I don't care about using flash. In fact, I'd rather not. I just want a countdown that's useful, and Milestone isn't.
It seems to me that, since milestone isn't useful, the easiest approach isn't to impose automation on the neutered wp.com environment. I'm more than happy to spit out the right value somewhere else. What I want is a way to pull that value (a static value, or string even) into a region of this site, like a widget. Is there a gigya countdown that just spits out text?
Of course, none of this would be needed if milestone weren't so brain dead. Any "countdown" that considers 2 months and 30 days the same as 2 months is failing basic math. I searched the archives here; I'm certainly not the first person to comment on or complain about this problem, and yet it's unresolved.
Obviously, it's a free service. Obviously too WP has a singularly awful security rep, which justifies this lockdown (and is also the reason I haven't just installed my own copy on hardware I own and control). But it seems like there ought to be a workaround here that isn't based on including godawful myspace-grade flash.