A friend sent me a link to the World Clock - fascinating stuff.
The World Clock is made by a company called Poodwaddle who offer a load of these flash gimmicks for free. I can't see anything that I'll be adding to any websites i look after but it really shows the potential of simple applications through flash.
I still haven't fallen in love with the use of flash on websites. The Poodwaddle applications i like but when I'm just wanting to access information then what's wrong with html? An example that's annoyed me recently was the revamp of the Honda F1 website [update: this website is now dead] with Flash. As an F1 fan I just want to see the pictures and read the race reports from the Honda's team perspective not have to have a new browser window open up, lose my toolbars and wait for loading, at least they've got the HTML option.
It's probably something to do with the fact that I'm one of the geeky minority who customise their computers, use FireFox, see websites on my terms, with my toolbars, love the user led revolution of the net, are amused by the supposed dumbing down caused by the web (see the article Is Internet Killing Our Culture?). Before i fly off on a completely different tangent I'll save that discussion for another day.
In the mean time, just think, in the time it's taken for me to make this post, 1 species is now extinct, 43 people have been injured in traffic accidents (surely that must be higher?) and nobody has contracted leprosy.
A good use of flash (Nov 07)