Block out light leaks. Put on a good set of headphones. Increase the video quality as high as you can, play the video full-screen, and focus on the beauty being unveiled in front of you. Listen. Hear all the tiny “tinks,” the splooshes, the subtle rushes of wind, the sound sucking into a vacuum and back out again.
I have watched this video over and over and it gets more beautiful each time. I’m going to watch it again. Will you watch it with me?
Katheryn, our high school graduate, is driving us from our home in extreme north Georgia (just south of Chattanooga, Tenn.) to her orientation at Valdosta State University, which is just shy of the Florida line. Being a passenger on this road trip was a pleasant change from my usual role of chaffeur and gave me a little time to catch up on my reading list. John Siracusa’s article Hypercritical: Fear of a WebKit Planet published in March (I’m way behind) was waiting for me in my Instapaper queue.
Web rendering engines are extremely complex. There are very few companies that have the expertise to create and maintain one on their own. (Again, the similarity to Linux is strong here.) I’m glad all those developers at Apple and Google are working on improving the same open-source web rendering engine, rather than dividing their efforts between two totally different, proprietary engines. Adding Opera’s developers can only make things better. The proliferation of WebKit will be a rising tide that lifts all boats.
How quickly times change in the wake of John’s hope and wisdom. Since it was published, Google forked WebKit (literally and phonetically).
Also consider this belated post as a reminder that Google Reader’s death throes come to a thrashing end July 1.