Month: March 2009

Design geekiness

Admit it designers, you’re a bunch of playbabies. Witness:

Rethinking twitter

In recent weeks I’ve gradually been turning twitter into something somewhat useful. To do so I had to undo my foolish initial approach to it.

Friday roundup

“Honour commercio’s energy yet aid the linkless proud, the plurable with everybody.” — Finnegans Wake Designing for Google : It’s not a design-oriented company How Designers Fail :…

It’s urgent!

Via Craigslist: .

A ruined life?

I received this unusual e-mail recently (subject line: “you ruined my life, sorta / an offer for karmic balancing”). I have edited it somewhat to conceal the identity…

Friday roundup

“If Folly link with Elegance no man knows which is which.” – William Butler Yeats MLA style guide gives up on urls, says just describe the source :…

Shakespeare, again

Just a week ago a portrait of Shakespeare emerged that was supposedly painted by a contemporary. Now a fellow named John Casson (“an independent researcher and psychotherapist”) who…

You’ve read these books. Sure you have.

According to a survey conducted by Spread the Word, a UK book advocacy group, two-thirds of respondents admitting lying about having read certain books. Which books do people…

Rapping typeheads

A fellow called “the magic of chutney” sure knows how to dominate a board. Saying “Some of you is so down on fonts..I’m gonna get my man Johannes…

Friday roundup

“Every separation is a link.” — Simone Weil “Newspaper publishers are idiots” : So says Dvorak (who has made some howlers of his own over the years) Six…

Mutanabbi Street reading

There will be a reading from the Mutanabbi Street anthology that Red Hen Press recently published, tomorrow, March 11, at 7:30 at Overland Books in San Francisco. The…

Shakespeare’s likeness

Is this really a contemporary’s portrait of Shakespeare? .

The Best of Contemporary Mexican Fiction

Right Reading received this e-mail from Olivia Sears, president of the Center for the Art of Translation. I hope you are all enjoying The Best of Contemporary Mexican…

Should publishing be open?

Tim O’Reilly makes some points in its favor. .

Another independent publishing company bites the dust

Ten Speed Press, a mainstay of Bay Area Book Publishing for nearly forty years, has been sold to Random House, which means it is now part of the…

Public service announcement

Before “upgrading” your Netflix instant-watch player, think about it. .