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December 19, 2011 9:40 AM   Subscribe

Google: "Let It Snow"
posted by MechEng (31 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
Nice!
posted by marimeko at 9:42 AM on December 19, 2011


There must be a joke here I'm not getting. Or is the link broken?
posted by orrnyereg at 9:44 AM on December 19, 2011


News article of Googles Easter Egg.
posted by MechEng at 9:49 AM on December 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


My snowflakes are little boxes that contain the numbers 27 and 44.
posted by Sassyfras at 9:50 AM on December 19, 2011 [4 favorites]


Another attack from the heathens at google in the war on christmas. Easter eggs right before christmas! FOR SHAME!
posted by birdherder at 9:51 AM on December 19, 2011 [4 favorites]


@orrnyereg: It might be browser dependent. A previous similar "easter egg" being: "Do a Barrel Roll!" Unfortunately you can't get both to kick in simutaneously...
posted by samsara at 9:51 AM on December 19, 2011


"Let it Snow" played at the end of the best Xmas movie ever.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:53 AM on December 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


@orrnyereg: You may have to hit the refresh button as well.
posted by MechEng at 9:53 AM on December 19, 2011


For those that it doesn't seem to work for, try this handy link. I think search-as-you-type makes it fail.
posted by Old'n'Busted at 9:54 AM on December 19, 2011


Oh...
posted by R. Mutt at 9:56 AM on December 19, 2011


Yeah I tried this yesterday on a different computer and got to enjoy the falling Missing Characters boxes!
posted by Deflagro at 9:57 AM on December 19, 2011 [2 favorites]


If you look at an LCD monitor from just the right angle, it actually looks like it's frickin' frosted over. Amazing!
posted by TinWhistle at 9:58 AM on December 19, 2011


For the curious, it's implemented with a canvas overlaid on top of the whole page. The Javascript is snowyfog.9.js, which is sadly minified. Here's a Gist of it indented.
posted by Nelson at 9:59 AM on December 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Back when I ran Linux I used a snow screensaver. It was awesome because it would make little piles of snow on the top of your windows and at the bottom of the screen.

Is there something like that for OSX?
posted by odinsdream at 10:09 AM on December 19, 2011


Another good one: go to the main search page, and type in:

do a barrel roll
posted by Malor at 10:09 AM on December 19, 2011


Uh, what? I don' t see anything. Is it because I'm trapped in the prehistoric world of IE7?
posted by Dasein at 10:11 AM on December 19, 2011


I think search-as-you-type makes it fail

I have the search-as-you-type feature activated and it worked for me. Cute Christmas-egg. Maybe that's a Christmas-eggnog?
posted by yoink at 10:15 AM on December 19, 2011



Uh, what? I don' t see anything. Is it because I'm trapped in the prehistoric world of IE7?
posted by Dasein at 10:11 AM on December 19 [+] [!]



If you're like me, you probably have scripts, flash, and everything else disabled. But the link that Old'n'Busted posted above works.

I'm just glad it's snowing somewhere, because it's been a pretty balmy "winter" up here.
posted by Stagger Lee at 10:16 AM on December 19, 2011


Uh, what? I don' t see anything. Is it because I'm trapped in the prehistoric world of IE7?

Yes. It doesn't work in IE.
posted by olinerd at 10:16 AM on December 19, 2011


"Let it Snow" played at the end of the best Xmas movie ever.

You must be confused. That was Always Look On The Bright Side of Life.
posted by lordrunningclam at 10:17 AM on December 19, 2011


For any of you that need to get into the Google Christmas spirit heres Santa doing a rap about Google search tips.
posted by lilkeith07 at 10:19 AM on December 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


Another one: search for 'askew'.
posted by Malor at 10:20 AM on December 19, 2011 [3 favorites]


Snowing on my screen.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 11:06 AM on December 19, 2011


Auto-suggested "askew barrel roll" which, since it made me feel less lonely in the world, made me feel a little less disappointed that it didn't do what I hoped it would.

("tilt" works as well -- and I really wish I'd discovered organically doing a search for the Brooke Shields pinball movie, not just because it would have been neat but because I wish I had cause to search for that movie for some reason.)

As for the snow, this is one of those things that's probably a lot cuter when you don't have to deal with the real thing. (I like it but after it drifted up, I started to think about how glad I was that it was mild today and how we can't bank on that for the next 3 months.)
posted by MCMikeNamara at 11:08 AM on December 19, 2011


> do a barrel roll

You do a barrel roll!
posted by mmrtnt at 12:18 PM on December 19, 2011 [1 favorite]


if you 'let it snow' long enough you have to click the Defrost button.
posted by ghostbikes at 3:14 PM on December 19, 2011


After that long thread on the 10,000-character font the other day, I'm surprised noone has pointed out how to turn the snowflakes into emo-cats!
posted by Twang at 3:47 PM on December 19, 2011


I was ready to be all down on this because, after the amazing Lem doodle the other day, snowing seems trivial. Then my iPad started frosting up and I could actually wipe the frost away with my finger. Nicely done, google, nicely done.
posted by Schismatic at 4:23 PM on December 19, 2011


Made me nostalgic for the old Make it Start feature.
posted by Mitheral at 8:26 PM on December 19, 2011


Somewhere cats are pawing at screens.
posted by stormpooper at 9:10 AM on December 20, 2011


I wonder what happens if you google "Santorum"?


I have an idea.
posted by spitbull at 1:14 PM on December 20, 2011


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