WaPo: Why digital natives prefer reading in print. Yes, you read that right.
“A University of Washington pilot study of digital textbooks found that a quarter of students still bought print versions of e-textbooks that they were given for free. ‘These are people who aren’t supposed to remember what it’s like to even smell books,’ [snip].” The danger of assumption.
NPR: ‘First Edition’ Of The ‘Iliad’? Sure, Right Next To That ‘FIrst Edition’ Bible.
Kottke: Hunter S. Thompson calls customer service.
What an ass. Nightmare client. Sorry, but I’d kick him to the curb.
ArtDaily: 2 masterpieces from Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden available in gigapixel resolution.
Guardian.UK: Sylvie Guillem - ‘You dance, and there is always an answer’.
Some have ledes about her being “a car mechanic’s daughter” for the sensationalism; more informative is the fact her mother was a gymnastics instructor. Ms Guillem, your unique artistry will be missed.
Archaeology News Network: The men who smuggle the loot that funds IS.
Mashable: Lost Sherlock Holmes story found in an attic in Scotland.
The Atlantic: Does a Creative Firm Get a Boost From Being in a City?
God yes. Santa Fe’s dead, Albuquerque too, compared on a national scale. Note that in the ‘90’s, when we in NYC thought we were on top of our games, the actual most-creative work was being done in Atlanta, Dallas, Minneapolis. They just didn’t get the recognition because NYC owns the creative PR and has simply immense amounts of opportunity and resource to make a middling concept popular.
HuffPo: NYC Subway Cars - From Rolling Canvasses To Rolling Billboards.
“Twenty-five years later, whole-car graffiti trains are back in New York. Visually bombed with color and stylized typography top to bottom, inside and outside, and the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) is pocketing some handsome fees for it. It is not aerosol anymore, rather the eye-popping subway skin is made from enormous adhesive printed sheets that are laser cut to perfectly fit every single surface of a train car.” You know, I’ve worn mostly plain t-shirts for years now for specifically this reason - I refuse to be an unpaid human ‘advertising wrap’ for any companies but the ones I genuinely admire.
Flickr: Tinkerbots’ Photostream.
I could just stop blogging today with this ... something I’ve always meant to do myself, but oh-so-wonderful to see someone, anyone doing it.
Aeon: Where are all the women hermits?
Some things you never notice until someone points them out. Where is the woman adventurer of Colin Fletcher stripe (‘The Man Who Walked Through Time’)? An adventure with no culture-salving or stereotype-feeding references to men, relationship issues, psychological crises or children? Just an independent woman and her curiousity in the wide outdoors? Adding some of these books to my ‘to-read’ list. If you know of any good ones, suggestions welcome.
Petapixel: This ‘Flow Motion’ Time-Lapse of Dubai is Insane.
A crapload of hard work went into this. Both onsite and in post. Kudos.
Princeton Architectural Press: Let’s Go Letter Hunting.
A book to help you record what you discover.
Hired Guns Creative: Baba Yaga Absinthe.
A guaranteed conversation-starter, surely.
Vox: How to speak in Cockney rhyming slang.
Both cerebral and ghetto at the same time.
NY Times: Museum Rules - Talk Softly, and Carry No Selfie Stick.
Folks are so intent on their framing, they inadvertently bruise others and destroy property. Reminds me of when skateboards hit it big; kids ground off the edging on so many beautiful buildings around Princeton. Ugly scars *everywhere*. Tens of thousands of dollars of damage, that the University and town quietly paid for. I approve the stick-bans.
Past Horizons: Bedlam burial ground - Excavating the records.
One can’t forget Dicken’s Scrooge exclaiming, “... my clerk, with fifteen shillings a week, and a wife and family, talking about a merry Christmas. I’ll retire to Bedlam.” Naught like a bit o’ context.
(e) Science News: Power efficiency in the violin.
PS Mag: How Learning Artistic Skills Alters the Brain.
My first 365 project had this sort of effect. But ‘forced’ creativity isn’t the same as working towards a set of creative goals, IMHO. I’ve been shooting some events lately, and it opens up new ideas for framing, gets my timing skills down (to capture fleeting expressions). You want to get better at something, do it more often. Iterate faster, make better mistakes faster.
The Millions: Calendars, Timelines, and Collages - Mapping the Imaginary
How some authors lay out a book.
The Art Newspaper: Met can charge admission, judge rules—even if it’s just a penny.
“The Metropolitan Museum can charge visitors for admission, New York’s Supreme Court decided last week.” A bargain at almost any price. $25’s a little steep, though. Part of the fun was taking it in on spur-of-the-moment when at loose ends in that part of NYC. For $25, I’d limit my visitation to large blocks of time.
WSJ: Cowboy Culture, Alive and Well.
“Given the historic relevance of cowboys and ranchers to the settlement of the American West and to American cultural identity generally, it is curious that art depicting cowboy life tends to be looked down upon in a way other regional forms of artistic expression — Appalachian bluegrass, Delta Blues, Amish and Shaker culture — are not. [snip] ... the art associated with them is often reckoned to be naive, little more than kitsch.” And that’s a shame. Though myth is thick on the ground, there is much to enjoy.
Aeon: Welcome to Earth, population 500 million.
Messy Nessy Chic: Borrow an East London Time Capsule House.
“The house at 4 Princelet Street is one of those rare gems that has been so well conserved in its original state to hold on to all that history, that it’s not exactly liveable full-time. Instead, it can be borrowed; for private events, dinners, weddings, filming, photo shoots or pretty much whatever you can imagine borrowing it for.” Oh, fun.
BeyondBones: Beyond #BeardGate – What else has happened to Tut?
“ If you look closely at the mask today, you can still see the holes punched on either side of the neck to fix it in position. The collar itself is still displayed detached from the mask. It took fifteen years or so for the beard to make it back on to the mask, but the collar has still not been re-attached.”