I think that of all the stupid project names I've come up with, this one is the worst of all. This was inspired by when I worked in an open-floor office that was too cheap for cubicle walls, so all you could hear was a constant cacophony of everyone's music mixing together. It's a system that lets a bunch of office workers synchronize what they're listening to, so everyone gets a normal-volume music stream playing from their own computer that they can still turn down when they're talking on the phone. I guess the simplest way to do this would be to have an icecast music server with a web frontend that lets users push their own workstation's music onto the play queue. Yes, this means that sometimes very crappy songs would get played. This could be remedied with some kind of voting system, where if 50% of the active listeners hate the song enough to actually load up the silly web page and cast their "skip song" vote, then they get their way. I mean, that guy's going to listen to that terrible music anyway, so this doesn't increase your exposure to it.
Estella - 2011-10-17 18:44:14
Not bad at all fellas and gllaas. Thanks.
Peter - 2012-12-17 19:10:24
The deus ex machina is not bad per se if it won't hurt the suopsnsien of disbelief. Cartoons are naturally wacky, and being one of the most stylized forms of storytelling they're not as bound to conventional narrative structures as films are, for instance. The fact that cartoons are not meant to be taken for reality allows them to be freer. This is actually a strenght if understood correctly (and John sure does).