Hey! Did you know Museum Selfie Day is January 20th? “Love it or hate it, the selfie is still going strong. So why not just love it? Grab your phone (or camera, if you’re fancy) and get yourself to a museum on January 20 for #MuseumSelfie Day. London museum blogger Mar Dixon started the one-day event in 2014 after making several museum trips with her young daughter, she told CNN in 2015.”
Did you make any New Year resolutions? Not me. But in case you did, Mashable has a roundup of apps for helping you keep those resolutions.
More Google: Google’s “Spotlight Stories” are now on YouTube. “‘Special Delivery’ is the latest of several Spotlight Stories to come out of Google ATAP (our Advanced Technology and Projects group). With Google Spotlight Stories, your phone becomes a window to a story happening all around you. The sensors on your phone allow the story to be interactive, so when you move your phone to various scenes, you unlock mini-stories within the story.”
Google has created a VR video of the White House Christmas decorations. “The video shows off Obama’s house decorated for Christmas, which I guarantee is much more festive than your place. A voiceover takes you on a guided tour, explaining some of the reasoning behind the decorations.”
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. So naturally you need, instead of Google Cardboard, Google Gingerbread. “Gingerbread VR is exactly what it sounds like; the Google Cardboard concept applied to a gingerbread base. In the video below the company can be seen cutting out its basic shapes to form the HMD, including space for lenses. “
The Manchester Christmas Markets are now available on Google Street View. “The Street View, which has gone live today, will celebrate the final weekend of the markets, allowing visitors to relive their experience and give those that didn’t make it along to the award-wining attraction the chance to see what they missed.”
Hey! Want to make your own advent calendar? Here ya go. “When you’re making your calendar, you get to choose what’s behind each door. You can use GIFS, links, photos, videos, sound clips or notes. You can also add a cover photo to the calendar or even link to a Spotify playlist for any of the days.”
It’s that time of year, and once again, Google has busted out all the Santa stuff. “Santa’s Village is a hub of activity as the elves code algorithms to tune Santa’s sleigh, translate ‘Happy Holidays’ into Elvish and Danish, and practice their cartography with Dancer, Prancer, Donner and Vixen… all to get Santa ready for his trip around the world on December 24.”
Theoretically Google did some research and came up for the most “searched-for” Thanksgiving recipe for each state (Leaving out obvious stuff like turkey and looking for recipes unique to each state.) I say “theoretically” because North Carolina’s is “pig-pickin’ cake,” which just seems out there. My guess for NC would have been something like Japanese fruit pie (which I had for dessert tonight, and it was so rich I couldn’t finish one piece!) You can read more about Japanese fruit pie here.
Instagram launched a curated video channel just for Halloween. “That’s right, Instagram is launching a video channel—a heavily curated, 24-hour deep dive into the very best videos Instagrammers post. Starting at 1pm on Saturday, Americans can pull up the app, click on the explore tab, and land in an immersive video viewer that will allow them to watch programming from all over the country. It’s like a pop-up cable network dedicated to Halloween.” Apparently the channel will be left up for viewing, and it’s likely that Instagram will create more event-specific video channels.
Google Street View: now with dragons. “Just about every community in Japan puts on a local festival in the summer, but few are as spectacular as Aomori City’s Nebuta Matsuri. For almost a solid week, gigantic floats topped by lanterns shaped like samurai and dragons are paraded through the streets, accompanied by dancers and musicians….you can get a taste of the fun with Google’s awesome Nebuta Matsuri Street View that lets you see the amazing floats even closer-up than spectators standing on the sidewalks the towering works of art are carried by.”