Month: December 2009

Liquids

If it seems your printer is worth less than the ink you put in it, you could be right. This chart is via reflectionof.me.

Mailbag: A form query

I received the following e-mail: Within the last few months, I sent you a query regarding my book, [title redacted], which you kindly declined to represent. In the…

Say what?

“Hilburn . . . had the access and longevity to get to know musicians better than few in the media do today.” — Associated Press Is “better than…

A formalist analysis of the literary genre of the Windows installation plaint; or, an agony in nine fits

Commenter Ajay on the Making Light Forum has deconstructed the genre: I. Exordium. The narrator introduces himself, establishes his experience in computing (ethos) and exhorts the listeners to…

Monsoon

This brief video is for James Higham, who loves thunderstorms. It’s a glimpse of a monsoon thunderstorm seen from my guestroom at CS Graphics in Singapore, where I…

Hiatus

When this post publishes I will be on  a plane to a distant press check. I will miss being with family, who will keep the home fires burning…

Extraordinary finds

I maintain my own daybook, where I have recorded events by date that are significant to me (there is a link near the top of the left sidebar)….

It seems I haven’t been keeping up

The New York Times recently issued its list of 100 notable books of 2009 — and I don’t think I’ve read any of them! But it’s not like…

Early 20th-century scenes of Paris

Eugène Atget made a number of interesting sets of photos of aspects of Parisian life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Bibliothèque Nationale de France…

Google Wave

Google Wave, currently in beta, seems to be an effort to combine an online document feature (Google Docs) with a live chat feature (Google Chat). Contacts can collaborate…

DailyLit switches to free model

DailyLit is a service that sends excerpts from books that are said to be popular to subscribers via e-mail or RSS. Formerly the service required a paid subscription,…