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May 24th, 2011

unixronin: Ummm....   It's an avatar.  No, not an Airbender or a Na'vi.  Just an avatar. (Hiro-ic)
Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 12:22 pm
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Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 12:55 pm

Specifically, a question for Leslie Fish fans.  Even more specifically, a question for any Leslie Fish fans who happen to possess a copy of the Fish/Kipling Cold Iron CD from Random Factors as sold on this page.

The question:  Can anyone tell me which version/mix this CD is? Is it the original 1983/1986 Off Centaur mix, with the Celtic harp on Puck's Song; or the 1991 Fly-by-Night ... er ... I mean, Firebird remix with the godawful electroharp, and with Leslie's voice shot from too much smoking?  Or something else again?  If you have this CD, please tell me about it.  All I have is a Firebird tape cassette copied-over (with gain problems that I discovered too late) with the Off Centaur tape, and I'd like to get a better version.

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Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 08:20 pm

It appears Fujitsu ran a "future design" contest.  And C|Net ran a pictorial on the winners.

This is the first winner.

I think I can say with complete confidence that whoever designed this "cane" has never needed to use one.  Not only is this thing almost completely useless as a cane, it looks like a repetitive-stress injury (probably to the carpal tunnel) waiting to happen.  It's comparable to all these design-school motorcycle "concepts" designed by people who have never ridden a motorcycle and don't understand the first thing about how one works, and which it's usually obvious at the first glance would be completely unrideable.

I don't care how high-tech and sexy your "design" looks.  Make some effort to learn a little about whatever it is you're trying to come up with a new design for, before you whip out your copy of Illustrator and just start making shit up.  This is not a mobility aid for a disabled person; it's a bloody fashion accessory.