I'm on my computer all day at work so it's good to see the digital decorations various websites put up on Halloween. 'Keeps me in the spirit even though I'm trapped indoors all day.
It's akin to driving around your neighborhood. Some houses put up decorations... some put up lights... some nothing at all.
Here's a quick rundown of what I found:
As I've mentioned in the past, I'm trapped in 1994 so I still have an AOL e-mail address. So on my sign-in page it was good to see that AOL made use of their "O" and turned it into a jack o' lantern. What you don't see (because I don't have time to make animated GIFs) is that a bunch of black bats flap out of the logo and then the jack o' lantern blinks. Good job AOL. Simple. Classy. Grade: B+.
My next stop is Google. OOOOOooooo GREAT JOB GOOGLE! A very Harry Potter-esque scary jack o' lantern. Using a color scheme of mostly browns, it does the job. Not quite cute... not quite terrifying. But I clearly see a kitchen knife sitting next to that candle, and though I'm sure it was for carving that scary pumpkin... what if it wasn't? Scary. Grade: A.
Weather.com was next. What? I want to know if I'm going to get rain on my favorite day. Shut up!
Though I'm happy weather.com has a Halloween banner featuring carved pumpkins, it's a bit clip-arty for me. Grade: B-.
Yahoo has a nice animated banner. On first glance it's got the staples: haunted house, jack o' lanterns, full moon, fog. But give it a second and --what's that?-- ZOMBIES rising from the dead! But wait they're--- they're dancing. Dancing zombies. I... I don't know how to feel about that. An homage to Michael Jackson's Thriller? Ok. I can accept that. B+.
YouTube... did you do your homework last night?
Because it looks like you did.
Fog. A tombstone. A crescent moon. I can't tell if this is an homage to Halloween or a summer night in Stonehenge?
Next time, put a little effort in.
I never visit you MSN.com so imagine my surprise that you did the assigment. A nice classic jack o' lantern. Good job. Your stem is a bit greener than it should be, but I'm happy to see you in class.
Last but certainly not least, the gold star for class today goes to ask.com (formerly askjeeves.com)!
A FULL PAGE photo with trick or treaters, autumn, a "Happy Halloween" greeting and orange and black color scheme!
I didn't know you had it in you Ask!
Missed opportunities: Monster.com (You've got MONSTER in your NAME! Nothing? Not a damn thing? Sheesh.); hulu.com (Even YouTube handed something in for partial credit!); Craigslist?; Amazon?; Netflix? Nothing? Couldn't make the effort? Shame on you.