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Pacman Celebrates 30 Years with its Best Friend Google

Smogger screenshot

The Google homepage is a Pacman game today in honor of the game’s 30th birthday. Try and beat my high score… but you never will.

Never.

-MM

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Why I Want to Quit Facebook

For a long time, many of my friends and family have complained about my addiction to my Blackberry. Yes, I know it’s bad…but with email, texting, bbming, and more forms of e-communication being created each day, it’s unlikely that I’ll be able to quit it any time soon. Facebook, however, is getting dangerously close to being cut off.

1984? Try 2010. via Flickr

When I joined Facebook, the site was a small online community for wannabe-elitists from a handful of “good schools.” Since I enjoy feeling like I have friends, I’m glad its become open to everyone, but recently it’s taken a serious turn for the worse. Each day seems to bring a new frightening report about the growing lack of privacy on the site (and overwhelming sense that Facebook cares more about its profit line than what it shares about you).

With all of this news, I think it’s time to end our 6-year relationship. It’s not you, it’s me. Actually, it’s neither of us. It’s the email I got from a girl moving into my apartment complex that said the first thing that popped up on Google when she searched for the apartment was my Facebook profile. Yeah- privacy my ass.

In a related note, Mark Zuckerburg’s recent tirade makes me feel great that people are trusting him with their phone numbers, addresses, birth dates, and other personal information. He seems like a really great guy!

-MK

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Thanks for Nothing, Google.

Google is famous for it’s logo changes to commemorate holidays, special events… and sometimes just random crap they decide to go with. Like today, for example. I see a lovely ballet graphic replacing the name of the search engine, so I hover over the image to discover that it is – drum roll, please – Tchaikovsky’s 170th birthday. Good to know, Google.

Over the years, Google’s gotten pretty original with its logos, especially around the world. Here are some of the more unique logo changes and the history behind them… that may or may not be relevant to your life in any way.

-MM

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Link It Up: 5.7.10

Jaguars, Raiders, Chargers, 49ers, or Bills? Could a team be coming to LA soon? [via Pigskin Doctors]

Will The Office have a crossover episode with Parks & Recreation? I can dream… [via THRfeed]

Before you plan your 6-man team for the summer, beware Manhattan Beach’s attempt to kill fun. [via LA Times]

I told you it would turn on us eventually. Did Google destroy your day yesterday? [via LAist]

Thanks to Arizona, Cinco de Mayo got all 4th of July on us. via Flickr

-MK

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Googling at the Speed of Sound

There’s probably nothing more annoying in today’s world than the words “buffering,” “loading,” or “wait time.” But with that said, is internet faster than the speed of sound (or light) really that necessary? There’s something to be said for living in a culture in which we celebrate the fact that we will now be able to waste time faster even faster.

Somewhere, the makers of Adderall are rejoicing. If we thought America’s ADD was bad before, I can’t even tell you what it will be like now.

-MK

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Googling the Meaning of Life

Apparently, all of life’s answers can be answered by Google. And many of life’s mysteries can as well. And, if you have time after those searches, you can also learn about stereotypes, weird sexual things, and everything else the internet is the expert of.

Let’s take google for a test ride and see what some people have been looking up. Using autofill it’s clear America is interested in…

-Animal defecation and noises

Is that a Lady Gaga song buried in there?

– Canadian slavery

Who knew about slavery in the North?

-itself being fat, ignorant, and drunk

Why, why do they act like "that"!?

-poop, the sky, and the historical factors that have left Haiti one of the most desolate places on the planet

The colors were for Breast Cancer awareness, duh!

I feel like I’ve learned a lot about myself today. More to come!

-MK

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