I recently finished listening to The Da Vinci Code on audio. It’s really a pretty lousy book, and I’d have given up on if I wasn’t desperate for audio content.
The novel has two paces–top speed or turgid, and possibly the worst dialogue I’ve ever read. The book has some provocative though largely unsupportable ideas, and I can see why it sold so extraordinarily well. It was unfortunate that I’d, uh, liberated the audio book and listened to it–there’s no easy way to skim an MP3.
Yesterday I saw the movie. Director Ron Howard and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman have done an impressive job with the shoddy material. They’ve emphasized the intrigue while downplaying the art history lectures. It’s still pretty talky, but not nearly as bad as the book. The watchable cast makes a difference, as well. I think the critics are being undeservedly hard on the film.
There are plenty of amusing Da Vinci Code satires out there (the latest I saw was the trailer for The Norman Rockwell Code). I haven’t seen the one that immediately occurred to me, so I thought I’d throw something together.
I give you iCryptex.com.
It’s only the one page, and is intended to be a light-hearted take on the incredible loyalty that Apple products inspire. As a guy who runs a PR and marketing firm for technology
companies, I always admire the marketing force that are the Apple otaku.
I retrospect, I probably should have gone with http://www.AppleDei.com, but that occurred to me about two hours too late.
UPDATE: If you feel so inclined, maybe you should Digg this.