Reno - 3:39 am on Oct 21, 2011 (gmt 0)
I would urge you MrSavage to drive to a large park somewhere in your area, get out into the fresh air, get onto a hiking path, and walk until you can hardly walk any more. Sit down and realize that if Google can ruin your life, then it's time to re-prioritize, because they aren't worth it. People in Libya are being bombed into the stone age by a man who, incredibly, won the Noble Peace Prize. THAT is being broken.
To paraphrase netmeg, the Panda crash will look like a Chucky Cheese party after the coming crashes hit us in the coming year. It's all a matter of perspective.
Again I say, don't let Google define your life. They are not worth it. They are nothing more than a search company with brilliant PR (public relations, not page rank!), and were rewarded handsomely for it. Listen to mhansen, take what you learned and re-build outside of Google's glutches, and never again be put into the position where you rise or fall because of one company. That may work until the tightrope breaks, then it's a long way down.