The 151st anniversary of the founding of The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be celebrated with a custom Google Doodle, the creative treatment of the Google logo featured on the search engine’s homepage. The Met-inspired animated Doodle will launch in the United States at 12 a.m. on Tuesday, April 13, and be viewable for 24 hours. The Doodle will appear in more than 20 countries.
Jamie and I were walking down Ninth Avenue towards 14th Street to catch the bus after having a fun time at the opening party for Chris Stein’s new exhibit of Debbie Harry Photos, which was held at the fabulous Dream Hotel on West 16th Street, when we passed by the headquarters of the Google. I was, of course, immediately attracted by their hugeNeon Google Doodle sign on the wall of the building’s lobby, which I was able to shoot through the locked revolving doors with a little adjustment of the camera lens. Very Nice.
Hilariously, just a few feet down the road, we saw the neon sign pictured below, which I discovered (via Google – Ha!) is by Lower East Side icon Clayton Patterson. Apparently, “Elgoog” is a thing, but I don’t feel like going into that right now.
See Video at This Link Because it won’t embed on my site! Aargh!
Here’s another example of a band successfully going back in time in order to appear forward thinking, as Canadian noise rockers Weed make use of VHS Cassette-quality technology for the visually disquieting clip accompanying a decidedly brilliant post-apocalyptic tune they call “Gun Shy.” While this is possibly the most deliberately lo-fi recording I’ve heard in years that did not involve Guided By Voices, I find what Pitchfork described as the “familiar yet wonderfully warped sound of a mix tape that had been decaying in the glove compartment of an abandoned car since 1991” to be an odd combination of exhilarating and comforting. I believe the aesthetic is what we used to affectionately refer to as “Punk Rock” before that phrase ceased to have any meaning in a modern context. Also, the singer’s vocals remind me of Wire Train (Google them).
Although Weed have been around for a decade, this track comes off of what is, surprisingly, the band’s debut album, Deserve. Find out more about the World of Weed by visiting their awesome website and blogThis Link. Enjoy!
September 24th is the Birth date of the late Jim Henson, best known for creating and voicing many of the beloved Muppet characters. Today, Google remembers what would have been Jim’s 75th Birthday with a very cool (and interactive) Home Page Doodle, seen above (Hint: click on the colorful “hand” buttons, from left to right, under each Muppet icon for a fun surprise). The Google Blog also has a very endearing remembrance of Jim written by his son Brian, which you can read at This Link. Happy Birthday, Jim!
For all of my ceaseless efforts to find places to eat that are not my house, I was infused with joy earlier today to read that the Google has just purchased Zagat – the review company that rates not only restaurants but (less importantly) stores, hotels and other service providing establishments by surveying consumers.
Google’s Marissa Mayer, VP of local, maps and location services announced in This Blog Post that Google will “collaborate with Zagat to bring the power of Google search and Google Maps to their products and users, and to bring their innovation, trust and wealth of experience to our users.” It will be awesome to finally have the power of Zagat’s reccommendations available online since, in my experience, online access to specific review information has been restricted because they want you to buy the annual print edition of their restaurant guide. How archaic! Now, if they could just keep my favorite eating establishments from going out of business.
In no particular order, as is the nature of things labeled as random.
Duff McKagan has apparently left Jane’s Addiction. I had no idea Duff McKagan had ever joined Jane’s Addiction.
People who ride their bikes on the sidewalk are complete idiots.
Today I felt that 4:30 PM was too late to see a movie that’s playing at a theater farther away from my apartment than a 10-minute walk.
Even though it’s past Labor Day, I am probably still going to wear my linen pants a few more times.
It feels good to throw away stuff that you are no longer using , especially when it is ugly, broken or doesn’t fit anymore.
“4 Chan”: What the hell is that, anyway?
I finally saw Inception yesterday. It is so nice to see that Cillian Murphy has finally grown into his oddly-shaped face.
Wow, what the heck is going on with the Google logo today anyway? Is it the anniversary of the day they invented the Milton Bradley game Twister or the design for the Wonder Bread wrapper? Take a look at it and tell me what you think is going on
The next season of Survivor debuts on September 15th. I am excited about that as long as there is absolutely no way for them to bring back Russell again. Because seriously, I hate that guy.
Every day I wonder why this one particular post, Happy Birthday, Jim Morrison, is always the most popular post on this blog. Today was no exception.