Screensaver of the Longest Picture on the Internet (plus source)

by phil on Sunday Mar 11, 2007 10:45 PM
personal projects

I was pretty inspired by the Bluesfear Worm, which has been dubbed, "The Longest Page on the Internet." While it's not the longest, it is 71,400px wide. It's basically like the old children's game, telephone, except with graphic design: I draw a picture, then you draw the continuation, and then your friend draws the next frame, and so on and so forth. The resulting "worm" is 119 frames long, and its amazing to behold. It kind of creates a Long Zoom effect.

So I turned it into a screensaver using just a few tools:

  1. The handy "File -> Save Page As" feature in Mozilla Firefox in order to extract the conveniently numbered worm segments.
  2. Macromedia Flash to string the images together.
  3. And InstantStorm to convert the flash file into a screensaver.

Here is a preview:

- The Screensaver Itself (6.5 MB)
- Flash Source Code (5.8 MB)

Disclaimer: I didn't ask for permission to use these images, and so if bluesfear wants me to take it down I will. (all adsense money goes to paying my ISP).


rob said on March 12, 2007 8:34 PM:

Hi Phil. Nice work! I saw this 'worm' pic a couple of days ago as well and I was also quite impressed. Now we can view it without having to scroll through the whole thing. You know what would be cool??? If you could add an option within Flash to speed up the scroll rate. I wonder what it looks like as you fly through it in smooth flash action!

Haha! Hope you've been well. Rob

shevin said on March 16, 2007 9:05 AM:

Hey Phil.
Original creator of the bluesfear worm here and id just like to say great job on the wallpaper :)

Glad we could inspire you to create it :D

Cody said on March 16, 2007 4:37 PM:

Hey man, bluesfear mod here, What would be really neat is if we got the worm working with RSS and having the screensaver using that RSS feed so that it is always up to date.

Get Shulpa'd! said on March 21, 2007 6:40 PM:

ONYRO did something similar to this with their old websites, but what I would like to see is not only a left to right but an up > down > left > right with some sort of flash navigation. It would be the "largest" page on the internet. Maybe coupled with an RSS fed updater doo-hickey for screensaver purposes.

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