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    Google Doodle Contest

    Ever since Larry and Sergey attended Burning Man 1998 Google’s homepage has featured random doodles of its logo. Over the years these little artistic expressions have added a splash of unexpected pleasure to the otherwise spartan search form.  You can read about the history on the official Google Doodle website. There have been over 700 doodles created by Google’s Chief Doodler Dennis Hwang and his team of Googlers.

    This month, Google started a Doodle 4 Google contest aimed at children K-12 across the US asking them to represent what they would like to do someday in the form of a Google Doodle. You can vote on the 40 regional finalists now (open through May 13, 2011). The winner will receive a college scholarship and technology grant to the school of their choice as well as have their doodle featured on Google.com. So go vote and help a lucky kid get into college but be forewarn, some of these doodles are really good, it won’t be easy to decide.

    US Search Ranking Report

    Just a quick reminder post, comScore released April 2011 US Search Ranking Report. There were 16.2 billion core searches conducted last month with Google dominating with 65.4% market share, followed by Yahoo! with 15.9% and Microsoft (Bing) with 14.1%.

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    US Navy SEALS Takedown Bin Laden

    On May 1, 2011, DEVGRU (formerly known as SEAL Team Six) carried out a special op that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden. We will never forget the events that took place on September 11, 2001, but for most Americans (including this one) a sense of justice has finally been served.

    Social Media company Namesake created this infographic of the raid along with news screenshots and the live-tweets of Sohaib Athar (@ReallyVirtual), an IT consultant living in Lahore, Pakistan.

    Getting Flashy with CSS3 and jQuery

    I recently stumbled upon this neat little web-based game LOLWUT by interactive developer Michael Anthony (with graphical help from Che McPherson) and was sufficiently impressed that I had to preserve the moment in this post.  The game is simple enough but what makes it impressive is while it may look like Flash, it is actually a clever combination of CSS3 tweens and jQuery. Is this the answer to Adobe Flash that Apple is hoping for? Maybe. But ironically, the game didn’t play well on my iPad. I know it serves my inner geek but I do love finding sites that push the envelope on emerging technologies in fun and interesting ways.

    Along the same vein, you can see a more practical application of similar effects at Think Green Meeting.

    Baby Inside is the follow up to Evian’s hugely successful Roller Babies video that not only went viral but was inducted into the Guinness World Records as the Most Viewed Online Video Advertisement (over 25 million as of 8/19/09).

    Both videos are part of the integrated Live Young campaign created by BETC Euro RSCG, Paris. It includes print ads, TV commercials, and social media.

    Watch the video above (best to keep your eye on the T-shirt to get the full effect of the dancing baby) and then participate by adding your own video clip to Evian’s “longest music video” at Let’s Baby Dance microsite (or via an iPhone App). I did.