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Old 10th Jun 2008, 11:32   #1501
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The Web always goes a bit nutty at this time of year as the various cult-like followers of the Mighty Jobs start wetting their pants in anticipation of His latest Offerings from the WWDC. I often find the live coverage a little dull, though, until I saw this: Coverage of the event, written by the boingBoing Gadgets team as a classical play.

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ACT 1: JOBS ENTERS JOBS ENTERS STAGE RIGHT upon a gilded chariot drawn by sylphs and nephilim, GODHEAD SHIMMERING. Once again, His flesh has been made corporeal, and He addresses His SUBJECTS, who can not fail to notice that JOBS' chariot is 20% slimmer than the year before. METEORS collide in the heavens. BOOM!

JOBS: O, ye mortals! Welcome! O, ye high priests! There are over 1,000 of you in attendance, ready to supplicate the masses, yet our temple can not hold all of our brethren. We must proclaim our new Sneak peak at the new OS, Snow Leopard.

CHORUS (Winterk): I shall build a WWII era computer to decode the secret language.

JULIAN SANDS: I would ask that we wait. ... For the real Zamiel to appear.

JOBS pulls out a holy chair. "Behold my holy stool. It has three legs, the most stable configuration. It represents iPhone 2.0, and its legs form Enterprise, SDK and new features."

MARVIN: Stool? Show us the real deal, boss.

CHORUS (Ikeadelic): Perhaps Jobs is seeking to become a god by first becoming immortal via one of those Calorie Restricted diets that have worked wonders on lab animals.

CHORUS (Timcase): Did he announce the flying car yet?
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Old 13th Jun 2008, 15:42   #1502
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Sometimes I really want a kid. And a banjo. Link.
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Old 13th Jun 2008, 16:11   #1503
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Urgh! Videos on Flickr! The barbarians are at the gate!
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Urgh! Videos on Flickr! The barbarians are at the gate!
Oh come now, they've been there for months! Well, weeks, anyway. Surely you've noticed?
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Old 13th Jun 2008, 17:15   #1505
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True, I noticed the blurb at the side of the homepage mentioning it, but I've never looked at one. What's the point? Maybe I'm missing something, but videos just aren't as interesting as photographs to me, or as likely to achieve great heights of beauty in the hands of the amateur. Plus you look at a photo and you're seeing it instantaneously. A video you need to sit around and watch for, like, minutes maybe.
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True, I noticed the blurb at the side of the homepage mentioning it, but I've never looked at one. What's the point? Maybe I'm missing something, but videos just aren't as interesting as photographs to me, or as likely to achieve great heights of beauty in the hands of the amateur. Plus you look at a photo and you're seeing it instantaneously. A video you need to sit around and watch for, like, minutes maybe.
30 seconds, in fact, is the limit to how long videos can be on Flickr.

Edit: Well, it was, anyway. Looks like they've changed that.

Aw heck, I'm not defending them particularly (Well, apart from this one, of course) but I don't see them being a major blot on the landscape. They've been around for a while and though I won't be using the service much myself it really doesn't upset me that it exists. Still, I think I'll stick to Vimeo for my video needs.

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Some seriously dramatic pics here.
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Some seriously dramatic pics here.
Stunning.

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Why is there always another plane in his pictures? Is it like the crow on the Jesse Jameson covers?
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On the sombre side, but this map of political violence in Zimbabwe is a great example of how well web tools can be used to make a simple point - that this is orchestrated rather than spontaneous violence.
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