Red turn signals

I was driving around town yesterday when I got stuck behind an elderly woman driving 20mph in a 40mph zone on a single lane road. While waiting to pass her, I noticed that the rear turn signal light on her minivan was red. Now, the standard for most cars is to have three different sets of lights on the back of the car with their respective colors. One for the brakes, which is usually red. The turn lights, which is usually orange (and sometimes red) and of course the reverse lights, which is white in color.

But why do car manufacturers think that using the color red for the brake lights and the turn signals is a good idea? I know that its easy to figure out that the blinking light probably means that the car is about to turn left or right, but doesn’t it just make sense to use the standard color that people usually associate turn signals with?

It’s these small design-standards that make tiny differences. When its raining cats and dogs and you can barely see the car in front of you, it just might make a difference to know if the car in front of you is slowing down or making a turn into your lane.

What a Day

  • Woke up at 4.30 in the morning to the sound of things falling off my desk. Found out later that it was an Earthquake
  • Sometime in the afternoon, wind and rain knocked out the power for an hour.
  • The power knockout killed my hard drive.

Thank god for backups.


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Muxtape: Brilliant idea. Need to share a playlist with your friend? Create an account, upload and you are on your way. It’s easy to use and looks just way too nice.


Google has answers

Google has the answer to life the universe and everything, and the number of horns on a unicorn [via PC World]


I have a feeling that the pick-up line of my generation is going to be “will you be my constant”


Netvibes Ginger

Netvibes just updated my account to Ginger and it is beautiful. What is Netvibes? Netvibes:

  • Helps you manage your digital life and share it with your friends
  • Brings all your favorite MySpace, Digg, YouTube, Gmail, Flickr, eBay, accounts – you name it (no, really, you can rename our entire site) – together on your own personal Netvibes page
  • Share with your friends or colleague your favorite modules
  • 100% customizable – no ads, no logos, no corporate control

Netvibes uses RSS Feeds to read content from other sites and lets you manage everything in one spot. It’s perfect when you don’t have time to go to 20 websites every morning to read whos saying what. With the ginger release, netvibes just got a whole lot cleaner and easier. Still not convinced? Check out some of their videos.

Dreamhost does it again

They never cease to surprise me. What's worse is that they never seem sincere in their apologies, and they never know when to draw the line between humor and professionalism.

Ack. Through a COMPLETE bumbling on our part, we've accidentally attempted to charge you for the ENTIRE year of 2008 (and probably 2009!) ALREADY (it was all due to a fat finger)!

We're really really realllly embarassed about this, but you have nothing to worry about. Please ignore any confusing billing messages you may have received recently; we've already removed all those bum future charges on your account (#366289) and fixed everything up.

Thank you very very much for your patience with this.. we PROMISE this won't happen again. There's no need to reply to this message unless of course you have any other questions at all!

Sincerely, The Foolish DreamHost Billing Team!



Here to there

Google knows how to get you from here to there and also from anywhere to somewhere and even from start to finish. Who knew, it can also get you from up to down.

My Next Computer

Anyone feeling generous enough to buy me a new mac ?