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Google logo comes alive in holiday spirit with elaborate doodle

Google is back again to awe us all with its ever amazing doodles. The internet giant treated those less fortunate ones, who are spending the holiday season in front of the computer  for what ever reasons, with an elaborate doodle.

Google Logo: Holiday Doodle

Google Logo: Holiday Doodle

Google’s logo on the homepage has been replaced by a gallery of 17 interactive holiday scenes from around the world.

Even though the tradition of Google doodle began about a decade ago with simple additions or rather adornments to the logo featured on the search page, the art has evolved over the years into an interactive pleasure. The first such interactive doodle that took the world by a storm was that of Buckyball in September 2010.

As has been the case with all the interactive logos, hovering your mouse over the holiday doodle will bring the 17 depictions to life. While hovering the over the piece enlarges the art, clicking on it would open up a search page with the links about the piece.

The 17 scenes include:

  1. St. Basil’s Cathedral
  2. Buche de Noel (a traditional dessert served during Christmas season)
  3. Acropolis of Athens
  4. Pierogi (boiled, baked or fried dumplings stuffed with varying ingredients across different cuisines)
  5. Mt. Fuji
  6. Great Wall of China
  7. Sahara desert
  8. Indian dance styles
  9. Oud (a pear-shaped stringed instrument commonly used in Middle Eastern music)
  10. Chili Pepper
  11. Sydney Harbour
  12. Venice gondolas
  13. Chilean vineyards
  14. Nepal
  15. African kanga (a colorful wrap around garment)
  16. Up on the housetop (Christmas song)
  17. Henna lamp (from Morocco)

The doodle went live at 9 am Eastern Time on December 23, 2010, on the eve of Christmas eve. As per reports, the holiday logo, which took a team of five artists under the chief doodler Micheal Lopez about 250 hours of work, will remain up until the Christmas holiday is over.

Pixies say:

We have always been loyal observers of the Google Doodle. Never has the search engine giant failed to awe us. This holiday season just got more special with this great piece of digital art on our browsers to relieve us while we continue to slog through the holidays.

Christmas & New Year Greetings: Spread the spirit . . .

Here is something to spread Christmas spirit to the world…

Peace,love and happiness are the three terms that comes to our minds while thinking of Christmas. But we don’t know how much the world is interested in these terms and the real Christmas spirit. Here we are in the middle of this World of Chaos, trying to share & spread something pure and true, straight from the heart.

Please feel free to download and use it for your personal purpose.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas & A Prosperous New Year.

With the same spirit, we would like the blend something that is predominantly western into eastern philosophy – with a humble hope to merge the two worlds, to reflect how essentially our souls crave for nothing but peace.

Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu
Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu
Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om

‘Loka’ = world

‘Samasta’ = the whole (literally together)
‘Sukhino’ = in transcendental happiness
‘Bhavantu’ = let there be
‘Shanti’ = peace

Peace to (myself, surroundings & whole world, & all creatures/creation)

Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding tastier with Rock Hall of Fame induction

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper’s traditional Christmas Pudding concert this year turned special for two reasons: the announcement that ‘No More Mr Nice Guy’ will be among those inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Fame, and the reunion of that classic Alice Cooper lineup to honor the 10th anniversary of Pudding.

Alice Cooper is among the 2011 inductees, a list that includes Neil Diamond, Dr John, Darlene Love, Tom Waits, Jac Holzman, Art Rupe and Leon Russel.

The shock-rock legend, however, had no idea that the yearly pudding feast is going to get double tasty this year.

“The great thing about it, was I asked the guys to come in for this before I knew anything about the Hall of Fame. Before we were nominated, we were gonna do this. So everything happened while we were all here in our hometown, where we started,” media reports quote Cooper as saying backstage at the Comerica.

Speaking to Free Press days ahead of the concert, Cooper attributed his entry into the Hall of fame to his made-in-Detroit history.

“We weren’t about peace and love; we were too abrasive for LA,” said Cooper.

“We thought the whole world should be about Ferraris, switchblades and blondes and it was in Detroit that people were screaming for us to turn it up. And we did,” the 62-year-old is quoted as saying on Wednesday, while rehearsing for his annual Phoenix-based Christmas Pudding concert with members of his classic lineup including drummer Neal Smith, Michael Bruce and Dennis Dunaway.

“I am so proud to say I’m from Detroit, but more than that – it’s where we belong. When I heard bands like the Stooges, MC5 and Ted Nugent’s Amboy Dukes, we were among kindred spirits. It was a brotherhood. And outsiders, although they may take a step backward when they see us, they definitely respect Detroit artists,” he added.

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper

Cooper along with the other artists will be inducted during a ceremony March 14, 2011 at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel in New York City.

“I haven’t thought too much about the ceremony, but we’ll probably play ‘School’s Out’ and “Eighteen,’ the two anthems I imagine people want to hear most. And if Jeff Beck or Paul McCartney want to come out, we might let them play …Are you kidding? We’d pass out,” he remarked.

Last year, eleven artists were inducted into the Hall of Fame including ABBA, Jimmy Cliff, Genesis, The Stooges and The Hollies.

Pixies say:

Although we are kicking ourselves for not being among the lucky thousands who had the pleasure of watching the original line-up of Alice Cooper stir up ‘Music, Magic and Mayhem’, the induction of Alice Cooper into the Hall of Fame would probably remain one of the highlights of the year. Alice Cooper, for us, is one among the legends – recalling whom we often end up grumbling- “They don’t make music like this anymore”. Growing up listening to Alice Cooper made us understand anger and respect rebellion.