Five months later, I want to share a working protoype.
So, with the caveat of it only working in the Google Chrome browser, of it only showing you a single Colecovision cartridge, and of it having no sound or keyboard input, allow me to introduce to you the working prototype at:
If it doesn’t work for you, then I’ll tell you it looks like this:
The rest of this entry is just discussing the details, the repercussions, and the plans for this project. Summary: FUCKING AWESOME.
Obviously, the half-dozen people working on this project weren’t spending all waking hours in the last five months on getting us to where we are now. In a few cases, weeks went by as people lived lives, or we were waiting for someone to get off work, or just the occasional miscommunication and “oh hell, I thought you were doing the git push” sort of thing. The main project discussion, for a long time, has been here, if the nuts and bolts of the shared development project interests you.
I think people forget how we used to tell people how things sounded and how they looked. We used to tell people this new song was really awesome. Now we can not only link to that song, we can link to a specific part of that song. And we might have said we saw something funny or amazing on a show, and we can now embed that specific event right into a webpage, and show them. OK. you probably sort of get how incredible that is, or at least that it happens, but sit back and think again what that does: it means that items of a visual and audio nature are as ubiquitous as the words we used to describe those items. This song is awesome; listen to how awesome this song is. This dude is fucking hilarious on this show; see how hilarious he is. Or, if your bend is more academic: this bird emits a unique cry; here is the cry it emits. The algorithm results in a very interesting outcome – come see the algorithm’s visual result.
While the team has things under control right now, it never hurts to have a few more people hang out and see what’s going on. The work is being discussed on the EFNet IRC network, in the channel #jsmess. If that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, that’s fine. I’ll keep you appraised of future milestones.
Everything’s going to change.
It’s going to be very exciting.
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