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Carl Albert Middle School student wins state Google Design Competition

The gymnasium at Carl Albert Middle School was filled with students and gadgets Tuesday when Google marketing executives introduced seventh-grader Tanner McAfee as Oklahoma’s winner of the websites design contest, Doodle 4 Google.

I took a quick jaunt over to exotic Oklahoma City earlier this week. What?! I know, kind of random, right? See, Google runs a competition each year, called Doodle 4 Google, where students K-12 in the US redesign the Google logo with the theme, “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place…” A panel of judges decides on 50 finalists, 1 from each state, and each state winner is announced by Googlers at an assembly at his or her school.

That brings me to Oklahoma! I flew out to announce the state winner, Tanner McAfee, an awesome and obviously talented 7th grader whose drawing was chosen as the best in the state. The mayor and State senator were both there to congratulate him in front of nearly 1,000 students — who donned Google shirts with Tanner’s Doodle design — and teachers, along with his proud parents, cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents.

It was scary at first (public speaking! 1,000 people! political figures! press!) but ultimately exhilarating and really, really amazing. You should’ve seen how proud Tanner’s art teacher, parents, grandfather and art teacher were. It really threw me back into the days of Germantown Friends School and reminded me of my love for education (and made me think so vividly about what a great assembly my Grandad would’ve thrown if a Lancaster Country Day kid had won).

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Should’ve just done this for our first dance at the wedding.

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Christopher Walken for the hip-shakin’ win.

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No, it’s not my awkward and unfashionable lower school friend. It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for (or at least all my detractors): Erzsi at the peak of her tomboy stage, rocking not only a bowl cut, but also Adidas Sambas (I mean, duh), Umbro shorts, an Umbro shirt, and a stance only a girl-who-wants-to-be-a-boy-or-pro-baseball-player can dare to rock. #tbt to the max, folks. (at Lancaster, PA)

No, it’s not my awkward and unfashionable lower school friend. It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for (or at least all my detractors): Erzsi at the peak of her tomboy stage, rocking not only a bowl cut, but also Adidas Sambas (I mean, duh), Umbro shorts, an Umbro shirt, and a stance only a girl-who-wants-to-be-a-boy-or-pro-baseball-player can dare to rock. #tbt to the max, folks. (at Lancaster, PA)

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Yeah dawg

Yeah dawg

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I want to go to there. And there. And there. And and and and and!

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Madeon - Pop Culture. Go on.

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In Rajasthan, India, an extraordinary school teaches rural women and men — many of them illiterate — to become solar engineers, artisans, dentists and doctors in their own villages. It’s called the Barefoot College, and its founder, Bunker Roy, explains how it works.

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Welcome to my new victory song. Now all I need is a pair of Bauers and a Stanley Cup. #Flyers

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I always thought Jason Karsh would run for president, but I have to say, he’s unbelivably awesome as a Googler moonlighting as an elf for a Google Search tips video, no?

"Yo! I run a few searches before the big flight to save me more time on this magical night."

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Zeitgeist always gives me the chills. Nice work, Google.

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'RON PAUL' - A Bad Lip Reading SoundBite from Funny Or Die

"At noon on Wednesday I’m gonna be leaving a watermelon pineapple treasure inside of Liam Neeson" - Ron Paul(’s bad lip reader)

Gold.

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Yelp, a la Perry’s Republican debate.

Yelp, a la Perry’s Republican debate.

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Faux Fire | Share the warmth.

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FauxFire.com is designed to give a realistic and pleasurable holiday experience to those lacking a fireplace to get cozy with. It is the easiest fire you will ever start.

This is my new favorite website.

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