The odds that you’d find these particular Easter eggs is somewhere between slim and none. And Slim just left town. These little treats reside in your software, operating systems, and even in your art.
Since Easter falls on April Fool’s Day this year, I thought I’d let you in on a little secret about these Easter eggs. Really, they are bloatware as you’ll find in a lot of older Windows software. It’s extra code in a program taking up space on your hard drive or eating system resources. Or they are little tid-bits about your favorite movie that you’ve paid for, but might never ever know about.
Not to mention that the people that put them there got paid for their time to do it, and have handily passed the expense on to you. Google has made an art-form of it and seems to use them everywhere.
I suppose I sound a bit bitter about the whole deal. Well, that’s because I am. But if you’re not a crotchety old man like me, you’ll probably enjoy them.
This might be the freshest one on the web. BeagleNetworks orchestrated a series of internal routes named in such a manner that the tracert command in Windows gives you the opening text to Star Wars – A New Hope Episode IV. Seriously, I tried it myself and it actually works!
This sequence of key strokes was made famous by game developer Konami and the game Contra. As a tribute, many developers in different media use the Konami Code to unlock their Easter eggs. If you happen to be that bored, fire up different applications and games and give the Konami Code a try.
More than a few iOS apps may well have the Konami Code embedded into them , thanks to the objectiveSee / DRKonamiCode gesture recognizer. The recognizer is a subclass of UIGestureRecognizer. Now you can swipe gestures corresponding to the arrow key parts of the sequence. An optional feature allows you to implement a custom B+A+Enter action.
In Your Ears
Many tech types are fans of electronica, and many will know the name Aphex Twin. But did you know that he embedded his face into a song? “How would you do that?”, you might ask. Personally, I’d ask why would you even think of doing that, but whatever. I’m not sure exactly how he did it, but you can see it at 5 minutes and 38 seconds into this video.
Or I could save you the trouble:
IRL Easter Eggs
It seems that car manufacturers have also been adding Easter eggs to the design of their products for awhile. For example, Jeep’s 2013-model year Saharas and Rubicons have a small Willys Jeep silhouette etched into the rims. The Willys Jeep is the iconic army Jeep from World War II and later that you see on shows like MASH.
Corvette has been doing similar things since the 1990’s with the Corvette. They’ve stamped small pictures of a hot dog, baseball bat, and apple pie near the rear speakers, as a tribute to this 1974 Chevrolet ad.
Kicking It Old School
If that geeky Easter egg isn’t an old enough reference for you, artists have been doing this since Methuselah was a minor! I’d love you to check out my awesome home country’s parliamentary architecture, but I can’t seem to find a picture of it. In the Senate building, four of the stone carvers carved their faces into the ceiling. This was a common practice in centuries past as a sort-of signature on their work.
A fairly well known old school Easter egg is in a painting by the master Hans Holbein the Younger. The Ambassadors has this weird little bit in the front that you might pay much attention to, because of the photorealistic awesomeness of the rest of the work. But, if you were bold enough to take this painting off the wall of the National Gallery in London, England and tilt it just a bit, hold it, a little more.
Good lord, it’s a skull. What is that all about? Memento mori, my friends. Look it up.
So there you have it my friends. And remember, this year Easter Monday falls on April Fool’s Day. I’m sure there’s a conspiracy there somewhere. Or maybe I’ll just tell the kids I hid their Easter eggs on the Internet – remember, I am a crotchety old man.
Got any wicked cool geeky Easter eggs to share? Pop ‘em in comments below. These zero calorie treats need to be shared to be enjoyed.