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A web development extravaganza & feel good song, Antonymph will wow you if you're a web dev and might even make your cold, numb, unfeeling heart thaw just a smidgen. (Desktop browser and HD monitor highly recommended - not really for mobile!)
posted by signsofrain (23 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
For those unable to experience the raw version, there's also a youtube video
posted by signsofrain at 12:51 PM on February 5 [6 favorites]

Eh, it's no bUD uGGLY (previously).
posted by kirkaracha at 12:59 PM on February 5

Since the original bud uggly link is down, here's a (doubtless not as good) archive version
posted by signsofrain at 1:07 PM on February 5

This is the kind of meaningless link that I could once count on Metafilter to provide, but has become scarce recently! Nothing against informational posts (at all!), but I do remember that once newsfilter was a term of derision around here.
posted by JHarris at 1:53 PM on February 5 [7 favorites]

Now, what would REALLY impress me is if it works in Firefox and IE6.
posted by simra at 2:03 PM on February 5 [1 favorite]

People are betting a lil down on this, but what a feat! Very cool.
posted by Going To Maine at 2:07 PM on February 5 [1 favorite]

that was easily the best thing I've been in front of on the internet in ages and ages.

there's even secrits and some sort of game mode. and a drawing mode? Amazing. No issue on Safari.

Now I am chilling to the post production down tempo vibe music. Although maybe that's why others can't connect. hmm.
posted by zenon at 2:26 PM on February 5 [2 favorites]

I cannot express in type alone how much I loved this. And as a former web dev/designer type person, I cannot imagine how long it took to make.
I found a blog post with some of the backstory of why the artist made it. I was touched, and went back to watch it again.
posted by birdsongster at 3:18 PM on February 5 [2 favorites]

Yep, got the level of "feel good experience" I expected as a Firefox user - aka "only Google Chrome matters".
posted by evilangela at 4:45 PM on February 5 [2 favorites]

Hi, I'm the person behind the website and I randomly stumbled on this thread.

Just wanted to quickly respond to the comment about Firefox – I do personally think that Firefox is an awesome browser and that websites should aim to provide as great of an experience on it as other browsers. I hate hate hate notices along the lines of "please use Chrome for best experience", but this project here is a bit of a special case. Firefox does many things that are great for privacy and web browsing by limiting certain features and APIs – this is great, but on a site like this that tries to have as much fun with your browser as possible it is limiting. In this project I use for example your battery level, midi devices, and HDR, all of which don't work on Firefox (at least without prompting the user first). I think it's good that Firefox has these restrictions, it just means you won't see these things in this experience either.

I specifically put in effort and made sure the base experience works in Firefox and Safari (across OSs) though, I don't like to see a web designed just for Chrome. Please keep using your awesome browsers. I'm sorry if the text on my site made you feel as a second-class citizen for using Firefox, I might have to reword it a little or remove it altogether. You can use Firefox for the site and still get a good experience.

I know I'm not familiar with the culture of your community, so I apologize if it seems like I'm just barging in uninvited. This seems like a pretty cool place, thanks for checking out and sharing my project!
posted by rebane2001 at 5:21 PM on February 5 [27 favorites]

Thank you for the response. I appreciate what you're doing, and just acknowledging the tendency we get for "The Internet but only for Google Chrome" means a lot. Also, I realize right now I was on edge from a bunch of other things and unfairly was overly critical of something that, yes, is inherently designed as just something fun to take advantage of special features of one browser.

So apologize for being a bitter pill unfairly at something extremely cool.
posted by evilangela at 5:58 PM on February 5 [4 favorites]

thanks for stopping by, rebane2001. i really liked the piece and big ups for crediting other artists at the end. can't wait to see more of your work.
posted by glonous keming at 6:00 PM on February 5 [2 favorites]

It worked well enough in Firefox that I very much enjoyed it!
posted by ropeladder at 7:08 PM on February 5

I know I'm not familiar with the culture of your community, so I apologize if it seems like I'm just barging in uninvited. This seems like a pretty cool place, thanks for checking out and sharing my project!

We're happy to see you here, and I'm glad that Metafilter still has some appeal to people who haven't been here forever.

Metafilter is not one of the very oldest sites out there, but it's over 25 years old now. I'll have been here for 20 next year. It used to be a bit of a big deal, probably less so now, but we (on the average) still like it. While it's changed a bit over the years, it moves slowly, and it still preserves a lot of the old soul of the internet. I hope you'll stop by often!
posted by JHarris at 12:19 AM on February 6 [2 favorites]

Good post.
posted by Wolfdog at 5:41 AM on February 6

Worked great in Firefox for me, and was wonderful, thanks so much!
posted by danfreak at 6:27 AM on February 6

Yea I didn’t feel like a second class citizen at all- there is a limit to how much of your time a project like this can consume.
posted by zenon at 9:38 AM on February 6

There's also another music video for this song that's a more traditional video and less "awesome javascript magic"
posted by signsofrain at 10:31 AM on February 6

Yes I hope my comment about Firefox further up was interpreted as tongue in cheek- the IE6 jibe was a pretty good clue. :D I, too, think this is all kinds of wonderful.
posted by simra at 11:23 AM on February 6

Also, interesting to see people say things worked well for them in firefox, as all I saw was a blank screen changing colors?
posted by evilangela at 12:15 PM on February 6

You should be see pop-ups, if you don't see any it's most likely that you're using wayland (only xorg and xwayland support window positioning), a tiling window manager, or have turned on a setting that breaks pop-ups (eg forces them to open in a new tab instead).
posted by rebane2001 at 1:33 PM on February 6

I have already got the hacker and inspector cheevos. I'm not usually one for achievements (life is short and they seem often seem an artificial way to pad out a game lifespan via grinding replays), but those two were quite fun and didn't even involve replaying the song. What a thoughtful touch!
posted by Sparx at 1:39 PM on February 6 [2 favorites]

Hey Rebane -- just wanted to say that I really enjoyed this. Fun to see the browser itself being used for art... commentary on the medium itself, etc... thx!
posted by ph00dz at 3:47 PM on February 6 [1 favorite]

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