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Can we at least get a bagel?

Google's idea site, Project 10 to the 100th
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Google is calling for ideas to help the world, to be submitted by October 20th.

Voting among 20 semifinalists will begin in January.

Google will put up $10 million US to help bring these ideas to fruition.

The criteria, copied from Google's site, where more info is available, are:

Criteria: Reach: How many people would this idea affect?
Depth: How deeply are people impacted? How urgent is the need?
Attainability: Can this idea be implemented within a year or two?
Efficiency: How simple and cost-effective is your idea?
Longevity: How long will the idea's impact last?


theircompetitor, Sep 24 2008

Google's call for ideas http://www.cnn.com/....project/index.html
[theircompetitor, Sep 24 2008]

Actual site for submision http://www.project1...e100.com/index.html
[theircompetitor, Sep 24 2008]

Google closed for submissions? continuedDiscussions.com
[pashute, Mar 27 2011]


       //"These ideas can be big or small, technology-driven or brilliantly simple -- but they need to have impact,"//   

       I nominate "Vegetable Peeler Exchange Program" for our site's submission.
phundug, Sep 24 2008

       I'm going for Anatomically Correct Campus for both health and education :)
theircompetitor, Sep 24 2008

       I'm going to submit my "Extra hour in bed for people born in the winter" - this would benefit about half the world's population.
hippo, Sep 25 2008

       hmm... "Air Chariot" and "Flavoured Exhaust" from my collection.
FlyingToaster, Sep 26 2008

       Moles. Everyone has a lawn, everyone hates moles.   

       A device to kill moles painlessly could probably be developed within the budget.   

       Heck, with that amount of money you could even make it painless for the moles as well.
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 27 2011

       Capital punishment for use of "impact" as a verb. It would affect the entire Anglosphere, so, high score for Reach. It would affect certain people very deeply indeed (about six feet deeply). And as for Urgency, well res ipsa loquitur, doesn't it?
mouseposture, Mar 27 2011

       Was it Iris Murdoch who received a reply from her tutor when she had just gone up to Oxford for the first time, “You may have arrived in Oxford, but the verb ‘to contact’ has not”?
pocmloc, Mar 27 2011

       Was that not her son, Rupert?
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 27 2011

       //"impact" as a verb// both n. & v. were backformations from the adjective "impacted".
FlyingToaster, Mar 27 2011

       So, was there originally a "leveraged"?
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 27 2011

       Yes, just after Archimedes said "Give me a place to stand on, and I will move the Earth."
8th of 7, Mar 27 2011

       [FT] Are you familiar with the technical meaning of "impacted" in gastroenterology? It means full of ... something we don't mention in polite society.
mouseposture, Mar 27 2011

       // something we don't mention in polite society. //   

       Peter Mandelson ?
8th of 7, Mar 27 2011

       That was courtesy of dictionary.com ... "coprolites" ?
FlyingToaster, Mar 27 2011

       I see your dictionary.com and raise you my _Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology_, which says impact (n.) is from Latin, with no intervening backformation.
mouseposture, Mar 27 2011

       // coprolites //   

       Fossilised animal dung; dense, dessicated human excrement.   

       Like we said, Peter Mandelson.   

       // no intervening backformation //   

       Oh, not Peter Mandelson then; that implies abstention from uphill gardening.
8th of 7, Mar 27 2011

       and I'll call your bluff on the "(n.)" bit.
FlyingToaster, Mar 27 2011


       "An impact" .. noun. "To impact" - verb.   

       Stand pat or draw, it's yours to choose.   

8th of 7, Mar 27 2011

       \textbf{impact} striking of one body on another. XVIII. f. \emph{impact-,} pp. stem of L. \emph{impingere} \textsc{impinge,} after \textsc{contact.}   

       It's a physical book, not online, so quoting it is all I can do for you. In fairness, it appears that, although there was no backformation, the verb did predate the noun, albeit the Latin verb predated the English noun.
mouseposture, Mar 27 2011

       [FT], you have the choice of swords or pistols. Both of you, please nominate your seconds.
8th of 7, Mar 27 2011

       Shorter [8th_of_7]: "Let's you & him fight."
mouseposture, Mar 27 2011

       The "backformation" seems not well substantiated, and though the usage is obviously straight from the equus' mouth, there is a note somewhere else on the web that the original usage in English was to describe an "impacted" tooth: perhaps the first *documented* usage.
FlyingToaster, Mar 28 2011


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