Google celebrates its 14th birthday with a chocolate cake doodle

By now, most Google users are accustomed to seeing Google celebrate the birthdays of famous artists, scientists, and holidays or events. Today, Google is celebrating its own birthday, as the search engine officially turns 14 years old. 

This year’s birthday Doodle is quite different than previous entries. Yes, indeed it’s animated, which is a first for a birthday logo. But the issue comes at the end of the animation.

As you arrive on Google’s homepage, you see a rectangular chocolate cake bearing Google’s name, along with 14 candles. Slowly, the chocolate cake is “eaten” away and the candles are compiled at the bottom of the screen, and what’s left is a tray spelling out Google’s letters in the usual combo of colors: blue, red, yellow, blue, green, red.

Except, there are a few pieces of the chocolate cake remaining on the tray and what results is an unintentional Rorschach test. Because those pieces of chocolate cake happen to spell out, more visibly, what appears to be “Poople” In brown.

Earlier, when Google entered its teenage, it marked its 13th birthday with a doodle that depicted the company logo with party hats placed on each letter of its logo and a cake with balloons and gifts around. The Internet giant Google was found by Larry Page and Sergey Brin in September 1998.

Here’s a look back at Google birthday Doodles through the years:

 Sept. 27, 2010

Sept. 27, 2009

Sept. 27, 2008

Sept. 27, 2007

Sept. 27, 2006

Sept. 27, 2005

Sept. 27, 2004   

Sept. 27, 2003

Sept. 27, 2002

Classified The Series

A Range Rover Evoque Film Series

Classified The Series is a five-episode web series directed by Ali Mostafa and produced by Boomtown Productions and Filmworks. Classified series is produced by Land Rover to celebrate the launch of the Range Rover Evoque into the Middle East. Directed by Emirati film maker Ali F. Mostafa, the online series follows a group of three friends through a number of action-packed scrapes and adventures around the region. 

In a bold move away from traditional product placement, Land Rover worked with Ali Mostafa to create a thrilling and exciting online film series in which the car is featured as a main character, with an integral role in the overall storyline. Classified The Series is a dramatic thriller miniseries, produced with the same standards of a feature film, including suspense, action, drama as well as elements of humour. 

“Classified” follows the story of Adam, a young Egyptian expat in the UAE, whose life is turned into a week-long road trip across the GCC, when he gets a mysterious phone call from a man who tells him his life in danger unless he follows the clues left to him by his dead scientist-father. Enlisting the help of his two friends Badr and Fadi, Adam gets by some clich├ędly close and stereotypically silly scrapes with the “unknown” bad guys who are following the trio. Of course, the cryptic codes are too easily broken by Fadi, who is the ‘computer’ geek of the group because he wears glasses, has a Mac book and oh yeah, carries an USB SD Card reader wherever he goes.  In episode five, we see the three friends Adam, Badr and Fadi back in Dubai as their quest to solve the mystery comes to a dramatic conclusion. The friends are led to a rendezvous point by the mystery man, during which they are also introduced to another man in a suit, played by director Mostafa. 

Ali Mostafa has done an excellent job portraying the Range Rover Evoque as an integral part of the story. Cruising through the sandy dunes of the UAE deserts or the busy streets of Manama, the Evoque looks like a brilliant companion for adventureNaturally, the 2012 Range Rover Evoque is the real star of the show as it takes on terrain that leaves other vehicles in the dust. You get to see a lot of the Evoque’s features in action, including the Surround Camera system, the Evoque’s off-road abilities, puddle lights, navigation system, and the glass panel roof.

Classified The Series will be your kind of thing if you like your long format commercials to have a flair for intrigue, a good amount of action, a few car chases, and a bit of humor.  The film is half in English and half in Arabic, with the actors switching between the two languages on the fly. Both languages are subtitled as appropriate, and after a couple of minutes this convention slips into the background and you don’t really notice it if you mange to find yourself wrapped up in the story. Speaking of, we thought the story is interesting, the script was written, the production values were top-notch, and the acting wasn’t bad.  

Google doodle celebrates 'Star Trek' birthday

Google doodles are fun, more so when they are interactive such as Saturday's 'Star Trek: The Original Series' doodle, posted to commemorate the 46th anniversary of the cult science fiction television series that aired on NBC in the US from September 8, 1966 to June 3, 1969. It appears that the 'Star Trek: The Original Series' doodle is best experienced on Google's Web browser - Chrome. Is Google using its popular home page doodles to promote its browser or is it only showcasing the abilities of Chrome in taking advantage of modern Web technologies?
The interactive doodle that appears on the Google home page on Saturday shows the characters of the cult science fiction television series that aired on NBC in the US from September 8, 1966 to June 3, 1969 as letters of the Google logo and also lets you participate a little interactive tale, but there are no points to earn though. The letter 'G' in the Google logo is Mr Spock, perhaps the most memorable character from the series. The first 'O' plays the character of Nyota Uhura and the second that of James T Kirk, the commanding officer of the USS Enterprise. The letter 'L' seems to resemble Hikaru Sulu.The doodle opens in the bridge of the Starship Enterprise and then the second 'O' and the 'E' go out of the red door to the transporter room and the transporter beams them to an unfriendly planet where they are challenged by an alien. 

On defeating the enemy they return to the Enterprise. All this doesn't happen on its own, but you need to click your way through the doodle to make the action happen. The iconic instrumental Theme from Star Trek by Alexander Courage continuously plays in the background. The doodle ends in classic Star Trek style with the USS Enterprise zipping past in the backdrop of stars and the Google letters appear in yellow. The first doodle that Google posted to commemorate a television programme was on September 30, 2010 for the 50th Anniversary of the popular animated series The Flintstones.