May The Form Be With You, Revisited



  • Was reading random articles and came across http://thedailywtf.com/Articles/May-The-Form-Be-With-You.aspx -- the 'see it live' link was struck out so I assumed they'd fixed it since the article appearede but the link was still there and I clicked it anyway; found the 'Donate Online' Button (Menu: Get Involved > Donate) and clicked it. Sure, enough the Jedi & Sith have been purged but there are still some questionable choices:

    "Prof." and "Professor" both ("Professor" is out of alphabetical order at the bottom of the list)

    "Aunt" but no "Uncle"

    "The Late Ambassador" and "The Late Secretary of State" (and while "Ambassador" is a choice there is no option for a living Secretary of State)

    But my very favorite is the first item on the list: "Uploaded Conscious Entity"



  • Hmm Rev., Reverend and The Reverend.

    Really, if they want really proper forms of address, these titles should be stackable!  I can't enter my full royal style "The right honourable Consul General, Dr. Reverend Monsignor arty, defender of the faith, lord protector of privvy upon tinystream and great holy emperor of curmudgeon".  Clearly, I won't be donating any time soon!



  • Uploaded Conscious Entity is pretty good.

    And their menu is the worst use of sound I've seen on a website since the [url=http://www.globalaigs.org/]World Glaucoma Association's[/url] hymn...



  • @BlueKnot said:

    But my very favorite is the first item on the list: "Uploaded Conscious Entity"
    Finally an option for the Major.



  • @Nyquist said:

    And their menu is the worst use of sound I've seen on a website
     

    Your words imply that there is a spectrum of quality concerning sound on websites. This is not the case.

    There is only 1 (one) correct method of implementing the audio medium in web pages: it is the one that is 1. exclusively part of a song or movie clip, and 2. does not start automatically.

    All other methods and applications are incorrect.



  • @BlueKnot said:

    But my very favorite is the first item on the list: "Uploaded Conscious Entity"

     

    At last, Calvin Sylveste and The Eighty can make a donation.



  • @dhromed said:

    There is only 1 (one) correct method of implementing the audio medium in web pages: it is the one that is 1. exclusively part of a song or movie clip, and 2. does not start automatically.

    All other methods and applications are incorrect.


    There is another one: 2. // TODO: implement sound


  • @dhromed said:

    All other methods and applications are incorrect.

    Tell that to all those video game minisites. Except a few. Oh, and MySpace. And YouTube. Fricken hell, almost every fricken site that is embedding sound in any way!



  • @derula said:

    @dhromed said:
    All other methods and applications are incorrect.

    Tell that to all those video game minisites. Except a few. Oh, and MySpace. And YouTube. Fricken hell, almost every fricken site that is embedding sound in any way!

    Well, that doesn't mean they're doing it the [i]right[/i] way.

    There are countable times I've scrambled to find the source of noise in my music that turned out to be some web page in the background auto-starting its player. Or had one YouTube video interrupted by another one in a different tab.



  • @Nyquist said:

    the World Glaucoma Association's hymn
    "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory"?  No, wait, that can't be right...



  • @cconroy said:

    "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory"?  No, wait, that can't be right...

    Am I doing it right?

    A cartoon sea mine with eyes looking at a Jesus symbol (fish)



  • @Spectre said:

    There are countable times I've scrambled to find the source of noise in my music that turned out to be some web page in the background auto-starting its player. Or had one YouTube video interrupted by another one in a different tab.

    This almost sounds like you trust too many websites to code scripts properly and not be cracked by malware vendors.  Since I've started running noscript, I've not had this problem.



  • @cconroy said:

    @Nyquist said:

    the World Glaucoma Association's hymn
    "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory"?  No, wait, that can't be right...

    It doesnt seem to be on the site at the moment. It used to auto load... went something like 'Vision of the world Glaucooooooooooooooma'.

    And I have to agree with

    // Todo: implement sound

    as the ONLY way to use sound on websites.


    Edit: [url=http://www.boingboing.net/2006/02/23/the-glaucoma-hymn.html]this[/url]



  • @Spectre said:

    [quote user="derula"][quote user="dhromed"]All other methods and applications are incorrect.

    Tell that to all those video game minisites. Except a few. Oh, and MySpace. And YouTube. Fricken hell, almost every fricken site that is embedding sound in any way![/quote]

    Well, that doesn't mean they're doing it the right way.

    There are countable times I've scrambled to find the source of noise in my music that turned out to be some web page in the background auto-starting its player. Or had one YouTube video interrupted by another one in a different tab.

    [/quote]

    I just use FlashBlock: problem solved*! HTML5 better give clients the option to disable those pesky media tags though!

    * Except when I come across a site embedding QuickTime. What is this, 1996?



  •  @Someone You Know said:

    @BlueKnot said:

    But my very favorite is the first item on the list: "Uploaded Conscious Entity"

     

    At last, Calvin Sylveste and The Eighty can make a donation.

     

     Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be anything on there for captains who are now their own ship via a certain Melding Plague. Discrimination!



  • @MiffTheFox said:

    * Except when I come across a site embedding QuickTime. What is this, 1996?

    We need QuickTimeBlock.

    Anyway, that's still way better than embedding Real Media. I mean, come on, Real. More like Real Miserable. Also, IIRC you can turn autoplay off in the QuickTime control panel applet.



  • @MiffTheFox said:

    I just use FlashBlock: problem solved*! HTML5 better give clients the option to disable those pesky media tags though!

    * Except when I come across a site embedding QuickTime. What is this, 1996?

    NoScript should take care of this just fine.  I'm sure there are dozens of Greasemonkey scripts to strip out Quicktime and if you're halfway competent at programming you could write your own in a few minutes.



  •  @Dinnerbone said:

     @Someone You Know said:

    @BlueKnot said:

    But my very favorite is the first item on the list: "Uploaded Conscious Entity"

     

    At last, Calvin Sylveste and The Eighty can make a donation.

     

     Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be anything on there for captains who are now their own ship via a certain Melding Plague. Discrimination!

    Brannigan wouldn't donate money to a botanical garden; he'd just subsume the entire garden into himself. Then he could write himself off his own taxes as a charitable donation.


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