people truly loved him despite his sometimes shady ways.

The Messenger wore leather tunic on his breast for speed and a hood on his head for protection from the sun. He carried a satchel on his back for the scrolls and other bits of information that he was endowed to deliver. He often had to fight with his only weapon, a dagger that was attached to his belt, and of course, the occasional fist when things got rough. Many enemies were after this man, but the messenger always seemed to get away unharmed, for he was truly a clever and sneaky person. Ah, yet the messenger is no longer with us today, as he was sent to the lands of Persia to deliver a priceless gift to the king.

Some say he is basking in the riches of this gift, others say that the Persians tricked him- those dirty fiends. We can only hope that in the horizon we see a horse galloping swiftly towards our town, with our beloved Messenger on top, bearing great news and tales of his journeys. One day, perhaps.

Harmony of the Worlds

“Harmonices Mundi (Latin: The Harmony of the Worlds, 1619) is a book by Johannes Kepler. In the work Kepler investigates harmony and congruence in geometrical forms and physical phenomena. The final section of the work relates his discovery of the so-called “Third Law” of planetary motion.

Kepler divides The Harmony of the World into five long chapters: the first is on regular polygons; the second is on the congruence of figures; the third is on the origin of harmonic proportions in music; the fourth on is on harmonic configurations in astrology; and the fifth on the harmony of the motions of the planets.

While medieval philosophers spoke metaphorically of the “music of the spheres,” Kepler discovered actual, albeit silent, harmonies in planetary motion. He found that the difference between the maximum and minimum angular speeds of planet on its orbit approximates a harmonic proportion. For instance, the maximum angular speed of the Earth as measured from the Sun varies by a semitone (a ratio of 16:15), from mi to fa, between aphelion and perihelion. Venus only varies by a tiny 25:24 interval (called a diesis in musical terms). Kepler explains the reason for the Earth’s small harmonic range:

The Earth sings Mi, Fa, Mi: you may infer even from the syllables that in this our home misery and famine hold sway.

At very rare intervals all of the planets would sing together in ‘perfect concord’: Kepler proposed that this may have happened only once in history, perhaps at the time of creation.”

Source: Wikepedia


On the exact second that we were born, the planets were aligned in such a way that they can never, in our lifetime, be aligned exactly that way again. With this alignment, on your exact moment of birth, there was a sort of “harmony of planets-” A “song” made just for you. It is almost like the song that defines your soul- an imprint that truly separates you from anyone else. Unfortunately, Kepler never went as far as to look beyond the rotation and orbits of a planet too see what tones a specific time period would create, but rationally it would take several lifetimes to do so. Still, his research has brought forth an amazing mixture of planets and sounds. It is beautiful to think that everyone on the Earth is bound to the planets and stars harmoniously. Maybe one day we’ll be able to listen to our own “Harmony of the Worlds.”

Ahead of the Unknown

I’m not going to dwell on things I don’t know anymore. No one knows when this all ends and no one knows the ultimate root of happiness. I’m going beyond that and striving to be the best I can be, have the patience to be happy and make others happy. I’m going to make a difference and encourage others to do so. I have faith in these things, because for once in my life I believe in myself, and I believe in us as a whole. Without this trust we are surely doomed. Even if it means that we turn out worse in the long run, as long as we achieve a step towards greatness, maybe a footprint, or a mark in time itself. If we don’t achieve any of this we are inclined to wither away, as many have, remembered by none, like an insolent speck of dust, joining with others- hazing the vision of a better life and a just society.


We must see beyond the haze.

We will see the light with our own eyes.

And it will shine bright, as bright as the heavens — a vision of hope to all who sees — and they will know:

There is greatness in this world. Let it unfold.

Time is Fleeting

Time is quite possibly the most powerful thing in the universe. “Tick, Tock…” Time is running out and you need to find the best way to utilize what time you have left, because you never know when it’s going to be over for you. Sure, the watch on your wrist will keep ticking, but will your heart? When everything else seems motionless, time is always looming in the background.

Though it sounds scary, you shouldn’t fear. Be happy that there is still time for you – time to make things right – time to make peace with the world and yourself. Depression is known to slow down the thinking process, so if you are dwelling on something that is depressing, you’re only wasting your time. Studies show that racing through happy thoughts makes you more productive and ultimately happier. I know it is not easy to just throw what depresses you aside, but you can control some of your thoughts.

Instead of hanging onto a breakup or a gone loved-one, pan through your future plans and goals. Regardless of what has happened, you can still control what happens in your future. Time can’t stop you and you can’t stop time, they both end at the same time, and you don’t know when that’s going to be. Whether it is the Ragnarok, Tribulation, Armageddon, or whatever you believe it’s going to be, there is still time for you to achieve greatness. Don’t throw your ideas and goals aside just to later be sitting on the front-porch-swing looking back on your life and wishing you could change it.

Now is the time for you to make the pivotal choices that shape your future. Don’t procrastinate, and do not rely on anyone else to do it for you. If you can read this, then that means that you’re still alive, and there is still time for you.

As I said, you can’t control time as a whole, but you can control your future.


“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.”

-Carl Sandburg


What are you waiting for?