A Google Doodle is a special, temporary alteration of the logo on Google's homepage that is intended to celebrate holidays, events, achievements and people. The first Google Doodle was in honor of the Burning Man Festival of 1998, and was designed by Larry Page and Sergey Brin to notify users of their absence in case the servers crashed. Subsequent Google Doodles were designed by an outside contractor, until Page and Brin asked intern Dennis Hwang to design a logo for Bastille Day in 2000. From that point onward, Doodles have been organized and published by a team of employees termed "Doodlers".
Initially, Doodles were neither animated nor hyperlinked. Doodles increased in both frequency and complexity by the beginning of the 2010s, and in January 2010 the first animated Doodle was posted honoring Isaac Newton. The first interactive Doodle appeared shortly thereafter celebrating Pac-Man, and hyperlinks also began to be added to Doodles, usually linking to a search results page for the subject of the Doodle. By 2014, Google had published over 2,000 regional and international Doodles throughout its homepages, often featuring guest artists, musicians and personalities.
Alan J was first and correct with:
Burning Man Stick Figure.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
The Burning Man Festival
My 4 yr. old MacBook Air has been dying for months, and I've been bandaging a hemorrhaging wound. My friend and client, an Apple recruiter, offered me her 15% friends and family discount. I ordered through her late Wednesday night, and by noon today, while on my bike ride, I received a text that my new MacBook was delivered. So finally I'm up again. I tried to answer Thursday's TQ but on an iPad, your site loads differently. I had issues and no time to deal with them.
So, I knew that was Elsie the cow, because our local country fairgrounds was a block up the road from where we lived, and I'd spend days there, admiring my friends' lambs, cattle and pigs. Never mind the rabbits and home ec stuff. And Burlington County always had a Jersey cow, usually with a calf, that they'd bill as Elsie (I wonder how much Borden paid for that?). Jersey cows produce milk with the highest fat content of any cow.They have brown eyes that look as thought they're wearing eyeliner. Jersey bulls are particularly nasty (small bull syndrome?). Holsteins, the larger black and white cows more often seen on dairy farms, produce the most milk, which is why they're so prevalent in the dairy industry. Bull Holstein calves become veal, and their brief lives aren't pleasant.
As for Friday's TQ: I have no idea, and am too lazy to look it up.
Tomorrow's another day.
Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End
My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.
Sounds like raccoons are having an orgy on the roof.
CBS begins the night with a FRESH'Rush Hour', followed by '48 Hours'.
NBC fills the night with FRESH'2016 Summer Olympics'.
'SNL' is pre-empted for even more FRESH'2016 Summer Olympics'.
ABC starts the night with LIVE'NFL Preseason Football', followed by a RERUN'Last Man Standing', then a FRESH'Boston EMS'.
The CW offers a RERUN'Masters Of Illusion', followed by another RERUN'Masters Of Illusion', then a RERUN'Penn & Teller: Fool Us'.
Faux has a RERUN'Wayward Pines', followed by another RERUN'Wayward Pines'.
MY has an old 'Rizzoli & Isles', followed by another old 'Rizzoli & Isles'.
A&E has 'The First 48', 'The First 48: Killer On The Run', followed by a FRESH"The First 48: Drugs Kill', then another FRESH'The First 48: Drugs Kill'.
AMC offers the movie 'Pearl Harbor', 'The Night Manager', another 'The Night Manager', and another 'The Night Manager'.
[6:00AM] DOCTOR WHO: THE DOCTOR, THE WIDOW AND THE WARDROBE - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 1-Part 1.
[7:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 2-Day of the Moon-Part 2.
[8:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 4-The Doctor's Wife
[9:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 10-The Girl Who Waited
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 1-Asylum of the Daleks
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 5-The Angels Take Manhattan
[12:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 13-The Name of the Doctor
[1:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 4-Listen
[2:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 5-The Girl Who Died-Part 1.
[3:00PM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 6-The Woman Who Lived-Part 2.
[4:00PM] DOCTOR WHO: A CHRISTMAS CAROL
[5:15PM] DOCTOR WHO: THE DOCTOR, THE WIDOW AND THE WARDROBE - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 1-Part 1.
[6:30PM] DOCTOR WHO: THE SNOWMEN
[7:45PM] DOCTOR WHO: THE SNOWMEN
[9:00PM] DOCTOR WHO: LAST CHRISTMAS
[10:15PM] DOCTOR WHO: THE HUSBANDS OF RIVER SONG
[11:30PM] DOCTOR WHO: THE SNOWMEN
[1:15AM] DOCTOR WHO: THE SNOWMEN
[2:30AM] DOCTOR WHO: A CHRISTMAS CAROL
[3:45AM] DOCTOR WHO: THE DOCTOR, THE WIDOW AND THE WARDROBE - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 1
[5:00AM] DOCTOR WHO: THE SNOWMEN (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has the movie 'The Game Plan', 'Real Housewives Of NYC', and 'Real Housewives Of OC'.
Comedy Central has 2½ hours of old 'Tosh.0', followed by the movie 'Cop Out'.
FX has the movie 'Battleship', followed by the movie 'Captain America: The First Avenger'.
[6:00AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Termites of 1938
[6:25AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Three Little Pigskins
[6:50AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Three Little Pirates
[7:15AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Three Lone Wolves
[7:40AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Three Pests in a Mess
[8:05AM] THE THREE STOOGES-Three Smart Saps
[8:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-That '70s Finale
[9:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Pilot
[9:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Birthday
[10:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Streaking
[10:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Battle of the Sexists
[11:00AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Burger Job
[11:30AM] THAT '70S SHOW-The Keg
[12:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-That Disco Episode
[2:30PM] MAX PAYNE
[4:45PM] TRUE LIES
[8:00PM] MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE
[10:30PM] MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE
[1:00AM] TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES
[3:30AM] TERMINATOR 3: RISE OF THE MACHINES (ALL TIMES EDT)
[7:00AM] Groundhog Day
[9:30AM] The Toy
[2:15PM] Blues Brothers 2000
[5:00PM] The Blues Brothers
[8:00PM] The Firm
[1:00AM] The Toy
[5:45AM] Love Lust-Love Lust & Make-up (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Lake Placid 2', followed by the movie 'Lake Placid Vs. Anaconda'.
The 82-year-old Oglala Sioux member whose push to rechristen South Dakota's highest point for a revered tribal spiritual leader fell on receptive federal ears said Friday that the decision was a sign of compassion and reconciliation.
Harney Peak, named after a man whose soldiers killed Native Americans, was changed Thursday to Black Elk Peak by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, which determined from input that Harney was offensive to area Native Americans. The change applies to federal usage on new maps or other products.
Brave Heart, who lives on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, said the federal board's move represents compassion, forgiveness and reconciliation. Army Gen. William S. Harney's men massacred Native American women and children during a battle in September 1855, according to historic records.
But Gov. Dennis Daugaard and U.S. Sen. John Thune, both Republicans, said the move came as a surprise and criticized it as rejecting local sentiment about the peak.
Members of the governor's administration opposed recommending a new name. Daugaard's chief of staff, Tony Venhuizen, said in an email Friday that officials are evaluating how best to respond to the decision. For now, the state isn't going to incur any expense to make a change, he said.
Actor Thomas Gibson has been dismissed from "Criminal Minds," ABC News has confirmed.
A statement issued by the producers of the show, ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios, confirmed the actor's exit, with details to come at a later time.
"There were creative differences on the set and a disagreement. I regret that it occurred," Gibson, 54, said Thursday in a statement to People magazine. "We all want to work together as a team to make the best show possible. We always have and we always will."
Gibson has played Aaron Hotchner on the CBS drama, now entering its 12th season, since the show's premiere in 2005.
Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan was again "detained" for unknown reasons on arrival at L.A. International Airport Friday, the third such incident in recent years.
It was not immediately clear why the actor was detained and for how long but the incident hit the headlines in India and sparked a social media firestorm after Khan expressed his disappointment in a tweet stating, "I fully understand & respect security with the way the world is, but to be detained at US immigration every damn time really really sucks."
While there has been no official statement yet from immigration authorities, in a response to Khan's tweet, U.S. Department of State assistant secretary for south and central Asia, Nisha Biswal tweeted, "Sorry for the hassle at the airport, @iamsrk - even American diplomats get pulled for extra screening!"
The latest incident has caused uproar given Khan has faced similar incidents in the past when traveling to the U.S. In 2009, he was detained at Newark Airport and questioned for over two hours before being allowed entry.
Similarly, in 2012, Khan - who had been invited by Yale University to deliver a lecture - was held and questioned for over an hour by immigration officials before being allowed entry. Following the incident, which was heavily criticized, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Department sent a letter of apology to the Indian Consulate in Washington expressing regret over Khan's detention. Though he was "upset" at the incident, Khan still took a humorous view, stating at the Yale press conference, "Whenever I start feeling too arrogant about myself, I always take a trip to America. The immigration guys kick the star out of stardom."
Two rare one-cent coins from the earliest days of the U.S. Mint have sold for a pretty penny.
The copper coins, both dating to 1792, went for a combined total of $869,500 at the auction held Wednesday in Anaheim, California.
One of them, known as the "Birch Cent," sold for $517,000. The other, known as the "Silver Center Cent," went for $352,500.
Eric Bradley, spokesman for Heritage Auctions, said that while the sales fell somewhat short of the combined $1 million the auction house projected they would go for, organizers are still pleased with the result.
An ethnic Chinese man throws joss papers to a paper-made statue of Chinese deity known as "Da Shi Ye," or "Guardian God of Ghosts," during the Ghost festival in Kajang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. The Ghost festival is celebrated during the seventh month of the Chinese lunar calendar, when prayers are offered to the dead and offerings of food and paper-made models of items such as televisions, refrigerators and sport cars are burnt to appease the wandering spirits. It is believed that the gates of hell are opened during the month and the dead ancestors return to visit their relatives.
Photo by Joshua Pau
An attorney for Sumner Redstone said the media mogul would be willing to be interviewed briefly under oath in a lawsuit over his mental competency that could influence the future of his majority ownership of Viacom and CBS.
The issue arose as part of a lawsuit that is questioning whether the 93-year-old Redstone knew what he was doing when he removed Viacom Inc Chief Executive Officer Philippe Dauman and fellow Viacom board member George Abrams in May from a seven-person trust.
The trust will control Redstone's majority ownership of Viacom and CBS Corp when he dies or is incapacitated.
At a hearing on Friday in Norfolk County Probate and Family Court in Canton, Massachusetts, Judge George Phelan set a Sept. 19 trial date. Redstone attorney Robert Klieger said his client would agree to a "brief" deposition in the run up to trial, though attorneys for Dauman are also seeking a medical exam of Redstone.
"We don't believe a further medical exam is necessary," Klieger said. Phelan set a hearing for Aug. 26 to discuss both the deposition and the medical exam.
A worker waters a giant begonia flower carpet on the historical Grand Place in the center of Brussels on Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. The theme for the 2016 carpet draws its inspiration from Japanese representations of flowers, birds, the wind and the moon to depict the beauty of nature.
Photo by Virginia Mayo)
As a high school senior, Hwang Yu-mi went to work bathing silicon wafers in chemicals at a Samsung factory that makes computer chips for laptops and other devices. She died of leukemia four years later.
After Yu-mi's 2007 death, her father, Hwang Sang-gi, learned a 30-year-old worker at the same semiconductor line also had died of leukemia. The taxi driver launched a movement demanding the government investigate health risks at Samsung Electronics Co. factories.
When Hwang sued after his claim for government compensation was denied, he struggled to get details about the factory environment. Samsung did not release that information to worker-safety officials.
An Associated Press investigation has found South Korean authorities have repeatedly withheld from workers and bereaved families crucial information about chemicals used at Samsung's computer chip and liquid crystal display factories. Sick workers need access to such data through the government or courts to apply for workers' compensation. Without it, government rejections are common.
South Korean law bars government agencies from withholding public health and safety-related information because of trade-secrets concerns, but there are no penalties for violations.
The mayor of the French city of Cannes has banned the wearing of burkinis - full-body swimsuits worn by some Muslim women - on its beaches.
Mayor David Lisnard issued an ordinance forbidding beachwear that doesn't respect "good morals and secularism," noting that swimwear "manifesting religious affiliation in an ostentatious way" could impact public order while France is the target of terrorist attacks, the BBC reported.
A spokeswoman confirmed to NBC that the ordinance applies to burkinis but the mayor told local media that other religious symbols, including the kippah (Jewish skullcap) and the cross, would still be permitted. The new ruling will be in effect throughout August and violators face a fine.
Earlier this week a burkini-themed pool party for Muslim women in Pennes-Mirabeau, near Marseilles, was cancelled after the organizers received death threats. Shortly after it was announced, the local mayor, Michel Amiel, announced he intended to take up a city bylaw to prohibit the event "on the grounds it is likely to cause public disorder," reported the U.K.'s Independent.
A man and a child walk between empty beach chairs at the Baltic Sea in Travemuende, northern Germany, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. Weather in Germany is rainy and too cold for the season.
Photo by Michael Probs
The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.
1. Beyonce; $5,735,568; $114.77.
2. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band; $5,212,210; $102.97.
3. Paul McCartney; $3,230,728; $130.21.
4. Dead & Company; $2,007,082; $75.18.
5. Kenny Chesney; $1,873,441; $69.61.
6. Justin Bieber; $1,655,922; $99.28.
7. Jeff Lynne's ELO; $1,648,038; $109.18.
8. Rod Stewart; $1,633,434; $106.52.
9. Sting / Peter Gabriel; $1,603,375; $112.19.
10. Pearl Jam; $1,599,519; $66.91.
11. Rihanna; $1,249,825; $87.69.
12. Lionel Richie; $1,211,477; $95.98.
13. Iron Maiden; $985,112; $75.73.
14. Luke Bryan; $919,846; $55.36.
15. Dave Matthews Band; $904,382; $57.45.
16. The Cure; $829,292; $55.83.
17. Andre Rieu; $806,334; $80.24.
18. Mumford & Sons; $798,621; $54.08.
19. Dixie Chicks; $758,158; $65.91.
20. Carrie Underwood; $730,242; $67.26.
Tiger Dasha plays with her twin cubs at the zoo in Duisburg, Germany, Friday, Aug. 12, 2016. The cubs were born about six weeks ago and were exploring the outdoor enclosure for the first time.
Photo by Marius Becker
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