Christmas is over, on to the dirty business of who did it badly.
My 2 top picks for crappiest Holiday observations are a tie between Google's Holiday Doodle and TWIT's holiday (or lack thereof) spirit.
Let's start with the the Google Holiday Doodle...
In previous years We saw everything from adorable polar bears to a toymaker's workshop.
This year we got this....
(Cllick on the image to see it full size)
At least last year showed SOME creativity. This year's collection of noncommittal imagery not only was limited to just 3 days instead of the full week we used to get, but was so bland and uninspired that it could have represented any day of the year.
The Holiday doodles evoked no Holiday spirit of ANY Holiday. The only variance you got was whether you were in the Northern or Southern Hemisphere and even then the words, "Holiday" or "Christmas" were nowhere to be seen.
Now I get why some overheated Politically Correct busybody may get his panties in a bunch over the whole "Christmas" thing but all we got was a hover text that said, "Tis the Season."
Tis the Season for what? Boring doodles that inspire absolutely nothing. No warmth, no spirit, no soul. I've seen Heimlich Maneuver posters with more feeling.
Even Muslim and Jewish folks can appreciate the largely secular traditions of the Holidays and let's not forget that Google has done Easter, Kwanzaa and Hanukkah doodles in the past.
Are we so afraid of offending some jerk with a Google+ page that we have to screw it up for everyone else?
I'd someday like to visit New York at Christmas time to see Rockefeller Center and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. I'm not looking for some religious epiphany. These are just places that most American's would find as iconic to the Holiday as Time's Square is to New Year's eve. It's a cultural thing and Google is getting lazy about it.
Regardless of what some radical groups may profess, I firmly believe the world to be far more sophisticated than flying into an uproar over the image of a Christmas wreath.
It's not about disliking the design, it's about the vanilla, shareholder friendly dogma behind it.
I won't belabor the point any more other than to say, Google, bad form dude...
Now on to my second pick for worst example of Holiday spirit.
It's our old Friend TWIT!
What more can we say about the newly "downsized" TWIT operation. We should have known there'd be no holiday spirit this year after the mass takedown of TWIT related videos on YouTube IN VIOLATION OF THEIR OWN CREATIVE COMMONS LICENSE that damaged more than one YouTube content creator, myself included.
This year we get virtually nothing but a crappy panel show recorded December 1st with the few remaining hosts at the round ( err... make that oblong) table. All of which suckle at the breast of the dying bovine that is TWIT.
Somebody puts on a Santa hat and calls it Christmas....
What? No TWIT Holiday special with all of Leo's famous "friends?" In fact no special Holiday programming at all. Just a bunch of boring "Best of's" Which is a pretty tall order for a network so short on talent and now apparently ambition.
It's a glaring statement of disinterest.
For proof look no further than the December 21'st Windows Weekly and you'll be hard pressed to see anything on set that would indicate we were mere days from the Holiday.
Windows Weekly and Security Now are done from Leo's office. A spot much more secluded and private than the Brickhouse. Now more lair than set, if you're looking for the real Leo, look at that set.
If it aint there he don't care.
There isn't even a holiday bug on the edited shows! (that translucent icon thing in the lower right corner.) For a guy so concerned with copyright you'd think that bug would be everywhere!
A heartfelt, "Meh" not only from viewers but the network itself.
If anything ever boosted ratings it was the Holidays. Do something, anything special at the Holidays and you'll get eyeballs even if they're attached to a face that doesn't necessarily hold you in high regard.
But good old Leo can't be bothered even to feed the sycophantic TWIT fanboys ( yes, I stole that from Totaldrama )
Not even a New Year's Eve special.
Yes, I'll say it. It was the one show that TWIT produced, aside from the Holiday Specials with John Hodgman and Jonathan Coulton that was actually worth watching.
Even if you hated Leo, watching it would at least give you the same sense of kinship with fellow geeks that normal people get from watching the Ball Drop in the aforementioned Time's Square
But we're not doing that. We're sticking a Candy Cane on the set, putting a Santa Hat on the Channel Bug and calling it done.
Bad on Ya!
Neither Google nor TWIT has enough respect for their audiences to make anything but the most pitiful of efforts at the Holidays.
My rating for TWIT and Google's Holiday doodle's this year.
5 Heaping banks of Yellow snow....