Even if I judge it to be impossible, Maru does not give up jumping.
Thank you for reminding me that you are cat!
Just Between Us by J.H. Trumble
Luke Chesser is back, and it looks like his luck may be changing when he makes a surprising connection with one of the marching band field techs, Curtis Cameron.
But just as their relationship is set to launch, Curtis is diagnosed HIV positive. Too ashamed to tell anyone, he puts off treatment and pulls the plug on his relationship with Luke. He won't risk infecting another person. But Luke won't let go so easily. The two soon find themselves struggling to either define their relationship in terms they can both live with or end it altogether.
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It is on this day that two Professors from the RavenCoast School of Theology realize that their phone call may not have been private after all.
Be Safe, and Remember: You Are Not Alone.
Date: October 19, 2017
“Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are.” Thanks to Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, we know! Today marks the 107th birthday of the first astrophysicist to win a Nobel Prize for his theory on the evolution of stars.
A child prodigy, Chandra published his first paper and developed his theory of star evolution before turning 20. By age 34, he was elected to the Royal Society of London, and soon after, became a distinguished service professor of physics.
The Indian-American physicist’s honors are astronomical, including the National Medal of Science, the Draper Medal of the US National Academy of Science, and the gold medal of the Royal Astronomical Society. Though originally met with skepticism in the 1930s, Chandra’s theories and equations won the Nobel Prize in Physics 50 years later.
Today’s Doodle illustrates one of the most important of all of S. Chandrasekhar's contributions to our understanding of stars and their evolution: The Chandrasekhar limit. The limit explains that when a star’s mass is lighter than 1.4 times that of the sun, it eventually collapses into a denser stage called a “white dwarf.” When heavier than 1.4, a white dwarf can continue to collapse and condense, evolving into a black hole or a supernova explosion.
Today we honor the original starman whose universal theories propel current space research and modern astronomy on their ambitious missions.
Happy birthday, Chandra!
Date: October 18, 2017
Today we’re feeling the beat as we celebrate the 66th anniversary of the Studio for Electronic Music. Known as the first modern music studio, the Studio for Electronic Music became a haven for innovative musicians and producers around the world. It was here that electronically synthesized sounds were mixed to create an entirely new genre of music that so many have come to love.
The Studio for Electronic Music was established at the West German Broadcasting facility in Cologne, Germany. The concept for a studio to create electronic music was birthed by composers Werner Meyer-Eppler, Robert Beyer, and Herbert Eimert, who for years had brainstormed the technical requirements of the challenge. Artists in the studio created breakthrough beats, editing and mixing sounds using new types of equipment and technical composition. Composers and producers came from far and wide as the studio became a breeding ground for musical innovation.
Until the year 2000, the original studio continued to push the boundaries of electronic music and develop new sounds and ideas. Today’s Doodle, by Berlin-based illustrator Henning Wagenbreth, celebrates the diversity of thought and imagination that built this studio and transformed the possibilities of music!
Location: Australia, Austria, Croatia, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom
Date: October 17, 2017
Today we celebrate Selena Quintanilla: Mexican-American music & entertainment icon, fashion trendsetter, passionate entrepreneur, community philanthropist, and one of the people who taught me growing up that no matter who you are or where you come from, anything is possible.
Born in Lake Jackson, Texas on April 16, 1971, Selena’s talent shone from an early age. Strumming Nat King Cole’s “I’m in the Mood for Love” on guitar, Selena’s Father listened to his daughter sing along, and immediately knew the bright future before her.
With encouragement from their father, nine year old Selena and her older siblings A.B. (guitar) and Suzette (drums) formed the beginnings of the Tejano sensation Selena y Los Dinos. Born in Texas, Tejano music (or “Tex-Mex”) blends Mexican and American sub-genres like pop, polka, ranchera, and cumbia. Widely popular across the TX/Mexico border since the 1800s, Selena y Los Dinos’ infectious brand of Tejano music popularized the genre to audiences globally.
First playing at the family restaurant, quiceañeras, and fairs, the band’s humble beginnings - including sitting on equipment due to the lack of formal seating in their inaugural tour bus “Big Bertha - eventually led to high profile touring. But they also fought through hard times and adversity. In fact, Selena was frequently discriminated against in the male-dominated music genre, and some venues even refused to book the band for shows.
Despite all this, Selena’s talent, energy, and perseverance easily won the hearts of a rapidly growing fan base. In 1986 she was awarded the Tejano Music award for “Female Vocalist of the Year,” catapulting Selena y los Dinos to Tejano stardom. Other milestones followed, solidifying Selena’s legacy as “The Queen of Tejano.” She released her first studio album with Capitol EMI (self-titled “Selena”) on this day in 1989, consistently straddled the top of the billboard charts, and won a Grammy for best Mexican/American album of 1993 -- the first female and youngest Tejano artist to win the award.
Selena was also much more than a talented musician. A fashionista and trendsetter, she often designed and created entire outfits for her performance wardrobe. In her free time, she was also active in community service, including being a strong advocate for education.
Most importantly, Selena became a beacon of inspiration and hope for the Latinx, immigrant, and bicultural communities around the globe. Her story of embracing and celebrating all parts of her cultural heritage and persevering in the face of adversity forged an emotional connection with millions.
As the daughter of a Mexican immigrant single mom living in a small (primarily white) town in rural Texas, I was one of the people Selena and her legacy profoundly influenced. My love of music started with her. One of my dearest childhood memories is of my mom and I belting Bidi Bidi Bom Bom and Techno Cumbia in the family van during our annual road trips to Mexico. I even sang Selena classics in talent shows across northeast Texas [photo evidence below, courtesy of my Mom].
Aside from incredible dance moves and how to belt some serious notes, watching Selena taught me that being Latina was a powerful thing, and that with hard work and focus I could do whatever I set my mind to. Watching her showed me that this hybrid cultural identity of mine was a valuable gift I should embrace. Watching her made me proud of being Mexicana.
It’s incredible that Selena’s legacy grows even larger with time. She continues to show Latinx, immigrants, and bicultural communities around the world to be proud of who they are and to embrace their differences. Also, to work hard for your dreams because doing so makes your achievements that much more meaningful.
So the best thing I can say is thank you, Selena. Thank you for being a role model and a hero to a little Latina girl in Granbury, Texas. Thank you for teaching her that she could dream big and make it. And thank you for all the inspiration and joy your music and legacy continues to bring to the world.
-Perla Campos, Google Doodles Global Marketing Lead
[LEFT] Me receiving a trophy at a Texas talent show for my dance to “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” - complete with an 8 yr old’s version of Selena’s purple jumpsuit by my grandma, seamstress extraordinaire.
[RIGHT] Me channeling my inner Selena as a perform in a school program, fabulous hoops & all.
For an in-depth look at some of Selena’s most prized possessions including iconic outfits, awards, and fan art, check out the new Selena exhibit on Google Arts & Culture, curated by The Selena Museum.
Special thanks to the Quintanilla family who played an integral role in making every part of this project possible. Below, Suzette shares some thoughts about Selena and the Doodle:
My family and I are honored and extremely excited to have worked with Google on this Doodle and exhibit launch, not only as a way to celebrate Selena’s life and the dreams she achieved, but as a tribute to Selena's fans around the globe. This project is just yet another testament to the power of Selena’s legacy, which is still going strong 22 years later. Selena has always transcended cultural boundaries and having this Doodle featuring a strong, Latina woman on the homepage of Google around the world is a perfect example that. We hope that everyone - both fans and people learning about Selena for the first time - enjoys this celebration and feels the positivity and hope Selena embodied and still continues to represent today.
To hear even more about Selena’s life, legacy, and the process of today’s Doodle, check out this Talk at Google with Suzette, hosted at the offices of Google San Francisco.
Selena Doodle Team
Art Lead - Kevin Laughlin
Art Support - Alyssa Winans, Olivia Huynh, Juliana Chen
Marketing, Partnerships, & Licensing Lead - Perla Campos
Engineering support - Jacob Howcroft
Music licensing support - Jennifer Rosen, Jay Komas, Joy Edgar
PR - Susan Cadrecha, Jesus Garcia-Valadez
Selena exhibit support - The Selena Museum
Translation support - Patricia Romero, Birgitte Rasine, Carina Jimenez, Mariella Sanchez-Vargas
Content licensing & Legal support - Madeline Belliveau, Ethan Bodenstein
Music support - Kevin Burke
Amor Prohibido album photo - courtesy of Maurice Rinaldi
Butternut Squash Ⅱ:[I am Butternut Squash Ⅱ. I am very gentle man. I’m descendant of well-honored Butternut Squash clan. My older sister was taken care of very much last year.]
Please give a huge paws up and welcome the newest Star Kit, Teddy. He is 4 and a half years old from Jasper, Alabama.
Baby Kitty Teddy came into my life after a tornado. We found him outside on the ground. I actually thought he was a baby mole. I had raised two Kitty’s on bottles from 3 days old previously so I decided to give it a try again. I smuggled the little guy in to my job and kept him warm and fed under my desk. I watched him grow ounce by ounce. I took him everywhere with me. I had no idea how completely in love I would be. I’ve had many cats through the years but never one with so much attitude and personality. While I consider him a purrrfect lil Angel, his nickname by my family was Devil Cat. I have to mention it was 5 weeks before my boss found out about him. Mainly because he jumped out of my hands ran across the office and up my bosses leg. After the initial shock, and a scary glance from the boss, he was soon accepted as the office mascot. He really was spoiled by everyone.
My story is in past tense because my baby is no longer with me. He went missing Sept 21, 2015. He had been neutered and didn’t roam. He was 2 and a half years old. I had no idea I would regret letting him have his way this morning. Every morning around 4 am he would insist (loudly)on being let outside. He would welcome the sun each day on the porch outside my bedroom. I would always open the door around 6:30 and he would run in, I would give him breakfast while I got ready for work. I had no idea when I let him out that I would never see him again. The guilt still eats at me even now. We searched the area, posted posters everywhere. Posted on Facebook. Had a search team looking for him. We checked with all the vets and animal shelters. My husband covered the yard and the woods. My heart still wants to believe he is out there somewhere with a new family that loves him as much as we do. I would be honored if you would consider my little love as your daily kitten
Alys by Kiri Callaghan
Following her gay best friend’s suicide, Alyson Carroll descends into the realm of Dreams and Nightmares. In her quest to find home, she discovers that Charlie might not truly be gone after all, but when she meets Oswin, the prince of Terra Mirum, she must face her own fears and raise an army against The Nightmare Queen, or surrender as the world of dreams is consumed by terror and darkness forever.
I recently caught up with author Kiri Callaghan (dressed as a fae character from her novel) and got the scoop:
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