Snapster wrote:I have not taken on our epic width yet - I hope to be more transparent about it by sharing data and thought process later today.
This should be interesting.
I wait with bated breath to see how the actual events compare to the image that has formed in my mind, which, for entertainment purposes only (literary viewpoint and all, what with me being a former writer) is shared here now.
I kind of envision a scenario reminiscent of those old IBM consulting commercials -- the ones that had a Jack Black-like "web designer" (maybe it *was* Jack Black?), waxing eloquent over how what they really needed, after his in-depth analysis, was an animated grapic riiiiiiiiiiiight over *here*.
Anyway, in my Dream of Woot's Present, this Jack Black-like "web design specialist" had a big poster on a stand, "portrait orientation" -- consisting of a mockup of a typical Woot front page. A dummy image, bunch of greeked-in ad copy, etc.
He rattled off a bunch of patter (largely comprised of gems he spent a few hours culling from "The BS Generator" website), and then pulled out a piece of mat board with a smallish rectangle cut out of it, in *landscape* orientation.
He then held the mat board over the upper-left corner of the poster, and said something along the lines of, "Voila! Behold! This is not a 'wiiiide' format. This is not ANY 'format'! Behold... we have intentionally set its 'width' (for lack of a better term) to a value NOT matching ANY (again, for lack of a better term) 'display device'.
"This, my friends, is NOT 'Web 2.0' -- it is not even fair to say it is 'beyond' Web 2.0 -- this, you see, is an entirely new paradigm -- it is NOT a 'web page' -- it is... and therein lies the problem. You see, the language has not kept up with our technology.
"So let us simply say, it is what it is. Or, if you choose, it is THAT it is."
And so, with a grand sweeping gesture, he places the 'holy' mat board over the poster, pauses long enough to subvocalize his practiced 'one, two, .... five' and smiles, then says, "The guest sees what he is to buy. His weak technological solution, incapable of embracing That Which IS, can nonetheless, due to the elegant brilliance of the implementation, suffice for the purpose of buying the product.
"And, if he then wishes to peruse the *rest* of That Which IS, he need merely..." (he pauses, then slides the mat board over the poster) "... he need mererly 'move his viewpoint' to take in ANY undiscovered part of That Which IS.
"Do not, my friends, fall into the trap of thinking of this as 'scrolling,' for it is not. You see no 'scrollbars' on my Viewpoint I hold in my hand, do you? Of course not. Your guests can peer into That Which IS, using ANY inferior technology, and take in as much, or as little as they desire.
"This positions you SO far beyond the competition that we are frankly at a loss for truly relevant terminological nomenclature, so we have to make do with a 'working name' that I'll share with you in a moment.
"And we DO hope you enjoy using it as much as we have enjoyed participating in its creation. You are very wise indeed... and ONLY the most wise, sophisticated among you can realize the TRUE beauty of this design, which, for simplicity's sake, we call 'The Empirical New Website.'"