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
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2011

    Holly Gray macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2011
    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?
  2. Tower-Union macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2009
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_5 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Mobile/8L1)

    I love the idea.
  3. neilmacd macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2010
    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


    Apr 8, 2009
    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


    Apr 20, 2009
    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.
  6. InuNacho macrumors 65816


    Apr 24, 2008
    In that one place

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