Fail Whale artist turns Twitter founders into beautiful nesting dolls
Yiying Lu, the author of Twitter’s famously adorable Fail Whale graphic, is returning to the site of her greatest success with a new set of matryoshka dolls that celebrates both the founders and users of the world’s favorite 140-character social network. The handcrafted #NestingTwitter figurines include current Twitter CEO Dick Costolo and its originators Biz Stone and Jack Dorsey, but the outermost doll is reserved for the user community as a whole. Neat little adornments like @, reply, and retweet symbols decorate the wooden dolls — though you won’t find Twitter’s official logo anywhere since this project isn’t affiliated with the company itself.
If you like hiking and photographing exciting places around the globe, Google has a proposition for you: You can now sign-up to borrow one of the company’s Trekkers, special camera-equipped backpacks that act as a personalized version of Google’s Street View cars, allowing the wearer to automatically capture a 360-degree view of their surrounds as they move. Google previously only let select employees and a few third-party organizations take the Trekkers out to scenic places including the Grand Canyon and the Canadian Arctic, but now the company is giving any third-party organization the chance to apply online for loaner Trekker backpacks. The footage that winning capture could be added to Google’s growing library of Street View scenes around the world, though its unclear for now just how much, if any, other monetary compensation Google will provide to volunteers.
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Art at a Snail’s Pace
You’ve finally made it, after a breathless climb up the winding marble staircase, to the upper terrace of the Duomo di Milano — the famed Cathedral of Milan, Italy, and the fourth largest in the world. You flip through your guide book. A towering forest of ornate spires, the same ones that enchanted the literary likes of Mark Twain and Henry James? Check. The hundred gruesome gargoyles, staring down from their marble perches? Check. There is the precious white marble, quarried from Candoglia, and a view of the Italian Swiss Alps in the distance (amid the smog). And yet, if you happened to be one of thousands of tourists who visited the Duomo two months ago, there was also something out of place — a bit of modernity sticking out among the 14th-century Gothic masterpiece.
There, slinking across the cathedral’s steps and roof, were dozens of bright blue plastic snails.