Bringing the Eternal Beachball to life

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by Holly Gray, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. Holly Gray, Oct 7, 2011
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    Holly Gray macrumors newbie

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    I was reading xkcd today, and I realised that this would be a viable memorial. It'd be expensive, due to the energy needed to keep the beachball spinning, but it could be a poignant, almost beautiful commemoration without being overbearingly schmaltzy. It could be a tangible, permanent tribute from the Apple community. If anyone agrees, I'm more than willing to look into the mechanics of it, etc.

    Of course, some might consider it too light-hearted or a little flippant. I'm quite a poor judge of what's too light-hearted for remembrance - I think that this hits the perfect balance of tastefulness without heavy-handedness, but what are your opinions?
     
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    I love the idea.
     
  3. neilmacd macrumors 6502

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    Problem is who actually appreciates the beachball? IMO its not a positive image/icon.

    I'd rather have something that incorporates the sleeping power button :)
     
  4. boss.king macrumors 68040

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    My thought exactly. No one likes to see it cos it usually means they're being inconvenienced. Not to mention that it wouldn't translate well into a physical thing without looking a little tacky.

    Honestly, in keeping with Jobs design ethic and personal preference for privacy, less is more when it comes to a memorial for him.
     
  5. MadeTheSwitch macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah the beachball has a negative connotation. I say instead of that, a pulsating symbol (like when your computer goes to sleep) is the way to go. A nice soft pulsating white LED. The technical equivalent of the eternal flame.
     
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