Dark Mode Fail

I know dark mode is all the rage. A must-have for the trend-sensitive software developer. However, the reason to have dark mode is to save people’s eyes in dark rooms… not blast them to pieces.

Take a look at Microsoft Office’s dark mode fail in a dark room, I dare you:

Microsoft Office Dark Mode Fail

Of course, dark mode done right will have its issues as well… Try to pick out the orange colored comment in Scrivener’s dark mode… if you can:

Scrivener Dark Mode Comments

Yeah, no. Those aren’t the names of the colors 😀 and it’s easy to pick the right one when you have the others for contrast, but wait till you open a document with comments in one color… is it yellow, orange, red? Ummm…

But at least Scrivener won’t leave white spots dancing in front of your eyes for the rest of the evening… so that’s always something…

I for one have learned not to use Mac OS’s Mail app to send customer mail when in dark mode. Those CCed names are pretty much hidden and all of a sudden internal e-mails become external and you find yourself wishing you’d been better at keeping your promise to never say (or write) anything about someone you wouldn’t say to them.

Writer’s block or revolting characters?

Tweet from the police’s external command in Södermalm (south of Stockholm):

Translation: Upset cries from apartment worried neighbors. Turned out the person was writing a book and was strongly influenced by the content

My question: was it due to writer’s block or was the characters revolting?


Header image: Attributed to the Nekyia PainterMarie-Lan Nguyen (2011), CC BY 2.5, Link

Happy ending?

What is a happy ending? Laughing yourself to death? Dying of a heroin overdose?

Why would anyone want that?

And if you use the more traditional interpretation: you live happily ever after… why would you think the world works like that?

Life only has one definite ending, and it’s probably not going to be happy.

So you need to make your own happiness… You need to be willing to endure short-term pain and suffering to achieve long(er) term happiness…

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