>The Great Google Doodle Triforce Conspiracy

>In many well-known programs there are hidden features or messages called easter eggs, being put there by the developers for you to find. Like in some applications from Google: Docs (Cliply), Picasa (bears) and Reader (ninja and the end of internet). But it seems that these ’eggs’ are not only featured in the applications from Google but also in the special Google Doodles. Several Doodles appear to have a symbol in it which looks very much like a Triforce – this could be an easter egg or an artist’s signature, and a hidden reference to the Nintendo Classic Zelda game, where the Triforce appeared. Wikipedia explains: “The Triforce is a triangular relic which features throughout the series as a nearly-omnipotent sacred item representing the essences of the Golden Goddesses. It is made up of three smaller triangles known as the Triforce of Wisdom, Triforce of Power and Triforce of Courage.”

The most recent Doodle to feature a Triforce was the Nikola Tesla logo which was placed on 9th July. You can see the little icon next to the Tesla coil.

Nikola Tesla, July 9th 10th 2009

Earth Day 2009

Christiaan Huygens, 2009

Thanksgiving 2008

Halloween 2008
Here, the triforce might have been added later on, or removed… in another version it was not to be seen.

France October 4th, 2008

Olympic Summer Games 2008

Earth Day 2008

Can you find more Google logo doodles with the triforce in them?

[When Michel is not hanging out at Blogoscoped, he’s writing the Dutch blog WebSonic.nl.]

>Amazing Shadow Art


Artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster have taken piles of trash and turned them into interesting abstract artworks depicting people or animals. The piece above is called White Trash (With Gulls), it is comprised of six month’s worth of trash and two dead sea gulls. The image portrayed is a self portrait of the artists relaxing with a glass of wine.

>The Coolest Calendar Ever Sucks Ink Out of a Bottle


Without a doubt, this is one of the best and simplest inventions I’ve seen in a long time: A long strip of calendar days, made with a material that sucks ink to tint one complete number each day. Genius.

Created by Oscar Díaz—no family relation, even while it’s my brother’s name—the 420 X 595 mm Ink Calendar actually works. Oscar says that it’s not designed to be one month only, but the whole year:

The ink colors are based on a spectrum, which relate to a “color temperature scale”, each month having a color related to our perception of the weather on that month. The colors range from dark blue in December to three shades of green in spring or orange and red in the summer.

You can see it now at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid. And then, you can go have some gambas a la plancha, iberian ham, and other delicious tapas with some chilled white wine from Rueda. [Oscar Díaz via Dezeen]

>The vestigial grasp of infants


In WEIT there is a chapter on vestigial traits, defined as those traits that are evolutionary remnants of features useful in an ancestor, but now either useless or used in a different way. The paradigmatic case is, of course, the appendix, the remnant of a caecal pouch used to digest leaves and vegetation in our ancestors. But behaviors can be vestigial, too. One such behavior is the “grasping reflex” of human infants. When you put your finger into the palm of an infant, it will immediately and securely grasp it. The grasp is so tight that it’s sometimes hard to make the kid let go! It is said — though I have never seen this demonstrated — that up to a couple months of age a baby can hang suspended from a horizontal stick for several minutes.

The grasping reflex is evident in the feet, too. If you put your finger along a baby’s toes from the sole side, it will grasp with those toes. And when a baby is sitting down, its “prehensile” feet assume a curled-in posture, much like what we see in an infant or an adult chimp.

One of my friends has a four-month-old daughter, and I asked her to take a picture of the grasping reflex and the prehensile foot posture for this website. Here are both in a single picture. Although the kid is somnolent, she still holds on firmly. The sitting posture of a young chimp is given for comparison.

grasping instinct

Chimp sitting 9

Why do infants show this grasping reflex, but then lose it after several months? A very plausible suggestion is that the behavior is a remnant of the grasping reflex seen in other infant primates, which they use to hold on to the hair of their mothers as they’re being carried about.

I’m not going to encourage my readers to suspend their newborns from broomsticks in the cause of evolution (they could fall, after all), but if you’re sufficiently curious and foolhardy to do this, let me know the results.

Thanks to the anonymous mom who donated her child to science.

THIS JUST IN: Photographic proof! (Thanks to commenter Wes for the link.)


Video proof (hat-tip to feelx):