Using a special animated logo, Google has paid tribute today to the English physicist, mathematician and astronomer Sir Isaac Newton who was born on this day in 1643.
It’s widely recorded that Newton *discovered* the concept of gravity (and the resulting science of physics) as a result of observing apples falling from a tree. In tribute, the drop apple theme is mimicked on Google’s global Home Page today.
The Google logo is partly obscured by the branch of an apple tree. After a second or so, an apple drops from the branch to the bottom of the home page. It’s unusual for Google to create an animated tribute Doodle and it makes a nice change from the static images. See the logo in action below:
Clicking on the logo takes you to SERPs for the search query “Isaac Newton”.
Apart from his wide influence on modern physical science, Newton also made great strides in mathematical research, chemistry, history and theology.
Earlier this year, I spotted an amusing post by College Humor titled If The Internet Named Movies in which the author used common Internet acronyms in place of movie titles and doctored up the movie posters to match.
The post made me chuckle and I thought up a few of my own to add to the list. I’ve finally gotten around to mashing the movie posters to match, (what a job!), with the help of TypeNow.net and MoviePoster.com.
Every blockbuster movie deserves a sequel, so I’ve titled my post accordingly- If The Internet Named Movies Too. If some of the acronyms escape you, try a look up at the Urban Dictionary or the Internet Acronyms Dictionary.
Did I miss some? Add your suggestions in the comments and I’ll try to recreate them using the movie posters. Please Digg or tweet this post if you like it. Enjoy!
NB – Please note that all poster copyright belongs to Movieposter.com™
Scientists and space enthusiasts the world over were entralled on Friday when NASA announced that they had discovered water on the moon following their deliberate rocket blasts into the surface last month.
We’re not talking just puddles here. According to NASA, about 25 gallons of water in the form of vapor and ice were discovered, giving legitmacy to the idea that man could one day establish a lunar colony. Until this week, such theories of lunar living have been considered far-fetched.
The possibilities opened up by the discovery have captured the imagination of Google staff too. To pay special significance to the event, Google.com displayed a new Google Doodle (logo pictured) on Friday 13 celebrating the discovery. Clicking on the logo brought up search and news results featuring NASA’s announcement.
It’s not the first time Google’s gotten excited about the moon. In 2007 they announced a competition to the tune of USD 20 million for the first team to design a private robot that could land on the moon, roam for at least 500 metres and beam images back to earth. The competition is called the Google Lunar X Prize and runs until 2014.
Google has teamed up with the Hasbro, the makers of board game sensation Monopoly to launch an online, multiplayer version of the game called Monopoly City Streets.
The game, which launched earlier this month, uses Google Maps as the game board and allows players to compete in a real time, worldwide version of the game, effectively creating the largest Monopoly tournament ever held. From the web site:
“The goal is simple. Play to beat your friends and the world to become the richest property magnate in existence. Own any street in the world. Build humble houses, crazy castles and stupendous skyscrapers to collect rent. Use MONOPOLY Chance Cards to sabotage your mates by building Hazards on their streets.”
Although very little advertising was done leading up to it, the Twitter Effect on launch day brought the site to a standstill due to the sheer volume of buzz it created as players began tweeting their progress in the game.
It seems that Twitter isn’t the only hiccup to hit the venture. According to the Monopoly City Streets blog, there has been widespread cheating and foul play reported, forcing the site administrators to take the game offline for 3 hours this week while they manually addressed the issues.
Still, the game looks like a lot of fun for those with the time to invest.
Earlier this month, Google began a series of mysterious logos with a UFO-related theme, that caused quite a buzz of speculation.
The first one (which I blogged about) showed a UFO *abducting* one of the “O’s” in Google. Google accompanied the logo with a tweet in binary code that translated as “All Your O are Belong to Us” – a clear reference to computer game Zero Wing.
The next in the series showed the Google logo as a series of crop circles, with the “L” being abducted by another UFO. This was accompanied by a tweet consisting of Google Map co-ordinates leading to Woking – the town in which the Martians first land in H. G. Wells’ science fiction novel The War of the Worlds.
A few people began to speculate at this point about the doodles being a lead up to the 143rd birthday of H.G. Wells on September 21.
Well, it seems they were right! Google have today launched a new logo showing a village under attack by alien tripods, with only the “G” and the “E” in Google clearly visible with the rest presumably abducted or barely hinted at within the design. A click on the logo leads to search results for H.G. Wells. I expect we’ll see a tweet from Google confirming this later today.
At the moment the logo is only viewable on Google New Zealand and Google Australia but expect to see it roll across the regional domains as the rest of the world wakes to September 21.
Happy Birthday H.G. Wells!