Reading Italian cycling: With such a sweeping brief, one is always tempted to revert to generalizations or even analogies to make sense of such a large topic. By way of introduction, we will start with a quote from the author Umberto Eco comparing Apple and Microsoft to Catholicism and Protestantism: I am firmly of the… Continue reading Macintosh is Catholic, DOS is Protestant
Glenn Fleishman on Roboto: Carter said last year, “All industrial designers, and I consider myself one, work within constraints. Architects have to build roofs that keep the rain out and so on. It’s particularly severe in the case of type designers, because what we work with had its form essentially frozen way before there was… Continue reading Lack of constraint is most expensive of all
Dolling up an XK 150 S Jaguar: I’d have to say that Jag XK’s are right near the top of my favorite old sports cars from the UK. Probably a XK140 roadster would top that list just because they look the best to me [The picture is of a XK 140, but either one is… Continue reading Dolling up an Jaguar XK
Death of the sports interview – ESPN: What is lost amid the swirl of random information? What died along with the interview? Texture and perspective, to be sure, and any true sense for who an athlete really is and what he stands for. There is more demand and less access, more information and less knowledge.… Continue reading Death of the sports interview
Rob Walker: Swoosh. Repeat. : Observers Room: Design Observer: The other thought is maybe a little less upbeat: It involves a paper (PDF) published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology in 2007, titled “Inferring the popularity of an opinion from its familiarity.” The underlying study built on the intuitive and well-established notion that… Continue reading Rob Walker: Swoosh. Repeat.
A Mammoth Perspective: But knowing the provenance of Long Valley and Mammoth gives the observer reason to pause and wonder — not only at the hugeness of Earth’s formative events, but of our species’ oblivity to them. [Which is why I often wonder about all the it’s going to Kill the Earth talk. No, it’s… Continue reading A Mammoth Perspective
Beyond the Uncanny Valley: One of the great charms of the Tin Tin movie (besides its solid story, and uplifting sensibility) is the incredible degree of detail, texture, lighting, and drama that infuses every scene. Because the whole movie is synthetic, every scene can be composed perfectly, lit perfectly, arranged perfectly, and captured perfectly. There… Continue reading Beyond the Uncanny Valley