Google celebrates Star Trek's 46th anniversary with an interactive doodle!

Hey, Trekkies: Google has treated us all to a really fun, interactive doodle to celebrate the 46th anniversary of the network premiere of Star Trek! From today until tomorrow -- September 8, the actual air date in 1966 -- you will get to set your cursors to "stun" and maybe mess with a Redshirt (hint: the worried-looking one shaped like an "e") when you visit Google's main page and start clicking your way into a miniature episode featuring characters from the original series. (The hair on the O-Kirk is glorious, I tell you.) StarTrek.com has an interview with the doodle's creator (and Trekkie), Ryan Germick. Live long and prosper, Star Trek!

Celebrating 46 Years with a Google Doodle [StarTrek.com]

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  1. Labor Day got a tiny static flag at the bottom of the home page.  The 46th (?) anniversary of Star Trek gets the mega treatment.  

      1. In order to distract USians from May Day and the events that happened thereupon, the US has its official Labor Day on the first Monday in September,  grima was likely noticing the lack of an animation this past Monday.

        1.  I’ve noticed that most of my fellow USians give me blank looks if I mention the Haymarket riots.  We keep that in the memory hole next to the Wall Street bombing, the burning of the White House, and the Espionage Act.

  2. And the wee masses went wild! Didn’t know I was a geek, have to say that is cool. Love the $$$ on $pock’s ‘right sleeve?’.

  3. That gorn looked like a PEZ dispenser.  I have to say I chuckled when the tribbles came rolling out, though!

        1. well that’s your own problem.

          seriously, what are you complaining about? you don’t use have this alleged special chrome api, so you need flash. but you don’t use flash, so … what exactly do you expect the world to do for you? i guess they could implement it in html5, but then again you’re probably surfing the web in lynx.

    1. Are you running no-script or something?
      I see people say Chrome does so much more than Firefox, but I have yet to have it encounter a page it didn’t render properly.

        1. Or you could just use another browser … or Flash.

          *plays worlds smallest violin*

          ETA: It looks like they ddin’t even use Flash. Look at skeptacally’s comment before. Yeeeesh. Dude.

    2. What Chrome-specific API are you referring to, exactly?

      There is an HTML5-standard for sound play-back. Not all browsers implement the full API, but it’s still an agreed-upon standard, towards which all browsers should be reaching.

      If Firefox hasn’t implemented HTML5 sound, it makes some sense to fall back on Flash.

      But I may be wrong — are you aware of a specific Chrome-only feature that this doodle uses?

    3.  They don’t use Flash for their doodles.  You probably have NoScript installed and need to authenticate googleusercontent.com to hear the audio events.

  4. Hmm. Can’t get very far. The red Shirt cries,  Uhura is besotted by Kirk’s charm, the transporter works,  the Gorn can be hit by various things, but Bones, Spock and Sulu remain off limits. Am I missing something?

    1. If you type alt+F4 while you’re on the turbolift, you end up in Yeoman Rand’s quarters, and she’s just gotten out of the shower, and has had a bit too much Romulan Ale…

  5. Hey, Trekkies: Google has treated us all to a really fun, interactive doodle to celebrate the 46th anniversary of the network premiere of Star Trek!

    Yeah, we boingers would never stumble on it ourselves.

    mess with a Redshirt (hint: the worried-looking one shaped like an “e”)

    You can also identify him by his red shirt.

    (The hair on the O-Kirk is glorious, I tell you.)

    It’s in front of our very own eyes, you don’t need to tell us. Actually, the picture says it all. Except for where to find the interview – that’s the only non-superfluous part of this post.

    Here’s what would be enough:
    Hey, Trekkies: to celebrate the 46th anniversary of the network premiere of Star Trek, Google has treated us all to a really fun interactive doodle, which will be available from today until tomorrow — September 8, the actual air date in 1966.
    StarTrek.com has an interview with the doodle’s creator (and Trekkie), Ryan Germick. Live long and prosper, Star Trek!

    Not sure about that colon, though…

    1. Yeah, we boingers would never stumble on it ourselves.

      i wouldn’t. who actually visits google.com regularly any more?

          1. The Google results page has a tiny, little, barely visible doodle in the corner with nothing to indicate that it might be interactive unless I accidentally click on it.

      1. Wake up on the wrong side of the transporter did we?

        On the other hand, Mirror-Universe Chentzilla is actually quite chipper.

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