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Such is the manic nature of modern life that a simple “yahoo” wasn’t exuberant enough. Even though Yahoo! the company has an exclamation point in its name, the pioneering outfit is now an also-ran in Web hipness, because zany punctuation was no match for the seductive consonance of “Googling.” And so was born a generic term for interacting with the online world. Today, we Google old lovers and new acquaintances—even if we use any of the many other search engines. Joseph Janes of the Information School of the University of Washington—wait, aren’t universities inherently “information schools”?—will discuss how Google became the how, what, and why of everyday Internet life, in a half-day seminar. You could Google him to find out more, but for old time’s sake, here’s the print version: Janes speaks at 10 a.m. at the Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. $65. (202) 357-3030. (Dave Nuttycombe)