See, there's this contest called The 5K
5K is 5120 bytes. Not a lot of space. To put it in perspective, the Bigger Bread logo above is 9545 bytes, more than twice the limit. So as you can imagine, frugality is key. Creativity under constraint.
People came up with amazing stuff. A da Vincian timepiece
, verbal film noir
, a surprisingly capable chess program
, a psychedelic sunflower
, markup language prose poetry
, an infinite police lineup
, even a miniature porn site
My entry was The Adventures of Bartleby Snore, World's Biggest Bore
, a 3-part puzzle adventure starring Bartleby Snore, the world's most boring human being.
More than mere entertainment, Bartleby
is an unflinching allegorical portrait of alienation, anomie, the complex interactions between men and women, and every human being's basic need for affirmation and affection. (It's also a lot of fun to play.)
Out of 277 entries, Bartleby got Third Place
Concept & Originality category, and came in 7th Overall
. Even cooler, it got First Place
in the public rankings.
Who won the contest? The porn
, of course.
January 23, 2002
Bartleby's going to be in a book! The DHTML Bible, due out early this year from Hungry Minds / IDG Books
, will have a big honkin' screenshot of you-know-who. More on this as it develops.