Friday, May 21, 2010

Google, how I heart you

Much to my surprise (and delight), I went on Google today, only to find that the page had been transformed into an interactive Pac-Man game that users can actually play online! Hello, happy childhood!

One article, found here, explains the reason for what I think is Google’s best page yet:

In honor of the 30th anniversary of everyone's favorite arcade game, Google has outdone itself. The company has not simply embedded a static artistic homage to Pac-Man on the homepage, but installed the game itself. Yup, the Google logo has been turned into a Googlified version of the Pac-Man game, and is the company’s first interactive home page. Searchers can hit the "insert coin" button or wait ten seconds to get playing and can then apparently work their way through all 256 levels. Once they've won (or, you know, failed miserably) the search engine sends them to a search results page for "Pac-Man 30th anniversary". Curmudgeons, or those not obsessed with 80s arcade game culture, can search as usual. The doodle was the brainchild of senior user experience design, Marcin Wichary a self-confessed "Pac-Man enthusiast" (y'think?) along with regular doodler Ryan Germick. The game will be live for 48 hours.

Happy playing…and as always, Happy Friday!


Monday, May 17, 2010

Congrats to a fellow Lebanese-American!

Rima Fakih, 24-year-old Miss Michigan, was crowned Miss U.S.A last night...congrats!


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Take *that* Lady Gaga!

Is this little dude talented, or what? His name is Greyson Michael Chance. I kinda sorta like his version better than Gaga's, too.


Sunday, May 9, 2010

To all the Mamas out there...

...Happy Mother's Day! Are mother's not the best? There's nothing quite like a mother or a grandmother.

Below is a little poem in tribute:


The bravest battle that ever was fought!
Shall I tell you where and when?
On the maps of the world you will find it not;
'Twas fought by the mothers of men.

Nay not with the cannon of battle-shot,
With a sword or noble pen;
Nay, not with eloquent words or thought
From mouth of wonderful men!

But deep in a walled-up woman's heart --
Of a woman that would not yield,
But bravely, silently bore her part --
Lo, there is the battlefield!

No marshalling troops, no bivouac song,
No banner to gleam and wave;
But oh! those battles, they last so long --
From babyhood to the grave.

Yet, faithful still as a bridge of stars,
She fights in her walled-up town --
Fights on and on in her endless wars,
Then silent, unseen, goes down.

Oh, ye with banners and battle-shot,
And soldiers to shout and paise!
I tell you the kingliest victories fought
Were fought in those silent ways.

O spotless woman in a world of shame,
With splendid and silent scorn,
Go back to God as white as you came --
The Kingliest warrior born!

-- Joaquin Miller (1839-1913)


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Like Christmas in May!

Oh Starbucks, how I love you! Guess where I'll be Thursday at 5 pm...

For more info, click here.


Saturday, May 1, 2010

Being One with Nature

The weather today was absolutely beautiful: clear and sunny, but not too warm...the perfect weather for hiking! Now mind you, I haven't been hiking since grade school. This is a fact I admit I am ashamed to share, as living in California provides for more than an abundant amount of trails, hikes, and beautiful outdoor parks.

I'll admit I was a bit nervous about the various bugs I'd encounter (I've never been a fan of bugs, as history has shown), but the hike was lovely. I went with a couple of girlfriends and the hour long hike was an awesome workout (hello, dormant glute and quad muscles!). Below are some pictures taken via camera phone.

Happy weekend everyone! Enjoy the sunshine.

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