Posted on November 4, 2011 by Jennifer Pointer

Do a Barrel Roll


The "fun" news of the week is that Google has an "Easter Egg" on its search page which is getting a lot of attention.  No, not the chocolate kind of Easter egg (my favorite).  A virtual Easter egg is a something unexpected that you find, usually while searching for something else.  The site has a list of famous virtual Easter eggs found in in movies, tv shows, software, music, books, and art.  I'm sure they'll be adding this week's little gem from Google, as well.


The phrase "do a barrel roll" is making the rounds on Twitter and other sites, because if you type this phrase (or the related "Z or R twice" ) into the Google search bar, the whole screen will rotate automatically.  I must be easily amused, because I've done it about ten times now. 


The phrase originally comes from a video game called Star Fox 64 from the 1990s.  A n example of how the phrase is used is HERE in this YouTube video.  Fans of the movie Shrek may think the donkey looks a bit familiar.


So, go ahead, and do a barrel roll. Do it. You know you want to.




Speaking of rolling - remember to roll back your clocks before you go to bed on Saturday night.  It would be a shame to miss that extra hour of sleep.  Most of your computerized devices are set to automatically update, but you may still need to update your battery-powered devices and house clocks.  Some of us still need to update the clocks in our automobiles.  In case you're like me, and probably won't remember to do this (even after reminding everyone else to all week), you might want to consider downloading an app.

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