Friday, July 15, 2005

Fear, thy name is "Laugh"

I don't understand what's going on over there at Microsoft that they let this through the filters.

Try it: if you're running MSN Messenger 7 on Windows, there's a new "feature" called Wink that has nothing to do with winking, but that allows you to send another user a huge and awful animated graphic overlay that there is no apparent way to stop. If you've got your speakers turned on, you get a wicked blast of noise, too.

And if you pick the Wink titled "Laugh" you get the most god-awful frightening image that has ever graced my computer screen:


This thing is supposed to be cute? Amusing? Funny? Well, it's kinda funny, but only when you're thinking about the reaction that it must be getting in the office of the unwary victim that you're sending it to.

I'd call it definite competition for the second-most frightening image that has ever graced my computer screen:


...but the genius of the timing for this shot more than makes up for its hideousness. Just look at the face on that guy in the middle! Beautiful!

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