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December 9th, 2006 - Adventures in Engineering — LiveJournal
The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-12-09 12:45
  Subject:   Complexity is a status symbol.
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Why is this? Why do we deliberately build things that confuse the people who use them? Answer: Because the people want the features. Because simplicity is a myth whose time has past, if it ever existed.

Make it simple and people won’t buy. Given a choice, they will take the item that does more. Features win over simplicity, even when people realize that it is accompanied by more complexity. You do it too, I bet. Haven’t you ever compared two products side by side, comparing the features of each, preferring the one that did more? Why shame on you, you are behaving, well, behaving like a normal person. The complicated, expensive toaster? I bet it sells well.


http://www.jnd.org/dn.mss/simplicity_is_highly.html
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-12-09 13:28
  Subject:   Halo 3 commercial remix.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7fZhiwqgKQ

An excellent and amusing re-audio of the recent Halo 3 commercial, using the Team America: World Police song "America, Fuck Yeah (Bummer remix)".
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2006-12-09 18:47
  Subject:   Ben is a big sucker.
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  Music:Rammstein - Engel



Being hungry sucks. I know first-hand. Having once been poor enough to have to dumpster dive for day-old bagels will do that to a person.

Still, the practical side of me says that this is money I really should have used to pay off my motorcycle loan. :P


Also, I decided that I liked that Eva/Rammstein video zonereyrie put up so much, that I made an icon for it. The German reads: "God knows I don't want to be an angel." Nice layered meaning, particularly appropriate for Asuka. And for me with this entry. ;]

(What is it with me and hot-tempered, longhaired girls who wear red, anyway??)
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