iPhone4 bumper

At first i thot the bumpers just look huge and unclassy and would much rather the phone remain naked in its sleek glory.

But having a looked at these new photos sure changed my mind about it. At least i will hold my judgment until i see the actual thing.

iPhone4 … good or bad industrial design?

It breaks …. good or bad design?

If you are wearing a non-saphire glass watch and you hit it against a metal railing. It cracks. Who you going to blame? If the wiimote slips out of your hand into the LCD TV and breaks it. Who you going to blame? Most westerners (meaning this is a generalisation and may not apply to all) will sue (class action style) and feels the company should have done something to prevent it. The phone is something that you use in a very mobile manner, and making it out of glass is not the best material.  Apple should have at least put a warning that it is glass and may break when subjected to impact rather than touting how many times harder than plastic it is (making it more brittle?) Am also surprised apple didnt do more drop tests and find similar results. Nevertheless, all new smartphone have at least one side complete glass. Dropping the phone, be it iPhone4 or any other touchscreen phone is never a good idea. At the end of the day what matters will always be:

  1. Price
  2. Overall features and functions
  3. Looks and feel

By most accounts if the above criteria meets your standard, it is no big deal to add an invisible shield or casing and taking care and personal responsibility not to drop the phone.

As for industrial design, as pretty as it is, i still cannot give it an A given that they did not take usage into account for the design. B+

Reception or deception?

The antenna on the rim was suppose to be a master stroke. Except they have to separate the 2 antennas to prevent overlapping of frequency and didnt realise it will be bridged by sweaty palms holding the phone. There are still a lot of theories out on whether this is just a software issue and if it affected the calls or just the signal strength. Nevertheless, common sense science does indicate that if there was a need to separate the 2 antennas, holding it might bridge that gap.

Again this can easily be solved by a case or apple’s bumper. Nevertheless, apple could very easily have resolved the problem if it was discovered as part of their industrial design. I am sure my idol Jon Ive could have easily come up with a way to make the phone still look incredible and sleek while isolating the joins from the palm when in use.

Score B-

Would i still get the iPhone4? Very high chance. But i will bet you that apple will have at least the second design flaw fixed by the next version.

weekends are for working?

Work is least painful … may be even a bit enjoyable during the weekend. Am sure not everyone agrees. But i should clarify by work here, i mean at your one leisure time. Not some commitment, meeting or task that has to be done during the weekends.  Those are worst, where you HAVE to go back for something.

What i am refering to is having the weekend with nothing work related plan, and you get to clear your pile at your leisure. I can dont do it, and i frequently dont. But the idea of just not having stress and time pressure, able to slowly clear my workload so that by monday i go to work with an empty emailbox just feels good.  Kind of.

Well weekends are also for weekend warriors. So need a photo to inspire me to try to complete that 5km jog.

Aurora from space

From NASA website

Aurora Australis Observed From the International Space Station

Among the views of Earth afforded astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS), surely one of the most spectacular is of the aurora. These ever-shifting displays of colored ribbons, curtains, rays, and spots are most visible near the North (aurora borealis) and South (aurora australis) Poles as charged particles streaming from the Sun (the solar wind) interact with Earth’s magnetic field, resulting in collisions with atoms of oxygen and nitrogen in the upper atmosphere. The atoms are excited by these collisions, and typically emit photons as a means of returning to their original energy state. The photons form the aurora that we see. The most commonly observed color of aurora is green, caused by photons (light) emitted by excited oxygen atoms at wavelengths centered at 0.558 micrometers, or millionths of a meter. Visible light is reflected from healthy (green) plant leaves at approximately the same wavelength. Red aurora are generated by light emitted at a longer wavelength (0.630 micrometers), and other colors such as blue and purple are also sometimes observed.

While aurora are generally only visible close to the poles, severe magnetic storms impacting the Earth’s magnetic field can shift them towards the equator. This striking aurora image was taken during a geomagnetic storm that was most likely caused by a coronal mass ejection from the Sun on May 24, 2010. The ISS was located over the Southern Indian Ocean at an altitude of 350 km, with the astronaut observer most likely looking towards Antarctica (not visible) and the South Pole. The aurora has a sinuous ribbon shape that separates into discrete spots near the lower right corner of the image. While the dominant coloration of the aurora is green, there are faint suggestions of red photon emission as well (light fuscia tones at image center left). Dense cloud cover is dimly visible below the aurora. The curvature of the Earth’s horizon, or limb, is clearly visible as is the faint blue line of the upper atmosphere directly above at image top center. Several stars appear as bright pinpoints against the blackness of space at image top right.

Male Pole Dancer

You can do it as a job, or feel ashamed. Or you can have fun, enjoy yourself and really excel at it. He is so good, so much fun to watch, able to work the crowd, i am sure he does extremely well and is very popular. For all you know, he might be a professional in the day.

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