Satya's blog - 2008/05/

May 19 2008 17:58 Red transaxle fluid

Okay, user interface designers, when your transaxle fluid is various shades of red (not at the same time!), do you make the dip-stick:

  1. a dull silver color, like the oil dipstick OR
  2. a highly polished shiny black so the red blends right in

What idiot thought the latter would be a good idea?

Last updated: May 19 2008 18:01

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May 13 2008 14:29 SF is not childish

I dislike those who think that just because something it a) animated/drawn, or b) science fiction/fantasy, it is for children. Or they think it's silly. Or they think it's beneath them.

I don't care if they don't *like* that sort of thing. That's different. You're free to not like anything, but don't tell me what to do about it. Don't tell me I'm silly for liking it. Thinking something is silly or childish just because of a) and b) above, however, *is* silly. If you do, I'm going to call your pet fantasy (or your fantasy pet, if you have one) silly.

Let me quote portion of Dr. Isaac Asimov's rant (italics his):

...and now I find that you must expect nothing of something that's just science fiction.

It's just science fiction so it's allowed to be silly, and childish, and stupid. It's just science fiction, so it doesn't have to make sense. It's just science fiction, so you must ask nothing more of it than loud noises and flashing lights.

He's being sarcastic, if you don't get it.

Tag: rant