Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Google's 13th, and Where Did the Month Go?!

"Google Turns 13 With Birthday Doodle"
PCMag.com (September 27, 2011)


"Google is now officially a teenager. The search giant on Tuesday celebrated its 13th birthday with a homepage doodle that features the company's logo surrounded by presents and a cake.

"The image is framed as if it were a snapshot in an old photo album, and several letters in the Google logo are donning party hats for the occasion.

" 'Happy 13th Birthday, Google!' Google's Marissa Mayer tweeted this morning...."

These 'Google doodles' are getting to be a whole lot more than just doodles. Make that 'have gotten.' PCMag.com goes into some of the history of these little art pieces.

"...Google has celebrated its birthday with doodles for the past few years, each one more sophisticated than the next. Back in 2008, the company celebrated a decade in business by displaying the original Google logo, also adorned with party hats. The following year, the company replaced the L in Google with two ones to honor its eleventh year. Last year, 89-year-old Los Angeles painter Wayne Thiebaud crafted a painting of a cake, with a single candle replacing the L...."

Then the article goes into the more practical, business side of Google.

"While Google.com was registered on September 15, 1997, Google didn't actually incorporate as a company, release early technical specs, or hire its first employee until September 1998. Now, 13 years later, it has almost 30,000 employees and reported $9.03 billion during its last quarter...."

The Lemming enjoys these 'doodles,' celebrating more-or-less-famous birthdays and events. The Google birthday, by happy coincidence, is within a few days of the Lemming's. The date, that is. The Lemming's gone past 13, 26, and 39 - and hits 60 this year.

Which brings the Lemming around to what happened to this blog: No posts for almost a month?!

Blogging's Fine: and So is the Lemming

Somewhat ominously, this blog's last post - before this one, of course - was about the "continuing 'death' of blogging." Also Hula Hoops. There's a connection. Not that blogging is dead, or Hula Hoops. Or, for that matter, the Lemming.

Which is quit a relief. Particularly considering who's writing this post. Which threatens to take this discussion into a very weird area.

Getting back to blogging and the Lemming, it's been a distracting month. There's been more activity related to the Spiral Light Candle Corp. - a shameless shout-out, the Lemming freely admits. The Lemming enjoyed - thoroughly - being the company gofer at a trade show in Pennsylvania, and is still recovering from the experience.

Good grief, 60 isn't that old - - - more topics.

The Lemming had a point to make. Where is it? Or, rather, what was it?

Google, blogging, trade show, pooped. Got it. Right.

Besides being pooped and distracted, the Lemming's been thinking about something besides this blog and fancy candles: which didn't help get posts out.

Sad to say, the Lemming even missed the annual Talk Like a Pirate Day - arrrr!

This is where the Lemming should let you know what wonderful things are in store for this blog: new horizons, new formats, maybe even a new post or two!

Well, that's not gonna happen. Besides blogging, the Lemming has dishes to wash: and sleep to be slept.

Tomorrow's another day though, at least the Lemming is assuming that will be the case. The Lemming plans to get another post out then. Of course, the Lemming planned to get at the dishes before this: yet again another topic.

Good night.

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2 comments:

Brigid said...

One of the single quotes should be a double quote: "as about the "continuing 'death' of blogging.' Also Hula Hoops."

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Brian Gill said...

Brigid,

Right you are. Thanks!

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