What was the designer thinking???

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    Oct 25, 2010 12:43 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    paulflexes saidManual settings on point-n-shoot cameras, and "Auto" mode on DSLR cameras.
    Makes no sense to me.

    Oh, that's an easy one, having been into photography for many years. Manual is needed on point-n-shoots for situations that would confuse their automatic programming and focusing. Taking a photo through a window is just one example of a situation that amateurs do all the time.

    Many automatic cameras will try to focus on and read the window surface for the exposure, instead of the scene beyond it. So that feature needs to be disabled.

    On the other hand, offering pro cameras with auto settings options increases the number of people who will buy these top-end cameras, adding to manufacturer profit. Plus even pros will take advantage of auto settings in impromptu settings.

    Years ago, when everything was manual, we used to pre-set the exposure & focus for the most likely situation we might encounter. I'd walk around Manhattan, for instance, with my 35mm Leica tucked discreetly under my arm, and bring it up quickly for a candid without pausing to recheck all its settings. The Automatic function serves the same purpose today, when you haven't got the time to fuss with settings.
    Shhhhh...stop trying to inject logic into an illogical forum. icon_lol.gif

    One of these days when I finally break down and get a point-n-shoot, it's gonna be one of the Canon G-series so I can use it in the studio with the lights. Well, unless they come out with an iStudio app for the iPhone and iPad that lets you connect that to the lights...and I wouldn't be surprised if that's already in the works.
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    Oct 25, 2010 1:04 PM GMT
    Apologies to the Spanish contingent....

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    Oct 25, 2010 1:13 PM GMT
    A propos of shaving, why do we keep designing new blades that STILL don't give you as good a shave as the classic double edged safety razor that dates to 1911?

    And, what is the point of shave-in-a-can aerosol crap anyway when you get an infinitely better shave from shaving soap or cream applied with a brush?

    Shaving products are a clear example of design going horribly wrong. To save a few minutes every morning, men are made to destroy their faces, bathrooms, and the environment.

    Shave like they did in WWI. You'll be glad you did.

    The Gilette safety razor is a miracle of design. No longer made by Gillette, but a German company called Merkur makes it now.
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    Oct 25, 2010 1:21 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidOne of these days when I finally break down and get a point-n-shoot, it's gonna be one of the Canon G-series so I can use it in the studio with the lights

    I just went in the opposite direction, getting a more pro-oriented digital camera last week to replace my point-and-shoot. Plus it can do HD video & stereo sound, too, a nice plus, with an excellent Leica lens.

    I remember doing video work in West Berlin, Germany in the 1970s, hauling around a heavy open reel-to-reel recorder in a shoulder bag, or that I sometimes loaded into an Army backpack, with a thick cable going to a huge camera on my shoulder. And now I've got several times the image quality in a device that fits in my palm, the recording captured on a postage-stamp-sized memory chip. And even my cell phone can do high-quality videos.

    Young kids take this stuff for granted, and I can certainly make myself take advantage of it as well as anyone. But I do pause every now and then, to ask myself "Can this really be possible?"
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    Oct 25, 2010 1:38 PM GMT
    Was there anything more stupid than the electric knife? It was a big US fad in the mid-1960s, when everything in the kitchen had to be electrified & powered. My family had one, and I remember it being as frightening to use as having an electric hedge-trimmer in the kitchen (and operating on basically the same principal). Except for carving something big like a roast or a turkey, as pictured here, it really had no other practical use.

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    We all had electric can openers at this same time, too, when canned food was still very common in American homes. Nowadays we hardly ever open a can, I can't remember the last one, and I won't waste counter space with an electric opener. A manual one works just fine, for the few times a month it's used but otherwise stored in a drawer, maybe for tuna fish or black olives or something. I suppose if you opened a can of cat food everyday you might be interested in one, but even those more typically have pull-tab tops now.

    (But I do remember how our cats in the 1960s learned that electric opener sound, and would come racing into the kitchen no matter what was being opened, meowing and pawing at my legs)
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    Oct 25, 2010 1:42 PM GMT
    Although it's very clear what the designer was thinking about, this took the cake:

    http://urbanislandz.com/2010/09/05/strange-bathroom-fixtures-what-was-this-designer-thinking-bout/
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    Oct 25, 2010 2:44 PM GMT
    SAHEM62896 saidAlthough it's very clear what the designer was thinking about, this took the cake:

    http://urbanislandz.com/2010/09/05/strange-bathroom-fixtures-what-was-this-designer-thinking-bout/

    What's the point of that? I don't understand it at all.
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    Oct 25, 2010 2:49 PM GMT
    Brail on drive thru ATM machines.... seriously, why?

    That stupid pole in a drive thru that says my car can only be so high...how about removing the pole!?
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    Farmville - What all the friends I avoid use to drive me insane...

    and last but not least...
    The Snuggie ...you are wearing a backwards bathrobe...ingenious

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    Oct 25, 2010 3:03 PM GMT
    6amc_gremlin.jpg

    They can design a car like the fugly Gremlin, but can't design cars that have built in breathalyzers in them so no one with illegal alcohol levels can start the car.