I missed Google’s celebration of what should have been Jim Henson’s 75th birthday, but since today is Google’s 13th birthday I think it’s a fitting blog post. On the 24th of September, Google created a special set of interactive monsters on their front page. Here’s the backstory …
I love the “classic” Google homepage and the ever-imaginative doodles. I love that they do a contest each year where school children can WIN the guest-doodler-for-the-day grand prize. I love the history of Google’s doodles. Note: I’ve you’ve never read this history, do it and consider it an investment in your creativity bank.
Most of all I LOVE that “google” has replaced the word search and that we can “google” just about anything we need information about and get an immediate answer. My camera’s auto focus hasn’t been working, so this morning I googled the problem and found a video as well as an expert forum with my answer!
In 2006, Trey (who was born the same month and year as Google) walked into the family room one morning and said, “Let’s see, where should I go today?” This moment sparked a scrapbook page, where I imitated the Google colors and talked about the virtual wanderings that we have the ability to make thanks to the Internet and search engines.
I like that I created this page.
I like that I know the difference between scrapbooking pictures and scrapbooking life.
The take away today is a reminder that as scrapbookers we can choose to look past the piles of guilt-inducing pictures and forget the “I’m so far behind” mentality and decide to simply tell a story about some seemingly ordinary aspect of our current existence. It’s only been five years since I created this page. Just IMAGINE how fun it will be for Trey’s children to read about his new-found freedom on the information highway! Just IMAGINE how archaic this type of search and exploration will seem to them.
So, here’s to creative genius like Jim Henson and here’s to Google for honoring the creativity in each of us. Happy Birthday Google!
Thanks for changing the way we interact with our world.
Now … go exercise your creativity!