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.