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By Dave Rosenthal | July 3, 2013
Today's Google Doodle marks the anniversary of Franz Kafka's birth in 1883. Kafka, who was born in Prague, brought us memorable stories such as "Metamorphosis," the tale of a salesman who wakes up to find himself transformed into a giant bug. (Hence the creepy insect in the Doodle.) According to the Kafka Project, the writer had misgivings about his work and before his death in 1924 asked that his unpublished manuscripts be destroyed. Luckily, literary executor Max Brod disregarded that instruction and published novels including "The Trial," "The Castle" and "Amerika.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2014
Harriet Tubman, the Marylander credited with leading hundreds of slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad, was honored with a Google Doodle today. The Google search engine periodically uses an artistic interpretation of its logo, known as the Doodle, to honor famous people or commemorate holidays and events. The Tubman-inspired logo that appeared Saturday features a drawing of Tubman holding a lantern against a night sky, with the letters made to look like tree branches.
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By Dave Rosenthal | February 7, 2012
Today's Google doodle honors Charles Dickens on his birthday. On the letters, you can see characters such as Tiny Tim of "A Christmas Carol" (one of my favorite works, in all forms, including the movie Scrooged and the Mr. Magoo cartoon). I always appreciate Google's playfulness; it's a great way to enliven a dull page. Google has been customizing its search site in earnest since 2000, and has produced more than 1,000 doodles. They vary by country, and you can browse the archive for various versions.
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July 8, 2013
Welcome to your post-weekend trends report for July 8, 2013. Andy Murray's Wimbledon win had far more interest than usual for a Sunday topic, while associated searches also did well on Google. Meanwhile, the search engine was itself a trending topic on Twitter as users discussed today's Roswell-themed doodle. Also popular on Twitter were France -- probably because of the Tour -- and its morning greeting of "Bonjour!"   || TRENDING ONLINE || Andy Murray, Kim Sears, Wimbledon Trending on: Google, Twitter As an adoring nation watched and roared, Andy Murray ended 77 years of frustration at Wimbledon by defeating No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4, on Sunday to become the first British man to win the singles championship since Fred Perry triumphed in 1936.
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July 8, 2013
Welcome to your post-weekend trends report for July 8, 2013. Andy Murray's Wimbledon win had far more interest than usual for a Sunday topic, while associated searches also did well on Google. Meanwhile, the search engine was itself a trending topic on Twitter as users discussed today's Roswell-themed doodle. Also popular on Twitter were France -- probably because of the Tour -- and its morning greeting of "Bonjour!"   || TRENDING ONLINE || Andy Murray, Kim Sears, Wimbledon Trending on: Google, Twitter As an adoring nation watched and roared, Andy Murray ended 77 years of frustration at Wimbledon by defeating No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic, 6-4, 7-5, 6-4, on Sunday to become the first British man to win the singles championship since Fred Perry triumphed in 1936.
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April 22, 2013
Stars are shooting, drinking, driving and chomping, and the government is watching. Welcome to your post-weekend trends report for April 22, 2013.  You have to love Congress. America's favorite band of geriatric jokers decided it would be hi-LAR-ious to use a week full of manhunts and explosions as a backdrop for jamming through the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which many civil libertarians view as the most Orwellian surveillance-state bill since the Patriot Act. The bill, which moves from the House to the Senate this week, is co-sponsored by Maryland's own Dutch Ruppersberger.
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By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2012
It's the end of the world as we know and New Zealand feels fine. Yup, it's official the Mayan Apocalypse has snubbed Oceanian and the rest of the world will likely make it through Dec. 21 in one piece. (Shocking I know). The Mayan Calendar has run out so it's probably time to break down and get that  2013 Pooped Puppies  calendar. There is one person who is probably pretty pleased right now and that's the newly crowned  Miss Universe Olivia Culpo . Imagine having the universe end on the first day of your super-sexy reign that would be so not cool.
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By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2012
It's entirely possibly that I'm fudging the online trends this morning to give more weight to news of a monkey in fancy coat wandering around an Ikea. It is just that depressing today and who knows if even  Ikea monkey can counteract this clinical case of Mondays. First up, The Redskins even without RGIII embarrassed the Ravens and mopped the floor with them in overtime. I'm telling you people the Ravens really need to think about just pulling a quarterback off the street.
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March 4, 2013
Dennis Rodman is back from a rather foggy Asia visit, Google is remembering a civil rights advocate, and Mitt Romney wishes he were president. Welcome to your post-weekend online trends report for Monday, March 4. Romney appeared on Fox News Sunday with wife Ann, who said among other things that "I totally believe at this moment, if Mitt were there in the office, that we would not be facing sequestration right now. " The sequestration deadline was...
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By Dave Rosenthal | May 23, 2012
Today's Goodle Doodle honors the birthday of Robert Moog, the engineering genius and music pioneer who brought us the synthesizer. It's one of those super-creative doodles, allowing you to play the mini-synthesizer, warping notes in various ways. You can even record your music. For a breakdown of the synthesizer's main components, including mixers and oscillators, the Moog company's chief engineer has offered a video introduction. And here's an entertaining video primer that will help you adjust all those funny-looking knobs.
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By Dave Rosenthal | July 3, 2013
Today's Google Doodle marks the anniversary of Franz Kafka's birth in 1883. Kafka, who was born in Prague, brought us memorable stories such as "Metamorphosis," the tale of a salesman who wakes up to find himself transformed into a giant bug. (Hence the creepy insect in the Doodle.) According to the Kafka Project, the writer had misgivings about his work and before his death in 1924 asked that his unpublished manuscripts be destroyed. Luckily, literary executor Max Brod disregarded that instruction and published novels including "The Trial," "The Castle" and "Amerika.
BUSINESS
April 22, 2013
Stars are shooting, drinking, driving and chomping, and the government is watching. Welcome to your post-weekend trends report for April 22, 2013.  You have to love Congress. America's favorite band of geriatric jokers decided it would be hi-LAR-ious to use a week full of manhunts and explosions as a backdrop for jamming through the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which many civil libertarians view as the most Orwellian surveillance-state bill since the Patriot Act. The bill, which moves from the House to the Senate this week, is co-sponsored by Maryland's own Dutch Ruppersberger.
BUSINESS
March 4, 2013
Dennis Rodman is back from a rather foggy Asia visit, Google is remembering a civil rights advocate, and Mitt Romney wishes he were president. Welcome to your post-weekend online trends report for Monday, March 4. Romney appeared on Fox News Sunday with wife Ann, who said among other things that "I totally believe at this moment, if Mitt were there in the office, that we would not be facing sequestration right now. " The sequestration deadline was...
BUSINESS
By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2012
It's the end of the world as we know and New Zealand feels fine. Yup, it's official the Mayan Apocalypse has snubbed Oceanian and the rest of the world will likely make it through Dec. 21 in one piece. (Shocking I know). The Mayan Calendar has run out so it's probably time to break down and get that  2013 Pooped Puppies  calendar. There is one person who is probably pretty pleased right now and that's the newly crowned  Miss Universe Olivia Culpo . Imagine having the universe end on the first day of your super-sexy reign that would be so not cool.
BUSINESS
By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2012
It's entirely possibly that I'm fudging the online trends this morning to give more weight to news of a monkey in fancy coat wandering around an Ikea. It is just that depressing today and who knows if even  Ikea monkey can counteract this clinical case of Mondays. First up, The Redskins even without RGIII embarrassed the Ravens and mopped the floor with them in overtime. I'm telling you people the Ravens really need to think about just pulling a quarterback off the street.
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By Dave Rosenthal | May 23, 2012
Today's Goodle Doodle honors the birthday of Robert Moog, the engineering genius and music pioneer who brought us the synthesizer. It's one of those super-creative doodles, allowing you to play the mini-synthesizer, warping notes in various ways. You can even record your music. For a breakdown of the synthesizer's main components, including mixers and oscillators, the Moog company's chief engineer has offered a video introduction. And here's an entertaining video primer that will help you adjust all those funny-looking knobs.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2014
Harriet Tubman, the Marylander credited with leading hundreds of slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad, was honored with a Google Doodle today. The Google search engine periodically uses an artistic interpretation of its logo, known as the Doodle, to honor famous people or commemorate holidays and events. The Tubman-inspired logo that appeared Saturday features a drawing of Tubman holding a lantern against a night sky, with the letters made to look like tree branches.
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By Dave Rosenthal | February 7, 2012
Today's Google doodle honors Charles Dickens on his birthday. On the letters, you can see characters such as Tiny Tim of "A Christmas Carol" (one of my favorite works, in all forms, including the movie Scrooged and the Mr. Magoo cartoon). I always appreciate Google's playfulness; it's a great way to enliven a dull page. Google has been customizing its search site in earnest since 2000, and has produced more than 1,000 doodles. They vary by country, and you can browse the archive for various versions.
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