Do Not!

I like the addition of a person in the background of this graphic.  It gives the sign a nice feeling of direct communication between you and this person.

Would you want to cross that angry looking man?

However, when the graphic of a person holding up their hand to say stop is itself crossed out, do we have a double negative? Is the sign now indicating that we should NOT stop?

It Is Out Of Order Too Often


The electronic book return at my local public library is a pretty cool machine. It rather feels like the machine is eating the books as it slurps them down one at a time.

However, at least half of the time when I am at the library, this machine has been “out of order.”  What percentage of the time does a machine need to be out of order before it is considered more hassle than it is worth?

I wonder if they use that sign even when they are just emptying the bin or performing some other regular but short-duration service?

On a related note, is being ‘out of order’ the same as being ‘in disorder’? Or is the ‘order universe’ large enough to contain order, disorder and still more varieties of order?

What Gets Left Behind

There are a lot of inter-playing levels of temporary and permanent items here.  The item removed, the instruction, the spray-paint, the structure itself (which is a plywood fence around a construction site); was any consideration given to how long each of these items would stay here?

Remove Sign

Other questions I have:

What was removed?

Why was the target removed, but the instruction to remove left behind?

Did the person who wrote “remove” consider the relative permanence of his/her message?

A quick first glance at Bangalore

I had been warned that traffic in India would make me think that the craziest drivers in Chicago are completely tame. Traffic has seemed a bit out of control, but I am sure I haven’t seen the extremes yet.  Still, if there needs to be a sign specifying that drivers ought to obey the rules, then chances are nobody is actually following the rules!

On the wall across the street from my apartment this phrase is painted about every twenty feet. Unfortunately, this request is routinely ignored.

I thought it was worth noting how the stenciled sign initially read “PLEASE DO NOT URINATE”, but someone realized that this was a huge imposition to be requested of anyone.  The sign was then updated to specify “PLEASE DO NOT URINATE HERE,” which in my opinion is significantly more reasonable.