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Two Kinds of People

João Rocha’s fun Tumbler blog: Two Kinds of People.

Core77 has a great post on both the designer and the idea of the blog: What Does the Way That You Interact With Objects Say About Your Personality?

I didn’t respond to all of them but here’s my list:

  • #034: I have a relatively clean desktop on my Mac
  • #029: I try to shoot landscape with my iPhone
  • #028: I rarely use “I’m feeling lucky”
  • #027: I store my photographs digitally and in print form
  • #026: I try to rename files I’ve downloaded so they make sense to me later
  • #025: I put ketchup on the side of fries (not on top)
  • #022: I like toilet paper over, not under
  • #021: I eat the point of the pizza first
  • #017: Over the ear, not buds
  • #016: Richard and Anne’s House (network name)
  • #015: Tabs, not new windows in browser
  • #014: Apple case on iPhone
  • #013: Watch more on HD TV/Apple TV than computer or iPad although watch on iPad on planes
  • #012: Cut sandwiches both ways although mostly perpendicular to side of bread
  • #010: Bookmarks, not dog ears
  • #009: Own automatic and stick but prefer automatic (although old enough so that wasn’t always the case)
  • #008: Break chocolate off square, no biting
  • #007: Fork although enjoy chopsticks from time to time
  • #005: Analog watch (if I had an Apple Watch it would have an analog face)
  • #004: Some iOS home screen icons have badges showing (not all)
  • #003: One alarm, no snooze
  • #001: Mixed icons and folders on iPhone and iPad

Worn Wear testimonial

Patagonia, the clothing company has a brilliant marketing campaign: Worn Wear which I posted about before.

Here’s an excellent testimonial by Rain Noe over at Core77: The Sweater Stone, Patagonia, Product Longevity, and How to Keep Customers for Life.

I’ve liked this company ever since it started. It’s founder, Yvon Chouinard is both a historic figure in Yosemite climbing and world mountaineering, and a brilliant designer of outdoor gear. Years ago he spun off the hardware piece of Great Pacific Iron Works into Black Diamond and kept Patagonia, the clothing company.

He’s famous for closing down the office if the surf is particularly good in Ventura, California so he can “let my people go surfing.”

What I’ve noticed over many years of buying and using outdoor gear is that Patagonia comes up with innovative design ideas and other companies (North Face, LL Bean, REI, etc.) copy them. As a person who makes things, I try to make it a point to reward originators of ideas with my business, when I can.

Launching the “worn wear” campaign and attempting to make it “cool” to wear older, beat up stuff is another brilliant piece of design and marketing that’s as much about philosophy as it is about rewarding long term customers.

Bamboo Railroad in Cambodia

Core77 has a great post on Traveling via Bamboo Railcar in Cambodia.

Cambodia has one railway line, laid down by the French during their colonial occupation. The antiquated tracks are no longer safe for trains to run on, and as a result, there aren’t any (trains).

The locals have invented a low tech way to make use of the unused rail infrastructure: Norry are made from two recycled tank axles and wheels that roll on the tracks with a bamboo covered wooden frame riding on them. Attached to the back axle is a belt driven by a constant speed two cycle engine. Belt tension is adjusted with a stick and this controls speed, braking is done with a foot applying friction to the back axle.

The best part is that there are dozens of these up and down the tracks and if you come upon one coming in your direction you both stop, assess who has the most people or most awkward baggage to unload and the one with the easiest unload takes the Norry apart and off the track to let the other one pass.

Watch the video to see the entire process. Simply amazing and wonderful.

Note, there are many videos of this railway up on YouTube but I’ve not found one that shows the actual connection between the axle, bearing, and platform. You can see the entire Norry come apart but you never see the connection. The platform sits on the axle but no doubt has some kind of groove that the axel sits in. I’d love to see what that’s built out of.

I’m guessing my friend Dale has ridden these and he’ll know the technical details.