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BBC: Why is modern music so loud?

In the ‘90’s A/V business, we called overcompression mush or hash.Back it the hell off.

01/08/16 • 03:40 PM • ArtsHistoryMusic • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Catapult: The Art of the Perfect Book Cover.

A book’s cover is the pictorial gateway into the world you’ve been crafting for years.” That’s why you hire an artist, and don’t try to handle it yourself. But do stick up for your vision, and work hard to articulate your desires to the artist. You’re often at loggerheads of understanding. Takes time to clear the decks of preconceived notions and find common ground from which to define the points you want graphically represented. You’re hiring someone for their design expertise - don’t hamper them, but also don’t let them run off and misrepresent your hard work. You’re a partnership working towards a goal.

01/08/16 • 03:35 PM • ArtsBooks • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Ms Magazine: As Subtle as the Pose.

Important read. You’ve heard it before. We get pummelled by the same visual tropes over and over and over, until we’re numb. And, for the record, I’ve never seen a single woman adopt that ‘fashion hunch’ in real life. Other than one with severe spine issues, and she couldn’t move otherwise.

Fashion needs some serious reality. Sadly, fashion bloggers are merely making cold calculated plays for sponsorship and ad impressions. They seem to not realize that together, they could drive a wedge in this industry, split it to pieces and reassemble it any damned way they want.

01/08/16 • 10:15 AM • ArtsConsumptionDesignHuman RightsPhotographyWeblogs • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Paris Review: The Nineteenth Century Obsession with Premature Burial.

We’re always so fascinated by death.

01/07/16 • 07:43 PM • ArtsBooksHistoryPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Atlantic: From ‘Avatar’ to ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘Beowulf’ to ‘Jaws,’ All Stories Are the Same.

Good read, but tap world myths. Plenty of variety there; common themes if you want them, but some decidedly surprising storylines.

01/07/16 • 01:04 PM • ArtsBooksHistoryPsychology • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

MessyNessyChic: Where the Statues of Paris were sent to Die.

In which we are reminded that Daesh behavior is not a one-off.

01/07/16 • 09:15 AM • ArtsHistoryPhotographyPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Italian Ways: The Stibbert Museum in Florence - dreams, weapons, and a taste of Japan.

Armor! I used to stretch my lunch hours in NYC so I could go visit the Armor room up at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

01/06/16 • 03:55 PM • ArtsHistoryPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Valet.: What Makes a Good Logo?

Michael Bierut, who’s worked on Saks Fifth Avenue, Harley-Davidson, The Atlantic, Princeton University, Guitar Hero and most recently, Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Grain of salt here: Hillary’s is no favorite of mine.

01/04/16 • 11:38 AM • ArtsConsumptionDesign • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Vimeo: 5 mètres 80.

Because everyone needs high-diving giraffes in their day.

12/22/15 • 09:45 AM • ArtsDesignMotion Graphics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: Virginia schools shut in Islam calligraphy row.

Teachers didn’t imagine this bit of script would be incendiary? How stupid can you be? Worst timing ever, to try using a statement of faith as a calligraphy lesson. Recitation of this in front of witnesses is considered the only formal step in conversion to Islam. And they offer this to kids in Baptist country. Jeez-oh-man.

12/18/15 • 11:00 AM • ArtsChildhoodReligionScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Literary Hub: Men Explain Lolita to Me.

You ask me, Humbert Humbert was one creepy, predaceous son-of-a-bitch. Nabokov’s writing is much-touted, but I can’t help wanting to read the novel Lolita would have written about the same experiences.

12/17/15 • 05:08 PM • ArtsBooksHistoryPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Open Culture: Creativity, Not Money, is the Key to Happiness.

As Csikszentmihalyi strongly suggests in his books and talks, the more we can lose ourselves intensely in creative activities that bring us fulfillment, the closer we come to being in harmony with ourselves and our world.” I have to agree.

12/16/15 • 06:43 AM • ArtsDesignGeneralMusicPsychology • (0) Comments

Autoweek: Car books for holiday shopping.

Nope. This instead. Thank me later.

12/15/15 • 10:57 AM • ArtsBooksHealthVehicles • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

WaPo: The Post drops the ‘mike’ — and the hyphen in ‘e-mail’.

Of note. Wonderful that we have humans who obsess over this kind of thing.

12/14/15 • 09:20 AM • ArtsBooksHistoryNews • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY TImes: ‘Childhood’s End,’ a Syfy Adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s Chillin

Sounds decent!

12/12/15 • 09:53 AM • ArtsBooksEntertainmentFutureHistoryScience • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

LRB: Michael Wood reviews ‘The Hunger Games’.

A different analysis.

12/09/15 • 03:18 PM • ArtsBooksEntertainment • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC World Service: Mona Lisa - the mystery deepens.

Oh, excellent.

12/08/15 • 11:32 AM • ArtsHistoryScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Atlantic: Historical Commemoration and the Age of Marble.

Princeton affixed Woodrow Wilson’s name to a residential college in 1968 (primarily in recognition of his role in Princeton’s development, though the controversy today involves his public record). But its two most recently built colleges are named for donors: the publishing tycoon Malcolm Forbes and a business executive, Meg Whitman. Quietly, the commemorative sphere has been eroded by the practice of naming buildings, not for figures of community esteem, but for the people who pay for them.” And boy, what eyesores some of them have put up. Hire a starchitect, build hyperexpensive albatrosses.

12/08/15 • 08:58 AM • ArtsHistoryScholarly • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

OpenCulture: Marcel Marceau Mimes the Progression of Human Life, in 4 Minutes.

Always amazing. Speaking of Princeton (below), I saw him at McCarter Theatre a decade or so before his death.

12/07/15 • 10:40 AM • ArtsEnvironmentalHistoryPersonal • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

LA Times: Oscar Castillo’s photos of Chicano life and protest are essential for understanding LA.

Looking through, I seem to detect how hyper-sexualized women’s clothing’s become in the last decades ... ?

12/07/15 • 08:31 AM • ArtsHistoryHuman RightsPhotography • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BookBub: Free Ebooks.

I seem to be the last person to have heard of this service. They inform you of deals from the major ebook retailers (free offers, reduced cost specials, etc.). Surprised at the bestsellers that get discounted occasionally. I haven’t joined yet (except with a fake email for a brief few minutes), but it looked useful. Anyone using them? I’m just concerned it’s an email-harvesting operation.

12/06/15 • 11:52 AM • ArtsBooksConsumption • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: The photographer who charmed Picasso and Muhammad Ali.

The stories he can tell ... amazing.

12/04/15 • 08:11 PM • ArtsHistoryPhotography • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: Rare King James Bible First Edition Discovered at Drew University.

You can play Indiana Jones at your local library.

12/04/15 • 11:44 AM • ArtsBooksHistoryReligion • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Atlantic: The Irony of Writing About Digital Preservation.

Silly me. I thought we still relied on microfilm as a backup.

12/04/15 • 10:42 AM • ArtsBooksHistoryInternetNews • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Italian Ways: Michelangelo’s “Pietà Rondanini”, an incunabulum of contempor

I’ve often wondered if El Greco was influenced by this last unfinished work of Michelangelo. Greco always went in for the enlongated, thin body style.

12/04/15 • 10:23 AM • ArtsHistoryTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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