WTF? - A Industrial Design students rants

industrial design rantings, mediocre humor.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Dont you hate when your on a team of fuckers and they never show up to meetings? WTF? Its 1 oclock and your asleep and should be at a metting for the final presentation? You phone was off and you came an hour late? Fuck y'all Bitches.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

American Inventor: A Blessing or a Curse?
It certainly seems to be the right time to be an industrial designer. Why? Because people are starting to know what that is. Design is all over TV. The new series American Inventor is a spin off of American Idol. I thought it would be interesting but it turns out only bad inventors are allowed on. Who will be the next great American Inventor? Will it be the woman who made a clip that closed stall doors when the lock is broken on them? Or the umbrella that folds up the opposite way? Who cares? The most interesting thing I found watching the show was that there must be a lot of CEO's and other business people watching this show and seeing how brutal the judges are to the inventors. I just hope my future "judges" do not take these famous judges approach and scratch any ideas that are not comfortable to them. Maybe I will start saying, 'you know that show American Inventor? Yeah I do that but I don't waste 100,000$ and 17 years on a boardgame. Oh and I make products that don't SUCK. Nonetheless, I still have been watching the show for some reason.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

A blog on blogging.
Now that a blog is created every 10 seconds certain things have been happening. Some are good and some are bad. Recently, I read about a republican congressman had written an article about how great and safe Bagdahd is now. He posted a picture of a street corner. A day later multiple people had called him out on the picture being from a different country. This is the good side of blogging. The bad side is that the bloggosphere (which is a lame name) is a great big rumor-mill. A tech website recently noticed something fishy about the website digg.com. The site is user posted articles which can be dugg which raises them in level to get to the front page. It was the first of its kind. The tech website noticed that a lot of stories were being dugg by the same 16 people in a row everytime which wouldn't happen. If a post is submitted and then dugg that much in the first moment it is on the site it gets raised to the front page. Someone had made 16 fake usernames and set up a little script to dig them in a row to make them on the front page. Anyone could have done this. However, Keving Rose, the creator of digg.com was instantly blamed for it. The bloggosphere excreted slander against the poor guy. WTF? We have yetr to find out what really happened. In times like these I feel like bloggers should wait to speak. Its so easy to write some crap about anything and post it (even though its doesn't seem like my class mates can handle it) without thinking about the consequences.
All i'm saying is be warry bloggers. Don't blog more than you know. You Digg?

Friday, April 14, 2006

Technology is great. It helps us do things faster and more accurately. It connects people and groups that otherwise wouldn't find each other. On the other hand, I can understand why a lot of people are afraid of it or don't want to take any part of it. Whenever a new technology gets adopted by the masses someone ends up doing something that is still illegal but now much easier to do. Or people find a way to do something that the technology wasn't ment to do that offends people. The examples are numerous: internet piracy, looking at porn on the library computer, upskirt camera phone pictures. Again, people in Japan are doing something that people find unsettling with their phones. This is not illegal and most of them have no problem with it. At a open-casket funeral as people walk by the deceased they each take turns snapping a picture of their dead friend with their phones. And these are not pictures of the funeral itself. These are face shots of a dead face, eyes closed and all. This is a little disturbing to me but I enjoy these little acts of using technology in a way that it wasnt intended. No camera phone designer thought, 'now people can take pictures of dead people without feeling as weird about it!'
Nonetheless, I am not going to stop using tech. I love that because of these new technologies people have to think critically about how they use their things more now than ever before. Should I download this movie that isn't even in theatres yet? Should I put all of my calendar information on my phone and risk losing it? Should I take a picture of my dead friend on my phone? Were all on this rollercoaster together and no one knows where it will lead. Hint: The Singularity? Its going to be an exciding lifetime.