0: https://emilydamstra.com/news/please-enough-dead-butterflies... ( HN 1: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=14460013 HN 2: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21788356 )
Real Source: https://curlicuecal.tumblr.com/post/175362924100/an-entomolo...
> This is a termite. 10/10
(Your site gave a sudden surge of nostalgia, and for some reason those sites were the first to jump to mind.)
https://poo.com/ is another slice of old www style. It's not a shock site, just a chat site. But it has some funny functionality like a radio you can listen to, and customizing your avatar with various multicolor schemes and blinky text, myspace-style.
Also, many Japanese websites still use old-www-style too.
Awesome site. Thanks
> You might also look at it like: maybe I’ve friended these links. But instead of putting them in a big number that represents my friends—my 11 friends, for instance—I list my friends out neatly and try to coax you to meet them.
Perhaps there is no need for friending. For likes. For upvotes. For hashtags. For boosts. For trending. For rank. For followers. For an algorithm.
Perhaps linking—and spending time telling you why I linked—is good enough. Perhaps it’s superior!
Agree with others about the old school nostalgia. Never would have occurred to me that someone could or would lip sync to whistling. TIL about PBJ.
I think these ones could be added to awesome-falsehoods. I'd love a list that was more centered on this idea, but for now awesome-falsehoods would probably be the best place for it. Maybe a design or visual category?
To an extent it's come true in a small subset. But discovery is the hard part. Right now discovery leads you to social media pages full of, for the most part, a low budget substitute for air.
Thank you for your links, I'll cover them soon in my next 'href hunt'.
Instead we got ad funded autobot outrage factories.
I wouldn't have thought so if it had made it, but I think think maybe the name should be changed to something like "Awesome Uncanny Design" or something, and perhaps the logo could be something that evokes the uncanny valley or the twilight zone or something. The current one might make it sound like we want to ban this stuff, which is not the idea. I just want people to be aware of it. It also isn't all crap, so maybe an upside down smiley face would be a more fitting emoji, or a horse, parachute, butterfly, or another example.
Thanks! Not only did you make something I thought should exist, it helped me find the Caddy GitHub issue about cogs which was super interesting.
Haha! I literally just Google'd "something that is attempted but misses the mark", after writing the above paragraph, and I found this article on Wikipedia . It means "tragic flaw" or "to miss the mark". Feels quite apt! Perhaps "Hamartian Design" could work.
I see you updated the repo. It looks good. I hope it gets noticed and other stuff gets added. Could submit it to https://github.com/sindresorhus/awesome/
> Believe it or not, this horse's lack of eyes may not limit athletic performance. Many blind horses do well under saddle. However, the missing right hindlimb will severely limit potential for soundness even as a companion. Discuss euthanasia with vet. -20/10
Probably the challenging thing is to define “Wild West”.
Competition was intense - by 1900, the UK had a couple of hundred train companies, many in parallel competition with competing lines, sometimes competing stations in the cities too. 20 years could easily be the equivalent of 5 or 10 years of computing in the 1980s or 1990s. We'd immediately pick up similar anachronisms in halt and catch fire, or the latest hacker movie. Or loads of 1940s or 1970s cars in a movie set in the 60s.
As a European, train emoji just look odd for being wild west, as they're so unlike the common European designs (mainly from the cow catcher and silly funnel shape).
It's not so much the fact that the technology was wildly obsolete as it is the fact that there are distinct visual styles that are localized to particular places in certain eras. If you know what those are, seeing people get it wrong can be quite jarring. Imagine a scene supposedly set in Ancient Rome where one character shows up in Prussian court dress.
It's the form of the Central Pacific Jupiter¹, famous for being the western locomotive at the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad.
But then I went through a bunch more posts, including one on how SVG renderers mix in background color before figuring out the mixed colors of objects—which seems obviously wrong.
Also, funny that Apple should fail at skeuomorphism.
This post was sponsored by the text-emoticon resistance.
> But you couldn’t, because [edit: file emoji that HN strips out :( ] is the only file you can get in emoji, so this altered version doesn’t count.
Basically the "Not Invented Here" syndrome, at the company level.
I think the real answer is that they are 3 products with 3 different target users, and Facebook really wants to keep them separated in the minds of users (to keep bad karma from one brand tainting another). So, "brand differentiation".
The most lucrative decision that Facebook ever made was not messing with Instagram, but keeping it as its own separate brand. And with that goes that it should have its own visual identity. Then they just applied the same thinking on several of their other properties.
First, Unicode scissors character (U+2702) originates from ITC Zapf Dingbats series 100 . As a result they have, unlike most Unicode characters, pretty much standardized reference glyphs. And scissors glyphs do not completely close too there.
Second, the original emojis were implemented in limited space (say, 16 by 16 pixels) and the design was constrained. In some platforms (especially SoftBank) they were animated instead, and indeed there were some reference emojis that close only in the animation .
The problem is when it's not symmetrical. For instance the Fiskars , is impossible to get the thumb through when using the left hand.
> Designers: What were the design teams behind these scissor emojis thinking? Some of the designs break made important design principles these 'scissors' should be redesigned by an AI. Dieter Rams would call this another level of wrongness.
> HNers: Look at the intricate detail with all the designers from different companies attempting to create an emoji for a pair of open and closed scissors. Wow!, great analysis, so cool!
> Everyone: It's a scissors emoji.
> Me: Who cares? They are scissors emojis. Even if the
designers can't create one closed so what, do a redraw later?
I'd side with the everyone else crowd here, since the change will be so tiny that this storm in a tea cup will be a thing of the past.
"Critique" aside, I adore this site!
Read the last few oddballs, they are indeed expected to overlap.
> Let’s meet at the park [pistol emoji]
Would have have very different meanings between platforms.
Eventually, all platforms followed Apple and switched to the water pistol. (The ones that still show real pistols are obsolete fonts.)
At this point, Apple gets to decide what emojis look like, not the Unicode Consortium.
Honestly the original gun emoji was simply a bad idea because it makes it hard to make apps that are age-rated for small children when there's a fricking gun in the system keyboard.
I’m a youth firearms instructor - are you saying that any app that contains so much as an icon shaped like a gun is inappropriate for children?
I wouldn't consider this to be a depiction of the "industry". Someone pulled on an OCD thread and shared what they found with the community, and now I'll be on the lookout for poorly designed scissor emojis as a result...
It was a fun read for me - one of the less serious posts for today being the kick off of a new decade. Reminds me of how there are so many colors of hand emojis now. I wonder if they'll try and make scissor emojis that represent left and right handed people equally at some point - letting the user decide.
The article itself isn't so much "the industry" as a blogger just trying to write something amusing.