Antonio Vivaldi inspired today’s Google Doodle

Google made another Doodle for Antonio Vivaldi because today is his birthday. So who the hell is Antonio Vivaldi and why he is worthy to have his very own Google doodle? There are so many musicians out there, but why did Google choose Vivaldi?

Antonio Vivaldi was a Venetian baroque composer and priest, as well as a famous virtuoso violinist, born and raised in the Republic of Venice.

His most famous work is Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons) of 1723. In essence, it resembles an early example of a tone poem, where he attempted to capture all the moods of the four seasons. It’s his best-known work and is representative of the baroque period in European art music.

He has 46 operas and 90 sonatas which is quite a record and nobody ever achieved that much number of operas and sonatas in the history of mankind. Over 500 Vivaldi concertos exists today, as well as 40 cantatas, 22 operas, and more than 60 sacred works.

So is that enough to be worthy of a Google Doodle?

It’s not just that. Vivaldi’s music was innovative in its time, breaking a consolidated tradition in schemes; he gave brightness to the formal and the rhythmic structure of the concerto, repeatedly looking for harmonic contrasts and innovative melodies and themes; many of his compositions reflect a flamboyant, and almost playful exuberance.

Vivaldi is considered one of the composers who brought baroque music to evolve into a classical style.

Google Doodle Today: Robert Louis Stevenson’s 160th Birthday

The featured Google Doodle today celebrates the 160th birthday of Robert Louis Stevenson. Stevenson who was born on November 13, 1850 is a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist and travel writer. He was widely known for his books which includes Treasure Island, Kidnapped and the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. All of these three books had been translated for television and for movies, most famous was that of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Stevenson had many contributions in literature and in travel. He had been close to various politicians as well but if there were a people which have loved him the most it will be the Samoans. He first came to Samoan islands when he purchased four hundred acres (about 1.6 square kilometres) of land in Upolu.

As a Samoan he established himself, after much work, upon his estate in the village of Vailima. Stevenson himself adopted the native name Tusitala (Samoan for “Teller of Tales”, i.e. a storyteller). His influence spread to the Samoans, who consulted him for advice, and he soon became involved in local politics. One of Stevenson’s concern in Samoa is the incompetence of European officials appointed to rule the Samoans. This concerns were published in “A Footnote to History”.

Robert Louis Stevenson died on December 3, 1894 possibly of cerenral hemorrhage. He was buried by the Samoans on a spot overlooking the sea. During his funeral, a watch-guard was placed during the night and his coffin was carried on their shoulders to Mount Vaea. On his tomb his ‘Requiem’ was inscribed.

Under the wide and starry sky,
Dig the grave and let me lie.
Glad did I live and gladly die,
And I laid me down with a will.
This be the verse you grave for me:
Here he lies where he longed to be;
Home is the sailor, home from sea,
And the hunter home from the hill.

Indeed it is but fitting that today’s Google Doodle celebrates the birth of a man which did not only contributed to literature but also showed everyone the value of friendship and of making a difference for others.

Happy Birthday Robert Louis Stevenson.

John Lennon Birthday Celebrated in Google Doodle

John Lennon 70th Birthday in Google Doodle – John Lennon, the famous singer of the band “The Beatles”, is celebrating his 70th birthday and Google is commemorating it by his iconic song “Imagine” being played in Google Doodle coupled with some animations.

John Lennon started his first band named as “The Quarrymen” which later on evolved into “The Beatles” in 1960. During the height of his career in the band “The Beatles”, he made critically acclaimed albums, including John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and Imagine, and iconic songs such as “Give Peace a Chance” and “Imagine”.

John Lennon went out of the music industry in 1975 to devote time to his family. He then later reemerged in 1980 with a comeback album, Double Fantsay, his best-selling studio album at three million shipments in the US which won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1981. However, three weeks after its release, he was murdered.

John Lennon’s songs made it to the top charts not only in the United States but all over the world. In the United States alone, Lennon’s solo album sales stand at 14 million units making him one of the greatest singers of all time. His songwriting partnership with Paul McCartneyis acknowledged as one of the most influential and successful of the 20th century.

Various monuments have been erected in memory of John Lennon and his music legacy. Happy 70th birthday John Lennon and thanks Google for commemorating it through your Doodle.

Google’s 12th Birthday Celebrated in Google Doodle

Google’s 12th Birthday Celebrated in Google Doodle – If you are asking when is Google’s Birthday, well today, September 27, 2010, Google is celebrating its 12th birthday as it officially turns 12 years old. Back in September 27, 1988, Google was incorporated as a corporation to become what is now known as the search engine leader.

Google’s history dates back  in January 1996 as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they were both PhD students at Stanford University in California. Page and Brin originally nicknamed Google as “BackRub”, because it checks backlinks to estimate the importance of a site. Eventually, they changed the name to Google, originating from a misspelling of the word “googol”.

The first funding for Google was on August 1998 from a contribution of US$100,000 from Andy Bechtolsheim, co-founder of Sun Microsystems. Since it is taking too much of their time, Brin and Page went to Excite CEO George Bell and offered to sell it to him for $1 million. However, Bell rejected it.

Google’s initial public offering (IPO) took place on August 19, 2004. Since 2001, Google has acquired many companies, mainly focusing on small venture capital companies including Youtube and DoubleClick. Since then, Google grew and achieved the top position as the search engine market leader. Happy 12th Birthday Google!

Google Today: The Google Logo Video on Google Balls

Google Today: The Google Logo Video on Google Balls – Our fellow correspondent, Jim wrote earlier about the astonishing Google Logo featuring Google balls on Google today, September 7, 2010. The funny thing is that not everyone have seen the featured Google Doodle. This made us wondering why does it seem that it seen selectively.

Some said that perhaps some of the browsers that browsed Google and try to see the Google balls on Google Doodle were not equipped with HTML5, but what is HTML5?

According to our reliable online source, Wikipedia

“HTML5 is currently under development as the next major revision of the HTML standard. Like its immediate predecessors, HTML 4.01 and XHTML 1.1, HTML5 is a standard for structuring and presenting content on the World Wide Web. The new standard incorporates features like video playback and drag-and-drop that have been previously dependent on third-party browser plug-ins such as Adobe Flash, Microsoft Silverlight, and Google Gears.”

It might seem that this feature of the Google Doodle might be a test of the browser capabilities of HTML5 and Google might be one of the major companies that is supporting the development of HTML5.

So far we have received positive comments from our readers based on their reactions to the article, “Google Logo September 7 2010: New Google Doodle HTML5 Balls

We also have scouted a YouTube video featuring the Google Ball which was uploaded earlier. For those who have not seen what we are talking about regarding the Google balls on Google today check this Google Doodle video.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlVzHjaJFKQ[/youtube]

Google Logo September 7: Google Boucing Balls Doodle Puzzles Users

Google Logo September 7: Google Boucing Balls Doodle Puzzles Users- Although it is not being used in all of Google’s sites worldwide, people are surprised to see the Google Logo today, September 7, 2010 on Google Homepage. Apparently, it once again an interactive Google Doodle just like the recent Google Doodles on Pacman and the most recent Buckyball featured on homepage of Google.

People are searching everywhere and trying to decode the Google Logo hidden message on Google’s homepage. Speculations have risen as to what could probably be the reason for the unique Google Logo today September 7 on Google homepage. Most people point it to the celebration of the the anniversary of Google this September. However, a Google spokesperson have already claimed that it has nothing to do with Google’s birthday saying: “Today’s doodle is not related to a birthday but is fast, fun and interactive, just the way we think search should be.”

We have posted an article before and many had confirmed that they have seen the Google Balls on Google homepage today, September 7. Most of the people who saw it were also surprised and said that they had fun with the latest Google Doodle Logo.

So what is the  hidden message behind Google’s logo today, September 7, 2010 if not for Google’s birthday celebration this September 2010? One possible reason is the eagerness of Google to push HTML5 and CSS3, and its Chrome browser. The Google Logo today September 7 is in fact, composed of pieces of a web page, each using a modern form of web coding called CSS3  or“Cascading Style Sheet” elements. Perhaps this is the reason why Google designed their logo on their homepage today.

Since this particular Google Logo is not present in all Google sites worldwide, here is a quick view on today’s Google logo as featured in Google Homepage below:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaumwnu9dxM[/youtube]

Google Doodle September 7 on Google Homepage Today: What Does It Tell?

Google Logo September 7 2010 on Google Homepage Today: What Does This Google Doodle Mean? – For some they have seen a Google Logo which seems to be some kind of balls.  The balls disintegrates and then re-arranges to form the Google logo.  However, some saw only the normal Google Logo,  so what is the Google Doodle for September 7, 2010?

The new Google Doodle had been seen by some of our readers and even contributors.  We are not sure however what it is because not everyone has the chance to see the Google Doodle.

The said Google Doodle is said to allow you to chase after DHTML balls which regroups to write the word Google. Google had celebrated it’s anniversary last September 4, 2010 and Google was first publicly launched on September 7.

Some observers say that the Google Logo for September 7 might be symbolizing a celebration or an upcoming big event from the number one search engine in the planet.

In any case those who have seen it definitely had a fun way to kill time and play with the small balls. Interactive Google Doodle like this adds fun in browsing Google and makes people stay on Google’s main page for a longer period of time.

Have you seen the Google Logo for September 7 2010? Share us what you saw and how you reacted.

Buckyball 25th Anniversary Remembered in Google Doodle: What is a Bucky Ball?

Buckyball 25th Anniversary Remembered in Google Doodle: What is a Bucky Ball? – Google Doodles are really cool and fun. Today, September 4, 2010, another Google Doodle is being flashed in Google’s homepage.

You may not notice it since the whole Google logo is not altered but when you go through the details, you will notice that only one letter in the word Google, particularly the second “O” represents a bucky ball that  you can spin and rotate using your computer’s mouse.

So what is a bucky ball? Bucky balls belong to the class of fullerenes, a molecule composed entirely of carbon which can be in different forms – hollow sphere, ellipsoid, or tube. Among these forms, the spherical type is referred as a bucky ball.

Buckyballs are named after Buckminster Fuller, who popularized geodesic dome which has geometric similarities to buckyball. So what’s the significance of buckyballs? With the discovery of buckyballs and fullerenes in general, the number of known carbon allotropes expanded, which until recently are limited to graphite, diamond, and amorphous carbon such as soot and charcoal.

Buckyballs have been the subject of intense research of scientists and chemists, both for their unique chemistry and for their technological applications, especially in materials science, electronics, and nanotechnology. Buckyballs are one of the tools used in nanotechnology especially in the field of medicine. With their unique properties, doctors use them in gene therapy to send genes into human cells.

In space, astronomers first discovered about buckyballs in NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. “We found what are now the largest molecules known to exist in space,” said astronomer Jan Cami of the University of Western Ontario, Canada. The Cami team unexpectedly found these carbon balls in a planetary nebula named Tc 1.

Below is an example video from Getbuckyballs.com which describes buckyballs as an amazing desk toys you can’t put down:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JpM4A4657k[/youtube]

The Wizard of Oz 71st Anniversary Celebrated in Google Doodle

The Wizard of Oz Anniversary Celebrated By Google Doodle – Perhaps you are puzzled on today’s Google Doodle in Google’s homepage. Apparently, the image points to the 71st anniversary of the Wizard of Oz, the 1939 American musical fantasy film directed primarily by Victor Fleming based on the 1900 novel of the same name “Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum.

Wizard of Oz features Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale, a 12-year old Kansas farmgirl who are ultimately transported to the magical Land of Oz, where she sets out on the yellow brick road to the Emerald City to ask the Wizard of Oz to return her to his original hometown Kansas. In her journey towards the Emerald City, she met her friends Scarecrow, Tin Man, and a Cowardly Lion who joined her to receive the needed change namely a brain, a heart, and courage, respectively.

The Google Doodle below is a scene in the Wizard of Oz where Judy Garland portraying “Dorothy”, together with his friends “Scarecrow”, “Tin Man”, and “Cowardly Lion” first see a glimpse of the capital city of the Land of Oz, Emerald City. The word “Google” is written in the landscape. Notice the difference from the original scene in the Wizard of Oz right after it.

Initially, the Wizard of Oz only made a small profit because of the huge expenses associated in making it. It received several Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. However, since the film was shown in television, it quickly gathered a huge audience. In fact, the Library of Congress named “The Wizard of Oz” as the most-watched film in history.

It has been seven decades since Wizard of Oz was filmed. However, the reason this movie remains one of the most beloved of all Hollywood films is because of its uniqueness among motion pictures in that it mirrors our longings and imaginations as children. The dreams that Dorothy sings about and the adventure that follows in the Wizard of Oz seem to mirror our yearnings as children. She imagines a bigger place where her problems don’t linger and she is free to explore them. She imagines a place where there isn’t any trouble and people actually listen to what she has to say.

Happy 71st birthday Wizard of Oz! Thanks to Google for commemorating such a great film!

Who is Josef Frank in Today’s Google Doodle?

Who is Josef Frank? This is the most common question of Googlers today as they see that the Google Doodle presented in Google’s logo pertains to the 125th birthday of Josef Frank.

Josef Frank was perhaps considered as the father of architecture or interior design. The Google Doodle presented above was his famous “vegetable tree” architectural design present in some home furniture and decors.  He was especially known for his works at Svenskt Tenn design company. Before his stint at Svenskt Tenn, he first dealt with public housing and housing estates. In addition to his architectural works, he also created numerous designs for furniture, furnishings, fabrics, wallpaper and carpet.

Josef Frank was also instrumental in the propagation of artistic innovation in the early 20th century. Some of his architectural works include interior of the Museum of East Asian Art in Cologne in 1910, design of Viennese apartment buildings from 1921 to 1924, etc.

With Josef Frank’s creative mind, his architectural works will remain forever. Happy Birthday Josef Frank and many thanks for sharing your imaginative mind with your wonderful architectural designs.