Comments written on other sites from August 2008

Cityofsound: 2030

Around the turn of the century most future visions seemed to focus on 2020. I wonder at exactly what point in a decade these visions jump forward another ten years.

On 12 August 2008. Permalink

*cough* on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

My first written assignment (of very few) when I started Graphic Design was based on reading ‘Ways of Seeing’ and a chapter (just a chapter! we had it so easy) of ‘On Photography’. Keep meaning to go back to them as they were good. The latter seemed really hard going at the time, nearly twenty years ago, but I suspect it’d be easier now.

On 13 August 2008. Permalink

Traffic cams bring in $250,000/month in a town with a $4.6 million budget - Boing Boing

Here in the UK, where we lead the world in cameras spying on our citizens, complaints like this often crop up… but usually in the rabid right-leaning tabloids. The Daily Mail seems odd company for Boing Boing.

Speed limits are a limit - ie, the maximum speed you’re allowed to go. Unfortunately for the safety of everyone on the roads, they’re treated more as a rough guide for how fast you can go. So people get caught breaking the law.

All the people who complain about this just being a revenue-raising exercise rarely seem to complain about authorities raising revenue from other kinds of law breakers - should they all be allowed to get away with it too?

If you really think that speed limits are too low then do something about it. Campaign, find safety experts who say it’s no more dangerous to go faster, find viable and more flexible ways of monitoring speeds…

We live in democracies — try and change the law. If the complainers have all tried this and failed then fair enough, go for mass disobedience, keep breaking the laws, fail to pay the fines, go to prison, get publicity for how ludicrous this is.

But until then you’re just whining because you’re no longer allowed to drive how you want. You poor things. Tough. Speed laws are there for a reason — safety — and were in place before these cameras arrived.

On 13 August 2008. Permalink

Danny O’Brien’s Oblomovka » Blog Archive » on being a bit of an idiot

For the past few years while I’ve been doing this acting stuff I’ve been failing miserably at finding witty and illuminating parallels between the geek and theatre worlds. But your description of code feedback is just like feedback from acting teachers, who will (generally) tell you everything you did wrong. Maybe after an initial “Hmm, not bad…” to make them sound less harsh. Their reasoning being, I think, that you *know* what you did right so you don’t need someone else to tell you.

On 21 August 2008. Permalink

Seinfeld and Celebrity Computer Endorsements [Updated]

British comedy duo Morecambe and Wise did some ads for Atari in the 1980s. Here’s one, with a couple more linked to from the ‘Related’ section:

I can’t imagine many people less likely to play Atari games than Eric Morecambe.

On 22 August 2008. Permalink