Shorpy.com is the “100-year-old Photo Blog,” and everyday there’s at least one photo that makes it worth subscribing to its RSS feed. Recent favorites: Angel’s Curve Woman Mail Carrier (I so have a crush on her) Leapfrog, 1908
Photo from here. The Design Observer recently featured a sloppily-written article on why Apple is bad for design. Seeing the post’s title, I eagerly expected a thoughtful critique of that most vaunted of companies — nobody’s perfect, and there must be reasonable things to comment on. Instead, the DO article is an incoherent rambling on [...]
I’m trying to understand who the AIGA thinks they’re fooling with their recent-ish label, “AIGA, the professional association for design.” They claim AIGA no longer stands for “American Institute of Graphic Arts,” and that instead the organization’s purview is big-D-Design. And then they announced the lineup for their big 2007 Annual event, NEXT, and while [...]
Later I’ll write up my recollections of the Gel conference, but first I wanted to dash off a little rant based on something I heard. One of the presenters, Dan Dubno, brought forth the canard about how America is falling behind in math and science education, and that we’re not turning out as many scientists [...]
Tomorrow I leave Ottawa for New York City. I’ve been to Ottawa a couple times before, but never ate so consistently well as I did this go around. My first dinner was at Domus Cafe, which proudly features regional cuisine, and does it a delightful service. Breakfast the next morning was at Benny’s Bistro, where [...]
Kurt Vonnegut died. Like many nerdly types, I devoured his novels in junior high. Hell, I even got a teacher to let me use BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS for a class project, and I remember drawing assholes on the chalkboard in front of the class. While he is understandably lauded for CAT’S CRADLE and SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE, my [...]
I’m planning a road trip for late May, and considering driving along the Natchez Trace. Have you ever been? Is it worth it? Please add your thoughts to the comments.
I’m reading Henry Jenkins’ _Convergence Culture_, which addresses a number of points of convergence in how people engage with media — technological convergence (when everything’s digital, everything is easily manipulable, hackable, editable, mixable); producer and consumer convergence (people taking media developed by “established professionals” and making it their own; fans developing new stories for worlds [...]
Next week, I’m making a run across the eastern part of the United States. I’ll be in the Philadelphia area April 10-11. I’ll be in Ottawa April 12-15. I’ll be in New York City April 15-21. If we should hang out, let me know at peterme AT peterme DOT com.