Livin’ for the weekend

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

Elliot Bentley

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.


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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