Progressbar, a short film

Vincent Broquaire's "Progressbar" is a short film illustrating the most significant aphorism of the Danny O'Brien canon: "Those progress-bars don't watch themselves." They certainly don't -- the hypnogogic nature of the erratic progress-bar, with its intermittent, inscrutable reward-system, is one of the signal motifs of the Internet era. If they ever make a feature film out of Screenshots of Despair, this should be the animation for the opening credits.

Progressbar (via MeFi)

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  1. mattdm says:

    I particularly enjoyed watching the progress bar of the video as I watched the video itself.

  2. Whenever I defrag a drive I'll sit and watch the progress bar way longer than I should. It's oddly soothing.

  3. IMB says:

    I know. It's so meta. I was wondering when the real progress bar was going to catch up with the animated progress bar, but they never actually joined.

  4. Ratel says:

    It missed that one half step towards genius: like so many of the progress bars I've watch recently while setting up a Linux file-server, it should stop without finishing.

  5. Heh, my video got stuck while watching this. smiley

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