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July 27, 2007 12:38 PM   Subscribe

Behold the Uniqlock. (flash, sfw)
posted by boo_radley (65 comments total) 27 users marked this as a favorite

 
Dry polo shirts?
posted by GuyZero at 12:49 PM on July 27, 2007


Huh?
posted by grubi at 12:50 PM on July 27, 2007


I...um...well...

Huh.
posted by dersins at 12:51 PM on July 27, 2007


Well, as clock/dancing girls combinations go, it's not half bad.

Although, for I moment I thought that you'd get different dancing girls for every city/time zone and I almost blacked out over the sheer scope of the thing. But, alas, it wasn't so.

Still, I'm not complaining. And now I know the time in Tokyo!
posted by soundofsuburbia at 12:55 PM on July 27, 2007


what?
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 12:55 PM on July 27, 2007


cool?
posted by Defenestrator at 12:56 PM on July 27, 2007


Thanks. Best link in a long time.
posted by dobbs at 1:01 PM on July 27, 2007


Do these people sell shirts?
posted by MarshallPoe at 1:01 PM on July 27, 2007


BRILLIANT!
(Even though I have no idea what this is.)
posted by pantsonfire at 1:04 PM on July 27, 2007


I didn't realize it was a clock until I'd waited about two minutes for the crazy intro to stop.

Uni-qlock, not uniq-lock. I thought it was going to be a snazzy new bike lock that three days later some snotty blogger would host a video of on how to pick it with a letter opener.
posted by Terminal Verbosity at 1:05 PM on July 27, 2007


Well, I can honestly say it's the best Uniqlock I've seen so far today.
posted by RavinDave at 1:05 PM on July 27, 2007


Won't be satisfied until I see a Jazzercise Calendar.
posted by JeremiahBritt at 1:12 PM on July 27, 2007


Unique Schlock.
posted by nilihm at 1:13 PM on July 27, 2007


Won't be satisfied until I see a Jazzercise Calendar.

Okay.
posted by ND¢ at 1:15 PM on July 27, 2007 [2 favorites]


Ramune blue. That glitch mix of 'Get Me to the Church on Time' is really addictive.
posted by ardgedee at 1:16 PM on July 27, 2007


uniqloblue
posted by googly at 1:16 PM on July 27, 2007 [1 favorite]


I'm almost certain this is the work of Yugo Nakamura, who has been doing incredible web work (mostly with Flash) since forever.
posted by gwint at 1:17 PM on July 27, 2007


Awesome.
posted by sveskemus at 1:18 PM on July 27, 2007


Time just got more fun.
posted by The Great Big Mulp at 1:18 PM on July 27, 2007


I think I've been hypnotoaded.
posted by found missing at 1:22 PM on July 27, 2007 [4 favorites]


Time just got more fun.

and cute.
posted by djeo at 1:22 PM on July 27, 2007


It's like a bizarre form of performance art. And despite the fact that it has a sort of urgent beeping that I can just barely hear coming from my headphones, I'm finding it oddly comforting.

Of course, I haven't a clue what is going on, but the girls seem to be having fun. So that's nice.
posted by quin at 1:23 PM on July 27, 2007


How long til the dance moves start to repeat? Or is this a full 24 hours of unique footage? Or perhaps a full hour's worth?
posted by jeremy b at 1:26 PM on July 27, 2007


God, I wish I was high.
posted by klangklangston at 1:28 PM on July 27, 2007 [3 favorites]


I was entranced for a minute, then maximized the window, and saw that it actually showed more (as opposed to stretching the image) and coworkers were entranced. neat, thanks.
posted by Busithoth at 1:31 PM on July 27, 2007


So, if you include this in your own site, you get listed on the world page under the largest city for your time zone?

Or, what?
posted by odinsdream at 1:35 PM on July 27, 2007


Lame.
posted by bshort at 1:35 PM on July 27, 2007


It may be lame, and it may be advertising.

But I still could watch it all day.


(I think that says bad things about my work ethic)

posted by Dr-Baa at 1:42 PM on July 27, 2007


haha. look at the funny Japanese!

Seriously. Those people are weird.
posted by jaded at 1:46 PM on July 27, 2007


That glitch mix of 'Get Me to the Church on Time' is really addictive.

How can I find it for home listening? The little musicky button-link says it's Fantastic Plastic Machine and talks up the FPMB collection, but this track doesn't seem to be on it.
posted by grobstein at 1:50 PM on July 27, 2007


Then again, I watched the Kenya flash for half an hour straight when I first saw it, so I guess it just says something about me in general.
posted by Dr-Baa at 1:51 PM on July 27, 2007


There's a screensaver too? Oh hell yes.
posted by Dr-Baa at 2:00 PM on July 27, 2007


I CAN HAS COMPREHENSION NOW?

faved
posted by sidereal at 2:08 PM on July 27, 2007


Having a little trouble with the first level; the controls are definitely not intuitive. At least my score keeps going up.
posted by herichon at 2:15 PM on July 27, 2007 [3 favorites]


Dr-Baa, *and* you can get a bit of code to embed the local timezone version of the clock in the side bar of your blog or website with full video. Awesome! Silly but awesome. :-)
posted by Duug at 2:20 PM on July 27, 2007


[this is much better than it should be]
posted by designbot at 2:36 PM on July 27, 2007


I read it as uniq-lock, pronounced "eunuch lock". Was afraid I was clicking on an advertisement for a terrible, terrible chastity device.
posted by TypographicalError at 2:47 PM on July 27, 2007


can't...stop...going...back...to...it.........
too...damn...addictive...
posted by Thorzdad at 3:22 PM on July 27, 2007


This is mesmerizing.
posted by painquale at 3:29 PM on July 27, 2007


I really like that they aren't smiling; They are a dancing clock, and that is serious business.

A friend pointed out to me all the work that went into the polo shirt pages. Someone spent a lot of money making this site.
posted by quin at 3:43 PM on July 27, 2007 [1 favorite]


I go to the world clock and it completely fails to do what I think it should do (namely, SHOW ME THE FUCKING LOCAL TIME). So despite the quirkiness, this does not get full points.
posted by chrominance at 4:25 PM on July 27, 2007


It's like YTMND without the 3500 Hz square wave.
posted by Tube at 4:36 PM on July 27, 2007 [1 favorite]


So are they advertising for Uniqlo? (as someone linked above). Although when I clicked on the dry polo shirts, it didn't take me to a place I could buy them. I assumed they were advertising for the shirts because the girl could dance in it without getting sweaty.
posted by bluefly at 4:54 PM on July 27, 2007


I love it!!! Is this what Japan is like?
posted by Baby_Balrog at 5:06 PM on July 27, 2007 [2 favorites]


It could be a sneaky way to sell more time.
posted by Brian B. at 5:23 PM on July 27, 2007 [1 favorite]


This is what high-end promotional websites are like in Japan. They also have a bad-ass (and cheap) new online t-shirt store. Self-link, but I recently wrote about Japanese blog widgets for my company's new blog. Maru-ten-ten is particularly awesome (click on the box above "Powered by MaruTenTen.jp" to see the magic).
posted by ejoey at 6:35 PM on July 27, 2007 [3 favorites]


Uniqlo is the Japanese GAP.

This sucks.
posted by Joseph Gurl at 6:37 PM on July 27, 2007


That explains the nice shirts and jeans and nubile undertones.
posted by furtive at 6:48 PM on July 27, 2007


behold the grumpy gurl.
posted by boo_radley at 6:48 PM on July 27, 2007


zomg fantastic plastic machine zomg
posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 at 7:58 PM on July 27, 2007 [1 favorite]


That's shit-hot, EMRJKC.
posted by boo_radley at 8:10 PM on July 27, 2007


I'd like to see the version with wet polo shirts.
posted by Pollomacho at 8:19 PM on July 27, 2007 [1 favorite]


I, too, read the link as "unique lock" at first; then when I clicked on the link, I was totally mystified because at first there was only a ticking six-digit number on the screen. But when it finally loaded? COOL! Excellent music and cute Japanese dancers.

I watched that for at least five minutes solid. Mesmerizing is right. And by the way, East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabbadi Champion '94 (ha!), that is an awesome mashup.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 9:03 PM on July 27, 2007


It's 5 seconds of wipes, then 5 seconds of dancing, then repeat.

Fun clock!
posted by Down10 at 11:55 PM on July 27, 2007


Heh...was checking it out (again) when the clock turned midnight. Saw a comparatively-long (15 seconds? 30?) bit with the 2-man cleanup crew. Nice touch.
posted by Thorzdad at 8:05 AM on July 28, 2007


Is it just me or are most of the dancing girls just plain hot?
posted by five fresh fish at 10:51 AM on July 28, 2007


Not just you.

Riveting.

And worth doing all over again with "This Is Why I'm Fantastic."
posted by carsonb at 12:27 PM on July 28, 2007


I really want this as a desktop clock on my Mac.
posted by five fresh fish at 1:13 PM on July 28, 2007


God, I wish klangklangston was high.
posted by tehloki at 3:33 PM on July 28, 2007


I mean, high too
posted by tehloki at 3:33 PM on July 28, 2007


I don't like the design. It's not user-configurable. Should allow you the option to switch it to your local time. Should allow you the option to have multiple times appearing on screen simultaneously, in case you wanna know what time it is in Copenhagen, and you should be able to see the girls dancing all the time. The five seconds of wipes are unimaginative and annoying. The girls dancing. Nice touch. Like that. The pink and white wipes to other wipes? Not so much.

Of course, it's not really a clock. It's an ad. Brings attention to the shirts. That's it's real purpose. In terms of it being a commercial, it's satisfactory. In terms of it being a useful clock, an entertaining diversion, or The Next Big Web Thing, it's a foul ball.
posted by ZachsMind at 2:33 AM on July 29, 2007


don't like the design. It's not user-configurable. Should allow you the option to...
Bah. Sounds like a vote for unnecessary mission-creep to me.
It's a simple, fun little self-contained entertainment that works nicely, as-is. It's not a web-app. It's just what it is. A little something to catch the eye and ear.
People have such a hard time accepting simplicity these days.

The five seconds of wipes are unimaginative and annoying.
The "unimaginative" wipes work as a simple, effective framing device, keeping the focus on the girls. They're a tease. They provide a little tension...asking the question "what comes next?" Anything more engaging than that could become an entertainment unto itself, competing with, and drawing attention away from, the girls. They are the mechanical counterpoint to the organic flow of the girls. The wipes provide just enough movement to keep the visual toe-tapping clicking along.
posted by Thorzdad at 8:06 AM on July 29, 2007


damn straight. the thing is, on the whole, perfect for what it is.

if they're selling shirts, I want. My wife's figure is similar to the girls'. ooohchacha.
posted by five fresh fish at 10:16 AM on July 29, 2007


These girls have a figure? If they were dancing outside, the first sharp breeze would send them flying like tumbleweeds.
posted by ZachsMind at 2:55 PM on July 29, 2007


Diff'rent strokes for different folks.
posted by five fresh fish at 5:26 PM on July 29, 2007


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