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IKEA’s ‘Lack’: Lack of quality and just simply sucks

Got this piece of ‘furniture’ at IKEA local store for $12.99. I bought it for a single photo session not related to the blog subject.

Ikea 'Lack' coffee table

Ikea 'Lack' coffee table

Well, the name says for itself: ‘Lack’. Lack of quality, indeed. Check this out how this piece of furniture looks just after an hour of a very gentle use:

after an hour of gentle use..

after an hour of gentle use..

Pressed paper inner core covered with thin layer of pressed wood chip waste.

Good suggestion for IKEA: learn origami and make ‘furniture’ out of plain paper. But please, put a note somewhere saying “For use at IKEA demo booth only. Not intended for home use”.

The name speaks for itself

The name speaks for itself

However, what should I expect from the thirteen bucks furniture, and also if their boss is still riding public transportation to/from work and travels economy class, – all this just to save money?


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Adobe HQ: ‘cheap-casino’ style

Here are Adobe’s light screws which I mentioned about before. They are rotating:

Adobe screws

Adobe screws

I guess such light effects suppose to symbolize that Adobe works hard to make us fella designers from all over the world happy.

Ta-da! Now the building looks like ‘cheap-casino’ with 25-cents slot machines only. Or some kind of “Do you see these screws? We will screw’em all four into your ass if you are using hacked version of Adobe CS3.”

Also the idea to show off dusty empty boxes is so boring! They are losing colors and look like 100% useless fake:

Adobe fake boxes

Adobe fake boxes

Anyway, it looks like Adobe was impressed with ‘under-roof’ accessories of ‘Knight Ridder’ (another building in San Jose downtown standing less than mile away from Adobe HQ) and decided to copy&paste them :

Knight Ridder

Knight Ridder


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Watch that color scheme!

Check out these ads for some Denny’s website:

Hmm, looks familiar!

Hmm, looks familiar!

Remind of something, don’t they:

Ah, that's what it looks like!

Ah, that's what it looks like!

I guess whoever designed the ads likes sunflower seeds too much. Can’t get them out of his or her head, eh?

Gallows at Adobe HQ roof: You’d better pay for your Photoshop license or else, dude

Just took this picture of Adobe HQ building in San Jose downtown:

Adobe hanging equipment

Adobe hanging equipment

I am curious: is this a gallows for hanging those folks who use pirate version of Adobe Photoshop?
If so, just two will not be enough. Or maybe it is used to deliver escort girls right to the upper management offices without walking them thru receptionists? Who knows. Or maybe Adobe sends us clear and final-final message: ‘You’d better pay for your Adobe Photoshop license or else, guys’.

It is strange that the big company who produces lighting effects (those stupid rotating screws) on the other side of the HQ building during the day not to spend a little extra money to mask somehow the building management’s crap.


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How the @#$ am I supposed to know?

Present - where exactly?

Present - where exactly?

Where exactly should the children be “present” for the sign to be in effect? Right by the sign? On the sidewalk within 300ft. of the sign? In any of the school’s buildings (because we all have X-ray vision, you know)? The “default” speed limit on the streets near schools is usually 35 anyway, so I don’t think it would be such a traffic obstruction to just put the unconditional 25 on the near-school stretches. Well-designed traffic signs should be obvious – the more attention you pay to solve the riddle of “are children present or not?” the less attention you’d devote to actual driving, with obvious overall safety consequences.

Here’s another gem from right across the street:

Where do I get a frigging schedule of them sessions?

Where do I get a frigging schedule of them sessions?

This one is even more puzzling. If, say, on a Saturday Mr. Principal tells his wife he needs to do some urgent work at school, but in reality he just uses his office to get intimate with Ms. Science Teacher – is that a “session” or not? May I park while you do your business, Mr. Principal?

If only there was a way to tell the drivers exactly when to slow down or when it is OK to park… Oh, wait, there is one!, which makes it even less excusable to keep the old, pre-electricity design.

Because all foreign movies are the same.

What\'s it about? Duh, it\'s a foreign movie!

What's it about? Duh, it's a foreign movie!

When deciding whether to watch a movie or not, many people check out the genre first. If I like action movies, I’m not going to waste my time even reading the reviews for a romantic comedy: do not want. So, what is the “Girl Cut In Two” film is about? Oh, well, it’s a, you know, a foreign movie – that all you need to know 😉

But it is good to know that some websites do realize the problem – for example, netflix used to lump all foreign movies under “foreign”, and all pre-1980 or thereabout under “classics”, but now they do have more meaningful categories, so “Soylent Green” and “How to Steal a Million” are not of the same genre anymore.


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Diet soda and Two large strings from those waitresses to go, please

Strings catering. All sizes

Strings catering. All sizes

That looks promising. Could be an adult restaurant serving eatable strings or something. Need to check out somehow.


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..and he took advantage of her in a middle of performance

Sculpture composition

Sculpture composition

This strange sculpture composition stands at backyard entrance of San Jose Theater for Performing Arts.
IMO all these characters are logically separated from each other and are not making the whole composition complete.
Indeed, check this out:
1. One girl is doing Nazi greeting with her leg;
2. The other girl tries to bend backwards holding ‘Nazi’ girl’s dress while her sparky partner takes advantage of the moment and gets under her short skirt with his hand:

..takes advantage of the moment

..takes advantage of the moment

The whole composition sends visitors different message than was initially planned. This perfectly explains why it stands at backyard where janitors and other theater workers see’em every day.


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You are orange, my friend. And possibly color blind

Orange Yellow

Orange Yellow

Good idea for graphics design company advertisement. Something like “Do not trust your home brew designer, hire professionals”.

Let me analyze this design fail in details. The company ‘Yellow Transportation’ has been around since 1924. Here is some history background taken from their website:
“YRC Worldwide traces its origins to 1924 when A.J. Harrell, an Oklahoma City entrepreneur, founded a bus and taxi company and named it Yellow Cab Transit Co. In 1926, he shortened the name to Yellow Transit Co.

In 1929, AJ was concerned about road safety, so he commissioned the E.I. DuPont Co. to determine the color that would be most visible on the tractors from the greatest distance on the nation’s highways. DuPont’s research found the color Swamp Holly Orange. We still use this color on Yellow trucks today.”

Fail N1: the company is already ‘Yellow’ and it asks third party to choose color for their trucks.

Fail N2: DuPont was not honest enough to say: “Hey guys, you are Yellow. Here is your color: #FFFF00. This color as good as our high-tech ‘Swamp Holly Orange’ if it comes to visibility. Stick with it or change your company name”.
Possible Fail N2.5: DuPont designer was color blind or they were running out of pure yellow paint.

Fail N3: It took the company a few decades to understand logo design failure and start moving toward yellow “Yellow”:

Yes you can

Yes you can: tough transition over the years

Need more visibility? Ok, check with truck drivers from Oklahoma how to spruce your trucks up with lots of Christmas lights.

Still not enough? Ok. What color is your truck? Black? Dark blue? Ok, whatever. Write in white big “F**k You All!” and I guarantee you 100% visibility for miles. Even more: other drivers will cheer you up with beeps all the way.

Disclaimer: Logo “Yellow” belongs to Yellow Transportation, Inc


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One sexy radio amateur

Sexy radio amateur

Sexy radio amateur

Yet another victim of thinking that semi-dressed sexy girl will help pumping the sales.

“When sunning in Florida take a break from the rays and check out the hot Icom radios in our cool store!”.

Ok, I could imagine this girl is dreaming about new pink Lexus, a gallon of Dior perfume, top of the line bluethooth with white gold finish. I could even imagine that the girl slowly thinks how this Miami beach sucks comparing to Bora-Bora beaches full of sexy muscle machos around.
And I do not believe that she would be thinking about amateur radio equipment: antennas, telegraph keys, capacitors and portable dual-band UHF transceivers (“Damn! The new Icom IC-92AD is rugged, submersible and has 5 watts output! This is 3.5 watts better than my old one!”).

Conclusion: The “coolest amateur radio store” is running by folks in their 65+ who already forgot what the girls like this one may think about during their summer vacations.

Update: Girls go wild trying to obtain amateur radio equipment for the great price:

Girls go wild for CQ DX

Girls go wild for CQ DX


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