What the Smegging Smeg?

Geek out!, Movies & TV

Every now and then I come across an image of a kitchen with a Smeg fridge:

Smeg FAB5URR

Smeg USA.

Is it just me, or does anyone else have this immediate reaction?

What the Smegging Smeg

Referring, of course, to the one, the only Red Dwarf.

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Red Dwarf Official website.

In all seriousness, it has to be challenging to invent a vocabulary for your imaginary world (or name a product line) when humanity has never before published as much or as internationally as we do nowadays. The chance of constructing something odd or offputting in some language or subculture has gone way up, and that’s not even taking into account semantic change. Just consider this tweet by Mary Robinette Kowal on researching historically appropriate vocabulary for her Glamourist Histories series:

On the other hand, that’s the delight of living languages – they keep evolving. We wouldn’t be here if they didn’t.

❤ languages! 🙂

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a funny thing.

Your Error Message Was 404 Not Found

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There are times when I regret I didn’t go into user experience (UX). Even though I am a gamer, I’m not very well versed in the actual IT world. Systems, structures and logistics do, however, fascinate me. Then there are times when I think being in UX would probably suck. For instance, when seeing an error message like this:

Sign-in Error Apr 2014

Part of me is thinking: What in incredibly frustrating and non-helpful error message. If I cannot sign in with a specific account, what possible use could there be in asking me to sign in again with that same account? The other part is thinking: There must be a reason for that specific wording. Or is this a “placeholder” message for misc problems? How would you even design a scalable error message system specific enough to be useful for the good IT folks trying to troubleshoot and generic enough not to confuse your users?

Three days and counting. Thank goodness e-mail customer support is working behind the scenes. And the upshot is that I have time available to tackle tasks I’ve been putting off because they’re not very exciting. Ohwell. 🙂