Familiar with Neil Patrick Harris? He played Doogie Howser, was in the Harold and Khumar movies, then went on to star in How I Met Your Mother. Well, as it turns out, he was in another TV series that ran for 22 episodes, one you’ve likely never seen or heard of. The series was called Stark Raving Mad.
Two cool things about the clip that follows. First, it shows off Neil Patrick Harris’s comedy chops. He truly is gifted. And it also shows off Harris’s costar in the series, an actor who came from his own ensemble series and who went on to huge success after Stark Raving Mad. Of course, I’m talking about…well…why don’t you just watch and see for yourself. Enjoy!
HP recently posted the video below on their Voodoo Blog. To me, the video shows several things.
First and foremost, the video highlights the ubiquity of Flash on the web. As far as I know, Apple still has no plans to support Flash on iPad. I’ve always heard that this was due to bugginess in Flash, as well as Flash’s cost in battery life. On the Mac, battery life is less of an issue, and the Flash code is isolated from the main browser code. If Flash crashes, the browser notifies you of the crash and then restarts Flash. Apparently, either this is not possible in the iPhone OS browser, or the battery cost of Flash is just too great. The video points out that tablets like HP’s Slate are based on Windows 7 and get Flash support by default as part of the overall Windows 7 experience.
The video also highlights the basic differences between Apple and Windows 7 vendors like HP and Dell in their approach to the tablet market. As they did with smart phones, Microsoft’s partners are working with a scaled down version of the desktop operating system. A process or application you run on your desktop has at least a chance of working on the tablet. Certainly, the browser experience will be nearly identical. Apple’s core approach is different, as different as the toolboxes offered by Mac OS X and iPhone OS. The SDKs for both are quite similar, but there are a vast sea of differences. Clearly, there’s no simple way to port an application from one platform to the other.
The video also shows off the HP device, gives it a real chance to shine. And, in my opinion, this is where Apple really comes out ahead. HP’s Slate is thick and chunky. The iPad is graceful, subtle, elegant. And thin.
All that said, I think this is going to be a very interesting new phase in the evolution of computing. Will Apple force Flash to change or, perhaps, open the door so a Flash competitor can enter the market? Or will the ubiquity of Flash eventually force Apple to allow Flash to play under iPhone OS. Interesting, interesting times!
My brother, Stu, put together this video for one of the tracks off his band’s first release (cousin Mark is part of the band, too). If you would so indulge me, put on some headphones and watch the vid. I find the music great to program by and the video kind of trippy. An excellent effort by Stu and Mark, together known as Autostar. If you like the track, you can find it on iTunes by clicking this link…
When I was a kid, there was this video called “Powers of Ten” that showed a progressive series of images zooming out by powers of ten, from a picnic on Earth, out into space and out past our galaxy, then zooming back in by powers of ten, back to Earth, into a man’s skin and into a carbon atom. The video was made by someone at IBM. I remember being deeply affected by this video at the time. Here’s a link to the original video. See for yourself.
Though there is no reference to “Powers of Ten”, seems to me the video below is an homage of sorts, updated with much newer technology and, some would say, better music. I love them both.
I am a big fan of stop motion video, mostly because it is relatively easy to do with home video equipment and fun to do with kids. This video feels like virtual stop motion, achieved with compositing software (software that places virtual objects on top of a real digitized scene). Check out the blur of focus and the lighting/glare. Lovely stuff…
This is remarkable. Dutch artist Theo Jansen has been working on his wind-powered Rhino robots for much of his adult life. The video below shows one in motion. Reminds me of the Star Wars AT-AT Walkers. Lumbering.