Month: June 2007Page 1 of 2

Should reviewers read other reviews?

Discussion at the Reading Experience.

Recalling Malcolm Lowry

Fifty years and a few days ago, on June 26, 1957, after a night of heavy drinking, Malcolm Lowry died. Within a decade his books — or at…

Companion Sites Roundup

Every now and then I post a roundup of what’s been going on at my companion sites. Here’s the latest. BURIED MIRROR Four Keys to Haggling Maya Symbology:…

Dillard Tired

In New York Magazine Daniel Asa Rose quotes Annie Dillard as giving up writing: “I’m tired,” declared the 62-year-old Dillard, who says that she won’t be doing any…

Copyright video

Below is part one of the Disneyfied copyright video. I previously linked to part two — which proves the information must be reliable.

A New Test for Lying

TimesOnline reports that liars have trouble telling their stories in reverse order. It’s a good way to trip up falsehoods. Let’s try it out … “We’re fighting Al…

Bertelsmann continues to expand

Bertelsmann is continuing its quest to be the print version of Google and control all the world’s paper-based information (all of it that’s profitable, that is) by expanding…

Syria or Afghanistan?

What country is this? CNN votes “Afghanistan.” Hint: Try the Middle East and North Africa Map Game.

InDesign and XML

InDesign CS3 is being touted for its XML capabilities. It’s an interesting concept, especially, I suppose, for publishing repetitive documents like newsletters and journals, since the container and…

Helvetica Love/Hate Contest Winners

Funny the buzz about Helvetica lately. Over at Veer they had a “rant or rave” about Helvetica contest. Below are the winning entries. What does it say that…

“Beware of seriousness …

… it is a form of stupidity” (Alexander Waugh).

Who Wrote The Books of Love?

Juan Ramon Jimenez, that’s who. And the Sisters of the Holy Rosary aren’t too happy about it. Called Los Libros de Amor, a new book collects 93 of…

Red Hat Ladies

These ladies were having a great time at the Getty Center. They thought it was a hoot that I wanted to take their picture. More L.A. photos: At…

Happy Bloomsday

Desert Garden, Huntington

Light posting while I’m on the road, but just now I have an internet connection and a few moments to use it. Here’s a photo from a bright…

GDP Map

I’ve mentioned the website Strange Maps before. Here it is back again, with a map showing U.S. states renamed for countries with approximately equivalent gross domestic products. My…

The Word as Art

The latest issue of Artlink (a contemporary art quarterly published in southern Australia) caught my attention with a series of articles devoted to “the word as art.” Of…

How dirty words get dirty

Michelle Tsai discusses the lineages of a few obscenities at Slate. Related: Jon Carroll, “This Is a Column about Obscenity …”

New insights into the Google search algorithm

I like Matt McGee’s summary of the NYT article on Google search.

The Aesthetics of Reading

Kevin Larson (Microsoft) and Rosalind Picard (MIT) have published a paper called “The Aesthetics of Reading” (pdf link) that attempts to determine whether typographic refinements result in improved…