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===Explanations===
===Explanations===
*[[wikipedia:HTML|HTML]] stands for "HyperText Markup Language".
*[[wikipedia:HTML|HTML]] stands for "HyperText Markup Language".
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*The entire short alludes to [[wikipedia:Adobe Flash Player|Adobe Flash Player]], which is the software platform used to play all the [[homestarrunner.com]] cartoons in web browsers. There have been periodic concerns about security issues with Flash Player. Many people have called for Flash to be abandoned entirely, in favor of the more modern and secure [[wikipedia:HTML5|HTML5]]. This movement gained significant momentum when the browsers [[Wikipedia:Firefox|''Mozilla Firefox'']] and [[Wikipedia:Google Chrome|''Google Chrome'']]  officially deprecated Flash, tagging them as permanently non-secure plugins "in need of an update" regardless of their actual version; this situation, and the resulting error screens, led directly to the creation of the cartoon (the opening is the Firefox error message for an out-of-date plugin). Interestingly, Adobe Flash Professional can now export directly to HTML5 canvas, which should ease the transition.
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*The entire short alludes to [[wikipedia:Adobe Flash Player|Adobe Flash Player]], which is the software platform used to play all the Homestar Runner cartoons in web browsers. There have been periodic concerns about security issues with Flash Player. Many people have called for Flash to be abandoned entirely, in favor of the more modern and secure [[wikipedia:HTML5|HTML5]]. This movement gained significant momentum when the browsers [[Wikipedia:Firefox|''Mozilla Firefox'']] and [[Wikipedia:Google Chrome|''Google Chrome'']]  officially deprecated Flash, tagging them as permanently non-secure plugins "in need of an update" regardless of their actual version; this situation, and the resulting error screens, led directly to the creation of the cartoon (the opening is the Firefox error message for an out-of-date plugin). Interestingly, Adobe Flash Professional can now export directly to HTML5 canvas, which should ease the transition.
===Trivia===
===Trivia===
*This is the first short since [[The Animated Adventures of Puppet Homestar]] in September of 2009, nearly six years earlier. This closes what was then the biggest gap ever in between a type of toon; it has since been surpassed by the over-seven-year gap between [[Marzipan's Answering Machine]] Versions [[Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 16.2|16.2]] and [[Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 17.2|17.2]].
*This is the first short since [[The Animated Adventures of Puppet Homestar]] in September of 2009, nearly six years earlier. This closes what was then the biggest gap ever in between a type of toon; it has since been surpassed by the over-seven-year gap between [[Marzipan's Answering Machine]] Versions [[Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 16.2|16.2]] and [[Marzipan's Answering Machine Version 17.2|17.2]].
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*This is the first appearance of Homestar's updated asymmetrical squint/eyebrow raise, which would be used again in [[Homestar Runner Goes for the Gold]]. The only time previously that the older version of this animation appeared is in [[secret recipes]].
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*Homestar's asymmetrical squint/eyebrow raise was first seen in [[secret recipes]].
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*The [[YouTube]] description for this toon is "Strong Bad tries to warn Homestar of impending doom. Homestar tries to update his dating profile."
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===Remarks===
===Remarks===
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*Homestar Runner's dating profile is a reference to [[Homestar Runner's Website]].
*Homestar Runner's dating profile is a reference to [[Homestar Runner's Website]].
**The profile contains the phrase "[[beans]] [[b/w]] rice".
**The profile contains the phrase "[[beans]] [[b/w]] rice".
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**Homestar describes his [[Homestar Runner and Marzipan's Relationship|relationship]] status as [[Marzipan]][['d]].
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**Homestar describes his relationship status as [[Marzipan]][['d]].
*Strong Bad previously called Homestar a "no-armed whitey" in [[The Interview]].
*Strong Bad previously called Homestar a "no-armed whitey" in [[The Interview]].
*Homestar previously gave Strong Bad a ''[[Deep Impact]]'' DVD in [[The Best Decemberween Ever]] and [[Real-Live E-Mails]].
*Homestar previously gave Strong Bad a ''[[Deep Impact]]'' DVD in [[The Best Decemberween Ever]] and [[Real-Live E-Mails]].
**The DVD cover appears here as a vectorized version with alternate text.
**The DVD cover appears here as a vectorized version with alternate text.
*Bubs mentions [[pork]] and beans, which were previously mentioned in [[helium]], [[Arcade Game]], and [[business trip]].
*Bubs mentions [[pork]] and beans, which were previously mentioned in [[helium]], [[Arcade Game]], and [[business trip]].
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*Marzipan called Homestar "Homestar Michael Runner" in [[Halloween Potion-ma-jig]].
 
===Real-World References===
===Real-World References===
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*"Ned's cape 1.0" is a reference to [[Netscape]] 1.0, an Internet browser released in 1994.
*"Ned's cape 1.0" is a reference to [[Netscape]] 1.0, an Internet browser released in 1994.
*[[Wikipedia:Jeffrey Lyons|Jeffrey Lyons]] is a film, theater, and television critic based in New York City. He has hosted several television programs based on film reviews, including the PBS-produced ''[[Wikipedia:Sneak Previews|Sneak Previews]]'' where he was one of the replacements for the original hosts, [[Wikipedia:Siskel & Ebert|Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert]].
*[[Wikipedia:Jeffrey Lyons|Jeffrey Lyons]] is a film, theater, and television critic based in New York City. He has hosted several television programs based on film reviews, including the PBS-produced ''[[Wikipedia:Sneak Previews|Sneak Previews]]'' where he was one of the replacements for the original hosts, [[Wikipedia:Siskel & Ebert|Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert]].
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===Fast Forward===
 
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*This toon is later referenced in their [[Lost in the Stacks Interview - 15 Dec 2017|interview from Lost In The Stacks]] in 2017, where the Brothers Chaps further discuss what the death of Flash means for the future of Homestar Runner.
 
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*The website started updating its content to HTML5 format starting with [[TROGDOR!]] on January 13, 2018 and launched a new version of the website on July 17, 2018.
 
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*The accompanying [[@StrongBadActual]] Tweet also refers to Hypertext Markup Lotion.
 
==YouTube Version==
==YouTube Version==
[[File:flashisdeadfakethumbnails.png|thumb|220px|"The death of Flash is equivalent to a giant meteor heading straight for the Earth!"]]
[[File:flashisdeadfakethumbnails.png|thumb|220px|"The death of Flash is equivalent to a giant meteor heading straight for the Earth!"]]
*The YouTube version has two exclamation marks in its name.
*The YouTube version has two exclamation marks in its name.
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*As with most of the YouTube versions of recent toons, a [[YouTube Related Video Thumbnails#Flash is Dead!|group of nine thumbnails]] appears at the end of the main cartoon, parodying YouTube's related video thumbnails. However, unlike the previous two toons with these fake thumbnails, all of the thumbnails present in this version are new. The thumbnails are as follows:
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*As with most of the YouTube versions of recent toons, a [[YouTube Related Video Thumbnails|group of nine thumbnails]] appears at the end of the main cartoon, parodying YouTube's related video thumbnails. However, unlike the previous two toons with these fake thumbnails, all of the thumbnails present in this version are new. The thumbnails are as follows:
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