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Ten thousand years of Roboshrub.

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In today’s state, Roboshrub Incorporated is an entity entirely devoted
to the execution of what normal people would refer to as “bad ideas.”

It was the creator’s original idea that all concepts, whether
useful or not, contribute to the global subconscious level of progress
for the human race. Therefore, we contend that no idea is an unfit
idea, and vow to act on each and every one of them.

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“You can use any numbers to prove anything,” my first grade teacher told me over coffee. She gave all the first graders hot coffee every day before art. She hated the art teacher.

She also hated being woken up at three in the morning by someone in another time zone.

I can empathize with that, having recently needed to conduct several conversations with people all over the world. As an avid user of the Opera web browser (and drinker of Diet Pepsi) I immediately set out to find a widget to quickly learn the time differential between myself and my new friends (friends who are better than you because they’re NEWER).

The widget I found had more holes than the Holy See (which I assume is full of holes because of the name), so I set to work rewriting it and making it into something I wanted to use. I tried contacting the original author about my changes, but he seems to have vanished from existence over two years ago.

Behold the fruits of my labor: World+Clock!

World+Clock Screenshot

It’s been about a week since it was approved and put up for download. I’ve taken the download numbers so far and crunched them against the average downloads for the original widget to come up with this graph (which you know is accurate because it’s a graph):

World+Clock Download Numbers

The two widgets will have equal numbers of total downloads in about six years, at the 250,000 mark — of course, it will probably happen much sooner, as the numbers of the original widget will likely plummet (due to the Diet Pepsi-like effect of a superior product) and the amount of Opera users increases.

Betting is now open on when the intersection point will occur. Remember, the house always wins and you change the outcome by participating.

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Blogger jin gesticulated...

I luv u Gyro.
I'm a total timezonetard & this widget is MINE ALL MINE!!!

p.s. I gave you a +1. I tried to give you a +100 but they seem to discourage that type of behaviour. ANIMALS!

8/31/2009 11:44 PM  
Blogger Gyrobo gesticulated...

I'm writing this comment on my Wii.

First Wii comment!

9/01/2009 7:15 PM  
Blogger Kim Ayres gesticulated...

But you know what? I think there are other potential applications for this, erm, application.

I've often wondered what time it would be, one hour ahead of what it currently is. And I think this is the app to solve my problem.

It might need a presentation tweak or 2, but I think there's mileage in it!

9/06/2009 10:10 AM  
Blogger Gyrobo gesticulated...

Being able to determine what time it will be in an hour is a mathematical quandary that has plagued thinkers since time immemorial.

It's unlikely to be resolved within our lifetimes.

9/06/2009 12:06 PM  
Blogger His Majesty gesticulated...

Fool! Only Coke-a-Cola is fit for a king.

9/12/2009 8:53 PM