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A Google doodle honouring Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein

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The doodle also shows Sergei Eisenstein, holding a film roll and a scissors depicting a cut or an edit. Wikimedia Commons
The doodle also shows Sergei Eisenstein, holding a film roll and a scissors depicting a cut or an edit. Wikimedia Commons
  • Google doodle honouring Soviet film director Sergei Eisenstein
  • He is also the father of montage in filmmaking
  • He was 50, when he died following a heart attack on February 11, 1948

Google on Monday honoured Soviet film director and father of montage in filmmaking Sergei Eisenstein on his 120th birth anniversary with a doodle.

The doodle shows a series of film rolls in movement depicting iconic imagery in some of Eisenstein’s films. It is a reminder of his enduring contributions to cinema.

A closer look into the doodle shows sequencing of a number of images in a continuous loop creating the effect of a montage.

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The Russian genius changed the way films were made as early as in the 1920s. Wikimedia Commons
The Russian genius changed the way films were made as early as in the 1920s. Wikimedia Commons

The avant-garde filmmaker was born on this day in 1898. He left behind a rich legacy that is complex and in many ways, immeasurable.

Film montage is an editing technique that pieces together a series of frames to form a continuous sequence that is used at several defining moments in films — you can easily recall some of it in “The Godfather”, “The Karate Kid”, that was refined in the early 20th century by the Soviet director.

Born in Latvia, young Eisenstein started off in the footsteps of his father and took up architecture and engineering, he later joined the Red Army to serve the Bolshevik Revolution.

During this time, he developed an interest in theatre and started working as a designer in Moscow.

Eisenstein’s films are politically loaded and they galvanised cinema of the former Soviet Union and beyond with their bold narrative approach, stylistic flourishes, dramatic use of cinematography, editing and music, and marriage between ideology and the craft of filmmaking.

Describing his cinematic vision, Google said, "His films were also revolutionary in another sense, as he often depicted the struggle of downtrodden workers against the ruling class." Wikimedia Commons
Describing his cinematic vision, Google said, “His films were also revolutionary in another sense, as he often depicted the struggle of downtrodden workers against the ruling class.” Wikimedia Commons

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“Strike” in 1925, “Battleship Potemkin” (1925), “October” (1928), “Que viva México!” (1930, released in 1979), “Alexander Nevsky” (1938) and “Ivan The Terrible” (1944 and 1958)demonstrate Eisenstein’s genius, his contributions to the art of editing through his theories on montage, and his ability to transcend propaganda to create enduring art.

He was only 50, when he died following a heart attack on February 11, 1948. (IANS)

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Google Doodle Celebrates the Shortest Day of the Year

Another user wrote: "Wishing my Twitter friends a happy and peaceful Winter Solstice this weekend! The nights will get lighter and only two or three months till flowers make an appearance in the gardens. Hurrah!."

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Representational Image of 'Doodle for Google'. Flickr

Google on Sunday released an adorable snowman doodle to celebrate winter solstice, the shortest day of the year.

The word “solstice” originated from the Latin solstitium meaning “sun stands still”, when the ‘movement of sun’s path’ stops briefly.

Solstice occurs because the Earth is tilted on its axis of rotation by about 23.5 degrees and the tilt causes each hemisphere to receive different amounts of sunlight throughout the year.

The winter solstice, also known as mid-winter, occurs when one of the Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun.

Due to this, earth experiences the shortest day and the longest night of the year.

This year winter begins from December 22 and will last till March 20, 2020, according to the Google.

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FILE – The Google logo is seen at a start-up campus in Paris, France, Feb. 15, 2018. VOA

It happens twice yearly, once in each hemisphere.

In the Northern Hemisphere it is the December solstice and in the Southern Hemisphere it is called June solstice.

People across the globe took to various social media platforms such Twitter and Facebook to wish and celebrate winter solstice.

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“In the Northern Hemisphere it is the December solstice and in the Southern Hemisphere it is called June solstice. Happy December Solstice to all life forms on Earth.The Northern Hemisphere’s longest night. The Southern Hemisphere’s longest day. And for the equator, caught between, a day like any other,” a user tweeted from his Twitter account.

Another user wrote: “Wishing my Twitter friends a happy and peaceful Winter Solstice this weekend! The nights will get lighter and only two or three months till flowers make an appearance in the gardens. Hurrah!.” (IANS)

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Google Doodle Celebrates Earth Day with Series of Animations on Six Unique Inhabitants on Earth

The theme of this year's Earth Day was 'Protect Our Species' and intended to draw attention to the rapid global destruction and reduction of the world's plant and wildlife populations

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The theme of this year's Earth Day was 'Protect Our Species' and intended to draw attention to the rapid global destruction and reduction of the world's plant and wildlife populations. Wikimedia

From Wandering Albatross to Coastal Redwood, Google on Monday celebrated Earth Day with a series of animations on six unique inhabitants on the Earth.

While Wandering Albatross has the widest wingspan in the world, Coastal Redwood is the tallest tree in the world at 377 feet.

Paedophryne Amauensis is a species of frog from Papua New Guinea. At 7.7 mm in length, it is considered the world’s smallest known vertebrate.

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FILE – An environmental militant shows an orange, painted as a globe, during an event to mark the Earth Overshoot Day on Aug. 1, 2018 in Berlin. It marks the date when we (all of humanity) have used more from nature than our planet can renew in the entire year. VOA

Another animation is on Amazon Water Lily which is the largest aquatic plant.

Then there is Coelacanth — a fish that was long considered a “living fossil”. It evolved into roughly its current form approximately 400 million years ago.

Several recent studies have shown that Coelacanth body shapes are much more diverse than previously thought.

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Google Doodle marks 6 unique inhabitants on Earth Day. VOA

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The last animation is on “Deep Cave Springtail”, insects that live in total darkness in caves where they feed on fungi and decomposing organic matter.

The theme of this year’s Earth Day was ‘Protect Our Species’ and intended to draw attention to the rapid global destruction and reduction of the world’s plant and wildlife populations. (IANS)

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Google Doodle Focuses on Lok Sabha Polls in India

You can press NOTA, None of the Above, if you don't like any candidate; it's the last button on the EVM

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A Google logo is displayed at the entrance to the internet based company's offices in Toronto. VOA

Google  on Thursday marked the beginning of the general elections in India with a doodle that featured an inked finger, which when clicked led users to a page explaining the voting procedure.

This doodle’s reach was only for India where the world’s largest democratic exercise kicked off earlier in the day.

The interactive doodle page contained information to help the first-time voters in the country.

People with their names in the voter list (also known as Electoral Roll) could only cast their vote, it said. Voters could also find information on polling booths, contesting candidates, election dates and timings, identity cards and Electronic Voting Machines (EVM).

Voting for the 543 Lok Sabha seats would be held in seven phases: April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19. Counting would take place on May 23.

Ninety-one Lok Sabha constituencies spread across 18 states and two Union Territories were voting in the first-phase on Thursday.

Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Uttarakhand, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Telangana will vote in a single phase.

Voting will also be held in parts of Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

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FILE – The Chinese flag is seen near the Google sign at the Google china headquarters in Beijing, China. VOA

The doodle explained the voting process at a polling booth and also gave several details:

*First polling official will check your name on the voter list and check your ID proof

*Second polling official will ink your finger, give you a slip and take your signature on a register (Form 17A)

*You will have to deposit the slip at the third polling official and show your inked finger and then proceed to the polling booth.

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*Record your vote by pressing the ballot button opposite the symbol of the candidate of your choice on the EVM; You will hear a beep sound

*Check the slip that appears in the transparent window of the VVPAT machine. The slip with the Candidate serial No., Name and Symbol shall be visible for 7 seconds before it drops in the sealed VVPAT box

*You can press NOTA, None of the Above, if you don’t like any candidate; it’s the last button on the EVM. (IANS)