Sunday, June 28, 2009

Henderson Wave

A picture i took of Henderson Wave, located at Henderson road i think. Played with some effects. Usually I will just try all sorts of effects and settle on one that i like. The process is so random that I usually do not know how to recreate back the same effects even if i really like it.


Saturday, June 27, 2009

Manchester United Jersey 09/10 (By Nike)

Frankly speaking i'm very disappointed from what i've seen from the pictures so far. Most of the jersey of the other clubs (like arsenal's Nike away kit. England's Umbro tailored jersey looks especially sweet) i've seen so far are all pretty nice, but this so far doesn't excite me. Hopefully in real it will be much better.

I'm not sure why but i always prefer jersey with elastic band on sleeves. Somehow Manchester United's jersey always doesn't come with it, leaving the sleeves flare. Maybe it's a request by people of Manchester United that Nike excludes it. Nike also always use a different fabric for Man U's jersey, often using the "air vents" to form some pattern, and they do not always turn out in a nice way. One thing about this jersey that will surely irritate me is how small the crew neck is, but the long sleeve version's detailing at the neck line looks different and on the whole the the long sleeve version looks more retro and nicer than the short sleeve one.

Yes it looks like Mexico's jersey by Nike here.


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The Hawthorne Effect

I am not someone who believes in all the stats and research readily, because you need to know how and why the research was being done in the first place. Poorly conducted research will only generate results that researches hoped for. Research funded by certain company normally will yield result that is of advantage to the company itself.

Now i just read about another effect that may alter research result. The Hawthorne effect.

The Hawthorne effect is a form of reactivity whereby subjects improve an aspect of their behavior being experimentally measured simply in response to the fact that they are being studied,[1][2] not in response to any particular experimental manipulation.taken from wikipedia

Click on the link above to read more about this effect. Basically it noted that regardless of what changes the researchers did, they posted positive results in the experiment. Actually it is pretty straight forward, when you are being viewed, you always behave better. This is why breadtalk and other restaurants adopted an open kitchen concept and artist only do stupid things when they do not know they are being watched.

This is why good experiments conducted do not allow subjects to know what they are being tested for. Personally i feel asking subjects direct questions on scenario based questions will normally yield a different answer to what they normally do.


Sunday, June 21, 2009

LX3 Leather Casing

lx3casing, originally uploaded by linyou.

Just got this casing from MS Colour. A bit expensive, but feels really solid and well made. Initially i thought it's just some flimsy leather casing, but between the layers of leather and soft fabric is some rigid material (probably cardboard) that allows it to hold shape and provides added protection by spreading impact. This casing definitely completes the vintage look of LX3! Like my Fossil vintage messenger bag, this case is made to look exactly like those from olden days. The worksmanship is top notch and to my surprise, they managed to produce pretty consistent looking case. One of the things i noted in my review of Fossil bag is that they did not use the same cut of leather in all their bags, thus resulting in the bags of same model looking pretty different from one another. After going through a couple of cases in the shop, i realised they all look pretty similar. But obviously this camera case needed smaller pieces of leather and thus easier to maintain consistency.

One of the reasons I got LX3 in place of G10 is the fact that it takes up less volume (not because thinner as the maximum width of the lens is actually slightly thicker i think), so it doesn't really make sense to me in getting a rectangular hard case which will make the whole camera super bulky.

Anyway this leather casing match my vintage leather messenger bag (background) perfectly. The problem? You may now have to find another case to protect this beautiful leather case.


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Samsung DJ

dj, originally uploaded by linyou.


light cubes

light cubes, originally uploaded by linyou.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009


This is pretty ermmmmm clever. Hahha someone should make this into a Tee. Think i got this from FFFFOUND.


Pixar's short film : Partly Cloudy

(Via Fubiz)


Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Peltzman Effect

Personally i have always wonder about how we should really be designing. Should we be making everything easier and safer? During my thesis I kept wondering should i design a product that is impact resistance and communicate it by adding bolts, exposing o-rings, chamfer edges etc or should i design such that it is impact resistance but look really precious so that people will not mishandle it. I went for the 2nd option. In my mind i know that if i make it look tough, user will inevitably offset the impact resistance features by being less cautious with it. I just found out there's actually a name for such an effect.

The Peltzman effect is the hypothesized tendency of people to react to a safety regulation by increasing other risky behavior, offsetting some or all of the benefit of the regulation. It is named after Sam Peltzman, a professor of Economics at University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

This will help explain why certain countries can survive with almost non existence traffic regulations. In fact i remember reading a book which mentioned that a certain town actually removed all it's traffic lights to deal with it's rising traffic accident rate and it worked.

I hope you recognise this behavior doesn't only applies to area of traffic or transport, but in general, the safer you feel, the more risk you are willing to take. And this will inevitably offset or over compensate the safety features provided.


Monday, June 8, 2009

Harbourfront Mrt

harbourfront4, originally uploaded by linyou.



Harbourfront1, originally uploaded by linyou.



harbourfront2, originally uploaded by linyou.



Number8, originally uploaded by linyou.



me, originally uploaded by linyou.



sunset, originally uploaded by linyou.



seats2, originally uploaded by linyou.

Taken with my new LX3. I really like how the light fall on the seats.


Thursday, June 4, 2009

Terminator Salvation Movie Review

There're a lot of bad reviews (basically from high expectations) around for this film, but i still decided to try my luck and have a look at it. I've said before that this is one of the must watch movie of the year and now i still think it's not that bad a movie. One thing i can't stand about (serious)movies are those with tons of loopholes in their story, this in my opinion is not one of those.

One main criticism of T4 is that the terminators looked so outdated and inferior compaired to those in T1 and T2. These critics obviously didn't spend too much time thinking. Those that traveled back are T-800 and T-1000, supposely the machines' best models. So how can they design/make models before them to be better? That is the director's restriction here. Knowing that viewers are such suckers for cool robots gadget etc, he worked around the restriction by introducing other kind of robots (such as motor terminator). 

This is really an all action war film, with the usual questions on morality with infightings etc and quotes like "human beings like to believe what they want to believe", "when people are desperate, they believe anything you throw at them" (not word for word but along these line). Well this movie was filmed when Bush was still president of America, thus explaining their choice of quotes.

What i really like is how they understood that it's been a long time since T1 and T2 made their debut, we would have forgotten most of it. The movie helped refresh our memories by having John listening to tapes made by his mom, Sarah Conner, on what John must do (basically save his dad and send him back). Take note of what was said and you will not be lost.


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This blog is about looking at design from a logical point of view. Good designs are often good because of the thinking behind it and not because of pure luck. The colour, forms etc can all be and should be rationalised. This belief doesn't mean that any and everyone can design by simply following a formula. It is still an art to decide on the solution that best fit all requirements.

I will be posting on some everyday stuff that's more light hearted and fun. Reviews will be done on products that I’ve gotten my hands on!

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