Is Google’s Memorial Day Logo a Joke?

Is Google’s Memorial Day logo a joke, or is it a true representation of how Google feels toward the contribution of those Americans who gave their lives in defense of this country? While I understand that we have an international audience that may not feel as offended by such a trespass, I have to take a moment and expose Google for this pathetic display of tribute to the very men and women who gave them the opportunity to become the behemoth they are now. Take a moment and feast your eyes on the fascinating piece of work that Google decided to use as the front page tribute to Memorial Day, pictured below.

Memorial Day 2012

No my friends, your eyes do not deceive you. That is about a 50 pixel square that shows “Memorial Day 2012″ when you put your mouse over it. It doesn’t even take you anywhere when you click it! Just a pathetic graphic that you can barely make out at the bottom of the page. It looks like clip artwork a 3rd grader would do. So this begs the question, “what is the meaning of such a pitiful display?” Honestly, I can only make assumptions. As someone who tries to be logical, I try not to read into things that are not clearly stated. However, considering that the inventor of the zipper received a super cool doodle with an animated zipper running down the screen, it is hard not to come to the conclusion that Google’s regard for our fallen soldiers is less than its regard for a good working zipper!

Now let’s take a peek at Bing. Pictured below, you can see a screenshot of Bing’s tribute to Memorial Day.

Bing

When you click on certain areas of the picture, you are taken to a beautiful photo montage of Arlington National Cemetery. This seems a much more befitting tribute to our nation’s fallen than what was previously seen on Google’s page.

It wasn’t cappuccino sipping geeks who made this country free. It won’t be the Ivy League elite that keeps us free from tyranny in the future either. When we fail to teach the young the sacrifices of the past, we fail to protect them in the future from tyrants like Hitler. I wish more than anything that there were no need for guns and war, but the harsh reality is that there are evil people in this world. Even if you’re not American, but you are reading this in the context of freedom, take a moment and find out why it is that you are free to do so. More than likely you’ll discover that some brave group of souls sacrificed their very lives for a cause greater than themselves and for the love of theirthumb country and the people in it. Folks, that is what Memorial Day in America is all about!

Google Doodle Pays Tribute To Robert Moog Through A Hackable, Recordable Synthesizer

Today’s Google Doodle will surely blow your mind, ears and fingers.

If you are fond of music (almost anyone on this earth is), expect to waste a couple of hours gazing the Google homepage and randomly hitting keys to create the “Moog effect”.

Google has recreated the Les paul with todays Google doodle. By featuring a full featured synthesizer (electronic keyboard or modern version of the classical piano) on its homepage, the doodle is paying tribute to Robert “Bob” Moog – the inventor of Moog synthesizer and a pioneer of electronic music in America.

moog-Synthesizer-guitar-doodle

When compared to Les Paul, this doodle is far more complex but if you can manage the modes well, the sound flows and feels really crispy. The doodle is by no means limited to only “playing”; you can record a song in the Moog synthesizer doodle and share the recording through a short g.co URL. Pretty neat!

Play Twinkle Twinkle On The Moog Synthesizer Google Doodle

Remember the good old days of Kindergarten, singing baby jingles in groups? Want to play a simple tune on the Moog synthesizer Google doodle? We have got you covered!

Here is the notation and keys for Twinkle Twinkle Little star (keyed in C major):

rr ii oo I (Twinkle, twinkle, little star,)
uu yy tt r (How I wonder what you are.)
i iu uy yt  (Up above the world so high,)
i iu uy yt  (Like a diamond in the sky.)
rr ii oo I (Twinkle, twinkle, little star)
uu yy tt r (How I wonder what you are.)

Sweet? You bet.

Play Titanic On The Moog Synthesizer Google Doodle

Another very famous song which is easy to play and touches your soul. Try hitting the following notes (keyboard pattern):

rt ty tr ti
ui io iu yt

op p[ po i
ui io iu yt

rt ty tr ti
uy tr w  q

r rr r er
r er t yt
r rr r er
r er rt q

r (hold)
t (hold)
q i uyt
y uy t er
t er rt q

Mix Those Filters – Hack The Doodle to Create Your Own Techno Sound

If you play around with the given filters, mixer, envelopes and oscillators, you would be able to create your own techno sound in the moog Synthesizer doodle. It takes some time to master the operation of the filters but once you have got the hang of it, you just can’t stop hitting those keys. To get the best results, keep all the filters to their default state and slowly alter the value of one filter. Next, keep the earlier filter as it is and move on to the next, you will have to go through a number of trial and errors until you figure out your own “doodly sound”.

For example, it took me less than half an hour to create this techno sound – http://g.co/doodle/k5kbxb. If you are from India, you will know that this tune is a combination of two very famous ad jingles (Reliance and Airtel).

I hope Google will preserve this doodle and give this piece the honor it deserves – a permanent homepage. The other doodles who have already managed a permanent home are Pacman and Les Paul.

Google Celebrates Mother’s Day with a Beautiful Doodle

God could not be everywhere and therefore he made Mothers.

The above quote reflects the importance of mothers and motherhood, who is one of the greatest living teachers on Earth. It is said that being a mother is a one of the highest salaried jobs, since the payment is pure love. In significance to the love and sacrifice called motherhood, the entire world today celebrates Mother’s Day, a great opportunity to thank and give love to the lady who has done everything that is possible from her hands.

To honor and celebrate Mother’s Day, the search engine giant – Google, has come up with a very lovely and beautiful doodle highlighting the love and affection between a mother and her kids. In the animated Google Doodle, you will see two children give their mother a flower and big hug.

Happy Mother's Day - May 2012

The animations begins with the two children (the two Os in Google) opening a door and stealing a look to see if their mother (the letter “L” in Google) is there. The mother notices the two children coming inside and gets anxious. The children then run to their mother with a flower and give her a big fat hug. The characters then line up to form letters in the Google logo.

Since 2000, Google designs a doodle on the occasion of Mother’s Day every year, and replaces the classic logo on its home page with the doodle to compliment to mothers all over the world. As usual, clicking on the doodle will take you to the results page that details the significance, purpose, and its traditions.

While Mother’s Day is celebrated in different part of the world on different days, it is generally the second Sunday of May (May 13, 2012) that is most widely celebrated. The origin of Mother’s Day can be dated back to 1908 in the United States, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial in remembrance of her mother Anna Reeves, who spent over 20 years teaching at a Sunday school.

With this memorial, Anna Jarvis began a campaign to make “Mother’s Day” a recognized holiday in the United States. By 1914, she was successful enough and the day was known to many people around the States. However, she began hating the very idea of the holiday thing due to extensive commercialization as early as the 1920s. This, however, is considered to be the modern holiday of Mother’s Day.

Today, almost the entire world celebrates Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May. This includes Canada, Australia, Brazil, most parts of Europe, India and other parts of Asia, as well as many countries in Africa.

Also Read: Google Celebrates International Women’s Day with a Symbolic Google Doodle

Watch the Google Doodle in action –

Happy Mother’s Day to moms all over the world!

Google Doodle Celebrates Keith Haring’s 54th Birthday

Yet another Google Doodle dedicated to an American artist – Keith Haring, who was inspired by street styles and dance music of the 1980s and mentored by Andy Warhol. The doodle is featured on Google’s home page on the occasion of the 54th birthday of the great artist.

The doodle uses normal Google colours – blue, red, yellow and green, but it has been created in a way, which looks beautiful and energetic. it is designed to show a set of people dancing forming the letters “Google.”

Keith Haring Birthday Google Doodle

Keith was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, and grew up in in Kutztown with his mother, Joan Haring, and his father, Allen Haring, who was a cartoonist. From his childhood days, Keith showed keen interest in art, and from the year 1976 to 1978 he studied commercial art at The Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh. He then moved on to study Fine Arts.

At the end of his teen-age, he moved to New Your City, and got inspired by graffiti art, and studied at the School of Visual Arts. He came into public attention when he started off with his chalk drawings on the New Your subway in the late 1970s.

He then achieved fame and recognition in the 1980s, and also took part in several exhibitions. All his career life, he devoted a lot of time to public works, which often carried social messages.

In 1988, Haring was diagnosed with AIDS. He spent the last couple of years of his life is spreading awareness about this disease. Haring passed away at a young age of 31, due to an AIDS related complication. His most renowned work was ‘The Radiant Baby,’ which later became his symbol. After he passed away, a musical of the same name was also created in his memory.

Here are some of his works available on Wikipedia –

Keith Haring Works

Watch the video of Keith Haring painting a giant mural as part of his artist residency at Minneapolis’ Walker Art Center –

Get Your Zip On with Today’s Google Doodle

When you do a Google search today, not only can you click buttons, but you can also play with a screen sized zipper! Google is honoring the inventor of the zipper, Gideon Sundback, with a special Google Doodle.

Zipper

The doodle sports a nifty design. The Google lettering looks embroidered and there is a large interactive zipper going down the middle of the page. You drag the zipper down and it will take you to information about the inventor.

Sundback
Courtesy of WikiMedia

Now to be fair, Sundback didn’t actually invent the concept of the zipper, however, he perfected previous work and is now considered the father of modern day zippers we use. Oddly enough, Sundback was an electrical engineer by trade. He was born in Sweden and studied engineering in Germany.  He emigrated to the U.S. in 1905.  He began his career at the famous Westinghouse but a year later took a job at Universal Fastener Company. From there he began working on perfecting the “separable fastener”. Pictured below, you can see part of the drawing he made for his patent.

Patent
Courtesy Wikimedia

Another interesting tidbit to note, is that Sundback didn’t call it a zipper. That term came about from B.F. Goodrich when they used his “separable fastener” in their boots. Another interesting fact to note is that zippers were not the common place for clothes. They were originally used in boots and tobacco pouches. The fashion industry didn’t catch on until around World War II.

So today, when you find yourself with that overwhelming urge to go to the privy in a hurry, you can thank Mr. Sundback for making things just a little bit easier. Which makes me wonder; did he ever consider making an electric one?

Google Celebrates Earth Day ’12 With Doodle

Earth Day! The day when there is a call for each one of us to do our little bits for the planet. Mobilize the Earth is the slogan, and this is the day to remind ourselves of the responsibilities again. Google honours Earth Day with a very beautiful doodle.

The Doodle

Google did this last year as well – coming up with an awesome doodle back then. This time, it’s not as great as the last year, but it’s very pleasing. The doodle shows flowers lined up in shapes that spell out ‘G-O-O-G-L-E’. The doodle is not a static picture, and you can see the flowers growing, representing the Earth full of beauty. The colour of the flowers on each of the letters is the same as the colours of the letters on the regular Google logo. Nice and subtle!

Renewing the Pledge to the Planet

We had told you the brief history of Earth Day last year. The pledge this year is multi-pronged. We need to find viable alternative energy sources, save species, plant more trees, reduce carbon footprint and, most importantly, provide enough resources to teachers all over the world so that the information can be brought to the millions of children who are to form the future of our planet. There is no guarantee, in fact quite the reverse, that they will be spared the massive environmental changes – the debts of the generations preceding them.

Resources

The official site of Earth Day is www.earthday.org/2012. You’ll find all the news you need about Earth Day and the activities. Remember this is just a formal token day – the work happens all around the year.

In order to fulfill the dream of ‘A Billion Acts of Green’, the Earth Day Network launched an initiative with acclaimed director James Cameron which involves planting a million trees. This has led to the swelling of the online community members to a staggering 900,000.

The coolest thing on the website is the Carbon Footprint calculator. The app takes in your location, asks a few simple questions and then spits out your carbon footprint. Cool!

Get to know how you can help! Everyone counts.

Google Celebrates French Photographer Robert Doisneau’s 100th Birthday

Google today is celebrating the French photographer – Robert Doisneau’s 100th birthday by featuring a monochrome Google Doodle on its homepage. The doodle consists of four photographs on Robert Doisneau in which the letters ‘Google’ are incorporated.

Robert Doisneau was a French photographer, born on 14 April 1912 in Gentilly, Val-de-Marne, Paris. Doisneau is greatly renowned for this 1950 image Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville (Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville), a photo of a couple kissing in the busy streets of Paris.

He is best known for his skills in Street Photography and also the playful images in everyday French life. Doisneau has not only photographed, but also published over twenty books, which comprised of several charming pictures of personal moments in the lives of individuals in Paris.

Robert Doisneau's 100th Birthday Google Doodle

He was just a 16-year-old when he showed interest in Photography and took up amateur photography. He began working at Atelier Ullmann (Ullmann Studio), a creative graphics studio, and helped out as a camera assistant. In 1931, he voluntarily quit his job and took up a job as an assistant with photographer André Vigneau. In the year 1932, he sold his first photo story to Excelsior magazine.

Later on, he was hired as an industrial advertising photographer by Renault. At the same time he started showing interest in working with photography and people. However, he was fired in 1939 for being constantly late, and was forced to take up freelance advertising and postcard photography to earn his living.

He won several awards throughout his life, including:

  • Balzac Prize in 1986 (Honoré de Balzac)
  • Grand Prix National de la Photographie in 1983
  • Niépce Prize in 1956 (Nicéphore Niépce)
  • Kodak Prize in 1947
Robert Doisneau 1943 Photograph

Apart from that, he made a short film – “Le Paris de Robert Doisneau” in 1973. Doisneau’s photographs were popular among the people of Paris. Many of his photos from the end of World War II through the 1950s have been used to print calendars and postcards, and also have become icons of French life.

Doisneau married Pierrette Chaumaison in the year 1936, and had two daughters Annette and Francine. Pierrette was suffering from the infamous Alzheimer disease and died in 1993. Six months later, Doisneau died having a triple heart bypass and suffering from acute pancreatitis.

Google Celebrates 125th Birthday of Jaun Gris with a Cubist Doodle

Google is celebrating the 125th birth anniversary of the famous Spanish painter and sculptor, Juan Gris, by posting a cubist Google Doodle on its home page signifying the abstract art of Cubism, which was the most revolutionary art movement in the last century.

The Google Doodle dedicated to Juan Gris is now available in Australia, New Zealand, India and many other countries, and will be available to the rest of the world later this evening and early morning. Due to the variations in time zones, Google Doodle usually appears in other countries first – way ahead of the United States.

Today’s doodle is quite abstract and basically replicating the art of Cubism. Generally every Google Doodle will have the letters “Google” hidden within it, but unfortunately in today’s doodle, I really couldn’t find these letters. Well, abstract art is more like a mystery to me –

Google Doodle - 125th Birth Anniversary of Juan Gris

According to Wikipedia, Juan Gris was a famous sculptor and painter who discovered his own personal “cubism” style 100 years ago in Paris, France.

Born in Madrid on March 23, 1887, the birth name of Juan Gris is José Victoriano González-Pérez. He studied mechanical drawing at the Escuela de Artes y Manufacturas in Madrid from 1902 to 1904. During the year 1905, José González adopted the more distinctive pseudonym Juan Gris.

Juan Gris first painted in the analytic style of Cubism, but eventually after 1913 he began his conversion to synthetic Cubism, of which he became a steadfast interpreter, with extensive use of papier collé or, collage. His top auction price was $20.8 million which was set by his 1915 still life titled, Livre, pipe et verres, until Christie’s Imp/Mod sale in November 2010, when “Violon et guitare” sold for $28.6 million.

Here are some of his works featured on Wikipedia –

Juan Gris Selected Works

Since October 1925, Juan’s health started to get complicated and frequently fell ill with attacks of uremia and cardiac problems. He died on May 12, 1927, at age 40.

Google Celebrates Akira Yoshizawa’s 101st Birthday

To mark the 101st birth anniversary of Akira Yoshizawa, popularly known as the Grandmaster of origami, Google has come with a colorful origami-themed Google doodle, which has replaced the company’s usual Google logo on its homepage.

Happy Birthday Akira Yoshizawa

Origami is a Japanese art, which is a composite of two smaller Japanese words: “ori”, meaning to fold, and “kami”, meaning paper, which started is early 17th century AD and was then popularized in other cities outside Japan in the mid-1900s.

Akira Yoshizawa was born on 14 March 1911 in Kaminokawa, Japan, to the family of a dairy farmer. From his early ages itself, Yoshizawa was self-learnt man and took interests in teaching himself the art of folding papers or origami. When he was 13 years old, Yoshizawa got his first job at a factory in Tokyo. When he was promoted from a worker to a technical draftsman, Yoshizawa revived his passion for origami.

Yoshizawa then resigned from his job in mid-1930s in order to pursue his passion for art.  For the next two decades, he lived a real hard life, selling preserved fish door-to-door. In 1951, things started to lucky for Yoshizawa as he was commissioned by a magazine company to fold the 12 signs of the Japanese zodiac to illustrate its next issue, which helped him reach out to the world.

Happy Birthday Akira Yoshizawa

In 1983, Japanese emperor Hirohito named him to the Order of the Rising Sun, one of the highest honors that can be given to a Japanese citizen. In 1989, Yoshizawa made an estimation that he had created more than 50,000 models, of which only a few hundred designs were diagrammed in his 18 books.

Akira Yoshizawa died on March 14, 2005 in hospital in Itabashi Ward of complications of pneumonia on his 94th birthday.

Meanwhile, watch this simple videos demonstration of the paper folding project, done in computer graphics using the OpenGL as Platform –

Google Celebrates International Women’s Day with a Symbolic Google Doodle

Google today is celebrating the 101st International Women’s Day by featuring a colorful doodle on their home page by replacing their standard Google logo with a simple colorful symbolic illustration that forms the word “Google.”

The first letter in the Google Doodle for Women’s Day is the female gender sign, which appears like the letter “G”. The “O” in Google is significant of the “bindi”, a forehead decoration worn in South Asia – particularly in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Mauritius, while the third symbol is a marigold-yellow flower, representing the second “O” in Google. The colors are in sync with Google’s official logo colors – blue, red, yellow and green, except that the violet shades visually depict the Women’s Day logo itself.

Google Doodle - International Women's Day

International Women’s Day, celebrated on March 8 of every year is an event for “globally recognizing and applauding women’s achievements as well as for observing and highlighting gender inequalities and issues.”

International Women’s Day is a celebration of women that ranges from culture to culture, remembering women’s achievements socially, economically and politically. It was first observed in the United States as National Women’s Day on 28 February 1909.International Women's Day 2012

IWD was first celebrated on March 18, 1911 in four European countries – Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. The United Nations began officially supporting and sponsoring the event since 1975, the year that was designated as International Women’s Year.

There are over thousands of events conducted worldwide to celebrate and honor women’s causes and achievements in every field.  The UN theme for International Women’s Day 2012 is Empower Women – End Hunger and Poverty. The European Parliament has come up with the slogan – “Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value.”

International Women’s Day is now an official holiday in Afghanistan, Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cambodia, China (for women only), Ukraine, Vietnam, and many other countries. Here are some of the Google Doodles dedicated to Women in the past several years –

This is the fifth Google Doodle dedication for International Women’s Day. The first dedication appeared in 2005, while the other three were done consecutively from 2009 to 2011. This doodle also marks the 1324th Google Doodle, since the first ever doodle dedicated for the Burning Man Festival back in August 30, 1998.