Livin’ for the weekend

Friday Five: Reply-all, Minecraft Reality and Bohemian Rhapsody

Elliot Bentley
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After another long week, it’s time to kick back, relax and have some off-topic fun with the JAXenter Friday Five.

It’s been another busy week here at JAX Towers, with the release
of the
latest issue of JAX Magazine
(got your copy yet?),
interviews
and
present hunting
. As we count down the hours to the weekend,
allow JAXenter to provide some reliably off-topic fun with the
Friday Five.

1. iTunes takes it to 11

Last night, Apple finally rolled out the delayed eleventh version of its
monolithic media player / app store / iDevice manager / kitchen
sink. Immediate reaction has been, for once, overwhelmingly
positive: users on reddit in particular praised the smart colour matching, AirPlay volume controls and –
hallelujah – a proper queueing
system
!

If you’re one of those people who swears off anything to do with
iTunes (and, at least on PC, we honestly don’t blame you), this
release might be more interesting to you as an indicator of where
OS X’s UI will go next.

2. The perils of reply-all

We’ve all done it before. A circular email arrives from the boss to
the rest of the company, and instead of forwarding it on to a
friend for a good laugh, you accidentally hit “reply all”.

Max Wiseltier, a student at New York University, meant to forward
an email from the Bursar’s Office to his mother. But in an innocent
mistake, he
sent the email it to all 39,979 students on the mailing list

due to a technical error that exposed all of their addresses.

Little did he know the chaos he would unleash, dubbed “The
Reply-Allpocalypse”, as bored students found themselves with an
audience of almost 40,000. Messages included “I want all of us to
be happy forever” and the eternal question “would you rather fight
100 duck sized horses, or 1 horse sized duck?”.

3. Minecraft enters the real world

Minecraft, one of the most popular
games of the past few years – and one that also happens to be
written in Java – is often used as a basic 3D modelling tool,
albeit one with occasionally
stunning results
.

With a new, official app called Minecraft Reality (currently
only available on iOS), these creations can now become, er, real.
Any model made within the game can be uploaded to the site, and
then viewed as if they were present in front of the camera.

It may not be a particularly practical application of
augmented reality, or have any real merit beyond novelty value, but
it’s surely a must-buy for those who have already invested tens (if
not hundreds) of hours crafting their Minecraft mansion.

4. Oppa Gangnam Style – and beyond

Soon after the publishing of last week’s friday five, history was
made as Gangnam Style,
the inescapable pop song by Korean star Psy, became the new

most-watched video on YouTube
. Breaking 805 million views and
still counting, the wacky video beat out ‘Baby’ by Justin Bieber,
which was the previous champion.

While some may already be sick of Gangnam Style’s dance-pop
stylings and gimmicky dance, its popularity, on YouTube at least,
is still strong. If it continues racking up hits at the same rate,
it’s possible that the video will break a billion views by the end
of the year.

JAXenter would like to claim to be somewhat ahead of the curve,
having featured Gangnam Style
in the Friday Five
in early September – though even then, the
video had already been watched 166 million times.

5. Is this the real life?

Speaking of viral YouTube hits: singing Bohemian Rhapsody while
drunk is fairly standard practice, but this particular character
takes it to a hilarious, worrying and extreme, whole new level –
all in the back of a police car.

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The video originally ‘went viral’ back
in March and has resurfaced with
the news
that the singer, Robert Wilkinson, has been fined
$1,400 and banned from driving for a year (for drink-driving,
rather than his singing).

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