Obsessions: June 14, 2010

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Here’s a handy-dandy infographic for designers acclimating themselves to the upcoming HTML5 features and specifications. The upper portion shows you upcoming features, in a nutshell, and the lower form shows you which browser support which technologies. There’s a little bit of a diatribe at the bottom about Flash versus HTML5, but I’m not so sure I buy that—it states that HTML5 is “universal,” while flash is not, but frankly, IE support for HTML5 looks pretty low in combination with their portion of the browser market to really make that statement be true.

…and on that note, here’s a chart showing the distribution of Flash player versions installed across browsers. According to this sample, Flash was installed in 96.38% of browsers polled. That number alone makes HTML5 support sound much less universal than the previous infographic wants to believe.

In case you’re not a Huffington post fan and haven’t seen this, the author of the Twitter feed BPglobalPR has written a refreshingly lucid rationale for co-opting BP’s Twitter presence and turned the company’s lack of communication into a widespread embarrassment. It pleases me to see such well-considered, intelligent protest.

In response to BP’s manmade disaster, this fascinating letter calls on the evangelical Christian communities to re-examine their definition of the concept of sin, and how it applies to environmentalism, and how that might affect their political bedfellows. This is one of the first things I’ve seen indicating a massive sea-change in cultural basics as we move into a world where disasters of this horrifying a scope can and will continue to happen.

I could have sworn I pointed this out already, but apparently not. Here’s an article at GenerationBubble asserting that we are, in fact, turning ourselves into narcissistic sociopaths with each continuing generation through emphasis on the self.