May 24th, 2011
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.
It appears Fujitsu ran a "future design" contest. And C|Net ran a pictorial on the winners.
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.