Sunday, April 10, 2016

Don't flush your hopes and dreams down this toilet

I've been in back in England for about a week now, and I've discovered a major problem facing modern British society. The issue is that the sewage systems in British buildings are not sufficiently robust to provide for the extensive sewige-based disposal needs of the British public. See for yourself in these toilet signs below:



Saturday, March 26, 2016

IBQ Exclusive Cancer Insurance for Ladies

While I'm on a middle eastern theme (talking about SA import commodity restrictions), I recently discovered that:
Not really sure what else to say so I'll just include some screenshots including this very popular – stock photo:

And here are the benefits including that sweet free cancer insurance. Just what women want from their banking institution.


And the link with handy custom url 'ladiesbanking'

http://www.ibq.com.qa/personalbanking/ladiesbanking/

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Truth in advertising

After searching far and wide in Home Depot, asking multiple salespeople for help, and finally finding them at the bottom of a shelf in a random aisle, I agree completely with the descriptive label on these drawers:

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Saudi Arabian Import commodity restrictions

As part of my ongoing adventures with Loud Bicycle I'm learning a lot about shipping. Last time it was that a strip of a mailing label and connected packing slip can be shipped across an ocean and arrive at the destination with no evidence of the actual box. Now some customers in Saudi Arabia have raised concerns about their shipping regulations.


Just to call out a few of these here,


  • Car horns are OK but annoying car horns are not allowed. You know what I can't blame them really since they are probably talking about these car alarms.
  • No Christmas Trees, with a capital T. Sounds like a real War on Christmas.
  • Frogs mean, seems oddly specific, what about newt meat?
  • Musical greeting cards ... interesting, but seems kind of petty to ban these.
  • Massage equipment indecently packaged, I think we know what this is really about, but funny to imagine they had a big problem with massage equipment arriving in boxes like this:

    (could not find original source for this image, maybe here

Note:
I am not making this up, these are the real regulations, here is the document with all the information:
www.dhl-usa.com/content/dam/downloads/g0/express/shipping/customs/import_guide_sa_en.pdf

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Risky multiplication

Saw this on a bus, riding home from work one day:
This is a really risky thing to wish for. What if someone wishes a painful death for him -- he could wind up with a thousand painful deaths! Alternatively, he doesn't specify the scale factor. So, perhaps I wished he earns a million dollars -- that could be multiplied by -10,000.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

Deer crossing credit card design

Regular blog readers will know that I have this thing with credit cards. My last pizza card was a great success ... until they send me a new card with a fancy 'chip' right where I would have cut out the slice!

I used a non-mutilated version of the pizza card for a month or two (and surprisingly continued to get nice reactions from folks – just for having a pizza on the card) but I got tired of having the card without any physical damage so I created  a new one.


After doing a few tests on the old card with drills etc, the best method was to melt the holes in was to press quickly with a fire-heated nail. The card has really satisfying crater-like impressions in the back of the card which you can feel when you handle it.



So far reactions from my friends have been nice - but no stranger has commented. This is a huge difference from the pizza card where almost everybody comments. My guess now is that they notice, but because of the implication of guns they are afraid to say anything. Also note that I mis-positioned one of the holes to be over the magnetic strip and had to just scratch it on the surface instead of punching it all the way through.

As always, appreciate feedback in the comments!

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Static

I recently arranged a modern art piece in the entranceway to our house:
Static, 2016

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Things that naturally look photoshopped – photoshopped to look less photoshopped.

Usually on the blog we like to call out photos that are badly - photoshopped, or things that look photoshoped, but aren't photoshopped at all. But now we have a whole new category:
Things that naturally look photoshopped, and then photoshopped to look less photoshopped.

The ad looks pretty similar to these photos of an f-18 Hornit (and other flying vehicles) travelling near the speed of sound. These kinds of pictures look totally fake the observer uneducated about shock-waves, so it appears that the Navy photoshopped an (f-18?) awkwardly escaping a random smoke puff instead of using a real image.
[update from alert reader/blogger/aerospace engineer Aryeh: the shock-waves here are part of a Prandtl–Meyer_expansion_fan, and the actual plane needs only be near to, not faster than the speed of sound]