Archives for July 2007

If Abortion Were Illegal…

Continuing in the “wish I had asked those questions” thread, Sassy Pants posts this awesome video. They ask abortion protesters, “If abortion were illegal, what should the punishment be for women who still have an abortion?” The answers are very surprising. Here’s the Newsweek story.

Schneier Hawley Interview

Schneier on Security: Bruce Schneier, famous security expert, interviews Kip Hawley, TSA Administrator. He asks the questions we all ponder as we go through airport security. Example: By today’s rules, I can carry on liquids in quantities of three ounces or less, unless they’re in larger bottles. But I can carry on multiple three-ounce bottles. […]

The Dashed Line In Use

Nearfield: I’ve had trouble justifying my excitement about this intricate visual detail, so I thought it would be good to collect a bunch of examples from over fifty years of information design history, to show it as a powerful visual element in ubicomp situations.


I’m trying to hold back, as a nod to the budget, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to resist much longer. (FontBook)

Katie Hutchison Studio

An architect in Salem MA blogs: Inspired by the simplicity of New England vernacular buildings and landscapes, Katie Hutchison Studio composes and promotes meaningful architecture and design. Some great stuff there. Primer: House Garden Primer: A Recipe for Architectural Charm Design snapshot: Vineyard elemental outdoor fireplace Current project: West Tisbury House.

A Gamer Tunes Into Ron Paul

The YouTube generation speaks. This guy is not on the pollster’s radar. (via Andrew Sullivan)

What is beauty?

This Dove ad should be required viewing for anyone who has ever wondered about “manufactured beauty.” (1:30) Dig the photoshop work where they extend the neck, puff the lips, trim the shoulders, lower the eyebrows, etc. She looks totally normal at the start, and a super model at the end. Update: Sassy Pants points to […]

Sticker Bumpkins

About three months ago, I saw that Don had an Obama bumper sticker on his car, and I said, “I want one of those.” So I went to the website, and much to my surprise, there was no way to buy a bumper sticker. No swag at all. Crazy. I decided to send them a […]

Summing Up My Views on Terrorism

Common Dreams: In the two hours or so I’m guessing it took Ignatius to crank out yet another 800 words of substance-free alarmism festooned with platitudes about the need for “unity,” about 350 Americans died. Since Sept. 11, 2001, approximately 14 million Americans have died. Some of these people died agonizing deaths on emergency room […]

Toilet 2.0

If you’ve been thinking that you use too much toilet paper, the Washlet might be for you. It also claims to increase happiness. Bubblegen provides a good overview of the strategic challenge.