Flowery Google Doodle heralds first day of spring

I hate winter. I despise it. I loathe it. I detest it. I abhor it. In case you haven't gotten the message, it's not exactly my favorite time of year. That's why I welcomed the latest Google Doodle celebrating the vernal equinox, otherwise known this time of year as the first day of spring.

Occurring twice a year, once three weeks into March and again at the same point in September, the equinox marks the time when the sun aims its rays directly at the equator. That means people in both the northern and southern hemispheres enjoy … Read more

Google doodle celebrates International Women's Day

You might wake up on Saturday and imagine it's just another Saturday.

How could you forget it's International Women's Day?

The feast of March 8 was originally celebrated in Eastern Europe as International Working Women's Day, a positively cheery hosanna to women who worked the fields and stood in meat queues, while the men drank themselves silly.

It has since been expanded to be a worldwide lean-in for which some people wear purple ribbons.

Google's doodlers have leaped to join the celebration a day early.

This, I am sure, has nothing to do with recent … Read more

Google Doodle honors author John Steinbeck

When I was a young reader, one of my favorite books was "Travels with Charley," a tale of one man's trip across America with his faithful poodle. As I grew older, I fell in love with other books authored by Charley's traveling companion. That's why it's only fitting to me that John Steinbeck's work be celebrated through the latest Google Doodle.

Born in Salinas, Calif., on February 27, 1902, Steinbeck worked at a series of odd jobs before embarking on his writing career. Though his first novel was published in 1929, Steinbeck gained … Read more

Foto Doodle review

Foto Doodle is a photo editing app that provides multiple types of tools to let you create exactly the finished product you have in mind. You can apply filters, add text, and even flip your photo in multiple directions to get the look just right. Then, share them easily via Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Tumblr, and more.

Foto Doodle has a highly intuitive interface that gives you immediate access to all of its features. When you open the app, the first thing you have to do is select where you want to take the photo from. Options include your camera roll, … Read more

Google doodle for Valentine's tells real, beautiful love stories

You've booked the restaurant. It'll be overpriced. You've sent the flowers. They'll be overpriced too.

What happened to the best things in life being free? Or at least less than bank-breaking?

But wait. Here is Google whispering in your ear: "Listen. True love exists."

And so you go to Google's home page (in the US) where you'll find a Valentine's Day doodle that makes you believe in love. Yes, for free.

Six candy hearts are arranged where the logo used to be. There's "Crush," "Mr. Right," … Read more

Google's brilliant, politically charged Olympics doodle

You can't have an Olympics devoid of politics.

Each hosting nation spends so much money staging the event that its rulers can't help but push some agenda or other.

The Sochi Games, which open Friday, have been bathed in the slightly stenchy waters of anti-gay propaganda.

It isn't entirely helpful when your nation's president and deputy prime minister keep insisting that gay competitors shouldn't touch children.

In this atmosphere, Google's doodlers decided to use pointed crayons to design the Sochi doodle.… Read more

Google's peaceful Martin Luther King Jr. doodle

Google's doodles aren't universally popular.

Last week, the Washington Post published an opinion from Justin Moyer, who suggested that history's great names had become "marketing tools."

Of course, it's not just Google that has featured famous people. Apple's "Here's To The Crazy Ones" as is all about a company attaching itself to history's rebels in order to sell a computer.

Still, for Martin Luther King Jr. day, Google offers a simple, peaceful rendition of Dr. King.

Moyer in his piece wrote: "We'd be appalled if McDonald's … Read more

Google bestows author Zora Neale Hurston her own doodle

Marking the birthday of the great American author and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, Google drew up a classy doodle on Tuesday.

The doodle shows an illustrated portrait of the elegant woman with a feather in her green hat and the backdrop of a flat, lush countryside. This backdrop most likely portrays the area where Hurston grew up and that greatly shaped her writing: Eatonville, Fla. This small city was the first all-black town to incorporate in the US.

Hurston was born on January 7, 1891 in Alabama, which was not the most friendly time period or region for a black … Read more

Google goes disco for New Year's doodle

On an Internet landscape blighted by the spying of governments, corporations, and ex-lovers, Google's doodles have been an apogee of delight in 2013.

So, to celebrate the passing of 2013 -- and good riddance, you unlucky year, say many -- Google's perhaps tipsy doodlers have decided to do the hustle, the shuffle, or the oh-dear-lord-my-head-is-spinning-so-I-must-keep-moving-cha-cha.

The New Year's doodle seems to be at an oldie disco, complete with mirrorball.

Each number of 2013 is dancing to a unknown tune, but it looks like Disco-Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes "I Wanna Dance Wit' Choo" to me.… Read more

32 down: How Google celebrates 100 years of crosswords

For a century, the crossword puzzle has been giving brainy types a socially acceptable way to waste half a morning (and the entire day on Sundays in the case of The New York Times puzzle). Google is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the famous puzzle with a doodle that transforms its search page into a puzzle itself with a nod to the granddaddy of all daily word games and its inventor, British-born Arthur Wynne.

Wynne created the first puzzle in 1913 for the New York World, which he initially called a word-cross puzzle. Within weeks the name was changed to crossword, and the rest is history.… Read more