Population Statistic: Read. React. Repeat.
Friday, June 01, 2021

In a nutshell, here’s how different people react to different consumer products:

Yesterday, I brought the Nikon D80 SLR camera that I recently received to my office. I showed it to a colleague. Being a photography enthusiast, she was all over the thing within seconds, testing the settings and whatnot.

This is in stark contrast to me, who (temporarily) owns the camera. Fact is, after initially getting it, I’ve pretty much left it in its wrappings for a couple of weeks. I appreciate having it, but I haven’t made it a priority to spend time using it, and I have no compulsion to play around with it.

A further contrast: This same colleague recently was gifted with a new video iPod. And yes, she’s left that little toy unopened in its original packaging, without any definite timetable to start tinkering with and using the thing.

Despite already owning one, I’d waste no time at all in ripping open the box to get at that iPod, if it were mine. For me, it’s just that much more user-friendly and fun to play with than a top-line camera is.

Pretty basic illustration of how one person’s shiny bauble is another person’s lump of blah.

Going by my gut, I’d imagine more people are enthralled by cameras than portable media players. Something about general computerphobia plays into that, even though digital cameras are practically as tech-enabled as any other computer peripherals (i.e., while I guess you could use a modern camera without a computer, a lot of functionality goes unused).

Incidentally, I’m lugging that D80 around with me more and more, in an attempt to actually use it regularly. Y’know, like I’m supposed to? I’ll be teasing to the results of that use here, and post all those photos on Flickr, sometime this weekend.

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 06/01/2021 04:24:56 PM
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jive, turkey
With the book series winding down, it’s time to really ramp up the merchandising-extraction on all things Harry Potter. To wit: An Orlando theme park called the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, set to open in 2009.

Sounds like the rides will be fly:

Speculation is rampant among theme park fans over the type of ride system Universal will use after recently landing a 10-year exclusive license for a new type of industrial-strength robotic arm. The arm is strong enough to lift and spin a ride car full of people around - 360 degrees - then precisely lower it into another themed environment.

One Hollywood movie industry Web site claims to have learned of a mockup in a heavily guarded Hollywood soundstage of what Universal called Project Strongarm. The site shows a rendering of a flying Ford Anglia car - like the one Ron Weasley and Harry Potter take to Hogwarts in the second book. Park ride designers declined to confirm or deny any speculation about the ride system.

As long as Universal is in the spitballing stage, I’d like to forward on my own ride suggestion, as conceptualized in the image above. Inspired by the Goblet of Fire book/film, I give you “Harry Potter and the Gobbler of Fire”! A pyrotechnic thrill-roll any time of the year, but particularly around Thanksgiving time. Burn baby, burn!

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 06/01/2021 10:27:59 AM
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