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Ignoring Basic Prints-iples

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We finished a 30+ page site for a client only to receive a phone call from a very upset client.

Client: Help! The new website is not working right!

Me: What seems to be the problem? Everything seems to be working fine on our end.

Client: We’re trying to print all the pages out and they look terrible when they’re on paper!

Me: Why are you printing the website out? 

Client: Well, two reasons – first is that our CEO doesn’t like computers. He will only approve your work if we print it out for him.

Me: I’m not sure that’s going to work – websites are meant just to be displayed on computer monitors. What’s the second reason for printing it out?

Client: We wanted to make a backup in case your site goes down. 


Another exploration into the grey areas, from the Clients From Hell archives.

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minderella
67 days ago
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And another designer who has no idea what they’re talking about. If only this designer knew more about CSS and less about schooling his client that what they want isn’t possible.
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Going To Need A Bigger Polling Sample

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I’m going over some font options on our package design with a client.

Client: “I showed these to two friends, one is dyslexic and the other has ADHD. They both said it was hard to read.”

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minderella
67 days ago
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Wow… as a designer it’s your *job* to make your designs legible. A random person in the store isn’t going to work hard to read your packaging. They’ll just ignore it. Be a designer, not a what-you-thinks-looks-pretty-er.
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Is your Congressman smarter than a slime mold?

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It could be close:
"To the scientists now making it a subject of serious study, it is Physarum polycephalum—a unicellular organism that grows to be centimeters-to-meters large and sometimes contains thousands of nuclei. Although slime molds lack eyes, ears, and a brain, they are smart. They keep time: if blown with cold air on the first of every hour, by the third hour, they’ll retract just before the cold snap. They exhibit memory, remembering the locations of food sources, as well as problem-solving skills, completing complex mazes in search of oatmeal. They can even recreate the hyper-efficient Tokyo subway map when oat flakes—their favorite food—stand in for population centers...

Now, researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering and the Allen Discovery Center at Tufts University have discovered another thing Physarum can do: detect objects at a distance without physically coming into contact with them. The sightless slime mold uses its body to sense objects (in a process called mechanosensation) and then decides whether to grow toward them based on their mass and mass distribution...

Scientists still don’t know how the slime mold, lacking any neural architecture whatsoever, processes the sensory input from the TRP channels. Like an eye’s retina, TRP channels gather the information, but the organism still requires some cognitive mechanism to make sense of it...

[T]his research on slime mold highlights how previous understandings of cognition may have been too in-the-box, constrained to familiar forms. “Cognition is all around you. It really is everywhere,” says Levin. “And really, it’s not just for furry, brainy things.” 
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minderella
83 days ago
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Oh, leave poor Odo alone!
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Foresthill Bridge in Auburn, California

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The Foresthill Bridge and the bridge it was meant to replace.

At 730 feet tall, the Foresthill Bridge is the fourth tallest bridge in the United States. Opened in 1973, this structure was built as part of the Auburn Dam Project. If completed, the dam would have filled the canyon below, submerging the roadway that connected the town of Foresthill to the outside world. The project was eventually canceled due to seismic and environmental concerns. However, the bridge is extensively used today and is a popular attraction.

The steel structure of this cantilever bridge was made in Japan by Kawasaki Heavy Industries. The two 403 foot concrete towers supporting the structure are the tallest bridge piers in the U.S. and are largely hollow inside. Had the dam been built, the water of the reservoir, at its highest level, would have risen to the top of the piers.

Pedestrian walkways run the full length along both sides of the bridge. Visitors will be treated to a breathtaking view of the American River Canyon below. The land intended to be used for the defunct dam project is now the Auburn State Recreation Area. From the bottom of the canyon, a trail offers visitors an easy hike below the bridge for a unique upward view.

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minderella
104 days ago
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Missouri Governor demands prosecution of journalists who reported security flaw in state website's "HTMLM"

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After the St. Louis State Dispatch wrote that a government website was leaking the social security numbers of workers, Missouri Governor Mike Parson demanded that the journalists who reported the security failure be prosecuted as "hackers" for "decoding" the "HTMLM" (sic). — Read the rest

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minderella
105 days ago
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Wow. What a moron. I wonder if the governor thinks using subtitles while watching TV is “hacking”.
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Green needle vs. brainstorm

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Remember "Yanny vs. Laurel", the viral acoustic sensation (28.2M views) of mid-May, 2018?  It was covered extensively on Language Log (see the items under "Selected readings" below).  Now we have another supposedly ambiguous recording that has gone viral (5.3M views [posted 7/3/21]):

It’s more auditory than linguistic, but what you hear arguably depends on the word you’re looking at.  I'm suspicious.  One iteration has three syllables and the other is just two. And the pitches are different. Hmmm….

Delving further into the matter of "green needle" vs. "brainstorm", I find that — beginning at least three years ago — it has already been examined in depth from a variety of angles on YouTube, for which see here.

 

Selected readings

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minderella
106 days ago
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