A Truly Inspiring TED Talk About the Spinning Beach Ball of Death


The crew at Improv Everywhere was invited to participate in a talk at TED, an annual conference in Long Beach, California that focuses on “Ideas Worth Sharing.”


Charlie Todd explains the story behind the prank on Improv Everywhere's website:
For the conference this year, the TED curators approached me about staging something unexpected to surprise their audience. We had previously staged a musical prank at a conference, but I wanted to do something new and different for TED. I came up with the idea to have a fake speaker give a talk and make it seem like his big moment in the spotlight had been ruined by a computer crash. Apple users love to hate the notorious Spinning Beach Ball of Death. I started with that image and set out to heighten it to absurdity.




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97 months ago

This stuff happens to us every day at my university, though it only tends to happen on our PCs :D


Are you serious? You get dancers and music and everything every day?!?!?! I want to go to your university. :)
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97 months ago
That made my day!
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97 months ago
This stuff happens to us every day at my university, though it only tends to happen on our PCs :D
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97 months ago
Hah I think I was smiling all the way through that routine! Brilliant!
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97 months ago
I bet any Apple employees in the audience were freaking out at first.

To be honest, I haven't seen a spinning beach ball since I upgraded my 2009 model MBP to 8 gigs. Coincidental? Maybe, maybe not.
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97 months ago
Has anyone else noticed that the color on the beach ball does not spin??
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97 months ago
Have you ever watched the TED conference… on weed?

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97 months ago
This happens about every five minutes while using Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3
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97 months ago



Has anyone else noticed that the color on the beach ball does not spin??


Didn't notice this until you pointed it out. And I stare at that beach ball quite a bit!
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97 months ago
Nothing inspiring about that. To quote Louis C.K.:

Can we get over calling everything gorgeous and awesome? 'I made an awesome sandwich', 'This screen is gorgeous'.

What do you use as an adjective for the birth of your child, or seeing your soon to be wife in a wedding dress? You spent that adjective on a sandwich.
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