Google doodles are almost always epic, like the Pac-Man one which is still available since all the people who visited Google’s homepage only to endless play it.
Today Google made another surprise celebrating Frank Zamboni’s 112 birthday, creator of the first ice-smoothing machine which was immediately adopted in hockey matches in the USA.
In fact in this doodle you will “drive” a Zamboni smoothing machine to clean up the mess made by skaters in a 8-bit videogame.
Copyright is an important part of the Web. Essentially, it prevents your work to be taken and used freely without your permission. A widely used license is the Creative Commons, used by a number of of websites which wants to license their work in a specific way. Going into the details, there are six of them, ordered by restrictions.
Attribution CC BY: This is the most elastic one. You allow others to use, build upon your work, edit it and use it even for commercial purposes as long as they attribute the work to you.
Attribution-ShareAlike CC BY-SA: You allow others to use, build upon your work, edit it and use it even for commercial purposes as long as they attribute the work to you and use the same license for it.
Attribution-NoDerivs CC BY-ND: You allow others to use your work even for commercial purposes as long as they don’t edit it and attribute the work to you.
Attribution-NonCommercial CC BY-NC: You allow others to use, build upon your work, and not use it for commercial purposes.
Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA: You allow others to use, build upon your work and edit it as long as they don’t use it for commercial purposes and use the same license for it.
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs CC BY-NC-ND: This is the most restricted one. You allow others to use your work as long as they don’t edit it, don’t build upon it and don’t use it for commercial purposes and attribute the work to you. (By the way, it’s the same license we use here).
You may use them when you decide to publish any kind of work on the Web, maybe if you are a blogger or a freelancer. In order to get one of these, visit this page and fill it following your needs. Then take the HTML code and put it on your website. This will let everyone know that what they’re seeing is property of you.
In the case that you want to release your work for public domain dedicating it to everyone, there is a really simple procedure to obtain an HTML code to put on your website. Just go here and follow the steps.
In this post I wrote about the Google Art Project, a massive online collection of paintings from all around the world. Yes, it is very interesting if you want to just have a look around or if you’re addicted to art, but if you’re a student? This short tutorial (just don’t want to be boring 🙂 )will show you how to use effectively Google Art Project to streamline your assignments.
Use galleries to organize
There are many ways to organize paintings. The most useful one is collections. When you browse through artworks, there a button on the left, that puts the currently viewing one into a gallery. Just note that a painting can’t be on two different galleries simultaneously, so choose carefully the criteria to organize them. On my side, I would go for periods of time because: A specific artist will have one or two galleries, depending on his life. Then use the description to add a quick note to it. (Keep in mind that you can use the “Details” button to show more information about it like techniques and type of support).
Bookmark links on the browser
A second way is to use bookmarks. Just create folders where you put specific paintings links to have a quick access without the need to access directly the site.
Follow, follow, follow
Studying doesn’t mean stay on books. The best way to discover something new is to follow user’s galleries; you will find a lot of interesting stuff that you may like or be useful for the future.