ThurmSpeaks::U.S. Czars, Russia, Google, D-Day, Tetris

The word "czar" wasn't in my vocabulary until this year (02009). Until just recently, I always thought Russia when I heard the word "czar."

Today, the U.S. government is suffering from czar bloat. There's a czar for this, a czar for that, a czar for whatever. However, as far as I know, there are no plans for a foo czar. Obama should recruit Google's Vinton Cerf to be his cyber-security czar.

Google has a tradition of morphing its logo on "special" days. Click the logo and Google will provide a collection of hyperlinks to information about the "special" day.

Today, 6 June 02009, is the 65th anniversary of D-Day; therefore, when I visited Google.com my expectation was to see a morphed logo honoring D-Day, but I had an expect the unexpected moment--Google's morphed logo honored the 25th anniversary of the video game Tetris.

Tetris was created in 01984 at the Dorodnicyn Computing Centre of the Academy of Science of the USSR in Moscow by a Russian programmer named Alexey Pajitnov. [source: Wikipedia.org] Pajitnov emigrated to the United States in 01991 and he worked for Microsoft from 01996 to 02005. [Note: Pajitnov is anti-FLOSS (Free/Libre and Open Source Software).]

Back to Google. Sergey Brin is a co-founder of Google. Sergey (at age 6) emigrated from Moscow, Russia, to the United States because his parents were Jewish.

If U.S. czars don't get in the way, my instincts tell me that Google is going to have some exciting collaborations with Russia over the next couple of decades. One of my favorite quotes these days--"Learning is what most adults will do for a living in the 21st century."--is by Russian mathematician Grigori Perelman (age 43). None the less, I am disappointed Google opted to honor Tetris over D-Day.

Creator: Gerald Thurman [gthurman@gmail.com]
Created: 06 June 2009
Last Modified: Saturday, 05-Jan-2013 11:15:48 MST