A video started making the rounds on the Internet this week called "History of the Internet":

History of the Internet from PICOL on Vimeo.

I love this style of animation / illustration but what I find really interesting about this video is the PICOL project itself. PICOL describes itself like this:

PICOL is an project for providing free and open icons for electronic devices. The aim is to find a common pictorial language for electronic communication.

That's a very short description for what, when you think about it, it a very large problem: how do you represent an abstract computer concept such as "Copy & Paste" within the confines of a 16 pixel by 16 pixel icon? Surely we've all seen a million toolbars with representations of that very concept but the point here is that each of those toolbars represented the concept in it's own way.

It's impractical (at least!) to suggest that every toolbar in every application should be restricted to using this particular icon set, but the project itself is interesting because of the scope of concepts it tries to cover in a uniform way.