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“Do not disturb” in hotels

Most hotels give customers door tags with “Do not disturb” written on them. I don’t understand why. It’s obvious that no person ever wants to be ever disturbed. If you think that it’s something about cleaning the room, it isn’t: hotels give out these tags even when you’re staying for one night.

Plus, in hotels with actual keys, you give them to the reception when leaving. So they know when you’re gone. In those with plastic cards, the hotel knows I’m in my room as soon I as open the door.

I am in one of these today, and there’s a button instead of a tag. The button works only when I have my card inside the slot (I tried the business card approach; everything works only when the card is in there), so I got a second card. And as soon as I come back from outside DND is deactivated so I have to press the button once more. This button would be super useful if it would physically block the door from being opened by hotel staff or anybody else with the key, but it just shines a barely noticeable LED.

P. S. Does the Ritz Carlton do this?

 No comments    1   3 d   hotels   life   madness

Monaco’s flag

This is Monaco’s flag. It’s identical, except for in proportions, to Indonesia’s:

But Monaco has an alternative flag and pattern (mostly used on license plates), which reminds of their moneymaker the Casino, which would make Monaco instantly recognisable anywhere on Earth:

Monaco, why not make the latter the official flag?

 No comments    4   7 d   branding   design

Wayfinding in Dolceacqua

Lines on a circle-shaped square point to where the landmarks are. This kind of navigation is perfect for a lovely medieval village like Dolceacqua: it’s useful yet unintrusive.

Up close:

 No comments    12   8 d   design   wayfinding

Pigna Library website v1.1

The Pigna Library happens to host events. There is a dedicated events block to get the readers to know about them.

When it came time to expand the “add” page beyond books, Ilya and I decided to kill the interface altogether.

To add an event, the librarian just writes what the event is. As for the plus sign, it got a beautiful frame to be on par with its friends—books.

See also: The interface is evil

 No comments    18   9 d   Pigna   release   user interface

Train door buttons

Bad: levers

Bad: buttons that are located in a weird place

Bad: buttons that make fingers bleed

Good: those that aren’t any of the above

Excellent: those that remember that you pressed them

And obviously all buttons should be responsive to touches in gloves. There should be no buttons on trains that only go through a closed space.

 No comments    23   15 d   design

Acronyms and abbreviations

AliExpress: Alibaba Express

Amtrak: American track

Gerrymandering: Gerry salamandering

Grade A Under A: Grade A. Underachiever

H B O: Home Box Office

H Q: Hype Quiz

Instagram: Instant telegram

Pac-Man: Program and control Man

PCalc: Programmer’s calculator

Pixelmator: Pixel + mater (to mate)

Qualcomm: Quality communications

Skype: Sky peer-to-peer → Skyper → Skype

Tanzania: Tanganyika & Zanzibar

Uniqlo: Unique clothing

Velcro: Velours crochet

Verizon: Veritas horizon

Walmart: Walton-mart

Yandex: Yet another indexer

The more you know.

 No comments    10   26 d   abbreviations   words

Music on hold

Music on hold sucks. I am interested in reading an article or watching a video, but instead I have to pay attention to when the music ends and the operator starting babbling.

The best system would be a nice sound (like Nice’s tram’s, no pun intended) every thirty seconds or so to let me know the phone system didn’t break and that I’m still in the queue.

 No comments    14   27 d   design

Robert’s summer days in Italy, 2019

I’m going to be in Genoa from June 27 to June 28, and perhaps a couple of other days in July.

The rest of the time I will be in-between Sanremo, France, Turin, and Bologna.

If you wanna meet, send me an email.

 No comments    6   28 d   Italy

Florists

There is a strange job out there: the florist. Its definition is “a person that arranges and sells cut flowers”. The latter part is okay, but in this case florists would be flower vendors.

The only reason why florists have kept their jobs and not become artists is symbolisms. Apparently different combinations convey different meanings, so florists need to make sure I won’t offend the person I’m giving the flowers to. But the only people who know these meanings are, well, florists. Madness.

Florists should just make beautiful flower combinations, therefore becoming artists.

 No comments    6   29 d   life   logic   observations

Primary sources

Facebook or any feed with an algorithm is a manipulator that only shows what is in its interests. The best way to find out the truth is to read the primary source. That’s why I read press releases, watch Eurovision without commentary, find out about metro breakdowns from the metro’s Twitter.

If I need some extra information to better understand something, I google it (yes, Google is also biased, but nevertheless).

R S S is the best way to subscribe to anything, as it is a technology and not a product. Hint hint click click.

 No comments    9   29 d   life
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