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August 10th, 2006:

Earnings Calls in a Trippy Vortex

Today, I called up a news release on finance.yahoo.com for a fairly dodgy publicly traded company. Although I expected to find a transcript of the earnings call, or perhaps a brief table summarizing the expected and actual earnings numbers, I was given a link to the full audio of the call.

When I clicked the link, a full-screen window of Windows Media Player popped open and started playing the earnings call, with a huge, trippy, psychedelic vortex being rendered in the middle of the screen!

(As it happens, a mind-warping black hole of profits is the most appropriate metaphor for what this earnings call was all about.)

Thanks for a bit of inspired weirdness, Microsoft. It was certainly more enjoyable than discovering that your flagship email client can’t “archive” two folders at once.