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Tuesday 11 October 2016 08:14

The 45 min Leica Camera Ad

https://youtu.be/PpSMW5H7FPQ

45 minutes of polishing the body of a Leica T camera. Nothing else.

While watching, I can’t help but keep thinking… just how well Apple manufactures its products.

Leica makes the body of a camera out of a single piece of aluminium, just like the unibody design of MacBooks and iPhones.

And Leica polishes those camera bodies with great care, which reminds me of this picture. The jet black iPhone 7 is so extremely polished, it doesn’t feel like aluminium any more. It feels like glass. And Apple produces hundreds of thousands of them every day.

In the 45 min ad, Leica asks: “Of course there are faster and less costly ways to make a camera. But is there a better way?”

I believe so.


Thursday 04 August 2016 12:46

宇宙尽头的餐馆

《银河系搭车客指南》说「灾难地带」是来自盖革拉卡查思维区的钚摇滚乐队,被公认为银河系最吵闹的摇滚乐队,但其实根本就是最吵闹的噪音。经常混演唱会的歌迷认为,聆听其音乐的最佳音响平衡点是距离舞台三十七英里左右处的大型混凝土地堡内,而乐手本人则待在环行星轨道上——往往是另外一颗行星——通过无线遥控手段弹奏乐器。

他们的歌曲大体而言都非常简单,所遵循的主题也相互类似:年轻男性生物和年轻女性生物在一轮银月下相遇,月亮随后便在没有合理解释的情况下爆炸了。

许多星球已经彻底禁止了他们的演出,有些出于美学原因,但大多数时候却是因为乐队的播音系统违反了当地的战略性武器限制条约。

——道格拉斯· 亚当斯《宇宙尽头的餐馆》


Saturday 30 July 2016 18:42

Interview: Professor Eiiti Wada, Creator of the HHKB

https://www.massdrop.com/article/eiiti-wada-interview?mode=guest_open

A great interview with the creator of the Happy Hacking Keyboard. Questions are decided by a poll in the mechanical keyboard community.

Professor Eiiti Wada:

When America’s cowboys were in the middle of a trip and their horse died, they would leave the horse there. But even if they were in the middle of a desert, they would take their saddle with them. The horse was a consumable good, but the saddle was an interface that their bodies had gotten used to. In the same vein, PCs are consumable goods, while keyboards are important interfaces.

Newcomers might see the slanted key arrangement as strange, and love the squared (ortholinear) layout. But the current pattern is said to avoid the type-bar conflict. The present key arrangement has a functional beauty. Many typists and computer scientists are fully accustomed to it. Once accustomed, human beings can have a hard time learning the slightly different interface. Keyboards should maintain the present layout.


Tuesday 26 July 2016 22:46

OS X's Interface Decline

http://www.nicholaswindsorhoward.com/blog-directory/2016/7/20/the-apple-goes-mushy-part-i

Nearly every aspect of OS X looks less inspiring, beautiful, and meticulously rendered than it used to: packaging and branding, icons, buttons, switches, windows, “loading” indicators, color choices, light and shadow, and the general sense of charm and wizardry. Apple has siphoned the personality from the operating system and left it a watery husk of its former glory. Why would anyone do such a thing?

Highly agreed.

A quote in the article describes the sense of design by Steve Jobs, which I think hits the spot:

His design sensibility is sleek but not slick, and it’s playful. He embraced minimalism, which came from his Zen devotion to simplicity, but he avoided allowing that to make his products cold. They stayed fun. He’s passionate and super-serious about design, but at the same time there’s a sense of play.

— Maya Lin

The OS X (or macOS) does become cold, tasteless, and more importantly, hard to use today.


Tuesday 19 July 2016 19:51

当今社会是否有抵制日货的必要?

https://www.zhihu.com/question/20354320/answer/16485038

cOMMANDO:

那么我抵制百度,和一个人抵制日货,有什么本质区别么?我还抵制 nVidia(因为他们当年干掉了 voodoo),我还抵制韩国货(因为我讨厌韩剧),一想自己抵制了这么多东西,再去指责那些抵制日货的人不理性,我自己也觉得有点不好意思。

抛开那些「是中国人就转」的人不谈(当然的确有好大一坨这些人),因为自身的好恶去抵制某类东西,这是很正常的,我们应该反对的是「要求别人这样做」,而不是抵制本身。

2013 年时知乎上的回答,至今仍然完全适用。「抵制」就是一个非理性的行为,而人应当保留非理性抵制任何东西的权利,只要不强迫他人。