Monday, November 12, 2007

Getting Up and Going Back...

I like my job. I like teaching. I like the people I work with at the moment - my boss, the other teachers, all of them. I like the kids. Every teacher has had a child or two come through their room that they thought, "life sure would be easier if that kid would move..." But I don't have one of those this year.

After a three day weekend it's still hard to get up in the morning. And it's not even morning yet, but I know I don't want to get up tomorrow

Part of it is sleep cycles. I came home Friday with the intention of watching Numbers at 10pm. At 8pm I laid down on a bed in our guestroom and slept for 11 and a half hours instead. Saturday I took a nap. Sunday I took a nap. Monday I took a nap. And here I am wide awake at 10:30 at night, blogging...

Part of it is health. Cheryl and I have had our first winter colds. I'm back to 85% I guess. Cheryl's closer to 60% healthy.

I used the weekend to write: 10 blog posts on three blogs and three articles for Suite 101. I also used the weekend to cook: a corned beef brisket that I plan to take for lunch, a backlog of bacon for breakfasts this week, some breakfast sausage patties, a meatloaf to freeze.

The clothes are irons, the coffee's made, the lunches for tomorrow are ready, the dog's been out, and no one I care about is playing on Monday Night Football. So I guess I'll go to bed. And then I'll get up in the morning and go to work anyway...

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Google's Veterans Day Logo

I pointed out last month that Conservatives had decided to tag Google as unpatriotic because of its habit of tinkering with it's logo to celebrat holidays tended not to focus on America holidays. Google has produce logos, for example, about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Birthday (May 22, 2006); the Persian New Year on March 21, 2006 (that can't be very patriotic, can it?); Chinese New Year when the year of the Dog came in on January 29, 2006; Mozart's Birthday; Earth Day in 2004; Michelangelo Birthday; Picasso's Birthday; Canada Day; Bastille Day (Viva la France); and even the Japanese festival of Shichi-go-san.

In retrospect, one of the things that made the discussion so ludicrous is that Google has had a new logo for the Fourth of July in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007.

You can find a larger list of Google logos here.

Whether they've simply caved in to political pressure or have some other reason for the first ever Veterans Day logo, we'll probably never know....

(Note: For whatever reason, the Veterans Day logo at Google has been replaced with their standard logo. I've left the link up to see if it reappears. And they did in fact run one. It had three World War I-era helmets capping the letters 'o' and 'e' in Google's name. You can see a copy of it at the moment here.)