Innovations in 5: Saul Bass gets a Doodle and the other Charles Ramsey meme

Here’s what we’re reading and watching today:


A screenshot of the Google Doodle celebrating Saul Bass’s birthday. (YouTube)

1) Award-winning film title creator Saul Bass, known best for his collaborations with noted directors Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorcese and Stanley Kubrick, received the Google Doodle treatment today. Bass died in 1996. The Doodle marks Bass’s birthday.

Update 1:16 p.m.: The Post’s Comic Riffs has a great write-up on the Bass Doodle, with Michael Cavna writing that the search giant’s team “outdoes itself. Its video Doodle is sublime, and Bass is boss.” Go check it out, if only for the very spot-on editor’s note.

(via The Guardian)

2) A meme has emerged in the last 24 hours around the meme-ification of Charles Ramsey, the man who rescued three women who were missing for a decade. And it’s not the one predicted early Tuesday morning when Ramsey’s first interviews hit the Web.

In the vein of Antoine Dodson, Ramsey started entering the world of animated gifs, tumblrs and autotuned remixes overnight. But almost as quickly, questions started to emerge as to whether the speed with which the meme machine worked was obscuring more nuanced points about race and poverty. Slate’s Aisha Harris has a post dissecting the growing trend of the “hilarious” black neighbor-as-meme. The Atlantic’s Connor Simpson and BlackBook’s Miles Klee also offer their takes on the trend, with Klee writing that Ramsey is “bigger than memes,” and requesting that “just this once let’s celebrate the man himself—without using .gifs or Photoshop.”

The Post’s Bethonie Butler also writes:

“Perhaps it’s … his indisputable role in helping to save three women from years in apparent captivity— that will make us remember Ramsey as more than a meme.”

3) Celebrated Hollywood animator Ray Harryhausen has died. He was 92. His longtime biographer and friend Tony Dalton confirmed that the artist, who was initially inspired by the 1933 film “King Kong,” died in a London hospital Tuesday.

4) Don’t get too excited about a self-driving, or auto-piloted, Tesla. Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk took to Twitter to downplay comments he made to Bloomberg regarding the potential for a collaboration between the electric car marker and Google:

 

(Via Mashable)

5) And, yes, we have seen the ad with two Spocks—old Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and young Spock (Zachary Quinto). And, yes, it is the best thing we will probably see this week. It is, indeed, an ad for Audi. But the two could be advertising used socks—the video would still be sci-fi gold. We caught this via Hayley Tsukayama by way of io9.

Disclosure: The author’s sibling works for Google, but not on the Doodle or self-driving car project.

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