Tuesday, February 7, 2012
WWII: the race
If you figure out what the title stands for, kudos to you (the candy bar, not the congratulations).
Consider this a continued thought from my last post, of the stream-of-consciousness variety.
The little tracking ball is proceeding closer and closer to the end of the red line...approaching the gray...unknown. Anxiety is almost to the point of an aneurysm - "C'mon red line! GO! He's catching UP!!!" I'm not even paying attention to the video anymore. My full attention is on the race. As far as I'm concerned, it's a race the red line should never lose. Technology should be beyond a silver medal for a red line. Sadly though, it often does lose, in which case I usually exit out (see my last post to find out why) and try again later when whatever magical thing that makes the internet faster comes back from break. What is "buffering," anyway? It's complete BS that I have to wait for a video to "load" before I can watch it in full. We are past the days of loading. I should be able to get everything instantaneously when I am online. That symbol, the little circle of successively bulging dots that pops up when the tracking ball catches up to the red line, is a terrible one. It's the white flag for red lines. "I give up, I've been defeated." If I put that symbol as the logo of my blog, no one would ever read it again - "well, his blog is still buffering, guess I'll have to come back later. Yep, still buffering." And if you dare click pause in the presence of the symbol, it's all over. You created an eternal buffer. You essentially murdered the red line, and it is stuck eternally before the finish. Refresh the page and start again. Someone needs to tell the tracking ball that it's OK to finish second sometimes, it's OK to slow down every once in awhile. Keep seeing red, if you will. So far it's a never ending battle, but I only hope one day the red line reigns victorious in all web videos, all around the world, all the time. Only then will one of our major web woes be put to rest, once and for ball (I apologize, but I just had to).