Wednesday, March 05, 2008

the jiggly-bounce

I was just uploading some photos to Flickr... watching the little pink rule slide to the right, then disappear by fading downward, and up pops a little green check-mark. As it pops, it bounces a couple times before settling down to a mundane existence as a "life's all good" symbol for a successful photo upload.

Watching these arrows appear one after the other during my recent upload made me think - the jiggly bounce seems to be everywhere these days. When a program on my MacBook Pro needs attention, it throws a mini digital temper tantrum by bouncing up and down - the jiggly bounce.

We are, perhaps, in the era of the jiggly bounce. Flash animators and computer interface designers: could you please come up with a new gimmick? I've grown tiresome of the jiggly bounce. It bounces, you bounce, we all bounce. How about the shimmy?

Monday, March 03, 2008

No Reservations warning.

I'm addicted to Anthony Bourdain's show No Reservations , which airs on the Travel Channel. I love his sense of humor, the fact that he'll try anything, that he repeatedly gets drunk, and all the rest. It's pure TV fun and escapism. And, he's easy on the eyes [wink].

I have been watching the newest season and noticed that the obligatory warning screen is now taking on a life of its own. Well, first, let it be said that any food show that needs a warning screen should be watched, but this warning screen now responds to the topic of the show. With the New Orleans show, it was under water and slowly drowning; with the Romania show the letterforms were pierced by other letterforms a la Dracula and more...

I'll do some sleuthing later to the find the witty designer(s) of these essential but tedious moments of television viewing. More later.