I noticed in the thread about Apple's FCPX survey the question of "Why are they doing this now?" came up a few times.
Most would assume that they're simply gathering user input to consider for the development of the next release, but I heard what they're actually going to do after collecting all the feedback from the survey, is set up a "Family Feud" type contest between a team of passionate X supporters who totally "get" that the tapeless internet revolution is upon us, and a team of Legacy users who like to organize things by tracks and don't like the idea of relying on third parties for everything, and would rather not have a bunch of performance-sapping glitzy animations all over the place.
HOST: "Our next category is 'Things that were said about the Magnetic Timeline'"
Pro-tracks contestant: "Annoying as all hell"
HOST: "Survey SAYS... "
The winning team of this contest will then get first priority in helping to decide which direction FCPX development takes, and everyone will get a top-of-the-line iMac to run it on.
Everyone on the loosing team will get an iPad as a consolation prize.
"THAT'S our fail-safe point. Up until here, we still have enough track to stop the locomotive before it plunges into the ravine... But after this windmill it's the future or bust."
My father-in-law is Japanese and we constantly say to each other "Should I eat the Cuttlefish and Asparagus or the Vanirra Paste", and "I cannot even read engrish" and of course "I bereave in you kyle!".
One of my favorite episodes by far.
We still don't read the license agreement for iTunes.
John Davidson | President / Creative Director | Magic Feather Inc.
Ahh Human Centipad - thats the real reason for the magnetic timeline. It automatically snaps everyone together, all this avoiding clip collisions was just a smokescreen.
Apple will make huge savings on kool aid delivery as only the first in the queue has to drink and it filters though the rest.
Of course there will be the inevitable Centipad "Pro" version - hate to think what that will do.