Crowdsourcing a new pair of glasses
I need new glasses. This is partly due to the fact that my eye sight has changed and partly that I’ve had my current pair of glasses for more than 14 years now and they’re starting to feel a little worn.
So: down I went to Specsavers to check out some new frames. Unfortunately, even though the walls were plastered with glasses, the selection in store was a little limited (perfectly understandable, as they couldn’t possibly fit all their frames in their display), so I decided to check out their selection online instead.
You know what? Choosing glasses is difficult! It’s right up there with choosing lamps and watches. So many options, and so few that look any good. And so many almost identical ones – what’s up with that?
Additionally, a few of the frames that I had in mind weren’t available. I had hoped to find some 1930′s mad scientist’s glasses (see below), but no such luck. John Lennon frames were also missing. Ah well..
In the end I managed to compose a shortlist of four different frames, but for the life of me I can’t decide which (if any) of them would suit me. I want a pair of glasses that work with the shape of my face and that ideally would help make me look like I know what I’m talking about – after all, isn’t that the main purpose of glasses?
So here’s my suggestion: I post pictures of me wearing these glasses (virtually, of course) and you help me choose the best pair. This is called crowdsourcing and it’s the latest and greatest thing in R&D. Deal? What’s that? What’s in it for you? Well, apart from helping a fellow human being and the immense satisfaction that would give you, I can offer you your very own giant killer robot chicken*. Imagine riding one of those babies to work in the morning. Too much traffic? Just step over the cars and keep going. Or, if you’re in a mood, engage the rocket launchers fitted under each wing and blast a clear path through the urban jungle**.
If you are willing, please find below a selection of four Andreas Heinakroons wearing different frames. Each frame is associated with a letter - in the questionnaire panel, select the frame that you think works best (feel free to post a comment explaining your choice). The frame that receives the highest number of votes will be the winner and the frame I will buy. Ready? Ok, here we go:
Incidentally, this is my first poll – I hope it works! Also, I’m dead exited about this crowdsourcing thing. It’s the future, I tell you. The future!
Thanks for voting and for helping me decide what glasses I’ll be wearing for the next 14 years.
* The receipt of your own giant killer robot chicken is conditional on Andreas Heinakroon taking over the world and/or coming into possession of giant killer robot chicken technology. No substitute prizes will be available.
** Andreas Heinakroon does not in any way condone the unprovoked use of rocket launchers in order to facilitate commuting. Use an alarm clock and get up in time instead.
It looks like frame ‘A’ is the winner. Good choice, people! I’ll post another update with a real-world picture once I got the new glasses. Thanks again!
Due to the house fire, I’ve had to postpone purchasing my new glasses. I’ll keep you posted.
Verdammt! My procrastination caused the selected frames to no longer being stocked. This has lead me to having to improvise and choose a different pair of glasses. (I hate improvised purchases!) So I ended up with glasses not dissimilar to Frame ‘B’ above.