The Stradale is a pretty car but just look at that squared off front bumper. I should be curved like my yellow line...otherwise it is box shaped. Also, the lamp surrounds in body colour make those big clear covers look like cheap clamshell packaging.

The Stradale is a pretty car but just look at that squared off front bumper. I should be curved like my yellow line...otherwise it is box shaped. Also, the lamp surrounds in body colour make those big clear covers look like cheap clamshell packaging.

Don't get me wrong. This is fine work. I'm sure it ticks all the boxes in terms of diligent rule following. It's here because of the nature of the task involved. This is what Imperial College thinks of as design. Really, it could have been done in the 1930s.  Utterly lacking in any creativity. Also, they might easily have displayed this as a CAD movie instead of that racily staggered blackboard tryptych. Sad.

Don't get me wrong. This is fine work. I'm sure it ticks all the boxes in terms of diligent rule following. It's here because of the nature of the task involved. This is what Imperial College thinks of as design. Really, it could have been done in the 1930s. Utterly lacking in any creativity. Also, they might easily have displayed this as a CAD movie instead of that racily staggered blackboard tryptych. Sad.

The rotary spring clip which allows the case to attach to the ball mount is a nice idea. Durable and usable, even in plastic... The bits which hold the socket to the handlebar however are just a squamous nightmare. No variation in bar size is allowed for. The nylon thumb knobs are a disaster, since the whole things warps and creeps like mad when you try tightening. They are also huge, when space is limited. Cheap and nasty.

The rotary spring clip which allows the case to attach to the ball mount is a nice idea. Durable and usable, even in plastic... The bits which hold the socket to the handlebar however are just a squamous nightmare. No variation in bar size is allowed for. The nylon thumb knobs are a disaster, since the whole things warps and creeps like mad when you try tightening. They are also huge, when space is limited. Cheap and nasty.

I just can't enjoy looking at this car. I'm sure it's amazing to drive, but that curve marked (1) is just wrong. It's far too prominent and by bending upward and linking visually to that ugly wing at the back (2) makes the whole thing look like a banana. The short nose also distorts the whole balance of the vehicle. I suspect the black roof makes all this worse. Back to the drawing board please.

I just can't enjoy looking at this car. I'm sure it's amazing to drive, but that curve marked (1) is just wrong. It's far too prominent and by bending upward and linking visually to that ugly wing at the back (2) makes the whole thing look like a banana. The short nose also distorts the whole balance of the vehicle. I suspect the black roof makes all this worse. Back to the drawing board please.

I have a garden hose with variable spray patterns, like this. It consists of a disk with different holes arranged circumferentially. This fits up against a seal (in my case, an o ring (24)). Unfortunately it's hard to get a good seal against a sliding surface, so, not surprisingly, after a few hundred usages, the seal wears and starts leaking. Whoever designed this just doesn't understand mechanical engineering (also, look at the sharp directional change in the feed pipe, for no reason).

I have a garden hose with variable spray patterns, like this. It consists of a disk with different holes arranged circumferentially. This fits up against a seal (in my case, an o ring (24)). Unfortunately it's hard to get a good seal against a sliding surface, so, not surprisingly, after a few hundred usages, the seal wears and starts leaking. Whoever designed this just doesn't understand mechanical engineering (also, look at the sharp directional change in the feed pipe, for no reason).

So this is the kind of thing that results from a weird set of arbitrary rules. Over elaborate and never likely to influence anyone's daily drive. A true design cul-de-sac and ugly to boot.

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So this is the kind of thing that results from a weird set of arbitrary rules. Over elaborate and never likely to influence anyone's daily drive. A true design cul-de-sac and ugly to boot.

I was forced to try to understand this subject, once. Truth is that the idea of an operating system is now lost in a historical hairball of arbitrary design choices. This is true of OSs so it's hardly surprising that this, and other books on the subject is a mess -written from the perspective of people who understand but can't teach for butternuts. Oh and just for added cognitive clarity: dinosaurs.

I was forced to try to understand this subject, once. Truth is that the idea of an operating system is now lost in a historical hairball of arbitrary design choices. This is true of OSs so it's hardly surprising that this, and other books on the subject is a mess -written from the perspective of people who understand but can't teach for butternuts. Oh and just for added cognitive clarity: dinosaurs.

It's an obvious target but really. Whatever it's supposed to be, it looks like two tadpoles mating. A crime against nature.

It's an obvious target but really. Whatever it's supposed to be, it looks like two tadpoles mating. A crime against nature.

The prancing horse pulling a bread van. Even as a prototype, what were they thinking?

The prancing horse pulling a bread van. Even as a prototype, what were they thinking?

This is bad design because of the use-case. To help builders etc get on with their work in some kind of flow state, they made a machine to broadcast mindless pop to lots of people who aren't builders. This includes me, as I sit in my shed trying to explain the finer points of logic underlying some physical model. Can't these guys wear earbuds or something? How come the sand and cement fill every other orifice in this obelisk than the damned speaker?

This is bad design because of the use-case. To help builders etc get on with their work in some kind of flow state, they made a machine to broadcast mindless pop to lots of people who aren't builders. This includes me, as I sit in my shed trying to explain the finer points of logic underlying some physical model. Can't these guys wear earbuds or something? How come the sand and cement fill every other orifice in this obelisk than the damned speaker?

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