I got this via 2004 Clarion classmate slithytove who got it from a friend...
NOTE: 5-7-2007 -- For some reason the embedded YouTube image isn't here anymore, so I'll just stick the link here:
How Many Ways Do I Love This?
This is like a mash-up of the best Sims demo ever and all the pie charts, modern transportation, marketing, systems and industrial consumerism raw data -- and all dynamically animated. Think USA Today graphs and diagrams on a grand scale. It's got a decent sense of humor -- come on, the cute girl with the freckles is slurping the milk out of her cereal bowl! -- and a cheerfulness which places this plastic perfect world WAY above the antiseptic silliness of The Stepford Wives. Plus it's "exotic" from my perspective, being set in London, where the government can actually provide public information. (It wouldn't work nearly so well set in the U.S.) And it's based on so many familiar images. I am in awe of how beautifully it all integrates together. The relentlessness of movement and progress... (grin)
You know, the London Tube map itself is quite the recreated schematic map worldwide -- and despite its quite modern appearance, dates back to 1931. Now put it all on steroids and you have parts of this video. But I have to say the video is much more appealing than say the Transport for London Real-Time Map, which while useful, only gives us gems like:
NORTHERN LINE: Minor delays are occurring due to a person under a train earlier at Kentish Town.
Sure it's a regimented, controlled life -- but dammit it's clean, efficient and the trains run on time. (grin)
YouTube Is Rife With Videos
The people making comments on YouTube don't always know how to use complex technology like spelling out words or making complete sentences, so it sounds like there are more than one version of the song, and I cannot tell if this "techno" remix is done by the original group or someone else. I mention this in interests of full disclosure. (grin)
Less fun, there's another version of the song with a couple of high performance sports cars in it.
Where Have I Heard This Before?
In case you can't figure where that catchy song comes from, it's used in the Geico Caveman commercial at the airport. And did I hear right? The Geico Cavemen are getting a TV series? Wow -- talk about life imitating art imitating life...