My name is Jennifer and I’ve been assisting Alex with things for the last couple of months. Today, I’m popping in here, while Alex is tied up with authorly things, to tell you about one of MY nerdy obsessions…
If you use Google as your search browser, then you have certainly seen the special graphics they create to celebrate a holiday, remember a birthday, or recognize some other important accomplishment in history. I get a little happy in my heart whenever I open my search page and see one of these waiting for me. (Even more so when it’s my birthday — there’s a birthday design, and the scroll-over text says “Happy Birthday, Jennifer”!!)
Sometimes, they’re beautiful pieces of art:
Robert Louis Stevenson’s Birthday 2010
Charles Dickens’ Birthday 2012
Sometimes they have fun animations:
Seok Joo-myung’s Birthday 2014
Philae robotic lander lands on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko 2014
And sometimes (much to my delight and the detriment of my time management abilities), they’re interactive!! I can’t post those here because of the coding involved, but here are a few links to some of my favorites. Trust me when I tell you, you’ll get hooked on them, lol!
- Doctor Who’s 50th Anniversary — It’s LITERALLY a Doctor Who game you can play!!!
- Jules Verne’s Birthday 183rd Birthday 2011 — use the lever to maneuver your sub and watch the scenery change in the windows
- 30th Anniversary of Pac Man — yes, yes you CAN play the game
- John Lennon’s 70th Birthday 2010 — beautiful tribute to an amazing musical icon
These are nowhere NEAR all of the Google Doodles to see. You can access the Google Doodles collection HERE. And for something really cool… check out the Doodles 4 Google site HERE. These are graphics designed and submitted by regular people, in countries around the world. There are some really talented people out there, sharing their imagination.
Big thank you to Alex for letting me steal a bit of her blog space today. I’ll leave you all with the lovely doodle from Google today, the first day of spring…
I’d love to hear what YOU think about these!! Have you noticed them? Given them much thought? Do you have a favorite from the Google Doodles archive? (How much time did you spend wandering through it?? I’ve visited the site many times, and still don’t think I’ve seen them all.)
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