Stop asking me for freebies. You won’t get them, you’ll just look like a jerk and insult me in the process. You’re getting paid to make that calendar, yeah? Then you have a budget, and you don’t get rights for reprints without some form of monetary compensation.
And you other people that give out freebies – STOP DOING IT!
Sony a700, Sigma 50-500.
As a new vehicle owner, I get surveys in the mail asking for my very valuable opinions. Of course, if people actually read the things that I wrote on there, then they might realize the absurdity of how these surveys are constructed.
Namely, the first thing that bothers me is all of the categorization and number-assigning you have to do. Is there really a difference between a seven star appointment rating versus a nine? It’s what we call unnecessary precision in mathematics. Plus, the long-form questions are always a bit rigid, so you never have basic “just tell us whatever you feel like” bits. Plus, the survey always makes you sound a bit negative. I love my new car, but it’s not perfect, and basically what I wrote in the survey was all of the non-perfect things.
So apparently there’s this thing called Synchtube out there that can improve the process of watching videos at the same time, or, FURDER QUESTIONING as we like to call it. Except it’s kind of flakey and doesn’t seem to work all the time. Still, it’s a good first step, and I wonder why someone hasn’t tried it before. It’s a shame that more video steaming websites don’t have sync options. The hit-or-miss tactics of trying to start at the same time combined with trying to coordinate ad breaks on some services is quite annoying.
Just give an option for two logged in users to share the same timecodes and you’ve got it done. Sometimes you want to watch things with friends. Why not make it easier?
Another user interface blunder in the Mazda 3 – sometimes, down is up, and up is down.
When shifting the gears, you pull “down” or towards you to shift up to a higher gear. This actually makes intuitive sense, as it’s how a ratchet shifter works. However, nothing else with an up-down interface seems to work this way. The volume up-down control is as you expect, of course, and right next to it is the seek/forward/back rocker. To go to a higher track, you have to press up. Inconsistent, much?
Then there’s the strange misapplication of up and down in relation to navigating folders on an MP3 CD. The FOLDER button has an up/down arrow on it, as opposed to a fast forward/rewind arrow. Down is basically in the position of rewind, but when I think of a folder hierarchy, I don’t think of down as rewind. In alphabetical order, down means going 1, 2, 3, 4, et cetera – or going forwards. Up is going backwards.
That is, unless you use ascending order, which Mazda apparently does.
I’m sure this is not a Mazda-only problem. Many cars and other platforms have these same kind of issues. Is it because the people making them just don’t care? Or is it just dogma piled on from down high? If I could design user interface…
Where, exactly, did this Mars Needs Moms thing come from, and why am I hearing about it all of a sudden? Apparently it’s based on a Berke Breathed book. You know, the guy who created Opus and Bill the Cat. But it doesn’t look anything like something he would do, and that’s due to the fact that Robert Zemeckis and his bizarro real CG team are on the case.
If you’re basing your material on the work of a great artist like Berke Breathed… why not use his art style? Maybe A Wish for Wings That Work turned him off from being involved. I don’t know. All I can see is that this looks like one of those films that nobody really asked for but is being made through the motions to have something, anything, in place at a dead time of March.
It just doesn’t make sense, I tell you, especially after having guys like Lasseter in charge. Oh well. I’ll just hang tight until Cowboys and Aliens come out, because that movie will be awesome. James Bond and Indiana Jones teaming up? Hell yes.
If you like nice weather, don’t have me wash cars, either mine or others. It seems, invariably, that whenever I cleanse a vehicle of its dirt and grime it invites rain or snow or frogs from the sky. I chalk this up to my inevitable cursitude. Washing cars is a necessity, after all, what’s the point in having a nice shiny new car if it’s not, well, shiny? Yet it is all a futile effort, as the car will just get dirty again, either by the sheer act of driving it or by mother nature deciding to take a leak.
But then again, perhaps it is the car washes that have finally mastered control of the weather. They know exactly when we wash and the best cycle for throwing the weather right at us. It’s a conspiracy, I tells ya!
…Or, the random number generator that is the world just likes to form coincidences sometimes.
Go watch it. You’ll like it.
Another non-sequitur post title for you today.
The interior quality on my Mazda 3 is really top notch. It feels like a much more expensive car, except in the very few places where corners were clearly cut. Namely, the sun visor. It’s hard plastic – no soft-touch wrapping at all. Is it a lot stiffer and firm than my old car’s cardboard-wrapped-in-felt? Yes, but it’s so hard that I wonder if I’d bop my head against it and actually hurt myself.
The other very chintzy feeling piece is the silver trim piece on the bottom spoke of the steering wheel. It’s just silver-colored plastic, it’s hollow, and it just doesn’t feel right, especially compared to the rest of the wheel. For an interior that screams upscale, why would you cut a few cents off of these two parts, ones that people will touch and feel countless times during the lifetime of the car?
My advice would be to replace the silver trim piece with a leather-covered piece and actually put some kind of soft-touch material around the sun visors.
I don’t really have any material for tonight. Might I suggest watching Ricky play Talking Time Bros.? It’s very informative.