By Cory Doctorow at 2:12 pm Sun, Apr 8, 2012
In this video, Videocrab demonstrates a very odd typographical Easter-egg embedded in Google Chat. I have no idea if this is real or shooped, but it's cute nevertheless.
2012-04-06_21-10-36_872 (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)
I still want a Unicode Trollface.
There’s a Unicode Japanese ogre face and Japanese goblin : 1f479 and 1f47a.
1f5ff is a moai (Easter island head). Perhaps other suggestions could be forthcoming.
The chat emoticons have always done this for me. Not just on the :D one either. They’re usually a lot faster turning though.
Mine turn slow all the time. You can actually choose your set of emoticons, too, iirc. I think mine change into little drawings of smiley faces.
Same here. I’m wondering if we’re missing something ironic or funny about this post…
Loving the 2001: A Space Odyssey soundtrack.
Yep always done that for me too, good use of music though :)
No disrespect intended, but this feature has been around for me since Google Talk was introduced.
same for me — they’ve always turned. smilies, hearts, etc.
Typography does not love you.
Woah, did I just go back in time to the year 2005?
What is this? I don’t even…. mine always do this as well. Are we missing something here?
slow news day huh? either that or I just got trolled
April….no, it’s not still the first. so …..huh?
oh c’mon Mr Doctorow
I thought maybe the videographer slowed the footage down to suit the ominous music, but the speed of the flashing icon seems to counter that. So, I guess the music signifies the mounting tension of waiting for a compromised CPU to perform supposedly simple tasks–the rotating D, analogous to the feeling one has of wanting to twist one’s own head off when a web page seems to take forever to finish loading!
Incidentally, after watching this, I fired off a few Gchat emoticons to my wife, beside me here. Both :D and :) turn into the same face on her laptop, but only :) converts on her Android phone (to a different Android-esque smiley face), while the :D stays the same. Meanwhile, a :( becomes a frown on the laptop but not the phone, while a o_O remains unchanged on the laptop, yet turns to a perplexed Androidicon on the phone.
That’s as far as the experiment got.
The :P turns and then sticks the tongue out, don’t forget.
the “slow turn” happens when you “pop out” the goog-chat window.
I wouldn’t call it an easter egg. a rendering bug, certainly.
For more fun, type in V.v.V
This just in: Doctorow is not employing emoticons & gmail chat on a regular enough basis.
Later: Firefox teaches us about robots!
Mine goes fast either way
I find this gchat emoticon the most surprising ~@~
Gotta be careful tho who ya type that to…
It’s an outrage that there is no standard universal unicode poop symbol, it would improve the standard of discourse on the internets immensely.
Emoji has a cute happy poop at least.
Not shooped. You can tell from the pixels.
((˚J˚)) O YOKO!
Cory Doctorow, keep up at the back there!
Wow. I’ve always wanted to say that.
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