An Online Stocking Stuffer & Visual Metaphor From DrHGuy
Once upon a time, before Cohencentric’s predecessors, DrHGuy.com and 1HeckOfAGuy.com, became the ne plus ultra of Leonard Cohen sites, they held other attractions, including special Christmas features. It turns out that one of those offerings, something I like to call the Capricious Snowglobe God Snowglobe, is not only a dandy toy but also a rather impressive illustration of the increasingly popular Leonard Cohen quotation
The older I get, the surer I am that I’m not running the show.
My favorite online snowglobe empowers viewers to grab the snowglobe with the cursor, give it a shake, and watch the people inside tumble around shouting “avalanche,” “earthquake,” and general indicators of panic. Then, they return to their routine affairs – the people getting into fights, the snowman eating the snowman maker, fist fights, ski jumping, and an old man yelling out the windows. If you wait long enough the old man will sleep walk into the glass.
The graphic atop this post is only an animated demo that shows what happens when you shake the snow globe with your mouse. The real fun is doing it yourself at Interactive Snow Globe.
Credit Due Department: Years ago, I found this fascinating toy at and lifted part of the description of it from The Coolest Christmas Snowglobe Flash Animation. Leonard’s quotation is from On the Road, for Reasons Practical and Spiritual by Larry Rohter (New York Times: February 24, 2009)