Google honors Yosemite on it’s 123rd Birthday, despite being closed due to the “Government Shut-Down”. It is one of our Nation’s National Treasures!
Saul Bass was best known for his design of movie title sequences, which is the focus to the “movie” being streamed inside the doodle. He also designed movie poster, including such titles as Vertigo and The Shining. His visions were so captivating that he was even asked to perform as a visual consultant for movies being made by other directors and producers. His vision was cutting-edge, including the iconic “shower scene” in Psycho.
The coolest thing about this doodle is that the gyroscope rotated in different directions and was able to be manipulated with the pointing device. In the old days, I would have said mouse – but that can’t be assumed anymore! It also applies to my in such that I am back in school perusing a degree in Computer Science – and taking the required math classes, including Calculus (and Calc II, CALC III, etc.) I have had a math class every semester since I went back, and will have one every semester until I transfer into a 4-Year institution. (SDSU if all goes well).
Loenhard Euler was born in Basel, Switzerland in the year 1707. He made discoveries in math and science, including infinitesimal calculus. He also introduced a great deal of the mathematical terminology and notation that is used today. An example would be the notation of the mathematical function: f(x) = 3x + 5 (as a very simple example).
I really love how Google can take a style and use it to make their famous “doodles”. Not only does it dress up the plain look of the everyday site, but it pays homage to many unique and ground-breaking people from the past… and present.
Before today’s “doodle”, I had never heard of Maria Sibylla Merian – but now I know she was a talented illustrator and made significant contributions to the field of entomology (insects – think butterflies). One more example of Google getting the word out about people from the past and their amazing achievements.
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An iconic figure in the Goth sub-culture. Read more about him here…
AND… the 154th birthday of George Ferris – the creator of the original Ferris Wheel. Clicking the magnifying glass at the top takes you to info about Ferris.
But… click on the heart and you get the love match! The wheels spin and animal matches come up. Then a funny image or two of the completely different animals displays. Some were decently funny.
This post is the birth of Cool Google Pages. Over the years, I have had many interactions with the Google Home Page. Some are funny, some are interesting and some are just plain amazing. Sometimes it is the design that makes up the word GOOGLE that catches you and sometimes it just takes you someplace when you click it. Even more fun is when there is an “Easter egg” hidden in there somewhere… AND don’t forget the games.
Just the other day was Zamboni’s birthday and Google payed homage to the inventor of the machine that smooths the surface of ice rinks around the world with a fun game where you had to clean the ice after skaters came out and scuffed it up. It wasn’t a ground breaking feat of computer game programming, but it was fun – and a great example of Google entertaining us all. I mean let’s face it – Google is among the industry giants (if not the biggest) and still they take time and resources to keep us entertained.
Let me just say, “Thank you Google!”