Ross Oliver


Sunnyvale, CA

Comments

  • 57 Comments
Upvoted Guide Items
Favorited Articles
Favorited News Items
Comments
  • "I think this part explains why this is a severely non-representative experiment:https://www.emissionsanalytics.com/news/2020/1/28/tyres-not-tailpipe"As we were originally concerned that the mass loss levels would be too small to measure, we stacked the decks by choosing the cheapest tyres, ballasted the car heavily, chose a track with average surface quality and designed a test cycle with high speeds and much cornering.""Driving a 2011 VW Golf 320kms at high road speeds on the track resulted in a mass loss of 1,844g which equates 5.8g per km."So yeah, drive a heavily loaded car very fast on a race track, and you will scrub a lot of material off the tires, perhaps close to the entire life of the tire in more normal driving. Spread that 1.8 kg loss over a normal 50,000 km tire life, and the rate comes out to 0.037 grams per kilometer. But that number is nowhere near shocking enough to get bloggers and the press to write about your study and give your organization lots of free publicity."
    on: New Study Shows "Pollution from Tire Wear 1,000 Times Worse than Exhaust Emissions"
  • ""The rotating plastic cups are too large in diameter for even the biggest of human hands to grasp making climbing virtually impossible." I can't be the only one to think of throwing a length of rope, a belt, or even a jacket around the roller to make a nice handhold for pulling up, rolling over the wall and lowering myself down the other side. The rollers would also make great pulleys for hoisting people up the wall. So I guess the Roller Barrier is intended for protection only against unprepared or unimaginative wall climbers."
    on: A Non-Aggressive Design for an Anti-Climbing Barrier
  • "I think it was about 2009, my employer was holding its annual open enrollment for benefits. A day was designated when various benefits providers would set up tables in the cafeteria to talk about their offerings. E*TRADE managed our stock options plan, and at their giveaway was this. Recall this was right after the financial crisis and corresponding stock crash. I asked him if the pills were aspirin or antacids. He scowled and growled, "They're breath mints." What a missed opportunity!"
    on: Bizarre Objects: The Desktop Swag That Pharma Reps Once Used to Bribe Doctors
  • "The black fonts on the white hanging signs are still too small, and there's plenty of room to make them bigger. Why waste the space? "If you can read this, you're TOO YOUNG."  And all the signs are the same color. They completely missed out on the opportunity for color coding.  Airports do this. "The parking shuttle is now arriving in the Orange Zone." Also, the isle signs are hung parallel to the axis of the isle. So which isle is A2 and which is A3?"
    on: Inspired by Airports, Walmart Redesigning Their Supercenters to Promote "Omni-Shopping"
  • "I actually like that pizza technique, I'm going to try it next time. Another technique I have seen is cut once across the diameter, then perpendicular parallel strips. Think outside the pie!"
    on: Photos of When Your Spouse Can't Use Products or Packaging Correctly
  • ""surgery or a cardiac event costs more" amen to that. I recently tore a calf muscle while pushing my airplane into the hangar. A $2500 electric tug went from an unjustifiable extravagance to a necessity in one Dr visit. Luckily no surgery required.Hey I wonder if you could install this in your driveway and push the snow either off to the side or into the street? https://www.core77.com/posts/100362/This-Staggered-Slat-Walking-Floor-Can-Magically-Move-Objects-Across-It"
    on: No Shoveling or Truck Required: Clear Snow From Your Driveway With a Rear Hitch-Mounted Plow
  • ""dry them with a paper towel" severe cringe experienced! I never apply any paper products to any precision optics. Also never rest the surfaces of optics on any surface (i.e. the bottom of a container). My routine: first rinse under running water to remove any hard contaminants.  Next apply small amount of foaming hand soap or pre-dissolved dishwashing liquid to thumb and forefinger, rub lenses gently. Examine carefully nooks and crannies around nose bridge and if needed clean out any gunk with wood toothpick, Rinse under running water, and blot dry (don't rub!) with dish towel dedicated exclusively to eyeglasses. Resist the urge to dry wipe between washings. Live with the smudge or go do the cleaning routine.I agree with the project that certain soaps and cleaners interactive negatively with coatings. I avoid hotel bath and hand soaps for this reason. For travel I carry a travel size bottle of Johnson's Baby Shampoo along with my dedicated eyeglasses towel for cleaning. But I don't see the need for a dedicated cleaning container."
    on: How Do You Clean Your Eyeglasses?
  • "A graphic design detail that references the walls is deemed unacceptable, but the walls themselves remain standing? I don't understand that."
    on: A Lesson for Designers: When a Logo Redesign References Slavery
  • "Apparently they are not aware of the Dremel Versa Power Scrubber:https://shop.dremel.com/versa-power-scrubber-kit/Although I'm not surprised, as Dremel has done a terrible job of marketing it, selling it in the tool corral alongside the Dremel rotary tools. They need to buy some shelf space in the kitchen and/or cleaning departments. And make it a more appealing color than grey."
    on: Crowdfunding Smash: Handheld Power Scrubber Gets 3,000% Funded
  • "After thinking about this some more, it occurs to me that the pandemic has compelled a huge number of restaurants to implement online ordering for take-out and delivery just to survive. Now that work is done, why go back to menus and wait staff when the dining rooms reopen? Just order on your phone right from your table. Or even better, while you're waiting for a table. A restaurant that has lost dining capacity due to social distancing might recover some of that capacity through pre-sit-down ordering."
    on: The No-Contact Menu System Adopted by Savvy Restaurants
  • "Kate Wagner of McMansion Hell has coined the term Coronagrifting for this kind of nonsense.https://mcmansionhell.com/post/618938984050147328/coronagrifting-a-design-phenomenonHer essay helped answer a question of mine: what motivates creation of the ludicrous designs that appear in your design roasts? The motivation appears to be blatant self-promotion tailored toward media that favor the shocking and controversial over the practical and useful."
    on: Anti-COVID Design: A Gigantic Helmet That Reaches Your Shoulders
  • "Rather than a rigid sphere, the helmet portion could be made of flexible clear vinyl, in a more tailored head shape. The ventilation system could maintain a slight positive pressure to keep it inflated.  It could be collapsible when not in use."
    on: The Latest Head Bubble Alternative to Face Masks
Guide Items Published
Reader Projects Published
Holiday Gift Guides
Blog Posts
Gallery Posts

K

{

Welcome

  1. Forgot password?

K

{

Welcome

Create a Core77 Account

  • Cancel

By creating a Core77 account you confirm that you accept the Terms of Use

K

Reset Password

Please enter your email and we will send an email to reset your password.