Doodle 4 Google – Winner Announced!

Earlier this month Google announced the finalists in the Doodle 4 Google competition. Today they’ve announced the winner, Christin Engelberth a 6th-grader from Harris Middle School in San Antonio, Texas.

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Christin wins herself a $15,000 college scolarship, a laptop and a $25,000 technology grant for her school – congratulations! You can see the other three national finalists here and all of the regional finalists here. [via Google Blog]

VOTD: Julia Dales – Beatboxer

My brother just sent me a link of this 17-year old girl, Julia Dales, from Canada, beatboxing. Now I’ve seen some impressive beatboxing, even beat-boxing while playing the flute – but this girl’s got talent! Check it out. In fact, she won the Online Beatboxing Championship this year! You can see the other runners up videos here.

Here she is performing at a talent show – girlz got skillz!

Doodle 4 Google

Earlier this year Google invited kids from around the United States to submit their doodles using the Google logo with the following theme in mind “What I Wish For The World”. They received over 28,000 doodles from all 50 states. 

There are 40 regional winners (in their various age-group categories) which you can review and vote for online. Entries close at midnight on May 18th, 2009. The winner will be announced on May 20th with the winner’s doodle appearing on the Google home page.

Below are a few samples from the various age groups – but go on and take a look for yourself, and vote.  [via Google Blog]

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My wish for the world is that everyone would get along and treat one another in a nice and loving way. We could all be friends! - Miriam Elizabeth Lowery (5)

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What I wish for the world is that every child and every adult have a chance to go to school and learn. If every person in the world could have the opportunity to go to school, it would make the world a better place, not only for the world, but for the people in it. - Lauren Sarantopolos (12)

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What I wish for the world is unity. The theme is represented by connected paper clips in my doodle because they represent unity. Each clip is interconnected much of the way people are. - Abigail Kois (12)

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Flowers bring color and fragrance into our lives. Their beauty and diversity reflects that of people. They can be playful or serious and even remind us of the cycle of life and death. - Emily Dorsey (16)

2009 SA Blog Awards : Update

So, I didn’t make the top 10 finalists in any of the categories I was nominated for. Nevertheless, there are still some great blogs up for nominations in each of the categories. Go and check them out, I’ve cast my votes, cast yours.

2009 SA Blog Awards : Nominate my blog


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If you get a chance, please nominate my blog in one or more of the following categories: South African Blog of the Year, Most Humerous South African Blog, Best New Blog or nominate one of my posts for the Best Post on a South African Blog – simply click the image to the left and fill in your details. I know I probably won’t win any of the categories, but like they say at the Oscars, “it’s an honour just being nominated”!

The 2009 SA Blog Awards is scheduled for its annual process of nominations and voting this year from 1st March through to 1st April, and the winners announced on 3rd April. Please click here and have a look at rules with which the awards will be run this year.

Is Apple building a Search Engine?

apple-logoIt seems these day’s everyone wants a piece of the pie with competition hotting up on the mobile market (competing touch-screen brands) and Google having recently entered the browser market. And it seems Apple is no different – with Google competing with them in the mobile market with Android it sounds like they’re possibly planning their own search engine. Seems Apple might want to take Microsoft on on more than just OS.

Cape Town mayor named World Mayor

Mayor of Cape Town, Helen Zille 

 

Mayor of Cape Town, Helen Zille

I don’t know where I’ve been but I somehow missed out that there was a competition going on amongst 280 nominated mayors from around the globe. According to the project, they have no affiliation with any city or organisation and run strictly in a non-commercial capacity. 

So what’s the reason for this post? Just as the title says, not only did our mayor of Cape Town, Helen Zille, make the top 11 but she made number 1. But as she said on her interview on KFM this morning, it’s not an honour she can accept alone, as her job cannot be done by one person, it takes a team (her mayoral staff, her family, and us the residents of Cape Town).

Kids: Melissa's first dance competition

We’re very proud of Melissa (6) who completed her first dance competition at the Dance Domain studio, in Montague Gardens, on Saturday night. Even though she danced at the same time as other students older than her and in a higher level, she was graded according to her level and age-group.

Melissa performed the following Latin/Ballroom dances (Bronze Level 1) with her instructor, Andre:

  • Jazz
  • Tango
  • Box Rumba
  • Foxtrot
  • Boogie
  • Cha-Cha
  • Loop-Dans (Walk-dance)

Since there were a lot of students the results could take up to 3 weeks before we get them. But in the meantime, why don’t you take a look at how she danced by using the video link below.

[Update – 7 September 2008: Results]