Santa is sacred.
He's an icon. He's a superstar. He's a traditionalist. You don't imagine him peddling one product or another. He's commercially non-denominational. At least that's how he lives in my childlike mind.
Now along comes Samsung to tell me: "No, no, ninny. Santa is a Galaxy Gear fanboy."
In a new ad that will surely shake the foundations of contemporary culture, we have Santa -- no, Samta -- speaking at what appears to be an elves' sales conference.
Samta is less the genial old man who's seen it all, … Read more
Temple Run 2 players can add a bit of Christmas spirit to their gameplay.
Released this week for iOS and Android, a holiday update to the death-defying running game brings Santa Claus down the chimney. You now can play the role of Jolly Old Saint Nick as you try to escape the giant ape, dodge and weave your way past obstacles, and collect gems and other treasures to build up your score.
Other surprises await. You can wend your way down a waterslide as you try to avoid fallen trees and other hazards. The game also promises Christmas artifacts that … Read more
Santa is like the NSA, FBI, and CIA all wrapped up in one jolly red package. He's slipperier than James Bond and more elusive than Big Foot. He might know when you're asleep and when you're awake, but does he know that you just dropped $6,500 on a stakeout kit to catch him?
OpticsPlanet has added the $6,500 Santa Stakeout Kit to its catalog just in time to gear up for the holidays. One of the kit's key pieces is an Opmod Ghillie Suit in Snow Camo, to help you blend in with your snowy surroundings and reduce the chance of Santa spotting you first.… Read more
It's that time of year, when Google helps little ones around the world track Santa. This year, instead of only tracking Kris Kringle on Christmas Eve, Google is giving you a different glimpse into what's occurring at the North Pole every day leading up to Christmas.
The announcement from Google came courtesy of a post on its Google Maps blog early Wednesday. With a countdown timer at the top of the page, you're able to view familiar Google Maps pins for each day leading up to Santa's busiest day of the year, and see prep work … Read more
Two different oarfish, massive eel-like fish from the deep, have washed up near the California coast over the last two weeks. Considering the scarcity of sightings, it's been a veritable plague of oarfish. It has also been an unexpected gift for researchers.
Parasitologists at the University of California at Santa Barbara got their hands on pieces of the longer of the two fish, the 18-footer that appeared near Catalina Island. They took the opportunity to dissect samples from the fairly intact sea beast. Inside, they found a host of parasites.… Read more
A tea set, dolls, and a teddy bear set up at a table for a little girl. It would be sweet, if it wasn't in a dark, abandoned lodge filled with spider webs where a little girl named Sarah drowned in the late 1800s.
The toys were presumably laid out by someone trying to contact Sarah's ghost, which reportedly haunts the now-condemned Brookdale Lodge in Northern California's Santa Cruz mountains. In its heyday, the Brookdale Lodge played host to celebrities like James Dean and Marilyn Monroe and was a popular getaway for mobsters with its secret rooms … Read more
SANTA FE, N.M.--My first in-the-wild sighting of Google Glass took place on September 18 in Santa Fe at Station to Station, a nomadic public-art project traveling from New York City to Oakland, Calif., by train. The trip began on September 6 and is organized by artist Doug Aitken and sponsored by Levi's.
My mother recently mused on the popularity of "art happenings" in the 1970s where dancers, musicians, and visual artists would gather to perform, share, and celebrate. She reminisces about her modern-dance troupe invading a college orchestra performance. That's pretty much what Station to Station is, but with a lot more complexity and all of the trappings of modern culture.… Read more