In Re Bikes

The other night I got into a taxi at the Caltrain station, and as every Westbound taxi departing that taxi stand does, the driver began his journey by making an illegal u-turn across four lanes of traffic. As the cab arrived in the opposite curb-side lane, a bicyclist carefully moved from the bike lane into the traffic lane to get around a car illegally parked in the bike lane. My cab driver didn't have to slow down for this, but had to delay his acceleration by perhaps eight seconds.

"Fucking bikes!", he exclaimed. "I hate them!"

You have a nice day too, Sir.

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(But it's ok, I'm sure that a bicyclist mildly inconvenienced you while you were driving a car once. Be sure to tell us all about that in the comments.)

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Apple-opaque sticker printing: unpossible!

I talked before about my complete failure to find a sticker vendor who was capable of printing glow-in-the-dark stickers that were DNA-green instead of glowstick-yellow.

Well, I had a second idea for a sticker, which was one that would, when placed on an Apple laptop, cause the light-up bit to glow a DNA Lounge logo instead of an Apple logo. The trick being to make the opaque part of the sticker be opaque enough that the Apple doesn't shine through the background anyway. After going round and round with several sticker vendors and getting no guidance on whether it would work, I reached the conclusion that nobody had ever tried this before.

But, we had a batch printed up anyway just to see, and, yup, it doesn't work. These are printed on fairly thick white vinyl, and you have to stack three stickers on a Mac to cover up the Apple glow in direct sunlight. In the dark, you can still see it, and three stickers are already way too thick.

You can't see it in this photo, but the light shows through the black parts too. Possibly it would have worked if we had printed a solid layer of black on white vinyl and then printed the green and black on top of that, or even multiple hits of background black, but no one we talked to was willing to consider doing anything even remotely complicated or creative.

Possibly it would have worked with die-cut black vinyl instead of white, but I kind of doubt it. I suspect the only way to make it work would be die-cut aluminum with glue on the back, but who wants to pay $20 for a sticker?


Oh, and speaking of those glow-in-the-dark stickers... We tried a dry run experiment by having our business cards printed with glowing green. The cards themselves were printed with a digital CMYK process, and then a second pass of transparent glow ink was screen printed on top of that (making them thick and sandpapery). These were very expensive business cards... and they don't glow. If you charge them up and cup your hands over them, you can kinda-sorta see the glow, but turn off all the lights and you can't see any glow when they're 6" from your face.

Even if it did work, the guy who was willing to go to the extra effort to print these cards doesn't do stickers at all. If it had worked we might have tried harder to talk him into it, but it didn't.

And... fail.

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VideoDanza Partida

It's a JK Potter photo come to life!

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