And now, for something a little different. This morning, the world awoke to a new Google doodle, one that (in the U.S. at least) paid tribute to Art Clokey, the creator of Gumby and Pokey.
What did you click on? I made my morning smile into a video:
The act reminds me of a great service that Google does for us, the users. Apart from the rankings, SEO and search functionality that one would expect from a search engine, Google gives us more. Kind of like Apple, Google occasionally shows us what we don't yet know that we need and want. These occasional doodles do more than entertain:
- Engage the other side of the brain. There is a reason that the OmniGroup has a game room and Adobe has a softball field on campus. Productivity and creativity are served when we engage both sides of our brain. Google understands that a good morning chuckle is the best cure for a gray day in Seattle.
- Look it up. Just like your momma always said, the best way to learn is to look it up yourself. I didn't know anything about Art Clokey, but now I do. And another lesson gleaned from the coverage of his life and work is that his rocky childhood informed his art. As my heart goes out this week to several friends dealing with pain and loss, it helps to know that art can be born of tragedy.
- Goof off. Goofing off online increases productivity. Go ahead; look it up.