Widespread Acknowledgment of the Magic

Via David Gans: Proclamation from the Mayor of the City of Ithaca, NY Whereas, the Grateful Dead have been recognized by many highly credible organizations, individuals and entities including the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as significantly important and integral to the musical and social fabric of our contemporary culture, and whereas, on May […]

Turning Cosmic Litter Into Gold

One good reason to be better connected with my alumni association (read: write big checks), is to get invited to events like this. Lou Reed ’64 Honored for Achievements in Music, Writing, and Artistic Expression “We have an alchemist in our company tonight,” Bono announced to the crowd. “Lou Reed not only inhabits his chosen […]

Tulsa Oklahoma

Kathryn and I went to Tulsa for a few days to visit her parents. Other than picking up the flu en route it was a great trip. Here are some links to photos of our activities. Last of the Breed Concert featuring Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Ray Price. Great show. True country. The show […]

Dylan Hears A Who!

Unbelievable mash-up of Bob Dylan singing Dr. Seuss. The amount of editing involved melts my brain. via

Hot Apple News

Apple Unveils New Product-Unveiling Product The iLaunch, as the new product is called, was then raised up from below the stage, prompting the audience of technology journalists, developers, and self-professed “Apple fanatics” to burst into a five-minute standing ovation. Microsoft announced they are working on a similar competitive product.

Not Yet Within Range

For some reason, I am now craving a Leica M8 digital rangefinder camera, with the 16-18-21mm, the 28-35-50mm, and the 90mm lenses. This is absurd, since that would be about $15,000 in camera equipment, well outside not only my budget, but also my socio-economic caste.

Compare and Contrast

Today in links: A $1,000 brownie Brûlee’s “Brownie Extradordinaire with Saint Louis” is a chocolate brownie made with Italian hazelnuts, dusted with edible gold powder and served with a very rare port. After each bite, the dessert captain squirts a mist of the vintage port on your tongue with a $750 atomizer, which incidentally is […]

Rapid Serial Visual Presentation

Reading this interview with Cory Doctorow (by RU Sirius, nonetheless), I discovered Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (of text). The speed-read shows you one word at a time, and it shows them at a speed that’s determined by a little slider. And it pauses a little after a comma, and longer after a period, and longer […]

Chopin Polonaise-fantaisie #7 by Claudio Arrau

Yesterday morning, waking up at 5:00 but then drifting off to sleep again from 6:00 to 7:30, heard the most amazing piano concerto. Tracked it down via the VPR playlist (thank you!!), and finally tracked down the CD on Amazon. Welcome to my wishlist, oh Claudio Arrau.

Notes on Arial

If anyone ever recommends to you Arial for a primary typeface, these links will turn out handy. LifeClever: There are two types of people in the world: those who can tell the difference between Helvetica and Arial, and those who can’t. The Scourge of Arial: Despite its pervasiveness, a professional designer would rarely—at least for […]

Web 2.0 In Just Under 5 Minutes

Tour de force video explaining how Web 2.0 is changing the nature of online interaction.

True Stories

Sometimes, you can’t make this stuff up.

Completely Redefining What You Can Do

I will be one of approximately 143,215,697 people to mention this today or tomorrow, but this is as close as it gets to product-orgasm. Cell phones have sucked forever, and this is a whole new game. iPhone combines three products — a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod with touch controls, and a breakthrough Internet […]

Periodic Table of Visualization Methods

Periodic Table of Visualization Methods. Mouse over each cell to get an example.

Typographic Pinups

Taking the cake, so to speak, in the ‘adult weird’ category, is a calendar of (female) pinups, created entirely with typographic characters.

Strong Medicine

Between the rampant consumerism, the killing carried out in the name of God, and your everyday garden-variety family dynamics, it takes a heckofalotof positive, weird, and funky energy to keep the cultural balance this time of year. In an attempt to stay sane, the past three days I’ve deep-listened to: * Frank Zappa’s, We’re Only […]

I Am The Slime

A little pre-holiday Frank Zappa for you, I Am The Slime: I am gross and perverted I’m obsessed ‘n deranged I have existed for years But very little had changed I am the tool of the government And industry too For I am destined to rule And regulate you I may be vile and pernicious […]

Cliche Finder

Clever: Cliche Finder, by Aaron Swartz.

Car Security Hacks

The post begins: So, you know those cars with that keyless entry pad? The one under the driver’s side handle? And ends with: I am going to give you a sequence of minimal length that, when you enter it into a car’s numeric keypad, is guaranteed to unlock the doors of said car. It is […]

JibJab’s Year in Review

This will be making the rounds: Nuckin’ Futs: JibJab’s animated year in review. Bonus blast from the past: Big Box Mart