Tag Archives: link to Zamboni game

Microsoft Bing Competes With Google Doodles With Interactive Easter Egg Background.

Dec2013x125

..
.March31doodlethumb
by
Anura Guruge


A Few Related posts:
>> 
Cesar Chavez Doodle, Mar. 31 … — Mar. 31, 2013.
>> All Of Google’s Doodles & Games … — Jan. 16, 2013.
>> Link To Google’s ‘Zamboni’ Game … — Jan. 16, 2013.
>> Google’s April 1, April’ Fools Doodles — Mar. 30, 2013.

≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ Check CATEGORY ‘Google Doodle’ for other posts
—>>> (side bar)


BingEaster

Click here to access Bing’s Easter 2013 search page with this background.

Move the cursor around and find ‘pop up’ rectangles. They contain clever ‘quotes’ or jokes like that shown above.


Wow. We now have controversy about Google Doodles! Who would have thought. [See below.]

And Bing is competing. Though my ISP, TDS, has Bing as the default search if I mistype a URL, I am a dyed in the wool Googler. I just banged my name into Bing when I went to get the background. I was impressed with the results. Maybe I should try it. But, as Deanna always complains I like my routines — but, part of that is the discipline. I have used Google for so long.

I am, as you know, partial to Google Doodles — especially after they gave me the one I requested!

Bing, I guess, has a different background daily — and as with Doodles, some of it is country-specific. Yes, there is an archive (and I will confess, it is better laid out than Google’s).

I don’t think I will have the time to follow both. I am hooked on Doodles.

But …


The Controversy!

Click to access article.

Click to access article.

A Handsome Google Doodle For American Civil Rights Activist, Cesar Chavez’s 86th Birthday. He Died 1993.

Dec2013x125

..
.March31doodlethumb
by
Anura Guruge


A Few Related posts:
>> All Of Google’s Doodles & Games … — Jan. 16, 2013.
>> Link To Google’s ‘Zamboni’ Game … — Jan. 16, 2013.
>> Google’s April 1, April’ Fools Doodles — Mar. 30, 2013.

≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ Check CATEGORY ‘Google Doodle’ for other posts
—>>> (side bar)


March31doodle

Click here to access the Cesar Chavez Doodle Google
on Google’s main search page during March 31, 2013.

Link to find it post-March 31 will be posted later.


Read about the controversy related to this Doodle on Easter
and the Bing counter with Easter Egg background!


Mexican American Cesar Chavez [March 31, 1927 – April 23, 1993]
was a farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist,
who, with Dolores Huerta, co-founded the National Farm Workers Association
(later the United Farm Workers union, UFW).

Nice touch by Google.

Chavez has been getting a lot of press of late.

Google Doodles For April Fool’s Day: Can You Spot The ‘Valid’ Doodle?

Dec2013x125

..
.
by
Anura Guruge


A Few Related posts:
>> All Of Google’s Doodles & Games … — Jan. 16, 2013.
>> Link To Google’s ‘Zamboni’ Game … — Jan. 16, 2013.

≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ Check CATEGORY ‘Google Doodle’ for other posts
—>>> (side bar)


April1Doodles

Click here to get access Google’s treasure trove
of archived Google Doodles.


Google is noted for its brilliant April Fool’s Day pranks.

Last year they announced the extremely funny 8-bit Google Maps. Just Google for all their other pranks. Wikipedia even has an entry titled: “List of Google’s hoaxes and easter eggs” .

But google has been quite circumspect when it comes to Google Doodles for April 1, i.e., April Fool’s Day. Here are three from 2009, 2010 and 2012. There wasn’t one for 2011.

Are they all pranks?

No. Only one is a bona fide joke. Can you tell which one that is?

One relies on some poetic license. Can you spot that one.

The other is truly legit, though it is very clever.

Никола́й Васи́льевич Го́голь with his trademark nose. But, he wasn’t born on April 1. Neither did he die on April 1. He was a ‘March’ man: was born and died in March.

Yes, the 2010, ‘Topeka‘ renaming was a ‘joke‘, though rather tame and obvious. Topeka, Kansas, more of less forced Google’s hand by making an official announcement, covered by the media, on March 1, 2010, that they were renaming Topeka, Kansas, ‘Google’, Kansas for a month. So, Google retaliates, so to speak. But it was very obvious.

Nikolai Gogol is real! Honest. He was Russian and only those that truly have an appreciation of world literature would have heard of him. That Google found him was so cute. Bravo. But, they did take some poetic license, which to me, spoilt it. Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol (Никола́й Васи́льевич Го́голь) WAS NOT born on April 1, 1809! He was born March 31, 1809. And Google can’t claim that it was April 1 in the U.S. At best it would have been March 30 in the U.S. So that was cheating.

The ‘VLT‘, standing for ‘Very Large Telescope‘ is very real and it did indeed go public on April 1, 1999. And the names are correct too. So that one is legit, though I have issues with the graphic. The laser shown shooting out of the 4 telescopes is not a common occurrence. Yes, they do shoot a laser to determine atmospheric distortion so that computer software processing the captured images can compensate for it. This is called ‘Adaptive Optics’. Yes, it looks cool, but as an astronomy buff I worry that it creates the wrong impression and that kids, especially, might form this notion of telescopes that shoot lasers into the sky on a routine basis.

The VLT at sunset.

Dancing, Very Cute, Google Doodle For St. Patrick’s Day. Plus All The Past St. Patty Doodles.

Dec2013x125

..
.
by
Anura Guruge


St.PatGooglesmallRelated posts:
>> Valentine’s Day Ferris
>>Feb. 14, 2013.

>> All Of Google’s Doodles &
>> Games … — Jan. 16, 2013.

>> Link To Google’s ‘Zamboni’ Game … — Jan. 16, 2013.
>> Google’s Fun ‘Zamboni’ Game … — Jan. 16, 2013.
≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ Check CATEGORY ‘Google Doodle’ for other posts —>>> (side bar)


Appears on Google's standard search page on St. Patrick's day. Click here to access. I will post new like post-St. Patrick's Day. Enjoy.

Click to access this Doodle after St. Patrick’s Day. Takes you to the Google Doodle archive.

Click here to get to this Google Doodle after St. Patrick’s Day.


Prior Doodles.

So much for the theory that they don’t  do repeat Doodles. The luck of the Irish.

Click to access Google page with all these archived Doodles.

Click to access Google page with all these archived Doodles.

Google Doodle (Animated) To “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” Douglas Adams’ 61st Birthday.

Dec2013x125

..
.
by
Anura Guruge


DoglasAdamssmallRelated posts:
>> Valentine’s Day Ferris
>>Feb. 14, 2013.

>> All Of Google’s Doodles &
>> Games … — Jan. 16, 2013.

>> Link To Google’s ‘Zamboni’ Game … — Jan. 16, 2013.
>> Google’s Fun ‘Zamboni’ Game … — Jan. 16, 2013.
≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ Check CATEGORY ‘Google Doodle’ for other posts —>>> (side bar)


Click to access it on March 11, 2013. I will update this link after the birthday.

Click to access it … it is still here, at the Google Doodle archive even after March 11, 2013.

Click here to get to this Google Doodle after its appearance on March 11, 2013.


What appears at the Google Doodle archive … replete with Google provided write-up on Douglas Adams.

Adamsdoodledetailed


To say I am still a HUGE fan of Douglas would not capture my deep-seated, profound relationship with this AMAZING man.

He was beyond genius. A rare, alas fleeting, talent.

When the Doodle said ’61st birthday’ by heart skipped a beat.
He tragically died so young. Aged 49, in 2001. I was distressed.

We were contemporaneous and compatriots, though alas I never met him.
I became a ‘Hitchhiker’ with the 1981 BBC TV show. I have it on DVD.
Both my older kids got to love it and I think Devanee has seen it once.

I have read all his books and I am sure I have nearly all of them

I often use Hitchhiker phrases and most don’t have any idea what I am talking about.

Just recently I signed off an e-mail to my papal blog regulars with what I told them was a biblical reference:
Goodbye and Thanks for all the fish‘.

Thank YOU, Douglas. You were the Man.

Thank YOU, Google. You made my day.




Google Doodle For “International Women’s Day”. Happy “International Women’s Day”.

Dec2013x125

..
.
by
Anura Guruge


womansdaydoodlesmallRelated posts:
>> Valentine’s Day Ferris
>>Feb. 14, 2013.

>> All Of Google’s Doodles &
>> Games … — Jan. 16, 2013.

>> Link To Google’s ‘Zamboni’ Game … — Jan. 16, 2013.
>> Google’s Fun ‘Zamboni’ Game … — Jan. 16, 2013.
≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ Check CATEGORY ‘Google Doodle’ for other posts —>>> (side bar)


Click

Click to access the Doodle after March 8, 2013.

Click here to get to this Google Doodle after March 8, 2013.

The page that now contains the Google shows how the Doodle evolved.
Here are some of the earlier attempts.





Click to access official site (or at least they say they are).

Click to access official site (or at least they say they are).

Google Doodle ‘Slalom Canoe’ Game From 2012. Brilliant. Addictive. You Have To Try It.

Dec2013x125

..
.
by
Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Valentine’s Day Ferris Wheel Doodle — Feb. 14, 2013.
>> All Of Google’s Doodles & Games … — Jan. 16, 2013.
>> Link To Google’s ‘Zamboni’ Game … — Jan. 16, 2013.
>> Google’s Fun ‘Zamboni’ Game … — Jan. 16, 2013.
≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ ≡ Check CATEGORY ‘Google Doodle’ for other posts —>>> (side bar)


Click to access Google Doodle game.

Click to access Google Doodle game.


The Equestrian High Jump Record, At 8.1′, That Has Stood For 64 Years Seems Incongruous To Me.

Dec2013x125

..
.
by
Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Nicolaus Copernicus’ 540th Birthday — Feb. 19, 2013.
>> Valentine’s Day Ferris Wheel Doodle — Feb. 14, 2013.
>> All Of Google’s Doodles & Games … — Jan. 16, 2013.
>> Link To Google’s ‘Zamboni’ Game … — Jan. 16, 2013.
>> Google’s Fun ‘Zamboni’ Game … — Jan. 16, 2013.


eqhighjumpdoodleClick here to get to this Google Doodle.


The record being set in Chile.

I have learned a lot of late by making a point to study Google Doodles.

I saw the above Chilean Colonel Alberto Larraguibel Morales (May 30, 1919 – April 12, 1995) Doodle on February 5, 2013 — the day after they produced a Doodle for Sri Lanka Independence Day.

I had no idea what they were talking about. Though I used to watch equestrian show jumping on TV, as all Brits are expected to do, I wasn’t familiar with the term ‘Puissance’. Maybe I did know it at one point but had forgotten it because I haven’t seen horse jumping on TV in the 29 years I have lived here (this time around).

Google has actually used the WRONG terminology. Puissance involves an upright fence. As you can see from the Doodle, Alberto Larraguibel was jumping over a sloped fence. That is the equestrian high jump competition ad it involves a single, sloping fence — the bottom half is hedge, the top made out of rails. So the Doodle is accurate in that respect.

Larraguibel (who at the time was a captain) broke the record for the the equestrian high jump, on February 5, 1949, at an official international event, in his native Chile.

He was riding quite a famous horse, chestnut stallion named ‘Huaso‘ (née ‘Faithful’).

They cleared, as officially ratified by the relevant sporting body, 8.1 feet (2.47 meters).

To beat the record somebody needs to jump 8.2 feet.

Same record jump, but head on. Does look quite high to me.

I like horses. Always have. I have done a very small amount of riding. I have watched Devanee taking riding lessons. But, I don’t know much about horses.

That height surprised me. 8.1′ Didn’t seem that high. I commented about this to Deanna.

Yes, I know the horse has a person, weighing at least 120 pounds, sitting on them — and I know the difference that 6 pounds make when I strap on my wrist weights to slog up Prospect Mountain Road.

Tonight I had some time. So I did what I had been meaning to do.

The World and Olympic records for High Jump. [I was in the ball park in what I had thought they were.]

Want to guess?

Men: …..8.03′ [2.45 m] World (set in 1993) and 7.84′ [2.39] Olympic (set in 1996).

Women: 6.86′ [2.09 m] World (set in 1987) and 6.76′ [2.06] Olympic (set in 2004).

So, the horse record is less than an 1″ different from the men’s high jump — obviously without the 120(+) burden.

Seems incongruous to me — especially since the horse record has stood for 64 years, one of the longest standing records in sports.

Animated Google Doodle For The Great Nicolaus Copernicus’ 540th Birthday. This Is Top Notch. How To Get It.

NickCDoodlethumbDec2013x125

..
.
by
Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Valentine’s Day Ferris Wheel Doodle — Feb. 14, 2013.
>> All Of Google’s Doodles & Games … — Jan. 16, 2013.
>> Link To Google’s ‘Zamboni’ Game … — Jan. 16, 2013.
>> Google’s Fun ‘Zamboni’ Game … — Jan. 16, 2013.



During February 19, 2013, it will be on Google's main SEARCH page and on the top of Google pages.

During February 19, 2013, it will be on Google’s main SEARCH page and on the top of Google pages.

Click here to get to this Google Doodle.


Click to access Google's Doodle archive.

Click to access Google’s Doodle archive.

Google’s Valentine’s Day Ferris Wheel Game (For George’s 154th Birthday). How to Get It.

Dec2013x125

..
.
by
Anura Guruge


Related posts:
>> Valentine’s Day Ferris Wheel Doodle — Feb. 14, 2013.
>> All Of Google’s Doodles & Games … — Jan. 16, 2013.
>> Link To Google’s ‘Zamboni’ Game … — Jan. 16, 2013.
>> Google’s Fun ‘Zamboni’ Game … — Jan. 16, 2013.


Click image to access Ferris Wheel at Google. It will stay here forever.

Click image to access Ferris Wheel at Google. It will stay here forever.


ValentinesDaygame


ValentinesDaygame2