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Posts By: Anthony Rizzo

Travel by Dragon in Google Maps

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A new Game of Thrones inspired Easter egg has been discovered on Google Maps. If you are planning on traveling from Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales, to Brecon Beacons in South Wales you’re given an extra option to travel by dragon.

Is a dragon your preferred choice to travel? It can clear 122 miles in 20 minutes! Unfortunately, we’re not all granted the privelege of dragon travel. Considering the amount of time necessary for Daenerys Targaryen’s army to take King’s Landing, these dragons are only available in Wales.

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Perhaps Wales was chosen due to United Kingdom’s resemblance to Westeros or it could even be for the fact that the Welsh flag is branded with a fiery dragon. Regardless, Google has dropped many fun Easter eggs into Google Maps over the years that point to pop culture references and popular fantasy series. We featured a few in our 10 Awesome Internet Easter Eggs such as a tour of the TARDIS and has also attempted to help Lord of the Rings fans with directions to Mordor.

Take a Digital Break on a Lovely Sunny Day

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Zachary Levi and Sesame Street‘s Bert have figured out there’s more to do than just sitting indoors behind a digital device. They share their mutual love of pigeons and the outdoors in this kitschy tune that promotes unplugging yourself and spending a lovely, sunny day in the park.

The pigeons make it feel like home
Follow me and we can roam
Across the grass and see
That now we’re running faster than 4G!

Special thanks to Zachary LeviKal PennSesame Street‘s parks initiativesPaul Loren and EA Management. Originally posted on Mashable with full lyrics.

Your Mission, Should You Choose to Accept It

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A mission statement is probably one of the most important aspects to a business. In a few short words or sentences, it should succinctly describe the company’s goals and aspirations while promoting the overall corporate philosophy. It should be short, to the point, and catch attention.

Write a mission statement with a goal that’s an action, not a sentiment. Make it quantifiable, not nebulous. It should reflect every facet of the business. The goal is to reflect the company, it’s ideals, products, overall message, and it’s relationships with customers, employees, vendors, competitors, and the community at large.

Our New Mission Statement

Haberdash Design is a full branding and corporate identity firm dedicated to solving the problems of the world, one design at a time. Our goal is to redefine corporate communications by focusing on your communications needs and deliver effective, aesthetic and creative solutions.

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To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world.
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To inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.
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To be the most customer-centric company in the world, where people can find and discover anything they want to buy online.
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Delight our customers, employees, and shareholders by relentlessly delivering the platform and technology advancements that become essential to the way we work and live.
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Provide a global trading platform where practically anyone can trade practically anything.
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To organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.
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Design is an Element of Social Responsibility

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Design is a means toward accomplishing the end goals of serving markets and generating profits. Furthermore, design is an element in social responsibility. Good design allows “form to complement performance.” The way things look is not irrelevant to the way things work: how they work is how they should look.

— Thomas F. Schutte

Image from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement was a show on display from October 3, 2010 through January 3, 2011 presenting eleven building projects on five continents that bring innovative architecture to underserved communities.

Cube On!

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Happy 40th Anniversary to the Rubik’s Cube! Google has unveiled the digital Rubik’s Cube on their homepage today with a link to the Google Chrome Cube Lab. Within the lab we’re given a brief history of the cube as a learning tool and the tools used to create the digital cube. HTML5 and CSS3 are used to the fullest extent possible while being built on a cloud platform with functionality in every modern browser. Now that we’ve digressed, might as well through all productivity out the window today and Cube on!

Randall Munroe: Comics That Ask “What If?”

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Randall Munroe sketches elegant and illuminating explanations of the weird science and math questions that keep geeks awake at night … [He] answers simple what-if questions (“what if you hit a baseball moving at the speed of light?”) using math, physics, logic and deadpan humor. In this charming talk, a reader’s question about Google’s data warehouse leads Munroe down a circuitous path to a hilariously over-detailed answer — in which, shhh, you might actually learn something.

–This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured on TED.com

The May Day Poster Soirée

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The First of May is a public holiday celebrated across the globe in conjunction with the United States’ Law Day and various nations celebrating International Workers’ Day. In the United States we have a Labor Day that falls at the end of the summer. All others celebrating International Workers’ Day may also call it May Day. A day that no artist can pass up. Interpretive dance, musical events, and culinary artists around the globe prepare for today’s festivities. And last, but not least, who can forget the poster designers. I’ve gathered five illustrated poster designs from across the globe that reflects themes of workers’ rights, power in education and community spirit. Now let’s get inspired with these posters, pitch a maypole and start dancing and singing. Who’s bringing the cake?

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The Public Studio
The Public is an activist design studio specializing in changing the world based in Toronto, Ontario. Just like their clients, The Public cares about anti-oppression, sustainability, and social growth. They are activists who seek to change things for the better. They believe that an important message conveyed with inspiration can do just that. They produce work that is creatively, emotionally, and intellectually uplifting.

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Free University of NYC
The Free University of New York City is an experiment in radical education and an attempt to transform education into the way it ought to be. Their project is born out of a recognition that the current system of higher education is as unequal as it is unsustainable. With increasing tuition at public and private institutions, the increasing use of precarious adjunct labor, and the larger and larger amounts of debt that students are expected to take on, a university education is systematically becoming a rarefied commodity only available to the few. It is in this context that the Free University operates as a radical and critical pedagogical space.

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Whittier Alliance
The Whittier Alliance was formed by a small coalition of Whittier residents, businesses, agencies and religious institutions in January 1977. It is a non-profit 501(c)3 neighborhood organization serving the residents and businesses of Whittier. The Whittier Alliance is a neighborhood resource. The Alliance responds to business and resident inquiries and facilitates meetings to inform the neighborhood about changes, developments, safety issues, neighborhood funds for property improvements, events, etc. that impact the livability and prosperity of the Whittier neighborhood.

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UnionsWA
Unions in Western Australia, and peak bodies representing over 30 affiliated unions which have over 150,000 members in Western Australia. UnionsWA does not just speak on workplace issues. We also liaise with indigenous and ethnic communities, social justice and environmental groups. Because issues facing working people across the globe are common we work with trade unionists from other countries.

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Oxford City Council
The city council of Oxford has orchestrated May Day events throughout the city and promoted it with this modern, illustrated poster. Oxford is well known as a university town and is one of Britain’s fastest growing cities in terms of population,[8] and is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the UK.

Ten Awesome Internet Easter Eggs

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After countless hours of scouring the web in the name of research, I am proud to present to you a list of ten awesome internet Easter eggs ripe for the plucking. Enjoy the surprises and have a happy holiday.

10. The Things Meatloaf Would Do For Love

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We don’t condone placing your bets while at work but the folks over at SkyBet have you covered in case the boss sneaks around the corner as you’re taking care of business. Click the little icon in the upper right above the Facebook icon and you’ll get a wonderful spreadsheet with your ‘work’ and also a list of the things Meatloaf would do for love.

9. Break me off a Piece of that ASCII Code

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Across a handful of Nestlé websites one may simply ‘look under the hood’ by viewing the source code to reveal logos drawn with text. Check out the Kit Kat homepage and view the source code.

8. Digg, Dive and Roll

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Every gamer, dead or alive, knows of the legendary Konami Code. For those of you not familiar, it’s a cheat code originally found in many video games published by Konami. During the title screen before the game demo begins, the player could press a sequence of buttons on the game controller to enable the cheat. Now for some fun we can head over to Digg.com and after the page loads simply use your keyboard arrows and buttons to input the following:

↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A

7. The Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything

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Douglas Adams wrote The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and within it there’s a popular central joke: “The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe and everything is 42.” Searching Google for “the answer to life, the universe, and everything” will return this answer.

6. It’s Bigger on the Inside

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This one is definitely a personal favorite and many Doctor Who fans can rejoice. Google has added a feature to their maps that allows you to explore the TARDIS. Click the first image to see inside the TARDIS and walk around a bit.

5. Zerg Rush

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The term originates from the game Starcraft in which the ‘Zerg’ race is notoriously known for its ability to mass-produce offensive units within a short time frame, thus allowing the player to overpower the opponent by sheer number. This Google search will literally overwhelm you until there are no results left over.

4. Eggcyclopedia

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Wikipedia has it’s own Easter egg right on the Easter Egg media page. Just click on the turtle in the image.

3. Pöpcørn

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A Youtube video posted by The Muppets has the Swedish Chef making popcorn shrimp closed captioned with his own Swedish dialect translation.

2. Error 404: Now What?

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Every site has error pages set up and one in particular is the infamous 404 page. When a browser attempts to load a page that doesn’t exist a 404 page is generally loaded. In the case of THCNet.net, the error page has a built in text-based role playing game called Zork. Enjoy!

1. Atari Breakout

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Last, but not least, Google also has a love for gamers. Search “atari breakout” and click on the images tab at the top of the page and you’ll have full access to Google’s version of Atari Breakout. Happy Easter!