Robert Blinov’s blog

Newspapers

A newspaper is the worst content format out there. It’s impossible to read without crumbling its paper and getting furious about its massive size and idiotic foldedness. Newspapers should not exist in the modern world.

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Cancel culture and dialogue

I despise cancel culture: responding to every mishap is a path to isolation.

Dialogue between adversaries should never stop, as it is the only way to find a solution that works well for both sides.

 No comments    15   8 d   business   life

Don’t tell me to change my lifestyle because of the coronavirus

The novel coronavirus poses a health risk, but the press has exaggerated it because of not having much meaningful news to report.

One’s much more likely to get run down by a car or die of a heart attack than to get this virus. Telling people to stop going outside because of the coronavirus is just as insane as warning them to not use knives due to the possibility of messing up and cutting a finger off.

By preventing everything preventable, one dies of hunger and thirst.

Worrying about actions with minuscule risks is pointless.

 No comments    5   9 d   life

Hand dryers and paper towels

Having a hand dryer and no paper towels in a restroom is a slap in the visitor’s face. There are hundreds of use cases for paper towels, the most basic being blowing your nose.

Oh, and in some cases a hand dryer physically can’t dry one’s hands:

 No comments    20   14 d   design   toilets

Self-presenting

Overhead lights bring attention to themselves by turning on while the flight attendant mentions them. Great design!

 No comments    31   17 d   airplanes   design

Europe diagram, Brexit edition

As the UK is about to leave the EU, I have updated my European diagram to reflect the new situation. I also added the Council of Europe for good measure.

Oh, and there’s a version in French as well.

 No comments    21   17 d   design   Europe   politics   release

LoungeKey

LoungeKey is a way to access airport lounges for free if you have a special bank card. They also happen to be the filthiest and sneakiest scam artist that I know. Staff from lounges participating in their program constantly lie and should be ashamed of themselves.

In London Luton Aspire Lounge, after staff swiped my card several times, I was told that it wasn’t accepted. Then they tempted to charge £150 for a free service.

After visiting a lounge in Moscow Vnukovo airport, where staff were overenthusiastic about telling me that my visit is free, I got charged $96 from a location in an American forest five days later.

All of this happened despite me never confirming any transactions in any way.

Don’t use LoungeKey and any of the lounges affiliated with them.

 No comments    24   27 d   scams

Slight improvements

We could all start working on a solution to make sure we never have to cut nails again. The brightest students would be creating new ways of genetically modifying ourselves, the industry would soar with competition, famous investors would buy stocks.

But no one is really tired of having to cut nails, so we just make a good nail clipper instead.

Humans solve pressing problems first, and once they’re solved, the new pressing problems are those that we considered non-problems the day before. The world improves one little bit at a time, and this is fantastic.

The nail problem will come back to haunt us in several hundred years.

 No comments    25   28 d   the world

The wider problem, part 3. Protesters getting fined

Part 2.

In summer 2019 many protesters in Moscow got sued by the city transport authorities and a restaurant for making them work harder (!). This seemed like complete nonsense until I understood the wider problem. Most Russians haven’t got rid of the bug of believing that the Tsar or the Party will fix their problems. Thus they believe the only person that can solve the problem is someone from the government. The government of course, became tired of this: solving every problem is impossible.

It took advantage of the popularity of opposition leaders and the protesters following them by fining these people high sums for minor misdemeanours. Most people in Russia haven’t crowdfunded anything, so by engaging in a nationwide discourse, the state created a situation in which people would impulsively help them, by crowdfunding. People learned about crowdfunding to later use it for personal matters. Russians got richer and Russia got better. This is especially noteworthy as Russia established a new crowdfunding law on January 1, 2020.

 No comments    19   1 mon   problem solving   Russia
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