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What kind of brake?

Seattle is known for its ferries. Maybe a hundred cars can fit in the bowels of those huge boats. The trip time is measured in tens of minutes, perhaps even hours, so you may want to leave your car and enjoy some great views from the deck or have a beer and a sandwich at the cafe. The only thing the ferry people ask is that you set your parking brake – obviously, they really don’t want to handle a runaway car. And they even came up with a sign to help the damned foreigners to understand what’s wanted from them:

Do I have to sit in the car all the time?

Do I have to sit in the car all the time?

Problem is, it looks like the sign depicts the wrong kind of brake. Certainly you don’t expect me to sit all the way pressing the brake with my foot? 😉

Now, I do realize that some (American) cars do have the foot-operated parking brake, but I believe most cars have a lever between the front seats for that. So if you want to convey a message to people who don’t drive older American cars, you probably should use an image more understandable to them.

Yeson Sucks

I like to take pictures of non-profit organizations advertisement. The background taken from free photobank collection, the Arial Black font and “the girl from the front desk” all together could produce this:

This Yeson sucks

This Yeson sucks

Do not save on space between words, babe!  Here are the examples of OK Yes_ons:

This Yeson is OK

This Yes_on is OK

This Yeson is OK too

This Yes_on is OK too

“Wilson for Mayor” banner

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Wilson for mayor

Poor, poor Mr. Wilson..  your supporters did not find better place for your campaign advertisement..

Trademark fail.

Suppose I want to find out which versions of .Net support IPv6. Type “.net ipv6” in google and…

Hmm, just what I was looking for!

Hmm, just what I was looking for!

Not very helpful result, is it? To an extent, it’s google’s fault as it seems insisting on dropping the . in .net, even if I search for “.net” (i.e. .net in quotes), but was it so hard to anticipate this problem when choosing the name for the new technology and, you know, choose something unique!

I work for a company whose name is a generic dictionary word, which looked rather nice in pre-Internet days, but these days it is certainly more preferable to have a name that isn’t a common word. And while the company I work for had its name chosen long before the Internet came around, .Net appeared in 2002!

Couldn’t they have just picked up some obscure island, too – like, I dunno, Sumatra? ASP.Sumatra – sounds kinda nice, doesn’t it?

WaMu at present time.

WaMu at present time

WaMu at present time


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Where is the Catch?

Ingenious idea to find those greedy idiots who will be cleaning out your construction debris for free thinking they are getting “free stuff”:

Where the catch is

Where the catch is

Another funny thing about this “Dirt for Free” is that it was recently listed as “For Lease”! Poor flippers!

Oops happened

Oops happened


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UI consistency fail.

Have you heard about Hulu? It is a great service for watching movies and TV shows online for free (with a few ads though). The video player they use, however, has a rather nasty UI fail.

The player’s interface has two modes: when you don’t touch it, it displays a very thin progress indicator at the bottom:

Note where the current point is.

Note where the current point is.

And when you mouse over the player, it displays the extended UI:

The current point jumped to the left!

The current point jumped to the left!

Unfortunately, the progress indicator in the extended and in the default UI modes have different scale, so if you try to jump to a time point using the default UI but let your mouse loose just a little bit to trigger the extended UI, you end up jumping to a very different time point than you intended to.

Very annoying!

Bib, Bowl and a poor Toddler

all-in-one

Bib-n-Bowl: All-in-one

I like this nice combination: Bib with Bowl for toddlers. The idea direction is great, but I think the company stopped half way with their invention. So here is the initial design:

Bib-n-Bowl

Bib-n-Bowl (draft)

But they definitely should be going further:

Bib and toddler's tableware

Bib and toddler's tableware set

..or:

Another Bib idea

Another Bib idea

Comparing to soft warm and light old fashion bibs, this combination is too much, I think.
Who likes to eat with big cold sheet of rubber hanging on your neck with feeding bowl attached on the other end?
If I be the feedee, I will give a finger to my feeder right at the feeding spot.

Update: I was so inspired with Bib-n-Bowl “combination” idea, so I came up with my own:

Shirt-n-Bag

Shirt-n-Disposed Diapers Bag


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It’s just getting worse.

Some time ago we’ve complained about Internet Explorer’s start page being not very user-friendly. Later, the situation improved somewhat for IE7, but looks like it got much worse for IE6:

So you didn't like our old page, huh?

So you didn't like our old page, huh?

Does your wife know about your other woman?

Does your wife know?

Does your wife know?

The car body damage tells me that she does now 🙂


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