I keep short notes to myself in vimwiki, and if I see something fun or something that might be useful later, I tack on the site or the explanation, plus a few words to remind myself of it.
The only thing I wrote next to the Web address for TinyOgg.com was “Very cool.”
And it is very cool, and not just to me. leo_rockway mentioned it in a different context about a week ago, and since then I’ve pointed it out to two or three other people, all with the same reactions: “Very cool.”
Flash is an annoyance really. Like the lightbox effect, it too often takes the place of real content and becomes the focus. I think somewhere in a university somewhere, budding Web designers are being taught that Flash is god’s gift to the Internet.
And it’s not really. It’s an impediment and an obstacle, even if it does allow you to watch snails race.
Point being, you don’t have to “taint” your system with it, if your scruples don’t allow it. Paste the URL of the snail race into tinyogg.com, wait two or three minutes and presto! Your HTML5-capable browser will show it as an embedded movie.
No codecs. No proprietary players. No mystery code invading your system. Nothing more to install except probably something like Firefox, which you might already have in place in your distro.
And to that, what more can you say except, “Very cool.”