All 63 entries tagged Humour
September 12, 2008
September 05, 2008
June 25, 2008
Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7472490.stm
Now I see the advantage of SUVs in the supermarket car park.
May 16, 2008
Writing about web page http://gadgets.boingboing.net/2008/05/15/font-haiku.html
Love these font haikus. They’re all good, but if I had to pick a favourite or two, it’d be:-
Arial, the clone
But not of helvetica.
Grotesque is its sire.
Web designers sick of want
use you, but still weep.
Writing about web page http://www.topspeed.com/cars/car-news/-lamborghini-gallardo-chopper-trailer-ar57413.html
Who buys a Lamborghini Gallardo and then hitches a trailer up to it?
Although, that said, if you really are going to haul a trailer around, matching the alloys of the Gallardo and having a matching paint job on the bike, is pretty cool.
May 08, 2008
April 18, 2008
Good to know.
January 31, 2008
Writing about web page http://www.snotr.com/video/774
This Mario game clone is remarkable for its breath-taking, capricious unfairness. Watch in awe as over the course of seven painful minutes, the player dies time and time and time again through completely unguessable, hilarious obstacles. Awesome.
December 11, 2007
Writing about web page http://www.trademork.com/worst-word-mashup-trademarks/
I love this: trademarking ordinary words in common use is difficult, so companies make new words for their trademarks by combining two existing words. So far, so reasonable, except that they often aren’t very good at it:-
Collaboneering – what you do if you’re an engineer who collaborates, presumably.
Blingkini – a bikini with gaudy, tasteless bits of metal glued to it.
And many more.
October 18, 2007
Writing about web page http://i.thefairest.info/funniest_thumbs/QaDdYu.jpeg
October 12, 2007
July 19, 2007
Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/norfolk/6903433.stm
From the BBC news web site:-
Police are trying to trace the owner of £44,000 mistakenly sent to a 16-year-old boy who bought a Playstation Two for £95 on eBay.
Hilariously, the BBC report, straight-faced, that the package arrived with the PS2, but “minus two games”. You’d think that forty grand in crisp blue notes would pretty much make up for that, but sadly for the boy, the police are holding on to the money under the Proceeds of Crime Act. However, if the money remains unclaimed and/or unproven to be the proceeds of a crime, then the boy and his family may be allowed to keep it. Bargain! (But also, lamest, most incompetent criminals ever. I like to think that it went like this:
Quick! The coppers are closing in – they’ll be here any second now. We’ve got to dump the loot, right now. What should we do?
Don’t panic; I’ve got a plan. You know that PS2 I was getting rid of? If I can just get to the Post Office before they nick us…
July 05, 2007
See how long before the end you can guess what this is a commercial for.
July 01, 2007
Writing about web page http://nostalgia-lj.livejournal.com/1336208.html#cutid1
If you watched the penultimate episode of Dr Who last week, and all the words in the title of this entry mean something to you, then you’ll probably like this. If not, then there’s every chance it’ll seem tasteless, humourless and inexplicable.
June 22, 2007
June 21, 2007
May 11, 2007
Writing about web page http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/10/technology/10basics.html
- The photographic memory of the tortoise?
- Cameras which work by actually sucking their subjects inside their body?
- Animal-technology hybridization (the bionic turtle, if you will)?
- Deadly camera-destroying amphibians which like to chew their way through consumer electronics?
Disappointingly, it’s none of the above; it’s shutter lag in digital cameras. It makes sense once you know, and on the page itself, it’s a whimsical but not absurd illustration of the topic. But it’s an amusing example of the icon problem; most modern interfaces use icons to represent actions and objects. So the home icon in your web browser means “Go to your home page”, and the left arrow icon means “Go back to the previous page”. But how do you know what an icon means?
- Sometimes the implication of the icon is so obvious that even if you’ve never seen this icon used before you can guess what it will do.
- Some icons are universally used to mean something, so even though the icon doesn’t imply its meaning in isolation, you learn its meaning once and can then re-use your knowledge everywhere else. The cut/copy/paste icons are like this; they aren’t intuitive, but since every application which supports CCP (which is almost all applications) uses them, you end up knowing what they stand for even though they don’t visually represent themselves clearly.
The problem is that most icons aren’t like this. Most actions aren’t easy to convey with a single static image. Most applications have a bunch of actions and objects which are specific to that application, and therefore the designer can’t rely on users having seen and learned the iconography elsewhere. Example: how many of these icons (from PowerPoint) can you confidently predict the meaning of?
February 21, 2007
February 06, 2007
Writing about web page http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sz6XjXu-oT8
And when I say “digital”, I mean “insane”. But in a good way. Kind of.
Windows Vista includes User Account controls which purport to warn the user whenever anything happens which could theoretically be dangerous. This feature has been widely reported as being, shall we say, over-zealous, to the point where many users are likely to switch it off because it’s too intrusive. But then, how would you be warned if bad things really were happening? Apple have gleefully seized on this dilemma and made a new one of their Get a Mac adverts about it:-