2019-08-19: I copied @cleverdevil On This Day script to produce any entries on my page at …

2019-08-18: Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises. Samuel Butler

2019-08-16: I will often fight drowsiness or boredom or even needing to pee if I’m committed to what …

2019-08-11: Currently reading: Observatory Mansions by Edward Carey 📚

2019-08-08: Settling into Micro.blog Over the weekend, I imported 1,902 blog posts written since 2005 in Bloggr, Tumblr, Wordpress, and …

2019-08-06: "It goes s-l-o-w-l-y" So I left non-duality and left Facebook and that left me a good deal of free time. Time does not …

2019-08-03: Currently reading: Aug 9 - Fog by Kathryn Scanlan 📚

2019-06-14: Kill Sticky bookmarklet A bookmarklet that always finds its way to all of my browser toolbars is Alisdair McDiarmid’s Kill …

2019-05-31: RIP, Leon Redbone Variety published a wonderful, respectful, and damn interesting obituary on the mystery man of 20th …

2019-05-04: Is Mercury in Retrograde? I was swimming upstream most of the day, having trouble with all my tech (software, phone) and …

2019-04-29: Recent Enjoyments An acquaintance asked for recent books or movies I liked. This is what I wrote. We enjoyed watching …

2019-04-25: Shopper's Dilemma: Technology Daniel Lemire ponders whether to take advantage of today’s technology or wait till the technology …

2019-04-17: "Nasty character traits need an outlet" Time passes slowly at the old folks home in Amsterdam. If you don’t have anything special to do all …

2019-04-12: Hunger or Craving? Michael Graziano rather persuasively argues that the body’s mechanisms for managing hunger work just …

2019-04-11: The Magic of Utility, the Utility of Magic Wonderful summing-up final paragraph from Stefany Anne Golberg’s essay on The Long Lost Friend …

2019-04-09: A Colossal Self-Satisfaction Walt Whitman: It does a man good to turn himself inside out once in a while: to sort of turn the …

2019-04-09: Dream-child Walt Whitman tells a story: A woman I knew once asked a man to give her a child: she was greatly in …

2019-04-06: My Overcast Settings & Smart Playlists Back in the ‘90s and early 2000s, I used to listen to Audible.com pre-podcast-era “podcasts” …

2019-04-05: Wound-Up Opera In sorting through the old vinyl, I run across several “what was I thinking??” purchases. Curiosity, …

2019-04-04: The Ubiquity of Smartphones, as Captured by Photographers The first image in this collection of pictures of smartphone users around the world reminds me of …

2019-04-04: Reminding You Who's In Charge From ProPublica: the number of IRS audits of a poor county in Mississippi makes it the most heavily …

2019-04-03: Who is our Community? Brilliant, tough, compassionate story from Buzzfeed’s Joe Bernstein on the Baraboo photo: The …

2019-03-29: My paper on Anton Chekhov's "On Official Business" During the last semester of my master’s program, I was crunching the numbers on my survey and …

2019-03-25: Because They're There From Robin Sloan’s latest newsletter: Beware, anytime you hear anybody talking about reading novels …

2019-03-20: MusicProf78's YouTube Channel For the last few decades, I’ve loved listening to popular music of the 1910s, ‘20s, and ‘30s. They …

2019-03-14: Critical MAS: Tips on Quitting Facebook Michael Allen Smith’s nine tips for getting out of Facebook (see his post for details): Define the …

2019-03-13: Dracula as Hero of His Own Story The latest production from Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss is a revamping of Bram Stoker's venerable …

2019-02-19: Ambling Through the Ambience A great find, via the ever-essential Open Culture: For those who think 50 minutes is too short and …

2019-02-16: iPad Pro Observations I subscribe to Daniel Lemire’s blog. He is a computer science professor at the University of Quebec. …

2019-02-15: "Dearest Liz" Here, I am shamelessly aping Michael Leddy’s post, which should come as no surprise as I shamelessly …

2019-02-14: Jeanette Winterson on broken hearts and time Jeanette Winterson: My heart was broken recently and I keep the pieces on the back step in a …

2019-02-10: Do I Need to Digitize This Album? Or Can I Download it Instead? I could take the time to record both sides of an album, edit those recordings, create metadata, find …

2019-02-10: Is This an Album Worth Keeping? After I finish digitizing a record and putting it in the Donate box, I pluck the next one from the …

2019-02-02: Lovers of Art? From The Decatur Review, February 24, 1961: Art lovers are purging the nudes from the Decatur Public …

2019-02-01: Fasting February Search this blog for "diet" and you'll find many posts on various strategies I've tried. After many …

2019-01-28: Art is What Gets Away With You Jeanette Winterson, one of my favorite writers on the meaning, experience, and vitalness of art: Art …

2019-01-27: The Tomb and the Telephone Box From The Public Domain Review: Though Nikolaus Pevsner wrote that the nineteenth century “forgot …

2019-01-26: R.I.P., Super Dave Osborn The passing of Bob Einstein also brought the passing of his alter-ego, the heroically ill-fated …

2019-01-25: Listening to Records via iMac Speakers So far, the only way I’ve been able to listen to these records has been when recording them via …

2019-01-24: Everyone Except Me From Oliver Burkeman’s latest column, “Sexist? Bigoted? Aren’t we all?”: The safest working …

2019-01-23: The Power of Now CJ Chilvers’ latest newsletter featured a blog post he wrote on creating a Now page. (Here’s CJ’s …

2019-01-22: Lady Posing Naked Behind a Guitar The Guardian justifiably criticizes Avril Lavigne’s promo shot for her new album (while linking out …

2019-01-21: Dangerous Songs? Pete Seeger wrote the liner notes to his 1966 release Dangerous Songs?, a collection rather loosely …

2019-01-20: The Vinyl Digitizing Project: The First Cull As part of my winter project to cull/digitize our combined vinyl collection, I’m now handling …

2019-01-19: Learning from Flawed Teachers Austin Kleon remembers great advice from Jeffrey Tambor (“Worrying is not preparation”) and wonders …

2019-01-18: Lawns Are an Ecological Disaster I’ve always hated cutting grass, from my teenage years when it was my only source of income to being …

2019-01-17: Reading for Information vs Transformation vs ...? Steve Edwards reads a lot into his bookstore visits: In my twenties the question was never “What do …

2019-01-16: And Yet It Fools Everybody Callow American reporter — and skeptic — Jack Walser ponders “half-woman, half-swan” Sophie Fevvers’ …

2019-01-14: Tech Ailments in America ImagineMD: Just what tech-induced ailments do we suffer from, and how do we describe them? To …

2019-01-14: Batched Delivery of Gmails to my Inbox I am always and forever tweaking how I use Gmail. I wrote about a script to send an email on a …

2019-01-12: macOS: Ignore Ownership on an External Drive I bought a 4TB external drive last year. I created two partitions: one to hold a Carbon Copy Cloner …

2019-01-12: Clearing Automatic Album Ratings in iTunes I tend to rate songs or tracks in iTunes or iOS Music with stars, as I’ve written about before. As …

2019-01-10: On Throwing Out My Old Memorabilia Tonight, as part of our attic cleanup, I processed a box that I’ve probably not seen since I put it …

2019-01-10: "Funemployment" During a Government Shutdown As of this writing, we are in Day 19 of Dunning K. Trump’s shutdown of the government. I’ve worked …

2019-01-08: Clearing Out Those "Someday" Projects We’re downsizing in preparation for moving house in a couple of years. To that end, all those boxes …

2019-01-07: Burkeman's New Year's Resolution I love Oliver Burkeman’s weekly look at what’s trending in the self-help world. His New Year’s …

2019-01-06: The Dumbest Publishing Platform on the Web txt.fyi: Write something, hit publish, and it's live. There's no tracking, ad-tech, webfonts, …

2019-01-05: Fill Every Single Empty Moment Nielsen-Norman Group UX study conclusion: This compulsion to fill the silence is related to …

2019-01-04: Final Thoughts on Montaigne From the final pages of Michael Perry’s Montaigne in Barn Boots: An Amateur Ambles Through …

2019-01-03: Amateurs Amble Through Philosophy The only thing more fun than reading Montaigne, it seems, is reading what others say about …

2019-01-03: More of, Less of My typical New Year’s Day tool for many years has been selecting a Word of the Year, most often …

2019-01-01: "Vulnerability is the key to longevity" Eddie Smith, from 2016: Modern survival is antithetical to everything evolution programmed us for. …

2018-12-25: On keeping a one-line-a-day diary Sophie McBain:  There is no space for unnecessary detail. It also takes only a few minutes to …

2018-11-25: Graveyard vs Cemetery Driving down backroads from the Jordan Lake Christmas Tree Farm, we passed a white clapboard church …

2018-05-26: What I believe, for now I believe in going to the funeral. I believe in going to the wedding. I believe some occasions, …

2018-05-15: Audiobook: Mrs. Dalloway My only experience with Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway is the exquisite 1997 movie. I'd tried …

2018-05-13: Mom's Day Memory At breakfast yesterday with my parents, my brother and his family, I asked about the first home we …

2018-05-09: Photo: Lone Peony Taken by Liz with her iPhone 7, Sunday afternoon, on the kitchen counter. The only peony this year. …

2018-05-08: In So Many Words Richard Dalloway leaves his pompous colleague Hugh as they exit a jewelry store. Richard is struck …

2018-05-07: 5 Updates and 1 Swivel The UpdatesBackups UpdateThe Time Machine backups to the Time Capsule are running flawlessly. I …

2018-05-05: In Passing [At the library, after pointing out a shelf of books labeled "Amish Fiction."] "Where's the …

2018-05-04: David L. Ulin on Tristram Shandy, Zadie Smith, and the Fiction of Apocalypse | Book Marks They [Tristram Shandy and The Anatomy of Melancholy] are reminders that weirdness, …

2018-05-03: In Praise of the Small Town Library | Literary Hub If you don’t happen to live near a college or a bookstore, if your relatives aren’t bookish, the …

2018-05-02: This headless robotic cat pillow will wag its way into your heart - The Verge Susan Weinschenk’s talk at TriUXPA the other night on the future of human-technology …

2018-05-01: A short new movie of a comet’s surface is pretty incredible | Ars Technica Ars Technica displays an animated GIF composed of still images collected from the Rosetta's orbit …

2018-04-30: Photo: Cafeteria Menu Board On my way to tonight's TriUXPA event, I grabbed an early supper at my favorite place to eat in …

2018-04-29: Backups update With the network problems seemingly taken care, we were still plagued with occasional, maddening …

2018-04-28: If you move a meeting forward, what does that really mean? | Oliver Burkeman | The Guardian All of which is a reminder of how odd it is that we think of time using spatial metaphors at all – …

2018-04-27: "Posters" – Fifty-Nine Parks A stunning gallery of posters for each national park. (via Shawn Blanc's newsletter) <a …

2018-04-26: Emergency funds The Two Cents column on emergency funds has the good, standard advice offered by financial planners …

2018-04-25: "I need to figure that out..." Over the years, I have set a few mental triggers for myself that let me know my thinking is revved …

2018-04-24: Can a Male Artist Still Paint a Female Nude? | The Cut While feminist art critics have for decades pointed out the shortcomings of the “male gaze,” the …

2018-04-23: The Guiding Greene Light of Harry Crews “Graham Greene—you’ve probably heard me quote before, because god knows, it’s true—’The writer …

2018-04-23: Sometimes the Best Way to Read is to Mark Up the Book | Literary Hub In order to understand writing, I have to annotate it. I started with Hopkins. I bought a used …

2018-04-22: Nancy for a new age Orange Crate Art's ongoing coverage of the Nancy comic strip -- from the acclaimed Fantagraphics …

2018-04-21: Soviet film posters of the '50s and '60s The Guardian web site runs an online gallery of pictures or images on a theme. The movie posters …

2018-04-20: More on passwords CriticalMAS read my post on creating Diceware passwords and in response posted a very cool Mad Libs …

2018-04-19: Don't fight the system -- create a new one “You never change anything by fighting the existing. To change something, build a new model …

2018-04-18: DSL woes v -- The End (...for now?...) I made a few changes a week ago when the connectivity was poor. I basically reset everything to zero …

2018-04-17: Alan Ayckbourn: Advice from Harold Pinter I think Norman’s background is deliberately sketchy - I’m less interested in his genesis …

2018-04-16: How to Clean Your Gmail Autocomplete List • Productivity Portfolio When I was at UNC for a couple years I sent and received emails from my Gmail account to lots and …

2018-04-15: Today’s goodies Liz gifted us with flourless peanut butter cookies, with fresh ground peanut butter from the co-op. …

2018-04-14: Creating random passphrases for stronger passwords At home on my iMac, when I need to create a strong password, I use 1Password's generator, …

2018-04-13: Windows: My startup.bat file @echo off :: source: https://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch001678.htm :: to add a pause, insert …

2018-04-12: Surviving the Ordinary: Why We Need Memoirs of Regular Lives | Literary Hub So why do we need this book?Mary Laura Philpott’s article looks at books of the ordinary lives …

2018-04-11: DSL woes iv Still getting frequent, brief DNS outages. The speed is noticeably slower for long periods, but with …

2018-04-10: How To Access The WiFi Scanner In macOS Sierra - Let's Talk Tech I was looking for a wifi scanner to check whether there were less cluttered wifi channels in our …

2018-04-09: Self-Improvement's ultimate goal? Creating James Bond villains [caption id=“” align=“alignnone” …

2018-04-08: DSL woes iii Every couple of years something goes wonky with our DSL connection and it requires major …

2018-04-07: Jessica Hische on procrastination The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of …

2018-04-06: For further reading In praise of William James. I need to read more of his work; his letters are wonderful.North …

2018-04-05: I ended up being nothing that I can currently identify I decided at one point in my life that I never wanted to be anything that would not allow me to be …

2018-04-04: DSL woes ii Last night, I purchased and installed from the Mac App Store the program Network Logger Pro …

2018-04-03: Lenten learnings and Eastertide challenge For Lent, I gave up listening to podcasts and adopted Mark Forster's Fast FVP at work.  Fast …

2018-04-02: DSL woes We've had very patchy Frontier DSL connectivity for over a week now.  It's uncanny that the DSL …

2018-04-01: Pervasive language We saw a trailer for an R-rated movie, and one of the rating justifications was for "pervasive …

2018-03-31: Two demotivational quotes Build a man a fire, he stays warm for an hour. Set a man on fire, he stays warm for the rest of his …

2018-03-30: Creating a recurring email message in Windows Outlook 2016 The Situation At my day job, there's an email I need to send every week. Same subject, same …

2018-03-29: Avoid The "Just One More Thing" Impulse I have been posting a business/productivity/mastermindish type article every Sunday on LinkedIn for …

2018-03-28: Jimmy Dean on luck A great reminder to stay a little bit awake as I move through the day. “You gotta try your …

2018-03-28: Outage breaks posting streak! (The March 27 post) Frontier DSL experienced a mass outage in Durham, NC, last night, before I was able to make …

2018-03-26: Jacques Barzun on True Work I cannot remember where I got this quote, but it impressed itself on me so much that I had it posted …

2018-03-25: AI's intelligence and stupidity in one photo stitch fail | Engadget A Google panorama photo fail from a Reddit user has again shown how good AI can be at weirdly …

2018-03-24: Shook | Austin Kleon A bomb exploded in my neighborhood last night on a sidewalk I walk every morning with my wife and …

2018-03-23: What Exactly Does a Librarian Do? Everything. | Literary Hub Lots of different types of library work happens everywhere—new jobs crop up daily, thanks to …

2018-03-22: The Portlandia Effect: How Did the Show Change Portland? After hundreds of voters weighed in, the results came back. Old Portland died on January 21, 2011 — …

2018-03-21: Hold On to the Badge This is a rather silly little hack but when I do it, it solves lots of little problems.  The …

2018-03-20: Teaching the New Testament – A Jewish Professor Looks Back By 1992, as I approached my 20th year of university teaching, I’d evolved the philosophy that we who …

2018-03-19: Productivity Update I have noticed an interesting change in my attitude about Inbox Zero – basically, I’ve …

2018-03-18: Boiling Ourselves to Death These panels are talking to me about politics, the workplace, life, lots of things. Laugh or get out …

2018-03-17: For Further Reading Stuff I wanted to read but didn't get to. Maybe this weekend...?  Maeve Brennan: On the Life of …

2018-03-16: Search for: "The Untold Story of *" In writing yesterday's post, I did one of my cheeky searches in the Audible catalog for "The Untold …

2018-03-15: Do Audio Books Count As Reading? | Literary Hub James Tate Hill's essay is a fascinating memoir of how he went from sighted, sporadic reader to …

2018-03-14: Tom Hardy on The Sanity of Actors “A performer is asked to do two things,” [the actor Tom Hardy] tells me. “To be disciplined and …

2018-03-13: International Eye Test Chart (1907) Another wonderful discovery from the Public Domain Review: an eye test chart from a 1907 San …

2018-03-12: Lower your voice to calm down This is a useful tip I've handed out since it was given to me years ago. At the time, in my 20s, I …

2018-03-11: Notes to Myself I stand 6'3" (1.91 meters) and wear size 15 shoes. At the movies today, as I stood to move into the …

2018-03-11: Eight Books, Audiobooks, Comics Encounters With an Enlightened Man by Linda Quiring. Of the three books written by Quiring …

2018-03-09: David Halperin on God and Mystery “It’s within mystery—real or invented—that the human spirit thrives. (“I don’t believe in …

2018-03-09: For Further Reading Stuff I wanted to read but didn't get to. Maybe this weekend...?  For Two Months, I Got My News …

2018-03-08: Show Your Work Inspired by Austin Kleon’s book Show Your Work, and my wholesome need to generate a new blog …

2018-03-07: Software: Leech, Amphetamine Leech and Amphetamine are specialized Mac utilities that, when I need them, perform so dependably I …

2018-03-06: An Empty Cup What I have found in the last few years of reading and soaking in The Three Principles -- and it's …

2018-03-05: Diet Update I have described the type of weight tracking chart I'm using. Here's my chart with measurements that …

2018-03-04: Civilian Tech Support Two incidents yesterday consumed lots of investigation and research time. Then, with the right …

2018-03-03: Emptying My Cup I have been posting lots of stuff since December 25, 2017. Not as much as Seth Godin, of course, but …

2018-03-02: Zero Grief Policy I evaluated lots of Windows help authoring tools for one of my early freelancing jobs. As I searched …

2018-03-01: The Malpass Brothers We spent last evening at Blue Note Grill to watch The Malpass Brothers, a home-grown band from …

2018-02-28: Diarizing Update Of the three diarizing methods I have been experimenting with: I only occasionally take a 1-Second …

2018-02-27: I Got Through Today I got very little sleep, about 5 hours. My fourth or fifth night of poor sleep. This usually puts me …

2018-02-26: App: Plants vs. Zombies 2 I experienced the original PopCap Plants vs Zombies game on my MacBook in 2009, coinciding with my …

2018-02-25: Software: Fluid for macOS Fluid is an app to (kind of) create apps:  Fluid lets you create a Real Mac App (or "Fluid …

2018-02-24: The Most Important Thing I've Ever Written? - Blog - Get Everything Done Mark Forster’s ideas, as I’ve said elsewhere on this blog, have been very influential on …

2018-02-23: Maybe, instead..."Crosswalk"? The local arts council holds "progressive" dinners, where you start in one location for appetizers, …

2018-02-22: Five Pots I am working with a wonderful Three Principles coach, with a specific focus of starting a side …

2018-02-21: Carolina Parakeet, RIP From today's Public Domain Review newsletter: 100 years ago today, the very last Carolina …

2018-02-20: Fat Loss Cheatsheet: What Works and What Doesn't (for me) - Critical MAS There are many health and fitness blogs and sites out there, but I enjoy most the blog of a serious …

2018-02-19: Research: Removing Yahoo Search Malware from Chrome Browser on Mac Problem: On my iMac, I’d type search keywords into the Chrome browser’s address bar. …

2018-02-18: Who Will You Be The Day After Achieving Your Goal? As my first coach told us, you can have anything you want as long as you're willing to pay the …

2018-02-18: Five TV Shows Cinderella (1965). The color version of the Rodgers & Hammerstein piece, with Lesley Ann Warren. …

2018-02-16: Kate Bowler on Her Cancer Diagnosis and Her Faith | Time How did you change as a parent?I became less invested in milestones and also those lovely …

2018-02-15: Getting Things Done For Lent If you search this blog, you'll find UK time management coach and author Mark Forster's name pop up …

2018-02-14: Brad Pilon: Getting Shredded Brad Pilon writes about the goal some men have of being "shredded": getting their body fat to such a …

2018-02-13: Pinkcast 2.14. This is the best time of day to exercise | Daniel H. Pink For a few years, I used to do a dumbbell routine in the mornings, rising at about 530 or 6am to do …

2018-02-12: Maxims and Mottoes Indecision causes suffering. A line my first coach used a lot and that explains a lot of suffering I …

2018-02-11: Dream Liz and I are sitting in a church, in the front row of the wooden pews. There is a brick wall about …

2018-02-10: Fortunes Two fortunes from last night's Neo-China takeout: “Storms make oaks take deeper root. …

2018-02-09: Austin Kleon: Feeling blocked? Play with blocks! One of my Friday joys is writer and artist Austin Kleon's newsletter of 10 items he thinks worth …

2018-02-08: Leon Redbone I first became acquainted with Mr. Redbone, not through his Saturday Night Live appearance, but when …

2018-02-07: Fast Company: "This Is What It’s Like To Not Own A Smartphone In 2018" Kathleen Davis' "think piece" -- you can read it in under four minutes -- briskly surveys the …

2018-02-06: Six Movies Darkest Hour (2017). Gary Oldman, unrecognizable as usual, as Churchill. I’m unclear, in these …

2018-02-05: Gmail Delay Send An advantage of some desktop or third-party email clients is their ability to schedule sending an …

2018-02-04: Digital Sabbath I spend my working days at a computer and sometimes whole evenings too. And bits of the weekend. For …

2018-02-04: Three Use Cases I am debating what I want in a protective case for my iPad Pro. A luxury problem, to be sure. There …

2018-02-03: Leaving My Email Alone The @SaneLater folder in my Gmail account bulges with links to pages, or the text of pages saved via …

2018-02-01: Diet Update & Fasting I weighed 211.0 lbs. a couple days ago, way over the control line. So I did a 22-hour or so fast. I …

2018-01-31: GOOGLE SITE SEARCH BOOKMARKLET I install a consistent set of bookmarklets across all the browsers I use at work and home. (Except …

2018-01-30: INSTANT WATCHER, FIXABLE Flixable is a search engine for Netflix-specific streaming video. It features a more open design …

2018-01-29: BACKUPS UPDATE Well, blow me down. I ran a manual Time Machine backup on Sunday – about 16GB – and it ran without a …

2018-01-28: TECH OVERLOAD What began last year as “modernizing” has turned into a bit of a tech tsunami at our house: Got my …

2018-01-27: TOUCH ID TIP: ADD YOUR PINKY FINGERS Liz bought her first smartphone today, an iPhone 7. The Apple customer support person we spoke to …

2018-01-26: DIET UPDATE Yesterday, I weighed 210.2, about a pound under my control line. This morning, I weighed 211.8, …

2018-01-25: BLOGTROTTR Ever since the death of Google Reader, I have avoided finding another RSS reader. I already have …

2018-01-24: Audible.com Daily Deals Back in 2001 when I first started subscribing to Audible, you got one free book a month. I stopped …

2018-01-23: Ursula K. Le Guin “Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the …

2018-01-22: LIBRARY SCIENCE She'd gone to school for years to study library science. He didn't see how it could be so …

2018-01-21: BACKUPS (CONT’D) Well, that was interesting. I logged in to Liz’s account to back up her home directory to my Lacie …

2018-01-20: LOGITECH K811 KEYBOARD I had a full-sized wired aluminum Mac keyboard for years. I used it with the MacBook and later with …

2018-01-20: BACKUPS (cont'd) So, backups. On my Time Capsule (ca. 2015) I get the same bland unhelpful error message described …

2018-01-18: EVERYTHING IS A MESS AND ALL IS WELL At the start of Awareness, Anthony deMello shares the secret divulged by all mystics of all faiths, …

2018-01-17: SNOWSCAPES - DAY AND NIGHT Durham NC got about 8-11 inches of snow today. Here's a shot from our backyard (taken by Liz) this …

2018-01-16: FROM CRASHPLAN TO BACKBLAZE After I renewed my Crashplan subscription last August, they announced, bless their hearts, they were …

2018-01-15: COFFEENOMICS Liz and I have an informal tradition of going to a local bakery/deli place for breakfast when …

2018-01-14: RESTARTING MY DIET, SUCH AS IT IS - 2 The key tool for me will be a weight-tracking chart made with pen and graph paper. The chart format …

2018-01-14: Graham Linehan on Sitcom Geek podcast James Cary, writer of numerous UK radio and TV sitcoms and of the excellent Sitcom Geek blog and of …

2018-01-12: RESTARTING MY DIET, SUCH AS IT IS - 1 I have paid for Herbalife, Diet Center (where I had to weigh in weekly and eat at least one large …

2018-01-11: RESTARTING MY EXERCISE PROGRAM, SUCH AS IT IS I went to the Y and aerobics classes in the ’80s, used the weight machines with my gym memberships …

2018-01-10: From Safari Back to Chrome On my iMac, I’ve used the Chrome browser for many many years. This was an artifact of my using a …

2018-01-09: On Making the “Teacher” Video The course was titled “Make A 5-Minute Documentary in 7 Weeks” but it was almost seven months before …

2018-01-08: TEECCINO I did not start drinking coffee till my mid to late 20s at my first job. My bad nightowl habits, …

2018-01-07: Diarizing my life Sorry for the horrible "diarizing" in the title, but the word fits for now.  In addition to …

2018-01-06: Four-Quadrant Movies In the world's neverending quest to quantify, there is the concept of the "four-quadrant movie." I'm …

2018-01-05: Sofia Bonati's Amazing Ladies Quietly beautiful portraits of women against a backdrop of mazes, flowers, and William …

2018-01-04: Sleepytime I have tried various technological or mental gizmos over the years to help me fall and stay asleep: …

2018-01-03: The Potato Hack I just finished boiling about 5 lbs. of red potatoes, eyes and blemishes removed but much of the …

2018-01-02: Doomsday for 2018 is ... Wednesday See my previous post on the Doomsday Calendar to comprehend all.

2018-01-01: Word of the Year: TRUST I quit adopting New Year's Resolutions some years ago. But I liked the idea of an official "fresh …

2017-12-31: Reformatting Time Capsule Backups via Time Machine to our 2TB Time Capsule have not gone smoothly the last several months, …

2017-12-31: Amazon Live Chat Support = Refund Liz wanted to return one of the gifts I'd purchased for her from her Amazon wishlist. She tries to …

2017-12-29: Two Very Different Travel Days Instead of driving 13 or more hours from Durham, NC, to Lakeland, FL, for Christmas, we decided this …

2017-12-28: What Did Jesus Look Like? The 2015 BBC News article What Did Jesus Really Look Like? is still interesting, even in the …

2017-12-27: Traveling with my iPad Pro 10.5 One of my reasons for purchasing the iPad Pro was to replace my Chromebook as a travel computing …

2017-12-26: Six More Little Words The same coach I mentioned in the previous post asked me in a later session to sum up a motto or …

2017-12-25: Three Little Words I worked with a coach one time who asked me a question that I regret I can't recall. Something about …

2017-12-07: Still running Sierra and iOS 10.3 Computers -- or playing with them -- has been a hobby, pastime, and necessity for the last couple of …

2017-12-05: How I'm Learning Now My day job for the last two or so decades has been as a software technical writer. Basically, I …

2017-11-30: My New iPad New and first iPad ever, actually, only a few weeks old. It's the 10.5-inch iPad Pro and it is a …

2017-11-28: "Teacher" -A Short Documentary In the spring of 2017, I was searching for a new creative project to take my mind off of work …

2017-08-04: The purpose of being a serious writer is not to express oneself, and it is not to make something …

2017-07-27: And Yet - Los Angeles Review of Books And Yet - Los Angeles Review of Books

2017-06-20: [gallery] (via There’s a Ghost Behind You | The Smart Set) Source: thesmartset.com

2017-06-07: (via In Praise of Boredom | Literary Review of Canada) Source: reviewcanada.ca

2017-05-04: Domestic Comedy Liz: "Thank you for doing the dishes and bringing home all these library books! This is an …

2017-05-04: Some Lesser-Known Truths About Academe One thing my professors told me early in graduate school: You absolutely must condition yourself to …

2017-03-24: (via Why Information Matters - The New Atlantis) Source: thenewatlantis.com

2017-03-24: Why Information Matters Why Information Matters

2017-03-06: The very beginnings of both technologies, however, could be found at an institution that had been …

2017-02-28: James Baldwin’s FBI file contains 1,884 pages of documents, collected from 1960 until the early …

2017-02-10: If you could give a piece of advice to a young person starting out, what would you say? I would …

2017-02-03: (via jla67.jpg (400×601)) Source: openlettersmonthly.com

2017-02-02: The skin of some of the men developed a coarse, rough appearance, as a result of the hardening of …

2017-01-27: thenearsightedmonkey: Sometimes we are so confused and sad that all we can do is glue one thing to …

2017-01-27: Another thought comes quickly, particularly when I think about all these people here searching for …

2017-01-20: austinkleon: P.T. Barnum, The Art Of Money Getting (1880) “Golden rules for making money.” The …

2017-01-16: My haul from the April '16 Zine Machine Printed Matter Festival [caption id=“” align=“alignnone” width=“2500.0”]My zine …

2017-01-15: Tales from The White Box In my office, under a table, has been sitting a white cardboard banker's box for several years. It …

2017-01-14: "Presto!" by Penn Jillette Having been swayed by Critical Mas's post on the potato hack and read the (e)book on the subject, I …

2017-01-05: (via aquaman66.jpg (564×842)) Source: openlettersmonthly.com

2017-01-04: (via The Strange Art of the Posthumous Portrait | New Republic) Source: newrepublic.com

2017-01-04: To start with, the Second Law implies that misfortune may be no one’s fault. The biggest …

2016-12-25: The tipoff for me is somatic. Whenever a project comes to me, one that is right, that is genuine, I …

2016-12-19: In a 2004 New Yorker feature on the Farrelly Brothers’s attempt to write a script for a new …

2016-12-12: 11 favorite Christmas albums We have a strict rule: no playing of Christmas music until we're driving back from my Aunt Carolyn's …

2016-12-05: (via What can people do better than machines? The view from 1951 – Clive Thompson) Source: …

2016-12-05: There is only one way to read, which is to browse in libraries and bookshops, picking up books that …

2016-12-01: My quixotic smart Christmas playlist In iTunes, I have assigned the genre "Christmas" to all my Yuletide music, albums and singletons …

2016-11-25: The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what …

2016-11-11: No compromises. No accommodation. No surrender. Be everything that Donald Trump and his supporters …

2016-11-11: Wearing a bolo tie and his trademark fedora, Mr. Cohen dryly made light in his acceptance speech of …

2016-11-11: It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar …

2016-11-08: [gallery] (via Undead and Born Criminal | The Smart Set) Source: thesmartset.com

2016-11-08: Globe Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" We saw the theatrical streaming of the Globe Theatre’s The Merchant of Venice recently, as …

2016-11-06: She once said Picasso gave her the “best lesson in composition” she ever received when he told her …

2016-10-29: "More Fool Me" by Stephen Fry (audiobook) More Fool Me is Fry’s third book of memoirs, and covers roughly the years 1986-2001, when he …

2016-10-13: Denver, October 2016

Liz presented at the AMWA conference, so I tagged along and cavorted at will. From the mental …

2016-10-06: Who's Working for Who? I traveled with Liz to Denver CO for a few days while she attended a conference while I cavorted. …

2016-09-27: Google Me This: "The Lost Art of *" I was cleaning out my Evernote inbox and saw two topics side by side: "The Lost Art of Memorizing …

2016-09-26: From the NC State Fair Food Labs From a AAA.com GO magazine article on what to expect at this year's state fairs in the Carolinas: …

2016-09-04: Two people with languages unknown to each other met, and tried to communicate. One said, “I …

2016-08-31: In 1911, Delafield was accepted as a postulant by a French religious order established in Belgium. …

2016-08-01: I grow old ever learning many things. Solon - Wikiquote Source: en.wikiquote.org

2016-08-01: Read, every day, something no one else is reading. Think, every day, something no one else is …

2016-07-08: Another Another death. Another killing. Another explosion. Another shooting. Another outrage perpetrated by …

2016-07-05: "Priory of Sion" in Portland OR

In Portland OR, I saw the following chalked on sidewalks in different parts of the city: PofS, with boot

 

PofS, slant

In …

2016-06-28: (via PowerPoint Makes Us Stupid | The Smart Set) Source: thesmartset.com

2016-06-28: (via Wonder Woman’s Wintry Foe: The Blue Snowman - The Devil’s Tale) Source: …

2016-06-24: fuckyeahquangle: Things to live by.

2016-06-20: (via Know Thyself | Michael Neill) Source: michaelneill.org

2016-05-18: [gallery] (via Hypnotism Posters (ca. 1900) | The Public Domain Review) Source: …

2016-05-07: Penny dreadfuls: the Victorian equivalent of video games Penny dreadfuls: the Victorian equivalent of video games

2016-04-30: The Case of the Two-Headed Author | The Smart Set The feuding duo behind one of America’s greatest (fictional) detectives Source: The Case of the …

2016-04-19: [gallery] (via Non Finito | The Smart Set) Source: thesmartset.com

2016-04-19: Non Finito | The Smart Set The Metropolitan Museum Breuer on 75th Street and Madison Avenue (the former site of the Whitney …

2016-04-12: (via My hero: WNP Barbellion by William Atkins | Books | The Guardian) Source: theguardian.com

2016-04-07: (via il_570xN.474524880_hzd3.jpg (570×570)) Source: img0.etsystatic.com

2016-04-01: (via Jewish Review of Books » Jews on the Loose) Source: jewishreviewofbooks.com

2016-03-30: Maintaining the Technical Status Quo (For Now)

I spent the last week doing some intensive research on two potential tech purchases: an iPhone for …

2016-03-10: [gallery] (via The Strange Case of Mr William T. Horton | The Public Domain Review) Source: …

2016-03-07: If I had a really concrete professional fear, it would be that I would wake up in the morning and …

2016-03-07: (via Raunchy, Raucous Coney Island by J. Hoberman | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books) …

2016-03-01: [gallery] (via The Case of the Two-Headed Author | The Smart Set) Source: thesmartset.com

2016-02-26: (via MFA vs. CIA | Lapham’s Quarterly)

2016-02-24: (via One-Touch to Inbox Zero — Forte Labs — Medium) Source: medium.com

2016-02-21: Real empowerment and respect is to see our fellow citizens—victims and privileged, religious and …

2016-02-15: (via Living an Invisible Life – Supercoach 365) Source: supercoach365.com

2016-02-11: What We've Been Watching - January '16 Youth (Dir: Paolo Sorrentino, 2015) I like a slow, meandering, plotless movie more than the next guy …

2016-02-11: (via Adam Gopnik — Practicing Doubt, Redrawing Faith | On Being) Source: onbeing.org

2016-02-10: (via Hope Rekindled for ABC Proof | Quanta Magazine) Source: quantamagazine.org

2016-02-09: I am never worried about my kids lacking intelligence, but I am often concerned when I see that they …

2016-01-30: Playmakers Rep's "Three Sisters" In their ads read during the local morning NPR news, Playmakers Rep touted its “new take” on …

2016-01-27: Mark Forster's Book Challenge UK time management coach and author Mark Forster has set himself the challenge to read only one book …

2016-01-22: (via Leslie Stein’s Comic Book School for Little Girls | VICE | United States) Source: Vice …

2016-01-22: As Rocky got back to his feet, Ali broke the spell. “The most scary moment in a …

2016-01-22: Rather than demanding authenticity, which is inherently paradoxical–trying to be real is …

2016-01-19: Jon Benjamin Tries Jazz Best known as the lead voice on Bob’s Burgers and Archer, Benjamin has no expertise in jazz …

2016-01-17: Inbox by Google I switched from Yahoo Mail to Gmail back in 2006 or 2007; it took awhile to come to grips with it, …

2016-01-17: He was always around, and for most of the time, putting out material, appearing in movies, being …

2016-01-15: I once heard a philosopher tell a story about a student who asked him what he ought to do with his …

2016-01-13: My vision of retirement has always been to move someplace hot, and sit out on a patio reading (or …

2016-01-09: The two saddest words in the English language: “What party?” “Rash Decisions” · Modern …

2015-12-27: [gallery] magictransistor: Salvador Dalí, Reina de Corazones (Queen of Hearts) y Rey de Corazones …

2015-12-18: A good life is not a life without problems. A good life is a life with good problems. Shut Up and Be …

2015-12-15: Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss Tom has finally made his peace with this book, but it took a while. …

2015-12-11: Friday Links The Best Book on American Poetry Ever From the Public Domain Review, a quaint and curious trip down …

2015-12-04: What their return to health will look like: As the INTJ returns to health, they will shift their …

2015-12-02: No, in common with my father, my friends and people I know professionally, the desperate desire to …

2015-11-24: (via The Dialectic of Love and Authority - The Baffler) Source: thebaffler.com

2015-11-16: [gallery] (via Geoff Ryman’s Wizard of Oz novel Was, reviewed.) Source: Slate

2015-11-14: [gallery] (via Harry Kellar’s Show Posters | The Public Domain Review) Source: …

2015-11-13: There’s this book club phenomenon — my mother-in-law is in a book club and now my wife is in a book …

2015-11-13: What appears at first to be an absence of emotion then appears to be a need to control overwhelming …

2015-11-10: “Love doesn’t just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the …

2015-11-05: Thursday Links Man binge-watches The Simpsons for over two days while taking LSD  Lizzie Borden, Girl Detective …

2015-10-29: (via A Penny for Your Books - The New York Times) Source: The New York Times

2015-10-29: 'Don't Be a Moron' I was having lunch with a friend who’d survived a heart attack a couple of years ago. When I …

2015-10-25: (via May 30 Memorial Day Event at Fitzgerald Family Cemetery | Pauli Murray Project) Source: …

2015-10-16: (via We Have a Copy of Patricia Highsmith’s Unpublished Essay on Green-Wood Cemetery | Atlas …

2015-10-16: The next time you meet some person who is utterly captivated by some undertaking that completely …

2015-10-16: I noticed that touring — which is wonderful in some ways — is absolutely confining in other ways. …

2015-10-14: [gallery] (via The Frustrating, Dizzying Career of Stanley Fish | The New Republic) Source: …

2015-10-12: [gallery] (via A 19th-Century Vision of the Year 2000 | The Public Domain Review) Source: …

2015-10-12: Monday Assorted Links When Procrastination doesn’t keep me from doing what I should be doing, I fall back on …

2015-10-12: 1. You are already perfect, whole, and mentally healthy exactly as you are. 2. You are always …

2015-10-04: Pre-Med: Preparing the Instruments The producers contracted with Dominic Minghella to create this new Doc Martin series for Buffalo …

2015-09-30: A Facelift for Shakespeare A new translation effort aims to make all of Shakespeare’s plays comprehensible to today’s audiences …

2015-09-29: The Price We Pay for Sitting Too Much For every half-hour working in an office, people should sit for 20 minutes, stand for eight minutes …

2015-09-27: Pre-Med: The Doc Martin Movies

Telling the story of Doc Martin is a complicated business from the start: do we begin with the first …

2015-09-17: Entitled From Elisa Gabbert's Title TK: Another quality I dislike in titles: a rhythmic sing-songiness, as in …

2015-09-17: Another quality I dislike in titles: a rhythmic sing-songiness, as in Then We Came to the End. All …

2015-09-16: (via Writing in Cafés: A Personal History - The Los Angeles Review of Books) Source: …

2015-08-24: (via The ‘Product of Its Time’ Defense: No Excuse for Sexism and Racism - The Atlantic) …

2015-08-19: Weasel syntax Uncertain Terms | The Smart Set The British technology journalist Ian Betteridge is credited with …

2015-08-15: Around the time of QUANTULUMCUMQUE, he summed it up to me thus: ‘Francis Bacon the painter said, …

2015-07-25: [gallery] Ted Cruz accuses Mitch McConnell of ‘flat-out lie’ in rare Senate floor …

2015-07-21: What we've been watching (and reading) * God, Dr. Buzzard, and the Bolito Man : a saltwater Geechee talks about life on Sapelo Island by …

2015-07-17: [gallery] (via Two Cheers for the Middle Ages! by Eric Christiansen | The New York Review of Books) …

2015-07-16: (via (no title)) Source: flipbookshow.wordpress.com

2015-07-02: (via Book review of Jon Morris’s The League of Regrettable Superheroes | Open Letters Monthly …

2015-06-20: Philosopher Mary Fisher said: “People should live every day like they’re going to be alive for the …

2015-06-20: (via No regrets? Why not? | Life and style | The Guardian) Source: theguardian.com

2015-06-20: Once you grasp this, the modern mantra of “no regrets” begins to look not courageous but fear-based: …

2015-05-27: [gallery] (via Paralyzed By Doubt? Here’s A Guide For The Worrier In Us All : Shots - Health …

2015-05-13: The conclusion of the book provides advice on avoiding blunders. …make a realistic effort to slow …

2015-05-13: As children, we harbor ideals for how the world and our lives could be; as adults, we gain bitter …

2015-05-05: Links: Standing Desks

We had a discussion at work recently about how much we sit, standing desks, treadmill desks, etc. So …

2015-04-28: I’m a writer but I’m also a teacher and having been successful at both I can tell you that people …

2015-04-28: Here’s a polite person’s trick, one that has never failed me. I will share it with you because I …

2015-04-25: (via A tale of two lovers (or three, or four): the truth about polyamory | Life and style | The …

2015-04-23: Institutions – from national newspapers to governments and political parties – invest an enormous …

2015-03-23: “We live by slowing down and saying with our lives that the world will not be saved by frantic …

2015-03-23: Source: theguardian.com

2015-03-06: austinkleon: Edward Tufte on how to have better mornings, from his next book, The Thinking Eye

2015-03-05: Documentaries: "Dreams of a Life", "Finding Vivian Maier"

We had an unintended, somewhat depressing, Netflix theme going recently: documentaries of forgotten …

2015-02-25: I have been increasingly conscious, for the last 10 years or so, of deaths among my contemporaries. …

2015-02-15: Source: openlettersmonthly.com

2015-02-15: Source: openlettersmonthly.com

2015-02-15: Source: openlettersmonthly.com

2015-02-01: Rosen says the book is written with “scholarly care and memoirist’s flair,” and that it’s “a brisk, …

2015-01-31: If you want to learn to use implementation intentions, I recommend you set this goal intention and …

2015-01-30: Goodbyes: Irish and Serbian This is something I used to do more in my 20s but never knew there was a name for: the "Irish …

2015-01-29: Movie: "Wild"

I've not read Cheryl Strayed's memoir Wild, on which the movie is based. And I've seen only a few …

2015-01-28: Source: theguardian.com

2015-01-25: For now, I’ve limited my storage to a 16GB SD card. The small amount of space forces me to dump …

2015-01-02: Anyways, if you make a New Year’s resolution, make it this: something small, every day. Something …

2014-12-05: Most questions can be boiled down Most questions can be boiled down

2014-12-04: A woman in Sri Lanka once told me a story. She said that the rate of malaria among the British in …

2014-11-29: I think the only reason I’ve had the career life that I’ve had is that someone told me some secrets …

2014-11-29: In Impro, Keith Johnstone writes that when improvisers try to be original, they fail. “Don’t be …

2014-11-29: 33 thoughts on reading 33 thoughts on reading

2014-11-21: “Maybe the human condition is best summarized as the constant and spectacular battle to veto …

2014-10-29: The whole process of getting old—it could have been better arranged. But you do learn some things …

2014-10-29: (via Paris Review – Happy Halloween from Thackeray, Dan Piepenbring) Source: theparisreview.org

2014-10-29: (via Paris Review – Happy Halloween from Thackeray, Dan Piepenbring) Source: theparisreview.org

2014-10-29: (via Paris Review – Happy Halloween from Thackeray, Dan Piepenbring) Source: theparisreview.org

2014-10-29: (via The Smart Set: Half Sight - October 24, 2014) Source: thesmartset.com

2014-10-28: (via Beyond the Bell Curve, a New Universal Law | Quanta Magazine) Source: quantamagazine.org

2014-10-26: (via Alan Moore: I am in charge of this universe – Tim Martin – Aeon) Source: aeon.co

2014-10-10: I’ve always thought most book reviews are too long,” he says, explaining his truncated reviews. …

2014-10-01: Nostalgia, from friends or from enemies or enemies pretending to be new friends is ever what will …

2014-09-29: (via Selfies by Lavie Tidhar | Tor.com) Source: tor.com

2014-09-10: [gallery] austinkleon: Jeffrey Tambor’s acting workshop at SXSW 2010 and 2012 My friend @MattThomas …

2014-09-09: How Valuable Were Your Last 40 Minutes? : The Art of Non-Conformity Regarding my personal time management, I also try to live by the philosophy that focuses on: ‘What …

2014-09-09: (via BBC News - The myth of the eight-hour sleep) Source: bbc.com

2014-09-09: We hear “do what you love” so often from those few people who it did work for, for whom the stars …

2014-09-09: [gallery] austinkleon: Collages by X-O (Hyland Mather) (via)

2014-09-04: (via Seven lessons I learned from the failure of my first startup, Dinnr — Medium) Source: …

2014-09-04: Mixed [martial] artist Ronda Rousey was overseeing a group of fighters during a training session. …

2014-09-04: A physical book is difficult. If you haven’t made one, it’s tough to imagine just how difficult it …

2014-09-04: A book with proper margins says a number of things. It says, we care about the page. It says, we …

2014-08-26: (via How To Bulletproof Yourself from McDonalds & The Fast-Food Temptation) Source: …

2014-08-22: via Hilobrow

2014-08-16: (via The woman who went to the library and read every book on the shelf | Books | The Observer) …

2014-08-15: (via Thinking Inside the Box) Source: marginalrevolution.com

2014-08-14: (via How to Be Polite — The Message — Medium) Source: medium.com

2014-08-14: “Among the creative professions, it’s very, very common,” says comedy producer and …

2014-08-09: And for me, at this point, I think it much more interesting for me to look at something and know …

2014-07-30: “I once read about a scientific institute which had studied the male erection,” Davies …

2014-07-27: The novelist Robin Sloan offers a wise middle way, borrowing a concept from share trading, which he …

2014-07-26: The biggest mistake we make is trying to square the way we feel about something today with the way …

2014-07-26: The famous basketball coach John Wooden used to always say: “Be quick but don’t hurry.” Which is …

2014-07-20: Kindle links: Kindle Unlimited, reading experience The new Kindle Unlimited campaign is smoking out new opinions on Amazon's strategy [1]. I liked this …

2014-07-20: Once upon a time, 12 years ago to be precise, David Bowie said something very perceptive. …

2014-07-18: I’ve begun reading Kenny Moore’s biography Bowerman and the Men of Oregon and have …

2014-07-15: Miss Marple

Before we left on our England trip, I loaded up the Kindle with a few hundredweight of e-books …

2014-07-13: I once made a TV show about an installation by the artist Spencer Tunick, who makes his work out of …

2014-07-11: Reading Proust in prison austinkleon: Daniel Genis spent ten years in prison and read over one thousand books: He read “In …

2014-07-10: (via Fantagraphics Books | Comics and Graphic Novels - Eleanor Davis and Esther Pearl Watson Book …

2014-07-10: (via New Submission from Eric Knisley | Durham Comics Project) Source: durhamcomicsproject.org

2014-07-10: (via New Submission from Eric Knisley | Durham Comics Project) Source: durhamcomicsproject.org

2014-07-08: On a good day, you look at yourself like, I’m preserving American history: I’m an archeologist. But …

2014-07-08: (via Book review of Amanda Petrusich’s Do Not Sell At Any Price | Open Letters Monthly - an …

2014-07-08: Any of the better anthologies of 78s – Revenant’s “American Primitive” volumes, Old Hat Records’ …

2014-07-03: After initially breaking my ssh-agent because I copy/pasted commands that I didn’t really …

2014-07-02: (via Keeping calm | Leading Technical Communication) Source: larrykunz.wordpress.com

2014-06-03: “One thing I came to realize after college was that the search for purpose is really a search for a …

2014-05-25: It is still the place where risks can be taken. When on Earth did the West End ever do a new play …

2014-04-28: (via Paper Pushers - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education) Source: chronicle.com …

2014-04-25: Stevereads on BookTube Steve Donoghue at Stevereads writes about BookTube, a YouTube community devoted to booklovers. It's …

2014-04-19: (via This column will change your life: stop being busy | Life and style | The Guardian) Source: …

2014-04-14: (via This column will change your life: the case against hope | Life and style | The Guardian) …

2014-04-14: Blogs I Like: Sitcom Geek Since then, comedy has always flickered in the background. I've been interested in comedy as a …

2014-04-01: (via Odd Job Man and Language! by Jonathon Green, review - Telegraph) Source: telegraph.co.uk

2014-04-01: (via Turkey Problem | Nassim Taleb) Source: nassimtaleb.org

2014-03-31: “We cannot think if we have no time to read, nor feel if we are emotionally exhausted, nor out …

2014-03-30: Generic Corporate Promo Video Everything You Hate About Advertising in One Fake Video That's Almost Too Real | Adweek. Satire …

2014-03-22: One of my favorite quotes of all time, probably my very favorite, is this one from Stanley Kubrick: …

2014-03-19: Review: "In Our Time" podcast and newsletter

One of my long-term listening pleasures is BBC4’s In Our Time podcast. The show is hosted by …

2014-03-18: (via Why Physicists Make Up Stories in the Dark - Issue 11: Light - Nautilus) Source: nautil.us

2014-03-16: (via Ten rules for writing fiction(part two) | Books | theguardian.com) Source: theguardian.com

2014-03-16: What would the 50-something you say to the 20-something you? You’re going to need reserves of …

2014-03-13: And then I realize: The way for me to be better than my parents isn’t to do my taxes on time. That …

2014-03-13: Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them … well, I have others. —Groucho Marx Time …

2014-03-12: Review: Elf, a reminder service to avoid overdue library fees The Durham Country Library – which is a great organization I support with patronage and …

2014-03-10: (via Suman’s ad #5 - Painting By David Terry Art) Source: davidterryart.com

2014-03-10: (via Suman’s ad #3 - Painting By David Terry Art) Source: davidterryart.com

2014-03-10: (via Suman’s ad #1 (featuring the actual Suman Bhatia) - Painting By David Terry Art) Source: …

2014-03-05: The Conet Project

http://www.irdial.com/dorchester_antenna_closeup.jpg I must have heard about the shortwave numbers stations years ago on this Lost and Found Sound …

2014-03-02: Domestic Comedy Exchange between me and Liz as we drove past Ravenscroft school. ME. That's where Matthew did his …

2014-03-01: Soothing Sounds for Baby - …

2014-02-26: Software: Audiobook Builder

Audiobook Collection Back in the days of iron men and wooden computers, I listened to audiobooks on cassette.

In 2001, I …

2014-02-23: Current reading The Relationship Handbook -- George Pransky.  The focus is primarily spousal relationships, …

2014-02-22: (via Rethinking How We Teach Composition, Part 1 | NewMusicBox) Source: newmusicbox.org

2014-02-20: True Work is that which occupies the mind and the heart, as well as the hands. It has a beginning …

2014-02-19: Serious reading, after all, should be active, focused, engaged—and Cooper suggested some ways to …

2014-02-19: A word fraught with meaning

The Night is Fraught With Peril I like embroidering my plainspoken, earthy, everyday, quotidian speech with particularly …

2014-02-18: (via Drip, drip, drip, by day and night | Books | The Guardian) Source: theguardian.com

2014-02-17: (via Creative Habit: Capture Ideas in a Big Text File | DOUG TOFT) Source: dougtoft.net

2014-02-12: (via The Smart Set: What’s Dove Got to Do With It? - February 11, 2013) Source: …

2014-02-12: Clifton StrengthsFinder

Tarot card from the Rider-Waite tarot deck, al... In December, following up on an offer by coach Dave Kaiser, I took the Clifton StrengthsFinder …

2014-02-12: (via What’s the Point If We Can’t Have Fun? | David Graeber | The Baffler) Source: thebaffler.com

2014-02-10: [gallery] pandanoi: At least that’s how it is for me.

2014-02-04: In life, as in technical writing: you have to choose

A heap of scrap metal. One of the chief rules of tech writing – or at least one of my chief rules – is to not …

2014-01-28: DOOMSDAY IS ... Friday (for 2014)

Which means that Friday falls on: doomsday_sign

 

2014-01-26: austinkleon: Faulker, FTW

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2014-01-26: Secret from PostSecret.com Source: postsecret.com

2014-01-24: (via Happiness and Its Discontents - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education) …

2014-01-23: (via Ingredients of an All-Natural Banana | James’ reading list) Source: …

2014-01-23: As with all truly stupid things, there’s no responding to it, no engaging with it. Stupidity exists …

2014-01-21: Let the calendar decide

Bacon Cheeseburger and Teriyaki Burger - The H... Oliver Burkeman writes the weekly This Column Will Change Your Life for the UK Guardian. The column …

2014-01-16: If you have concluded that “Ignorance is bliss” and prefer to cater to your perverted appetite with …

2014-01-15: (via This column will change your life: must a year last 52 weeks? | Life and style | The Guardian) …

2014-01-05: Via brickartist.com

2014-01-02: The great haiku artist Kobayashi Issa wrote this: New Year’s Day– everything is in blossom! I feel …

2014-01-01: Two or three things I know for sure, kinda sorta

In all the year-end roundups on the various blogs, I enjoyed David Cain’s 16 things I know are …

2014-01-01: I also find it sad that because his book is filled with a whole bunch of nonsense, that’s why it’s a …

2013-12-26: Unforeseen things will occur and you will inevitably deviate from your plan, this is organic, and it …

2013-12-24: [audio http://tempblogfood.files.wordpress.com/2013/12/tumblr_lxb1uvnmyj1qz6f4bo1.mp3] austinkleon: …

2013-12-23: I once heard a writer say that the only punctuation mark that we ever need is a period. Another …

2013-12-20: (via Christmas Is Kicking Ass in the War on Christmas - Conor Friedersdorf - The Atlantic) Source: …

2013-12-17: The truth is, nobody in their right minds doesn’t want to punch the Whos in the face around the …

2013-12-12: (via The Daily Dot - The lost art of GeoCities GIFs) Source: dailydot.com

2013-12-08: When to give up on a book you're reading austinkleon: From Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust, the Rule of 50 will change your life: Nobody is going …

2013-12-08: It’s a cycle. You start a story, and it’s stupid. You don’t have any ideas. You’re washed up. …

2013-12-01: One of the things I learned about the world of art,” Teller says, “is there are people who really …

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2013-11-29: Do not mistake coincidence for fate. Also, never ignore a coincidence. Unless you’re busy, in …

2013-11-18: “Our whole life is an attempt to discover when our spontaneity is whimsical, sentimental …

2013-11-13: If I step back from it, then of course it’s complete nonsense. But I always think that …

2013-11-13: They say be careful what you wish for: no. Don’t be careful what you wish for. Absolutely wish …

2013-11-13: Star Trek – The Art of Juan Ortiz

2013-11-11: All of these conspiracy theories depend on the perpetrators being endlessly clever. I think you’ll …

2013-11-10: David Suchet likes to think of life as a spider’s web. The spider, you see, spins his web from …

2013-11-07: (via Why 92% of New Year’s Resolutions Already Failed, and 140 Better Ones) Source: …

2013-11-03: (via Juxtapoz Magazine - Sincerley Yours, Adrian Landon Brooks) Source: juxtapoz.com

2013-11-01: … I learned a very simple way of keeping myself on the right path. That was to ask myself …

2013-11-01: I have no good advice, but here’s some I gleaned from a letter Benjamin Haydon, who rarely gave him …

2013-10-31: What we call progress is just screwing up in new and inventive ways. Philip Sandifer: Writer: A …

2013-10-30: (via Halloween was so much WEIRDer back then: Creepy and disturbing vintage Halloween photos) …

2013-10-30: (via Halloween was so much WEIRDer back then: Creepy and disturbing vintage Halloween photos) …

2013-10-28: dickbalzer: Phenakistoscope England, 1833

2013-10-28: (via These Proto-GIFs of the 19th Century Put Today’s GIFs to Shame - Megan Garber - The …

2013-10-28: (via These Proto-GIFs of the 19th Century Put Today’s GIFs to Shame - Megan Garber - The …

2013-10-28: (via These Proto-GIFs of the 19th Century Put Today’s GIFs to Shame - Megan Garber - The …

2013-10-28: (via These Proto-GIFs of the 19th Century Put Today’s GIFs to Shame - Megan Garber - The …

2013-10-28: (via These Proto-GIFs of the 19th Century Put Today’s GIFs to Shame - Megan Garber - The …

2013-10-28: Wisdom is for statues. Humor uncaps our inhibitions, unleashes our energies, seals friendships, …

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2013-10-20: (via Why we need fairytales: Jeanette Winterson on Oscar Wilde | Books | The Guardian) Source: …

2013-10-16: Tags (via Image - TinyPic - Free Image Hosting, Photo Sharing & Video Hosting) Source: …

2013-10-16: (via This Third Friday at Golden Belt) Source: editor.des07.com

2013-10-14: Durham Comics Project The Durham County Library has some great librarians interested in graphic novels and cartooning. …

2013-10-10: Furlough Diary - Day 10 (On a related note: I avoid much of the news surrounding the shutdown. I can't do anything about the …

2013-10-09: Movie: "Enough Said"

Warning - Mild spoiler alert. I don't reveal plot points, but if you read this post, you'll be able …

2013-10-08: Ebooks—What We Gain, What We Lose Link: Ebooks—What We Gain, What We Lose | doug toft Writer Doug Toft finished reading a big book on …

2013-10-07: Each of us has a different capacity to give to others without losing ourselves. Some of us can give …

2013-10-04: jellobiafrasays: the psychopathology of everyday life (1951 ed.)

2013-10-04: pickyourheadup: The Nightmare.

2013-10-01: Dimon keeps track of his bank’s business by scribbling on a sheet of paper in his coat’s …

2013-09-23: On one of my last visits, even as my father was in severe pain, he asked me the same question he …

2013-09-19: More and more I feel that, just as all art aspires to the condition of music, all humour should …

2013-09-18: WordPress or SquareSpace? And as I thought about how this blog looks, I had to confess I'd also gotten rather tired of the …

2013-09-18: (via Philip Sandifer: Writer: There’s Another Way: Throw Away Your Guns (The Family of Blood)) …

2013-09-18: (via ‘How Dare It Make Me Feel So Much’: The Spell of F. Scott Fitzgerald - Joe Fassler …

2013-09-17: (via All LinkedIn with Nowhere to Go | Ann Friedman | The Baffler) Source: thebaffler.com

2013-09-17: (via Facebook Feminism, Like It or Not | Susan Faludi | The Baffler) Source: thebaffler.com

2013-09-10: (via Famous Authors’ Handwritten Outlines for Great Works of Literature – Flavorwire) Source: …

2013-09-10: (via World’s Largest Cave, Son Doong, Prepping For First Public Tours) Source: The Huffington …

2013-09-10: (via World’s Largest Cave, Son Doong, Prepping For First Public Tours) Source: The Huffington …

2013-09-10: (via World’s Largest Cave, Son Doong, Prepping For First Public Tours) Source: The Huffington …

2013-09-08: You can easily go too far with all this talk of meaningfulness: that way lies acres of self-help …

2013-08-25: Movie: "Blue Jasmine"

To get this out of the way as quickly as possible: Cate Blanchett clocks an amazing performance as …

2013-08-24: “Fuckin’ endings, man,” Get Shorty concludes. “They weren’t as easy as …

2013-08-19: Have less to do A quote from the Mark Forster forum: My goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less …

2013-08-18: The first book ends where I’m like, this fucking sucks. And I wanted – it’s like, for …

2013-08-17: (via The Tyee – The East Van Artist Behind a Cult Cartoon Milkman) Source: thetyee.ca

2013-08-17: (via The Tyee – The East Van Artist Behind a Cult Cartoon Milkman) Source: thetyee.ca

2013-08-17: The word “salute” reminds me of a startling essay-starter that Claire Hahn of Fordham …

2013-08-10: Krishnamurti went on to give countless talks at which he frequently implied that his audience …

2013-08-09: Movie: "20 Feet From Stardom"

When Tom Waits was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he said, “We all love music …

2013-08-07: When teaching a class and opening it up for discussion: mothsfly: What the instructor hopes will happen: What actually happens:

2013-08-07: darksilenceinsuburbia: Irene Hardwicke Olivieri.  Website

2013-08-06: (via The History and Psychology of Clowns Being Scary | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian Magazine) …

2013-08-05: (via Flight Paths of Fireflies Are Made Visible in Beautiful Long Exposure Photo Series) Source: …

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2013-08-03: (via Taking note: Give Concrete Shape to What Arises in Your Mind) Source: …

2013-08-03: Good writing is clear. Talented writing is energetic. Good writing avoids errors. Talented writing …

2013-08-02: The moral: You gain more by not being stupid than you do by being smart. Smart gets neutralized by …

2013-07-31: Tonight, for whatever reason, a little Laurel & Hardy was indicated... Because, some nights, I just need an earworm that will put a smile on my face....  …

2013-07-31: (via Ben Jonson’s chair | Culture | The Guardian) Source: theguardian.com

2013-07-30: Book: "Slowing Down to the Speed of Life"

I picked up this book in Kenosha on my vacation, and it jibes well with Michael Neill’s The …

2013-07-27: Movie: "The Way Way Back"

Jim Rash, Charlotte NC-native and UNC-CH alum – best known to the world as Dean Pelton on …

2013-07-26: From J. L. Carr’s 1980 novella “A Month in the Country" : We can ask and ask but we can’t …

2013-07-26: “One, don’t wait for inspiration, just start the damned thing. Two, once you begin, keep on until …

2013-07-23: So why do it? The answer is that it’s a drug – and once it gets in your system, it’s …

2013-07-14: Her gentle chiding curbed any chance that Mr. Seeger’s ego would balloon. “I hate it when people …

2013-07-03: Don’t expect too much from human life—a sorry business at the best. Letters of Note: Live as …

2013-06-22: Hence my official position: it’s fine to abandon books or other projects – but you’ve …

2013-06-21: Tumblr reminds me that Commonplace turned 6 today! Source: assets

2013-06-13: The Rise and Fall of Mr. Zip Informative and fun little article on the US Postal Service’s push to get Americans to add a …

2013-06-13: (via The Smart Set: Happy 50th Mr. Zip - June 12, 2013) Source: thesmartset.com

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2013-05-27: Your reading style needs to go from “reading with some skipping” to “skipping with some reading”. …

2013-05-26: From the Postsecret blog site

2013-05-25: (via INCIDENTAL COMICS: Day Jobs of the Poets) Source: incidentalcomics.com

2013-05-24: Before Sunrise” imagined romantic love as yours for the taking. “Before Sunset” …

2013-05-23: (via Dürer’s Devil Within by Andrew Butterfield | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books) Source: …

2013-05-23: (via Dürer’s Devil Within by Andrew Butterfield | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books) Source: …

2013-05-23: (via Dürer’s Devil Within by Andrew Butterfield | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books) Source: …

2013-05-21: “It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little. Do what you can.” …

2013-05-20: Occasionally, just writing without a plan is a worthwhile exercise, especially early in the …

2013-05-16: Pretty much a perfick day Several memories and ideas bubble to the top of my brain and collide: this is an opportunity to try …

2013-05-07: And this is basically the viewpoint underlying Miles’s criticism: it doesn’t matter what Gatiss …

2013-05-07: The best advice I ever got about reading came from the critic and scholar Louis Menand. Back in …

2013-05-06: There’s a character in the film who, in passing, mentions that “talent plus persistence …

2013-04-30: The writ of this collection of letters runs from about 1950 until 2007, the year of Vonnegut’s …

2013-04-25:

2013-04-25: Tom Waits on habits “It’s very hard to stop doing things you’re used to doing. You almost have to dismantle …

2013-04-22: Wipe the slate clean every day. You don’t need to worry about your reading lists. Mark them all as …

2013-04-15: Here’s what I’ve learned from not writing about my life because I was scared you wouldn’t like it: …

2013-04-13: After attending the Green Vale School in Old Brookville, N.Y., where her classmates included Gloria …

2013-04-12: Information is weird like that. It is its own ailment, its own deficiency, its own excess, its own …

2013-04-10: (via The Smart Set: Is Superman Jewish? - February 1, 2013) Source: thesmartset.com

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2013-04-07: (via PostSecret) Source: postsecret.com

2013-04-04: We never see how the Doctor began his journey, we will probably never see how he ends it, we’ll …

2013-04-04: (via The ‘70s Were Awkward for Superman - Glen Weldon - The Atlantic) Source: The Atlantic

2013-04-03: tselentis-arch: Metropolis, Fritz Lang 1927 via coxno Metropolis

2013-04-03: weneedhints: The craft.

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2013-04-02: (via The Meme Hustler | Evgeny Morozov | The Baffler) Source: thebaffler.com

2013-04-02: What a great poster. (via The First Annual Carrboro Block Party)

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2013-03-26: (via Pisces Rising) Source: piscesrising.bandcamp.com

2013-03-23: What is the most important lesson life has taught you? You are never first choice. Q&A: Zoë …

2013-03-20: (via Jon Crispin: Suitcases from the Willard Asylum for the Insane (PHOTOS).) Source: Slate

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2013-03-14: overidealism: Ghost in the Machine by *linnsetane

2013-03-14: explore-blog: Beautiful patent drawing for R. J. Spalding’s Flying Machine, 1889. Complement with …

2013-03-13: "My whole life is a coping strategy." While seeing my physical therapist the other night, he asked if I liked my eating habits (an odd way …

2013-02-26: Social behavior boils down to the “Morris Theorem”: “Change is caused by lazy, …

2013-02-19: I recently said to a director, ‘Audiences are like furtive strangers standing outside school …

2013-02-13: I see time as sailors see wind, or photographers see light, as something to use, manage, and shape, …

2013-02-05: (via Great Expectations - Blog - Get Everything Done) Source: markforster.squarespace.com

2013-02-01: (via Yin and Yang: Man Feeding Swans and Ducks in Krakow | Bored Panda) Source: boredpanda.com

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2013-01-28: Annie Dillard observed that “Every book has an intrinsic impossibility, which its writer discovers …

2013-01-26: Few writers have managed more fully than Stacton to bear out Gore Vidal’s maxim that writers …

2013-01-21: (via Los Angeles Review of Books - The Voice Of The Sea: Hurricanes In Life & Literature) …

2013-01-21: IN THE SUMMER OF 1999, the Holy Spirit directed Rick Karr, a 51-year-old Texan, to answer the calls …

2013-01-13: (via Study Hacks » Blog Archive » “Write Every Day” is Bad Advice: Hacking the Psychology of Big …

2013-01-12: (via Jazz Age Club | The cult of sunbathing) Source: jazzageclub.com

2013-01-06: (via PostSecret) Source: postsecret.com

2013-01-05: No one can accuse me of pandering or writing purely in the hopes of having a commercial hit. I doubt …

2013-01-04: patakk: for ivaplays

2013-01-01: But the hallmark of a good writer is not avoiding script calamities. They are unavoidable. …

2013-01-01: Story-surgery is required at a number of stages - and is more easily done early on in the process. …

2012-12-30: On realizing when my vacation started The next morning, the 24th, I ran out of hot water about halfway through my shower. We then went to …

2012-12-27: How would you like to be remembered? I would like to be forgotten. What’s so good about being …

2012-12-27: “A little out of date” “A little out of date”

2012-12-25: "Merry Christmas from the Kensingtons"

My friend, the novelist Lewis Shiner, has a new Christmas short story up on the Subterranean Press …

2012-12-22: Artists don’t talk about art. Artists talk about work. If I have anything to say to young …

2012-12-21: Shadows of things that Will be, or shadows of things that May be? (via The Smart Set: Marley and Me …

2012-12-21: Then Scrooge has some bad gravy, a nightmare about three ghosts, and he spends Christmas Day in a …

2012-12-16: Later in life [Anthony Burgess] asked an American conductor to explain what makes English music …

2012-12-11: (via Brian Dettmer: Book Autopsies) Source: centripetalnotion.com

2012-12-11: We Humans Can Never be Satisfied - Art De Vany on Line We humans can never be satisfied. Nor could satisfaction rest on a specific accomplishment or …

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2012-12-08: (via John Craig -) Source: johncraigprints.com

2012-12-06: One of the great strengths of the English language is the number of ways it provides to describe …

2012-12-06: I think an awful lot of what passes for political discourse in this country these days works off …

2012-12-06: Pedagogy When Julia was in 2nd grade, I taught poetry to her class, using Kenneth Koch’s Wishes, Lies, …

2012-12-05: Source: bridiequilty

2012-12-05: franksantoro: FRANK SANTORO CORRESPONDENCE COURSE for COMIC BOOK MAKERS. NEW COURSE STARTS JANUARY …

2012-12-05: 5 Open Supersecrets About Bloggers The “five open supersecrets” about bloggers, as Lee Siegel says in Against the Machine (quoted in …

2012-12-05: The search for meaning is not man’s search. The real question is how to do any good, or as Etty …

2012-12-02: Or, as some wag once said, “in the most carefully constructed experiment under the most …

2012-12-02: A few months ago, I spoke to some art students, and we talked about the internet and its effects. It …

2012-12-01: Yoga is not about doing…it is about being. The most important thing to remember is that you have …

2012-12-01: Everything you need to know about the connections between humans and demi-gods is down there in the …

2012-11-26: In a recent email newsletter, David Byrne summed it up well: I also have a funny feeling that, like …

2012-11-19: We know the past from literature only the way astronomers know distant galaxies: not directly, but …

2012-11-18: (via How does the human mind handle conflicts of interest? | Barking Up The Wrong Tree) Source: …

2012-11-16: Restored Radios exhibit Durham is growing its own crop of local businesses -- not just local artists and boutique eateries, …

2012-11-03: Forty years after Alvin Toffler popularised the term “information overload”, we might as …

2012-11-02: (via Video Game Review of Slender: The Eight Pages | Open Letters Monthly - an Arts and Literature …

2012-11-01: classic-hollywood-glam: vampira Source: weheartit.com

2012-11-01: You can’t change anything by fighting or resisting it. You change something by making it obsolete …

2012-10-31: From Orange Crate Art: Brach’s Halloween Candies

2012-10-30: Unpacking my library - FT.com James Wood: “I deface nearly all my books, with both annotations in ink, and lots of …

2012-10-20: From Postsecret blog

2012-10-18: Plus, the more I talk to animators the better I realize that each movie is like a whole new software …

2012-10-18: When my grandmother—whose reading was limited to the Bible and Guideposts, and whose life was …

2012-10-16: (via http://ehdom.com/flowchart/) Source: ehdom.com

2012-10-14: You don’t get to be a good screenwriter unless you do 20, 30 drafts: fact. I know this because …

2012-10-12: [youtube …

2012-10-12: If you’re going to invent the car, then you’ve got to invent the traffic jam. Larry Niven on writing …

2012-10-12:

2012-10-12: Do you accept the love people have for you? Do you celebrate your successes and see yourself in your …

2012-10-08: On hitting 50 (blog posts, that is)

Inspired by Shannon’s example, I decided to forge ahead and write M-F blog posts for 10 weeks. …

2012-10-08: Remembering Harvey Pekar on his birthday http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tlPt0y2WaLk#!   Hat tip to Southern …

2012-10-07: For owners of older Mac products Apple’s criteria for upgrading to Mountain Lion is whether you own a mid-2007 or newer iMac or …

2012-10-07: Ten years ago, people kept their mobile phone in their pockets. Now, they hold them permanently in …

2012-10-05: Remembering to remember (practice)

The previous post talked about prospective memory (PM) research. Today’s post is about …

2012-10-05: thenearsightedmonkey: What role will our hands play in the future? Will we still write by hand? via …

2012-10-05: timeimmemorial: Thomas Cooper Gotch (English, 1854–1931), The Lantern Parade, c. 1918. Oil on …

2012-10-04: Remembering to remember (theory)

One of the sweet ironies of my time at SILS was that I entered with a long-term interest in personal …

2012-10-04: Science must leave beauty at the margins of experience as it pursues truth. Art must leave truth at …

2012-10-03: Review: "The Writer's Tale: The Final Chapter"

Over the 2010 Christmas vac, I took six books with me but read only one: the 700-page The …

2012-10-03: This is why my favorite quote on writing comes not from a book about writing but from a book about …

2012-10-02: Panhandlers

On my old blog, I devoted a long post to thinking about moral and ethical responses to panhandling. …

2012-10-01: Review: Doctor Who, S7, Eps. 1-5

I have thoroughly enjoyed showrunner/head writer Steven Moffat’s fresh take on Doctor Who, and …

2012-09-28: Having fun with Wikipedia

Wikipedia has become such a daily part of my online life (like email – remember life before …

2012-09-27: Software: MacBreakz and Joe Ergo

You. You who are reading this blog post.

You have already spent an ungodly number of hours sitting …

2012-09-26: A shortcut for Googling the current web site I use a lot of bookmarklets to make my browsing faster and more convenient. I use them to stop …

2012-09-25: Assorted links Will tablets kill PCs? Daniel Lemire thinks tablets more than satisfy the mainstream (non-techie) …

2012-09-24: If you were born on this day... From today’s News & Observer’s Horoscopes by Jeradine Saunders: LIBRA (Sept. …

2012-09-21: Pay the writer A glorious rant from one of the keystone authors of my first couple of decades on this spinning …

2012-09-21: In moments of great emotional stress, we revert to our worst habits: we dig in and fight harder. The …

2012-09-21: makingabetterme: Murray The Nut » Blog Archive » The creative process 2 Source: murraythenut.com

2012-09-21: 8 Inspirational Screensavers for your Kindle makingabetterme: After discovering the world of custom screensavers I couldn’t find anything …

2012-09-21: Someone famous (Samuel Johnson? Aristotle?) said that in writing (and here I paraphrase because …

2012-09-20: On unfriending or unfollowing people

Oliver Burkeman writes about a woman who actually visits all of her Facebook friends to see if …

2012-09-20: Dear Ones, it’s beautifully simple. Surrender. Go with the flow. Spend time doing what brings you …

2012-09-18: Progress Report: But is it fun?

At a recent mastermind meeting, my fellow blogger Mike Uhl asked what I felt about having crossed …

2012-09-18: 52 Killer Tricks for Your Kindle

Of the 52 Killer Tricks for Your Kindle, some are useful only for the first 3 series (#’s 2, …

2012-09-17: Temptatious articles to read This is why the potential is always there for me to get nothing done. Here are some of the top links …

2012-09-14: Sad necessities and the comfort zone

For many years, I’ve taken shameful (or shameless) advantage of Top Shelf’s annual $3 …

2012-09-13: Map of Rain Hitting Water by Mara Gibson Treat your ears right. Listen to this hypnotic piece from …

2012-09-13: Mara Gibson: Map of Rain Hitting Water Those big dogs! Chatting about art, the art instinct, the artist's life, etc. I found that when I …

2012-09-13: [O Fortune, changing and unstable, your tribunal and judges are also unstable. You prepare huge …

2012-09-12: Progress Report: Content and Themes I start a post with the intent to keep it brief, but I too often fall in love with the sound of my …

2012-09-11: Progress Report: Routines I seem to have two speeds when it comes to posting: the quick hit-and-run post with a link to …

2012-09-11: gulliver-arkham: Sweeney Todd on Flickr.

2012-09-11: [gallery] ilovecharts: The Secret Law of Page Harmony Source: ffffound.com

2012-09-11: Mallarme: “My dear Degas, poems are not made out of ideas. They’re made out of …

2012-09-11: (via The Bead Game by Ishu Patel, 1977)

2012-09-10: Progress report: Epic or epigrammatic?

I started the Monday-Friday blogging cycle on July 30 and am surprised to find myself still here and …

2012-09-08: Real creativity is the dull and failure-fraught art of giving people things they never asked for. …

2012-09-08: Soft animal You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the …

2012-09-08: Many people wait, wanting to be certain before they step into the flow, not realizing the flow is …

2012-09-07: Assorted links The History of Outlining The "Victorian laptop" (hat tip to Taking Note) Straining the soup ever …

2012-09-06: Claude Shannon, father of information theory, separated information from meaning. His central dogma, …

2012-09-06: Inspire yourself I submitted the following YouTube videos of two artists performing immaculate work. Watch them now, …

2012-09-06: This, then, may be the one great secret that keeps the uninitiated out of the “inner …

2012-09-06: My first year in graduate school, I took a course in structural mechanics taught by Bob Eubanks, a …

2012-09-05: (via Free Will Astrology : Libra Horoscope) Source: freewillastrology.com

2012-09-05: Try this meditation: Imagine that you are the wood and the fire that consumes the wood. First, focus …

2012-09-05: How I rate songs in iTunes

I never fiddled with iTunes before I bought my iPod 5G in 2010 as my birthday present to myself. I …

2012-09-04: “Complexity is a chronic infection. Once you’ve got it you spend lots of time managing it. It almost …

2012-09-03: "Asylum of the Daleks"

Oh dear, my carefully crafted image as a man of the book and too clever by half will now fall to the …

2012-09-03: Moffat, Davies, and the New Who

Ross Ruediger had a rather sour take on season 6 of Doctor Who. He had problems with Matt Smith …

2012-08-31: Assorted links One of my favorite writing sites is by England-based sitcom writer James Cary and called, …

2012-08-31: Dear Ones, the ego self, that part of you that wishes to keep you small and separate in order to …

2012-08-30: Yet another password creation rule The paper dates from 2005 and it could be argued that the world it was created for has already …

2012-08-29: (via Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns for the Information Age | Brain Pickings) Source: …

2012-08-29: Drought on the Mississippi After several years of drought in North Carolina, we've enjoyed a relatively mild and wet summer …

2012-08-28: One definition of stress is not accepting that things are the way they are. In other words, wishing …

2012-08-28: The Old Adventures of Superman Apart from Stevereads and the Ihnatko Alamanac have to say on the matter, I have paid no attention …

2012-08-27: Pop Songs are Sad Songs But if it seems to you that the songs of today don't have that same kick anymore, then science has …

2012-08-27: How to unwrap a CD When I first saw an Asheville CD store saleskid flip open the hinges of a CD case to remove that …

2012-08-26: If we really want to understand our fellow human beings accurately, we must allow them to surprise …

2012-08-26: explore-blog: A tragedy of priorities: The most appalling infographic you’ll see today compares the …

2012-08-24: Jailbreaking my Kindle Touch

To get screensaver images of my choice onto the Kindle Touch (the one without the special offers) …

2012-08-23: Kindle Touch screensavers

The Kindle Touch (non-ad supported) comes with 20 attractive gray-scale screensaver/wallpaper images …

2012-08-22: Source: fistfullofsoul

2012-08-22: Muleteer, Occultist, Whitesmith

The Bureau of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system maintains a set of job …

2012-08-21: “Time” is related to how much information you are taking in – information stretches time. A child’s …

2012-08-21: Many people understand movement is required to get them where they wish to be, yet they hesitate to …

2012-08-21: Memotome.com

I’ve mentioned Memotome.com in previous posts and it’s an essential part of my …

2012-08-17: The Splurge List

I don’t remember where I got this idea, but it’s one I’ve been using more lately. …

2012-08-16: Procrastination pjeby: “the problem in procrastination is we resist concrete [thoughts] while engaging in …

2012-08-16: Robert Hughes (1938-2012) Like many other Americans, I became aware of Hughes through his "Shock of the New" documentary and …

2012-08-15: pjeby: If you aren't at least a little grateful for what you have *now*, what makes you think you'll be any *more* grateful when you have more? pjeby: If you aren’t at least a little grateful for what you have now, what makes you think …

2012-08-15: Bradbury was right: "We are the Martians." This graphic has been making the rounds this week.

2012-08-14: If everything seems under control,” said auto racer Mario Andretti, “you’re …

2012-08-14: Libra Horoscope for week of August 16, 2012 The Hubble Space Telescope has taken 700,000 photos of …

2012-08-14: My event planning template

2012-08-14: “I am completely an elitist in the cultural but emphatically not the social sense. I prefer the good …

2012-08-13: On being an information packrat -- Part IV

One of the great things about a good productivity system is that it contains decision points where …

2012-08-13: Depression frequently occurs as resistance to the flow. Anxiety can come from focusing too much on …

2012-08-10: Robertson Davies on Useful Knowledge On my 1998 "sabbatical," I read about 25 or so books. Among them were the collected works of the …

2012-08-09: On being an information packrat - Part III

Clouds breaking up after a rainy morning in th...

The first post in this series looked at information hoarding, and the second looked at mindsets …

2012-08-08: An improv principle and event planning

In the winter of aught-six, I took a beginning improv class at DSI Comedy Theatre and learned a …

2012-08-07: National Night Out In Durham, about 90 neighborhoods have signed up to participate. Police officers are scheduled to …

2012-08-06: On being an information packrat - Part II

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2012-08-05: Many of you are doing a splendid job getting clear on what you wish to create. You are stepping into …

2012-08-03: On being an information packrat

Giuseppe Maria Crespi - Bookshelves - WGA05755

Lord Peter Wimsey remarked that "Books...are like lobster shells, we surround ourselves with 'em, …

2012-08-02: Gore Vidal (1925-2012)

Steve Donoghue wrote what I thought was the best tribute to Vidal; it was graceful, heartfelt, …

2012-08-01: Mr. Vidal himself never had much use for religion, Christianity especially, which he once called …

2012-08-01: On starting before you're ready

When I first got the idea to restart the blogging, my first thought was: “No, don’t …

2012-07-31: Do not mold yourself to fit any idea I put forward. Mold the idea to fit you. This is a blog, not a …

2012-07-31: Daily Message ~ Tuesday July 31, 2012 Many people would like to change their lives and begin living more authentically but they don’t know …

2012-07-31: On using timers and timeboxing Mark Forster recommended the use of timers in his book Get Everything Done and Still Have Time to …

2012-07-30: Reboot at the OK Plateau I have been inspired to restart blogging by, as usual, several seemingly random prompts that …

2012-07-29: While we understand the energies of accelerated change can seem intimidating, what they really are …

2012-07-24: Libra Horoscope for week of July 26, 2012 Philosopher William Irwin Thompson says that we humans are …

2012-07-22: pjeby: RT @guy_finley: No intention, regardless of how high, how noble, can be any stronger for you than your ability to remember it. #fb pjeby: RT @guy_finley: No intention, regardless of how high, how noble, can be any stronger for you …

2012-07-21: (via Let It Kill You | Submitted For Your Perusal) Source: submittedforyourperusal.com

2012-07-21: pjeby: We learn more from our mistakes than our successes: that's why they don't call it "trial-and-succeed" learning. pjeby: We learn more from our mistakes than our successes: that’s why they don’t call it …

2012-07-03: youfillmewithinertia: The Nashville Sound via Vintage Girlie Mags

2012-07-03: Libra Horoscope for week of July 5, 2012 Goldfish that are confined in small aquariums stay small. …

2012-06-22: I heard someone say once that “I guess I’m just not one of those job people you hear so much about,” …

2012-06-15: Stop stopping Stop stopping. Stopping is the worst thing. Stopping breaks your momentum. Stopping is …

2012-06-14: Basic things to keep in mind What I’m setting up for myself to successfully train for the marathon …

2012-06-14: Be honest with yourself about how hard you’re willing to work. One thing I noticed as a trainer and …

2012-06-12: What you are aware of, you are in control of; what you are not aware of is in control of you. You …

2012-06-11: Kato Lomb explained that your micro-environment (the bubble in which you live) is more important …

2012-06-09: youfillmewithinertia: Turn On - Make The Scene via Vintage Girlie Mags

2012-06-08: Consultant vs. contractor Alan Weiss, of whom I am a groupie, just published a quote that rocks my world. The full article is …

2012-06-08: It’s unfair to compare Android tablets to the Titanic. History shows that the Titanic didn’t back …

2012-06-05: Don’t read a book once carefully. Read it 10 times, 100 times, sloppily. AJATT Twitter Tweets …

2012-06-02: What is the most important lesson life has taught you? There is always another game on Saturday. …

2012-06-01: Lawrence Pearsall Jacks, a Unitarian minister, summed it up decades ago: The master in the art of …

2012-06-01: mothgirlwings: Happy Birthday, Marilyn Monroe - June 1rst, 1926 “Imperfection is beauty, madness is …

2012-06-01: Fritz on happiness What is more important than happiness is involvement. We want to be involved with our lives, other …

2012-05-31: Many pro authors say you should try a dumb trick if your writing is moving frustratingly slowly: …

2012-05-31: Nietzsche on the dangers of waiting 12.00 Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions …

2012-05-30: Writing Is a Business “Writing is a business and should be practiced as such. On days when you think you can’t possibly …

2012-05-29: Self-Denial “A character who needs the accoutrements of worldly success will never be seen by the audience as …

2012-05-25: All stories, no matter how fanciful, consist of information, and it behooves a serious young writer …

2012-05-25: Actually, I’m pretty much of an independent, thinking that the chief error of Republicans is the …

2012-05-23: His advice to would-be scriptwriters is “just write. The big break is easy if you’re good enough. I …

2012-05-19: If the sad truth be known, writers, being the misfits we are, probably ought not to belong to …

2012-05-19: The world of orderly decency, harmless ceremonies and modest expectations, i.e., family life, is not …

2012-05-15: Computer programmer Garry Hamilton articulated the following “Game Rules.” Give examples …

2012-05-15: So my point is that you can learn about yourself by seeing what you focus on day to day. That’s what …

2012-05-14: It’s no accident that election races and and military battles are both called campaigns. …

2012-05-12: I asked if there were any photographs of my father as a boy because I’ve never seen one, but …

2012-05-11: Deprived of Ground Deprived of Ground

2012-05-11: It’s important to feel I’m running my work instead of letting it run me; so I’ve …

2012-05-10: Mastery is Well-Informed Improvisation Rands In Repose: Two Universes Source: randsinrepose.com

2012-05-07: A cleareyed Malcolm Gladwell discusses the American penchant for reducing all activity to a moral …

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2012-04-23: It is so hard to change behavior and to face oneself honestly. This author has my total admiration. …

2012-04-23: Plato could have warned me. In “The Republic,” he advises “temperance” in physical training, …

2012-04-22: Hospital managers at Gloucestershire NHS Trust (in 2001) and the catering staff at Flintshire County …

2012-04-22: Doris Betts cut to the chase. To those of us engaged in writing the Great American Novel, she would …

2012-04-22: n an excerpted interview published in The News & Observer in 1994, Betts talked about her book …

2012-04-20: Kirby Crackle (a 4CP re-run) Kirby Crackle (a 4CP re-run)

2012-04-13: Either way, characters needs quests, drives, flaws and set-backs. Sitcom Geek: Derek Source: …

2012-04-10: Annie-Proulx/Paris-Review/Intv “There is difficulty involved in going from the basic sentence that’s headed in the right direction …

2012-03-29: neil-gaiman: Kentucky. They were sad to see me go. View more Neil Gaiman on WhoSay

2012-03-28: We think in generalities, but we... “We think in generalities, but we live in detail.” — Alfred North Whitehead, …

2012-03-28: Find Your True Subject Any writer who has difficulty in writing is probably not onto his true subject, but wasting time …

2012-03-27: There’d Better Be Trouble Brewing Somewhere Whether a story is told on the page or on the screen, the same elements are required. You’ve got to …

2012-03-14: In the overworld, the elements are: Talk to people, wander around, try new things, listen, and …

2012-03-14: Characters Characters

2012-03-11: Sometimes you have to stop worrying, wondering, and doubting. Have faith that things will work out, maybe not how you planned, but just how it’s meant to be. Sometimes you have to stop worrying, wondering, and doubting. Have faith that things will work out, …

2012-03-11: The hardest part about growing is letting go of what you were used to, and moving on with something you're not. The hardest part about growing is letting go of what you were used to, and moving on with something …

2012-03-11: You don’t really need to worry about concentrating per se. As long as you put in the time, you …

2012-03-10: The most useful advice on writing I’ve ever received comes from Gil Rogin, who told me that he …

2012-03-07: You most likely need a thesaurus, a rudimentary grammar book, and a grip on reality. This latter …

2012-02-28: About a third of the self-help books that cross my desk could be distilled to two things: first, if …

2012-02-27: [gallery] richardsala: A variety of old sketchbook drawings ~ including some of “Mr. Murmur,” the …

2012-02-26: Christine Kane, Upleveling, and an updated seminar In July 2010, I’d made the big decision to leave the PhD program. I was back working part-time at my …

2012-02-26: In September of 1968, in what he jokingly termed “E. Gorey’s Great Simple Theory About Art,” Gorey …

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2012-02-17: The Shadow - 4CP | Four Color Process The Shadow - 4CP | Four Color Process

2012-02-16: When I teach literature I always tell them, these would-be writers (we don’t do workshops, we just …

2012-02-14: You most likely need a thesaurus, a rudimentary grammar book, and a grip on reality. This latter …

2012-02-10: Character is the very life of fiction. Setting exists so that the character has someplace to stand. …

2012-02-08: You can’t wait to write until you’re in the mood. My God, if you waited until you were in the mood, …

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2012-01-23: richardsala: PANIQUE Board Game - Black & White Line Art

2012-01-20: Read voraciously, many books at a time. Only then will you hear the conversation taking place among …

2012-01-12: richardsala: From the RIP card set of strange phenomena ~ (1) Rain of fish (2) Psychic detective …

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2012-01-12: Something Should Remain Unsaid Narrative art must be clear, but it must also be mysterious. Something should remain unsaid, …

2012-01-12: Red carpets, interviews and social networking are all alien to him. When a friend told him that he …

2012-01-09: If you use willpower only to deny yourself pleasures, it becomes a grim, thankless form of defense. …

2012-01-04: In order to move up the scale of emotions and become more attractive to the things you want in life, …

2012-01-03: The second secret, what they never tell you, is that yes, anyone can become a writer. Merely …

2012-01-03: “Everyone thinks that Beethoven had his string quartets completely in his head—they somehow formed …

2011-12-30: Be Daring Be daring, take on anything. Don’t labor over little cameo works in which every word is to be …

2011-12-28: 283. 283.

2011-12-22: Shirley is a frequent political commentator of the conservative Republican stripe (a biographer of …

2011-12-22: After suggesting [that young writers] look into The Writer’s Chapbook I recommend they keep a …

2011-12-22: Alfred-Kazin/Journals/book “We moved today to 415 Central Park West. Enormous business of packing and unpacking my books, which …

2011-12-20: Most people quit. If you don’t quit, if you rewrite, if you keep publishing in fancier places, you …

2011-12-18: The problem with trying to escape from decision-making is that that’s a decision, too. Or as …

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2011-12-18: Winterson on the importance of books I heard today that one in three kids in the UK does not own a book. I would be dead if I had never …

2011-12-18: The Guardian: Why do you think you inspire enmity? Bernard-Henri Lévy: Number one, I don’t know. …

2011-12-18: How hard you’re working is a good indicator of whether you’re doing the right or wrong …

2011-12-18: Every comedian is Marmite. You have that reflex action whereby you laugh or you don’t. You …

2011-12-18: It’s wonderful to get an award, but as John Gielgud once said, the next day you’ve got …

2011-12-18: I didn’t have any vices before the internet. There are a lot of cracks in the day, moments …

2011-12-18: My advice is to do what you can this second. Big plans that rely on other people, new equipment, …

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2011-12-13: Do dialogue-let’s say-between a hobo and a high-class hooker, then between an am­bulance …

2011-12-09: richardsala: ~ Originally published by Drawn & Quarterly in 1990(!) in their self-titled …

2011-12-06: richardsala: Need relief from all Christmassy stuff? Need some extra chills (and thrills) this …

2011-12-06: Grammar is a piano I play by ear, since I seem to have been out of school the year the rules were …

2011-12-04: From today’s Postsecret blog

2011-12-03: perpetual-loser: The League: Dramatis Personae  The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Adam …

2011-12-02: Other parts of Again to Carthage offer a bit of marathon training advice: focus on building …

2011-12-02: In an essay written last year for the SMiLE tour booklet, Van Dyke professes still not to know what …

2011-12-01: “Your complete literary man writes all the time. It wakes him in the morning to write, it exercises …

2011-12-01: “For years, far too many years, I fell into the dangerous trap of being determined to finish a book …

2011-11-29: A quote from Josh Kaufman’s new book “The Personal MBA”: To keep yourself from feeling overwhelmed, …

2011-11-29: Picks from MBW 275: Steve Jobs… The Opera Picks from MBW 275: Steve Jobs… The Opera

2011-11-29: “The need for success and the fear of failure are two aspects of the same inner attitude. For it …

2011-11-27: Kahneman never grapples philosophically with the nature of rationality. He does, however, supply a …

2011-11-27: People who fracture their time putting out fires seem more productive, or at least more responsive, …

2011-11-27: It is helpful to write always at the same time of day. Scheduled obligations often raise problems, …

2011-11-26: From James Webb Young, The Diary of an Ad Man: The War Years, June 1, 1942-December 31, 1943 …

2011-11-25: Coleridge demurred only partly because he was afraid of the enormous outlay of energy it takes to …

2011-11-25: “How do you and your wife split songwriting chores?“ It’s an adventure. You’ve got a …

2011-11-25: richardsala: Some more EVIL EYE covers

2011-11-24: A great way to give thanks… for the privileges we’ve got is to do important work. Your …

2011-11-24: richardsala: Happy Thanksgiving!

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2011-11-24: Eero Saarinen/Eero Saarinen on His Work/elephant time “What you newspaper and magazine writers, who work in rabbit time, don’t understand is that the …

2011-11-24: momentofmoore: The Extraordinary Works Of Alan Moore The Extraordinary Works Of Alan Moore (2002), …

2011-11-24: Stormcloud: How to stop Safari 5 from unexpectedly reloading pages stormchild: Annoyed by Safari 5.1’s tendency to spontaneously reload pages when you didn’t ask it …

2011-11-23: The Most Important Part of Storytelling I think the most important part of storytelling is tension. It’s the constant tension of …

2011-11-22: A good magazine article doesn’t need an introduction, so don’t begin with the background …

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2011-11-16: Before the crisis years of the AIDS epidemic I had that sense that one does of a long, expansive …

2011-11-16: 7 Rules for Dialogue 1. Dialogue should be brief. 2. It should add to the reader’s present knowledge. 3. It should …

2011-11-14: Deice with Rubbing Alcohol Deice with Rubbing Alcohol

2011-11-11: blackandwtf: Date unknown Source: galakospeculoos

2011-11-09: Libra Horoscope for week of November 10, 2011 During the reign of President George W. Bush, many …

2011-11-09: The funny thing is, no one’s really hiding the secret of how to make awesome online …

2011-11-09: Lyanda Lynn Haupt / Crow Planet / household spiders “Claire knows our household spiders freakishly well. She names them all: currently we have Abigail …

2011-11-08: richardsala: “Colleen’s Dream” (An outtake from my book THE HIDDEN). To read the story behind it, …

2011-11-08: Carve Out Time for What’s Important This is one of the rules that has served me well, as a Program Manager at Microsoft: Carve out time …

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2011-11-08: Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to use the Internet and they won’t …

2011-11-08: Go Where Your Characters Lead You Trollope said, “On the last day of each month recorded, every person in a work of fiction should be …

2011-11-07: A Cascade of New Insights “Innis’s technique, like McLuhan’s, forswears the building up of a convincing argument, or any …

2011-11-07: If you acknowledge all this resistance and act on your plan anyway, you will make one of the most …

2011-11-04: (via Day In and Day Out) Source: submittedforyourperusal.com

2011-11-04: Sometimes we do find the words to express an idea, and only then realize what a stupid idea it is. …

2011-11-03: Working from home means you can work any 18 hours of the day that you choose. Do You Want to Blog …

2011-07-27: Using Keyboard Maestro to fix Safari 5.1 keyboard dumbnesses The MikeBook has been receiving tons of app upgrades due to Lion (haven't upgraded yet; waiting a …

2011-04-22: Vivian Maier In 2007, John Maloof ran across a storage locker at a thrift auction house that contained over …

2011-04-20: Everything You Want, You Already Have « Books for Behavior Change Hoffman explains the nature of his work by offering an extended analogy. In the process, he deftly …

2011-04-18: Wednesday Workout: Testing your assumptions | I Will Teach You To Be Rich Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face. — Mike Tyson Wednesday Workout: Testing …

2011-04-17: The Church of Rationality Years back, when I was an angry young man, I read an interview with Phil Collins. Phil Collins might …

2011-04-16: A Flapper's Dictionary Ran across this delightful post from a used bookseller in Pennsylvania. He acquired the July 1922 …

2011-04-14: Why goal setting doesn't work | Psychology Today L.A. King and C.M. Burton in an article entitled, The Hazards of Goal Pursuit, for the American …

2011-04-13: Sitcom Geek: Script Competitions If you can write - and you also write a superb script (not the same thing) - producers will want to …

2011-04-12: Fibonacci sonnets I have lately been enjoying a blog by Austin, TX artist/writer Austin Kleon, and have been happily …

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2011-04-02: My favorite instructional books acknowledge our psychic complexity. Rather than offering a …

2011-04-02: Compulsively, we compare ourselves with those around us and find our lives wanting: other people …

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2011-03-06: A student or a scholar One of the things I discovered about myself during the past year is that I'm a student, not a …

2011-03-05: The end is nigh... Of my master's degree progress, that is. I took my comprehensive exam on Friday. At SILS, that is …

2011-03-04: I hate fish. Source: andkatie

2011-02-24: Libra Horoscope for week of February 24, 2011 An interviewer asked me, “What is the most …

2011-02-22: Don't overthink it (Installment #247) I volunteered to do a tedious job at work -- copy/paste about maybe 200-400 parameters scattered …

2011-02-21: The New Yorker has suffocated at times beneath a mask of wry gentility. For all its glossy …

2011-02-19: I went to a “mindfulness” group at the psychological clinic here. I don’t know …

2011-02-13: Writing in the library I had an excellent ~6 hours of solid writing/wrestling with my master's paper one day last week. At …

2011-02-04: Little steps In trying to implement some new behaviors, I'm finally listening to advice and looking at how to …

2011-01-21: This may seem ironic, given that last point, but one of my favorite articles I’ve read this year: 10 …

2011-01-09: I happened to like Paul Houser’s work in Abigail Norris and Jerry Rothwell’s The …

2011-01-03: Libra Horoscope for week of December 30, 2010 In 2011, I believe you will have the chance to weave …

2011-01-03: I think of negative thoughts and emotions, rather, as signals telling you to make adjustments to …

2011-01-03: 2010 leaving, 2011 rushing forward 2011 begins much better, in many ways, than did 2010. At this time last year, I was involved in …

2010-12-23: Two views of boredom The first, from an emotional, Buddhist perspective, and the second, from the productive academic's …

2010-12-17: >> Later on the same shoot, Blake and I were sitting on the beach at his estate in Malibu (for …

2010-12-16: So what does work? Here are some techniques Professor Wiseman has found in his study that are …

2010-12-11: Not that quasi-friends are entirely bad. Sociologists have shown that “weak ties” are as …

2010-12-09: That’s the most beautiful thing that I like about boxing: you can take a punch. The biggest thing …

2010-11-27: Writing lessons learned (yet again) I'm currently writing a final paper for my Chekhov class (which has been WONDERFUL). My teacher and …

2010-11-23: Examining the unlived life Alex has a wonderful essay up this week on the unexamined life vs the unlived life. I recognized so …

2010-11-23: The Best Article Every day - Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte Source: bspcn.com

2010-11-23: The real trick isn’t to solve the problem, it’s to find out what problem you’re …

2010-11-22: “We see evidence for mind-wandering causing unhappiness, but no evidence for unhappiness causing …

2010-11-22: Whatever people were doing, whether it was having sex or reading or shopping, they tended to be …

2010-11-22: "The enemy" Here’s a quote from Stephen Fry’s novel Making History, one of the few passages that …

2010-11-19: When actresses like Hathaway (and, to a lesser degree, actors like Gyllenhaal) decide to bare all, …

2010-11-19: Career Fare Attended a career fair for master's and PhD students yesterday. I haven't been to such a thing in a …

2010-11-18: More on panic and discomfort Mark Z at ZhurnalyWiki paid me the great honor of referring to my panic post. He ended with this …

2010-11-17: In fact, study after study has shown that simply monitoring your behavior is a powerful intervention …

2010-11-17: I remember some years ago someone (unfortunately I can’t remember who) wrote to me to describe …

2010-11-13: Last month, husband was in a grumpy mood. We have a rule for those moods: Accomplish something! Pick …

2010-11-13: You are young, and have not met the big disasters of life yet, like a divorce with children, the …

2010-11-10: Brooks applies chaos theory in an interesting way, too, by boiling its lessons down to three …

2010-11-10: Atheists Don't Have No Songs A Steve Martin song, performed with the Steep Canyon Rangers [youtube …

2010-11-07: Two experiments revealed that (i) people can more accurately predict their affective reactions to a …

2010-11-06: The “I am doing” mind hack: Being present is important, but I find it hard to be mindful …

2010-11-06: [R]eminiscent of John Cleese’s sharp observation (cf. Hare Brain, Tortoise Mind): …

2010-11-06: Before the fact, wise people often look like fools. In contrast, experts often look like fools …

2010-11-03: Toecovers The latest memoir we've been reading is Betty MacDonald's "The Plague and I," the 1948 follow-up to …

2010-11-01: Kindle for Mac In late August, I had bought Timothy Pychyl's e-book The Procrastinator's Digest via Xlibris for use …

2010-10-03: Panic Alex Lickerman is a physician and practices Nichiren Buddhism, and he writes a weekly blog titled …

2010-10-01: The Suck Fairy From Jo Walton at Tor.com comes the idea of The Suck Fairy, that scourge of re-reading that somehow …

2010-09-30: My nephew's philosophy My brother's oldest son, Stuart, was asked by his teacher what he liked about school. He answered, …

2010-09-24: If you were born on this day... Here's what the local newspaper's horoscope had to say for those lucky enough to be born today, …

2010-09-11: Stevereads Stevereads tackles the history of the first Star Trek books, which were collections of stories from …

2010-09-04: Assorted links Steve reviews Robert Graves' The Anger of Achilles, and finds more ways to say that Graves is one …

2010-08-29: Lewis Shiner and the Fiction Liberation Front Friend and colleague Lewis Shiner is a writer and novelist who has been releasing his fiction on the …

2010-08-29: Summarizing the past year Sorry to disappoint my skeptically inquiring readers, but I love reading my weekly Freewill …

2010-08-27: David Markson I can't remember how I ran across Markson's novel This Is Not A Novel, but I found it so fascinating …

2010-08-21: Assorted links "The truth is dancers and musicians live in two different worlds." For academic writers, the Rule of …

2010-07-21: From dr to mr Over the July 4 weekend, I faced the fact that I was not enjoying the PhD experience. I discovered …

2009-12-30: Science is boring! Interesting confluence of views from today's feeds: Let's face it, science is boring - …

2009-12-29: Fall 2009 chicken Taking a leaf from Havi’s Friday Chicken, this post will review the semester just past, but with a …

2009-12-21: “Our whole life is an attempt to discover when our spontaneity is whimsical, sentimental …

2009-12-20: If 2009 represents the death-throes of an industry, well, the end won’t be pretty - because …

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2009-10-26: Terry Teachout on the Mystery of Music and Great Art It won’t surprise me if neuroscientists eventually succeed in unlocking the mystery of music. …

2009-09-24: Today in History Image via Wikipedia Wikipedia about today. Here's what the BBC and NY Times have to say. A …

2009-09-04: The bones beneath the skin A few months ago, I was struck by this tweet from HiroBoga. For whatever reason, a circuit snapped …

2009-09-02: Downstream, Upstream One of the ways to make sure a change in your life sticks is to make what you want to do so easy to …

2009-08-31: Links harvest Susie Bright asks: What makes a person change the course of their life? Why bother learning stuff? …

2009-08-03: This wonderful but cruel game never stops testing or teaching you. “The only comment I can make,” …

2009-07-21: Dahl on travel and civilization In this excerpt from Roald Dahl’s Boy, his mother asks if he wants to go to Oxford or …

2009-07-20: Dahl on the life of businessmen and writers In the following excerpt from Roald Dahl’s Boy, he’s left public school at 18 to take a …

2009-07-18: Roald Dahl's "Boy" A very nice habit we picked up from Liz’s parents was her dad reading to her mom. We’ve …

2009-07-17: "Dreams with Sharp Teeth" [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mj5IV23g-fE&hl=en&fs=1&w=300&h=242] Thanks to the …

2009-07-12: Link harvest James Fallows on the China Xinjiang / Uighur controversy: “The point about separate …

2009-07-11: There are times when I am terribly presumptuous, to visit my personal feelings on other …

2009-07-10: Work inspires inspiration. Keep working. If you succeed, keep working. If you fail, keep working. If …

2009-07-10: Readability and toread.cc bookmarklets Here are two bookmarklets I use every day. (Bookmarklets, you ask? What are they? More here.) The …

2009-07-07: I do know what the deal on the comic is: It’s $2.99 for 23 pages of story and art (the first …

2009-07-06: Genuine self-confidence exists in a vacuum, requiring no one of lesser worth to be near it to …

2009-07-01: Old-world skillz Image via Wikipedia I do not know how Michael Leddy finds so many great items for his Orange …

2009-06-29: Like baby rats stevereads: The Queen Victoria Series! Jean Plaidy wasn’t the only pen-name she used, far …

2009-06-28: Momentum, Inertia My loyal fanbase (Rani and Cassidy) have asked when I would start posting again, after a pause of …

2009-06-26: Good fiction stevereads: the New Yorker Fiction Issue in the Penny Press! I have a dear friend who sometimes …

2009-06-17: “To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to …

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2009-06-12: “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3” is rated R (Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian). …

2009-06-10: Sleep, tossing of mind, attachment to objects, subtle desires and cravings, laziness, lack of …

2009-06-03: If I hear one more person pontificate on how diabetes is TOTALLY avoidable, I will rip their living …

2009-05-21: Who needs alcohol and drugs when you have Tom Waits? Books of The Times - ‘Lowside of the Road’ - A …

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2009-05-09: Binky the doormat - Some wisdom from Noisy Decent Graphics. Source: binkythedoormat.com

2009-05-04: 30 Rock: 1933 | Shorpy Photo Archive Source: shorpy.com

2009-04-30: Mind Hacks: Sixty miniature heads used in phrenology Source: mindhacks.com

2009-04-28: In his speech, Sterling seemed to affect Nietzschean disdain for regular people. If the goal was to …

2009-04-27: One major theme here is that complexity can be intimidating, but it can also be motivating. We need …

2009-04-11: You know, in life, you have certain kinds of regrets. One kind of regret revolves around the …

2009-04-07: Once you make a decision, commit and go for it. Don’t continually second guess yourself. If …

2009-04-05: Vaynerchuk tells anecdotes, but his main activities veer more into the uncool profession of …

2009-04-05: My future is assured Vaynerchuk tells anecdotes, but his main activities veer more into the uncool profession of …

2009-03-31: In East of Eden, John Steinbeck writes: ‘A child may ask, “What is the world’s …

2009-03-31: Great words From the final Hold this Thought broadcast: “In East of Eden, John Steinbeck writes: ‘A …

2009-03-30: By then, the veterans had developed an informal set of rules for themselves: Take the craft …

2009-03-30: On acting and life By then, the veterans had developed an informal set of rules for themselves: Take the craft …

2009-03-29: Assorted links “A comparison of the 2008 population — using data from a variety of sources — with the first …

2009-03-29: Writing the Lit Review for Research Methods I recently finished a pretty big, for me, literature review that totaled about 17 pages, including …

2009-03-27: We tend to think of the task of regulation as one of making systems hard to break. An alternative to …

2009-03-26: If you don’t correct stuff right when it happens, you can get into serious trouble. Stay on …

2009-03-25: “The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind …

2009-03-21: You will need to divide your current possessions into four major categories. 1. Beautiful things. 2. …

2009-03-20: Typology of New Yorker cartoons Given the diversity of talents who over the years contributed cartoons to The New Yorker, it may be …

2009-03-07: Two projects, two fuzzy ideas, two lit review processes The 696 independent study is starting out as a literature review of risk in institutional …

2009-03-04: It always amazes me how few people go to graduate school, who actually enjoy studying. Marginal …

2009-03-01: The day I got no research done I unpack my stuff in the SILS liberry [1] and start researching. The Maternalistical Cassidy wheels …

2009-02-25: There’s a similarity in the quality of the daily life” on the road and in the monastery, Mr. Cohen …

2009-02-23: Assorted links Haunting poem. Leddy on academic entitlement. Why I don't use "lol" in emails. Example 2 is the …

2009-02-21: Lavers on The Simple Life My previous post Fred Stutzman and Facebook reminded me of an essay from the May/August 2000 issue …

2009-02-21: Unit Structures Image by Getty Images via Daylife Fred Stutzman is a PhD student at SILS and the creator of …

2009-02-20: What does this tell us? I mean, other than .. Steve McQueen is a badass? Being an expert isn’t …

2009-02-13: Orange Crate Art: Charles Darwin has a posse Source: mleddy.blogspot.com

2009-02-11: How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. Annie Dillard My “Jumping …

2009-02-04: Is grad school a good idea? Penelope Trunk trots out one of her regularly visited themes: why grad school is a bad idea. It …

2009-02-04: Financiers tell their not-for-attribution account of the mortgage crisis like this: Americans …

2009-02-03: Research Journal for my 780 class Cover of 7 Up Since our 780 Research Methods class doesn’t have a Blackboard site for the class, …

2009-02-03: Those whom history has judged as great often came from less and strived for more than wealth. High …

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2009-01-29: But forced idleness is a good thing, especially for a workaholic like I, and while I feel as if the …

2009-01-27: Annoying Firefox problem fixed For the last couple of months, I've had an incredibly annoying problem in Firefox, when entering …

2009-01-20: And yet even though this Christian nonviolence is in many ways the most mainstream aspect of this …

2009-01-20: Craft is something you can do until you fall into senility, but art is what you cannot do. —Robert …

2009-01-18: Assorted links Image via Wikipedia Doomsday for 2009 is ... Saturday. Mary Ellen Bates says goodbye to several …

2009-01-16: Dying is a matter of slapstick and pratfalls,” he wrote in “The Summer of a Dormouse: A Year of …

2009-01-14: Lecturing in 26-100, she said, she could only look out at the sea of faces and hope the students …

2009-01-13: What I learned when working in the White House decades ago is that blunder, misunderstanding, or …

2009-01-11: What's ahead for ol' Mikey? Inspired by Rani’s post about her upcoming work (hope that’s going well for you, Rani), it’s …

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2009-01-09: Aronson wanted a five-to-six-minute clip of a normal-looking couple having sex with condoms, and …

2009-01-08: While browsing around the site, I found that the Milk and Cheese vinyl toy set has been knocked down …

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2009-01-04: If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, you become something …

2009-01-03: Good taste is really just a kind of aesthetic vegetarianism. -Robertson Davies The New York Times: …

2009-01-01: I think the way to “solve” the problem of procrastination is to let delight pull you …

2008-12-30: On specifying your terms One of the books I read over the Christmas vacation was Writing the Mind Alive, which one Amazon …

2008-12-30: Growing up Native in Alaska is a collection of oral histories compiled for The CIRI Foundation. In …

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2008-12-28: What I'm doing on my Christmas vacation Image via Wikipedia Packed about 15 books (about half of them small cartooning or graphic …

2008-12-28: Spring 2009 - Independent Study Image via Wikipedia I was not terribly interested in the spring courses being offered, and The …

2008-12-28: Status of the Ph.D. I interviewed with two prospective references at SILS, who agreed to write letters of reference …

2008-12-28: 2008 Fall Semester Wrap-up Image by Angela Sabas via Flickr Follow-up to my fall break posting. I spent the last two days …

2008-12-18: Moyra Davey on Random Reading “So how are we to draw up those reading lists finally? I have …

2008-12-18: Lindsay Marshall on serendipity: We are not, I believe, looking for tools to record our thoughts or …

2008-12-18: From Charles Bowden in Blood Orchid: “We are an exceptional model of the human race. We no …

2008-12-18: PowerPoint seems to be a way for organizations to turn expensive, expert decision-makers into novice …

2008-12-17: "The result is the same after all" The New Adventures of Mr Stephen Fry: A strange obsession, mine. But better to be addicted to …

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2008-12-13: So which is it: job or calling? You can answer the question directly, or allow time to answer it for …

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2008-12-06: Client begins first meeting by making a big show of telling you that you are the expert. You are in …

2008-12-05: If you want to persuade people to act more the way you think they should act, you’ve got to be more …

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2008-12-03: Highly productive people do not have more time, but they may have more energy, more method and …

2008-12-01: Graduate school is not education. It is socialization. It is about learning to behave, about …

2008-12-01: The trick, then, is to get a job based on work you haven’t done, and stick around until the …

2008-12-01: To the world of rare books Mr. Friedlaender brought a rare commodity: a sense of fun. Helmut N. …

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2008-11-25: That’s what most people do. They keep waiting and waiting until they have enough saved up, find the …

2008-11-24: The phrase “especially in this economy” is the new black. Risk-inverse — jackcheng.com

2008-11-22: The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. Dorothy Parker Quotes

2008-11-21: Holy Hanna, what a sweaty male armpit of a show. Average age, I’d say, at a guess, was in the …

2008-11-20: Since the major predictor of how much time is spent watching television is whether someone works or …

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2008-11-14: You just can’t fight “conformity” by indulging the evil pleasure of enjoying your …

2008-11-13: It’s not for others to recognize the fruits of your work; it’s for yourself. The desire …

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2008-11-11: … I see a world that really did change dramatically over the last century, but where progress …

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2008-11-11: Like virtue, poetry is its own reward. … The immortality game, like that of getting into the …

2008-11-10: That’s the paradox,” he said. “You would think that you elect this guy and you want him to effect …

2008-11-08: We all know the one about the Emperor walking around with nothing on, while everyone admires the …

2008-11-08: Yes, we need to stabilise our present situation, and then, perhaps, we could ask a really simple …

2008-11-08: Then, the best thing of all – coming home in the dead of night to this beautiful place where there …

2008-11-06: When we have the good fortune to have a noble friend with whom we can have noble conversation then …

2008-11-03: The polluting of the ballot box, and a destruction of vote is not the mutilation of a piece of …

2008-11-02: Ronald Searle Tribute: Meeting Ronald Searle Part 1: Reportage & animation

2008-11-02: Ronald Searle Tribute: Meeting Ronald Searle Part 1: Reportage & animation

2008-11-01: Seduction of the Innocent Index - Seduction of the Innocent

2008-11-01: The joke in law school was: “The curse of Yale Law School is to try to die with your options …

2008-10-31: It isn’t an inquisition; it’s an exploration, usually an exploration into the past,” he once said, …

2008-10-31: Links Harvest Economic downturn hitting public libraries. Also, library fines. Another popularly focused article …

2008-10-30: James Weldon Johnson, 1871-1938, Aaron Douglas, Illustrated by, and C. B. Falls (Charles Buckles), …

2008-10-29: Scanning Around with Gene: The Best Type Book with No Typesetting | CreativePro.com

2008-10-26: "Structures that are human-shaped, not idea-shaped" The New Adventures of Mr Stephen Fry: In the end I like structures that are human-shaped, not …

2008-10-26: "As barmy as the rest" The New Adventures of Mr Stephen Fry: I forebear telling him that the reason I do not find …

2008-10-25: Late night thoughts on getting a Ph.D. Anthonio. In sooth I know not why I am so sad, It wearies me: you say it wearies you; But how I …

2008-10-24: No Heroic Efforts I meant to add this time management rule to my previous Fall Review post. I can’t remember …

2008-10-24: I’ve never been able to grow a thicker skin, so instead I create buffer zones. The Unfinished …

2008-10-21: Fall Review Image via Wikipedia During 2007's fall break, I took a breather and penned (odd word for a blog …

2008-10-18: When Bush speaks, you just get all the anxiety and none of the reassurance, because his presence …

2008-10-12: There ought to be behind the door of every happy, contented man some one standing with a hammer …

2008-10-11: A couple times a month I’m asked to speak at tech, Linux, and PHP student conferences at various …

2008-10-11: Writing research papers First in a (no doubt about it) ongoing series. When I had to do my first literature review, and my …

2008-10-05: "The Midnight Disease" A few years ago, I read and enjoyed Alice W. Flaherty's memoir, The Midnight Disease. Suffering from …

2008-10-04: When it comes to Hollywood, Alan Moore can’t catch a break, not that he necessarily wants one. …

2008-09-27: People use books like law school. They think if they have some piece of paper – a degree, a contract …

2008-09-25: Birthday horoscope for Sept. 24 Here's the regular daily 'scope: People are more impressed by your efficiency than by your eagerness …

2008-09-23: Food isn’t about Nutrition Clothes aren’t about Comfort Bedrooms aren’t about …

2008-09-20: Nirvana, or something like it My friend Rani left me the following intriguing comment: Mike - would love to know how the …

2008-09-20: Drink coffee until it hurts, and you’ll get stronger! ZhurnalyWiki: StrongCoffee

2008-09-15: “Learning how to think really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what …

2008-09-14: On being a professional I don't take many notes in my 500 class, but I wanted to get this down from the professor, Dr. …

2008-09-13: Storing Nuggets of Information The following are comments I left on the high-fun personal blog PigPog. Back in 2005, Michael wrote …

2008-09-13: The Trials of Joblessness One in a periodic series of re-postings from the my first blog, Oddments of High Unimportance. …

2008-09-12: Ellen Forney » Please Come!

2008-09-11: While crossing campus this morning Very few people walking about, but I noticed a few folks standing at the base of the flagpole near …

2008-09-08: By improbably (and I’ve often thought, mistakenly) landing a brief berth in the Technorati Top 100, …

2008-09-08: In a recent critical essay about economist-philosopher Friedrich Hayek, Jesse Larner notes: … …

2008-08-31: What I DIDN'T do this summer Create accounts on my MacBook and really get a handle on securing it. Create a custom search engine …

2008-08-24: The Avenging Unicorn Playset

2008-08-23: ZhurnalyWiki: Rule 6 ZhurnalyWiki: Rule 6

2008-08-23: And when the interchangeable young man says, after the cricket game on the lawn, “Ripping …

2008-08-22: Le Pétomane

2008-08-22: I’ve never been impressed by middle-ground or art-of-the-possible stuff,” he says. “Why would people …

2008-08-21: Advice to a 40-odder on re-entering school When I let it be known around the office back in 2006 that I was interested in going back to school, …

2008-08-21: To suggest that people disconnect from a glorious stream of free speech, live news, and …

2008-08-21: Hallway conversations Rachael in the elevator: "So, Mike, are you going to do a doctorate?" Dr. Tibbo as she was leaving …

2008-08-17: NEVER wear white socks with dress shoes. It’s akin to “finishing” too early on your honeymoon night. …

2008-08-16: Links Harvest: novels, narrative, BAE Narrative and novels as models for social relations and as simulations of economic approaches. First …

2008-08-16: Digital History Hacks William Turkel, an assistant professor of history at the University of Western Ontario, runs a great …

2008-08-15: With the greatest of respect to Christians and the respect to anybody to believe in what they want …

2008-08-13: You will have to understand that the logic of success is radically different from the logic of …

2008-08-13: You will be told also – ignoring our permanent dependence on food, clothing, and shelter – that you …

2008-08-13: OK - message received Thanks for showing you gave the matter some thought by starting your email with "hmm."

2008-08-12: Notes - The Book, The Internet, Literature First heard of the "Is Google Making Us Stupid/Killing Literature" foomfahrah via this Mark Hurst …

2008-08-08: I do not have — nor have I ever had — a Facebook account. And yet, mysteriously, I still have …

2008-07-30: The only thing you get to do in this world is choose what a good life is and then aim for it. But …

2008-07-27: “There is nothing funny about a clown in the moonlight.” -Lon Chaney Clowns

2008-07-27: Got that? They’ll be a quiz. Originally from Little Pet’s Picture Alphabet, 1850’s. (via Nonist …

2008-07-27: Look, a lot of people out there write editorials and try to persuade you to change an opinion based …

2008-07-26: Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death …

2008-07-26: How the Free Market works, from Tom the Dancing Bug Gocomics.com: Comics, editorial cartoons, email …

2008-07-25: Here’s some advice for successfully reading a book: You need to stay focused, so try to avoid …

2008-07-25: Declining books sales have led some publishers into thinking that the way to revive books is to make …

2008-07-24: America’s battle is yet to fight; and we, sorrowful though nothing doubting, will wish her strength …

2008-07-23: The longer I do this, the more I suspect that a good part of the “information overload” …

2008-07-23: Stephen Fry on arguments between cousins My previous post on winning arguments unfairly reminded me of a blog posting by the actor, writer, …

2008-07-22: Romantic Love #1 Romantic Love #1 Romantic Love #1

2008-07-22: Don’t pack for the worst scenario. Pack for the best scenario and simply buy yourself out of …

2008-07-22: Look for kindred souls. They are few and far between, and nothing is more precious. …

2008-07-21: Studying for the GRE I've stopped updating my previous blog, Oddments of High Unimportance, after Google's Blogger-bots …

2008-07-21: Winning Arguments (Unfairly) The following notes are from a 1982 book by Daniel Cohen called “Re:thinking: How to Succeed …

2008-07-20: Two-Gun Kid #113 Two-Gun Kid #113 Two-Gun Kid #113

2008-07-20: Heidegger Heidegger

2008-07-19: Sometimes I get emails that are more than two pages long, attempting to explain a problem. I’m going …

2008-07-19: PASSING A CAR If you are passing another car on a two-lane road and are confronted with a car coming toward you, …

2008-07-18: So often any film that comes out is going to be a sequel or a remake of a film that’s …

2008-07-18: Adventure Comics #389 Adventure Comics #389 Adventure Comics #389

2008-07-18: Write what you feel Advice for the creative writer, yes. But the student? My manager is taking a summer class and his …

2008-07-18: Links 18-Jul-08 Even a tech writer learns to use dashed lines for impromptu diagrams, but it takes a designer to …

2008-07-18: The bottom line is that you should never spend more than $1500 on art unless you know at least …

2008-07-18: Attempting to sell people something for four hundred pounds that merely enables them to read …

2008-07-18: Publishing has only two indispensable participants: authors and readers. As with music, any …

2008-07-18: MAKING HOT FUDGE Your hot fudge is ready when you can write your name in the surface with a spoon without the letters …

2008-07-15: TIMING A GIG If your musical engagement is less than two hours long, you will spend as much time setting up and …

2008-07-13: Mark Hurst's "Bit Literacy" Mark Hurst’s book Bit Literacy: Productivity in the Age of Information and E-mail Overload attacks a …

2008-07-11: LYING When lying, don’t explain too much. And odd numbers are more believable than even numbers. …

2008-07-10: Vernacular Typography Polaroids From Douglas Wilson: “Polaroids taken of mostly hand-painted signs over the past four years all …

2008-07-09: "And I submit that this is what the real, no bullshit value of your liberal arts education is..." “And I submit that this is what the real, no bullshit value of your liberal arts education is …

2008-07-09: Justice League of America #38 Justice League of America #38 Justice League of America #38

2008-07-06: The Flash (1959) #130 The Flash (1959) #130 The Flash (1959) #130

2008-07-05: How are wines arranged in the store? The wine aisle in your grocery store is probably organized this way. Yes, I know there is a …

2008-07-05: Sentences to ponder The “likely consequence” of growing numbers of Chinese learning English without …

2008-07-04: Nowadays, instead of saying, “He’s a prick,” I’ll say, “He’s …

2008-07-04: Support: We believe that you can do whatever you set your mind to. “Can’t” …

2008-07-04: Orange flag art Jasper Johns (b. 1930), Flag on Orange Field (1957)Orange flag art

2008-07-03: Are men boring? A straw poll among friends and relations would suggest the contention is so …

2008-06-29: PASSING A TEST To get an A on an essay test when you only vaguely know the answer, write the answer as a sonnet. …

2008-06-27: "Why you should throw books out" That's the title of today's post from Tyler Cowen both at his blog and as a guest blogger at …

2008-06-26: Do you read a lot of contemporary fiction these days? Like everyone else, no, I don’t. Questions for …

2008-06-25: Snarky Facebook e-cards someecards have a wonderfully snarky, face-slapping, aphoristic intensity to their e-card messages. …

2008-06-23: There is a kind of heroic pessimism running through this work, and one is inclined to appropriate …

2008-06-20: For every higher wall there is a taller ladder. DVD FAQ

2008-06-16: Who are the aggressive drivers? Watch out for cars with bumper stickers. That’s the surprising conclusion of a recent study …

2008-06-16: CANDY SALES AT THE THEATER Decreasing the choice of candy bars for sale at a movie will proportionately increase the amount of …

2008-06-14: YOUR SPOUSE'S FEELINGS Always ask your spouse to explain their feelings. Never ask your spouse to justify their feelings. …

2008-06-10: FIXING YOUR FACE FOR TV For TV appearances, match the color of your make-up to the color of the tip of your tongue. …

2008-06-07: Wikipedia Victory “First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win.” Wikipedia …

2008-06-02: penelopetrunk: In Tulsa. Blogging from airport to hotel. Driver: Do you write a lot? Me: Yes. I'm a journalist. Driver: Cool. I try to keep a journal, too. penelopetrunk: In Tulsa. Blogging from airport to hotel. Driver: Do you write a lot? Me: Yes. …

2008-05-31: START WITH YOUR CHARACTERS Always figure out who your characters are before you figure out your plot. You can follow a good …

2008-05-27: The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives Design by Keenan It’s always fun to spot a book on the new books table that has a die-cut …

2008-05-26: Ridiculously Useful Resource Looking for Education Tools? Try the Centre for Learning and Performance Technology’s Directory of …

2008-05-26: Memorial Day From the New York Times, June 7, 1868. This item is Memorial Day’s first appearance in the …

2008-05-25: Links 25-May-2008 Penelope Trunk has an excellent post on how she got her current favorite mentor, to complement her …

2008-05-24: MOON WATCHING To know whether the moon you see tonight will be bigger or smaller tomorrow night - In the Northern …

2008-05-23: Staircase Bookshelf Does Double Duty [Household] A London-based couple wanted easy ways to maximize the use of space in their small flat, and a …

2008-05-22: hotdogsladies: Listening to NPR hosts talk about sports is like watching cats try to play chess. Adorable. hotdogsladies: Listening to NPR hosts talk about sports is like watching cats try to play chess. …

2008-05-22: Links 22-May-08 This paper studies the CVs of assistant professors of economics at several American universities and …

2008-05-22: Suzuki House Suzuki House

2008-05-21: Neat business card designs Check them out. Right now I’m sitting in a country ryokan, listening to a very serious old man …

2008-05-20: Ghostly Tales #88 Ghostly Tales #88 Ghostly Tales #88

2008-05-20: Modofly Laser-Etched Moleskine Notebooks [Moleskine] The Modofly artist collaborative etches your favorite designer notebook—the Moleskine—with beautiful …

2008-05-20: someecards: Sorry my Internet shorthand took you so long to comprehend. http://www.someecards.com/upload/newest/ someecards: Sorry my Internet shorthand took you so long to comprehend. …

2008-05-20: someecards: The rumor that a character dies in Sex and the City is upsetting because it means three probably live. someecards: The rumor that a character dies in Sex and the City is upsetting because it means three …

2008-05-18: Regulax Regulax

2008-05-17: brownstudy: Currently Browsing: http://www.topshelfcomix.com/ts2.0/iloveyou/1 brownstudy: Currently Browsing: http://www.topshelfcomix.com/ts2.0/iloveyou/1 brownstudy: Currently …

2008-05-16: The Cheerful Cricket The delightful… The Cheerful Cricket

2008-05-14: ABC à suivre…… ABC

2008-05-13: Marvel Comics #1 Marvel Comics #1 Marvel Comics #1

2008-05-12: A telex from Aldo In 1984 and 1985, my friend Aldo Carrasco worked for a textile importer in New York. He was …

2008-05-09: Marvel's Greatest Comics #95 Marvel’s Greatest Comics #95 Marvel’s Greatest Comics #95

2008-05-08: As within, so without When my mind and life get cluttered, so do my physical environments. When I lived on my own, it was …

2008-05-08: Keith Woods on media and race Keith Woods, Dean of Faculty at The Poynter Institute, in a PBS NewsHour discussion of how race has …

2008-05-07: Professor threatens to sue students “My students were very bully-ish, very aggressive, and very disrespectful. They’d argue …

2008-05-06: Jimmy Olsen #103 Jimmy Olsen #103 Jimmy Olsen #103

2008-05-06: Mildred Loving (1939-2008) From this morning’s New York Times: Mildred Loving, a black woman whose anger over being …

2008-05-05: When should you take photographs? JKottke, a loyal MR reader, asks: Is taking a photo or video of an event for later viewing worth it, …

2008-05-02: Sottsass Pompidou Sottsass Pompidou

2008-05-01: Simpsons Comics #83 Simpsons Comics #83 Simpsons Comics #83

2008-05-01: Extinction The language of the slot-machine industry: There’s a term bandied about at the trade shows: …

2008-05-01: In case you weren't paying attention... James Joyce, Ulysses, Kindle edition, $3.19. Free shipping, too. Is the book market going the way of …

2008-04-29: Thor #163 Thor #163 Thor #163

2008-04-29: On Duke Ellington's birthday Roaming through the jungle, the jungle of “oohs” and “ahs,” searching for a …

2008-04-27: Adventures of the Fly #23 Adventures of the Fly #23 Adventures of the Fly #23

2008-04-27: The 6yr old Reports Yesterday I went to a party at Robin Hanson’s. Megan McArdle, Bryan Caplan, Will Wilkinson, …

2008-04-24: Young Romance #24 Young Romance #24 Young Romance #24

2008-04-24: guignol de roudoudou (1969) guignol de roudoudou (1969)

2008-04-24: Calligraphy Portraits “Bust portrait of William III and Mary in state robes, in two ovals facing towards each other, …

2008-04-23: Lovers #58 Lovers #58 Lovers #58

2008-04-22: Will Eisner's Preventative Maintenance Will Eisner's Preventative Maintenance

2008-04-18: Die Fantastischen Vier #47 Die Fantastischen Vier #47 Die Fantastischen Vier #47

2008-04-18: Wonder Woman #40 Wonder Woman #40 Wonder Woman #40

2008-04-17: Minimal Achievement This paper, “Strive for Minimal Achievement” by Barry Moltz, talks about something …

2008-04-16: Fantastic Four #12 Fantastic Four #12 Fantastic Four #12

2008-04-15: Raiding the Medicine Chest Designer credits to come Mother’s little helper(s) have been showing up a lot recently: …

2008-04-14: GETTING THROUGH COLLEGE Never argue about a grade with a college instructor unless you’re pointing out a simple …

2008-04-14: Too soon old, too late shmart... ...goes the old Yiddish proverb. And it works for the spring semester as well as for real life. …

2008-04-12: Grimsby Grimsby

2008-04-12: Running...out...of...gas... Is it me, or should the spring semester have ended a week ago? Why are we dragging it out for …

2008-04-11: New Editions of Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm Designs by Shepard Fairey The always excellent Penguin Blog discusses these re-workings of Orwell …

2008-04-11: From the Washington Post Spring Books Preview No rhyme or reason here. Just looking forward to checking these out in person. From the …

2008-04-10: Fitness Functions [Cross-posted to Cliopatria & Digital History Hacks] One of the distinctions that applied …

2008-04-09: The Mayor's Tongue Designer info to come (not yet published) The placement of the apostrophe and the mysterious period …

2008-04-07: Printers Ornaments Printers’ ornaments are… Printers Ornaments

2008-04-06: Popular Comics #65 Popular Comics #65 Popular Comics #65

2008-04-06: Parenting, Inc. A good design strategy for alarmist books is to use color to emphasize the important stuff, because, …

2008-04-05: From MFA to MSIS In talking to a friend, he remembered that this graduate school adventure started in early 2005, …

2008-04-04: Bad simile of the day Bill Clinton is scheduled to visit Pembroke, North Carolina, today: Charles Locklear dined on fried …

2008-04-04: Dick Tracy #103 Dick Tracy #103 Dick Tracy #103

2008-04-03: Savage Pastimes The Britannica Blog has a nice piece on entertainment and violence and reproduces the cover of …

2008-04-02: Fold-Ins, Past and Present “Al Jaffee’s fold-ins for Mad magazine, from the 1960s to the present, in interactive form.” And …

2008-04-02: The Bin Ladens, US and UK I love the restraint of the US cover (top), which emphasizes that this is a book about the entire …

2008-04-01: Remainders Spray Paint Cello Players Bud Waldo All etchings above (posted here with permission) © Bruce …

2008-04-01: Jumbo Comics #24 Jumbo Comics #24 Jumbo Comics #24

2008-03-31: Two New Science Titles from Penguin These don’t need anything in the way of commentary. Wonderful – both of them. Two New …

2008-03-28: CD/DVD Spindle Cable Organizer [Clever Uses] Reader Geoffrey writes in with this clever cable decluttering tip for repurposing CD or DVD …

2008-03-28: Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves #24 Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves #24 Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves #24

2008-03-28: Walter Burley Griffin “Walter Burley Griffin’s Plan of Canberra as finally revised and accepted 1913” …

2008-03-25: ABC3D Pop-up books? Often cool; sometimes meh. This pop-up book? I’ll take two. Via Design Observer. …

2008-03-24: Lyn Cowan on Mentalspeak. In her essay Feeding the psyche, Junk words and corn-fed music, psychologist Lyn Cowan attacks the …

2008-03-23: Love Diary #5 Love Diary #5 Love Diary #5

2008-03-23: The Grand Master “He has covered with his never-flagging pencil enough charta pura (white paper) to placard the …

2008-03-22: Jackie Gleason on creating a character [Photograph of New York City subway rider by Walker Evans.] He once told me that the creation of a …

2008-03-21: QotD: Jack Lalanne’s recipe for happiness Exercise, avoid man-made foods, and smile, fercryinoutloud. Lalanne is 93, btb. h/t Boing Boing …

2008-03-21: Puffin Classics, redesigned A number of Puffin Classics have been redesigned. There’s no way these looked as good when I …

2008-03-21: Self control, bravery and generosity -- the three marks of a Self control, bravery and generosity – the three marks of a “Great Heart” …

2008-03-20: Richie Rich Billions #10 Richie Rich Billions #10 Richie Rich Billions #10

2008-03-19: QotD: How your writing reflects the quality of your thinking “People who cannot distinguish between good and bad language, or who regard the distinction as …

2008-03-19: Diversion Wednesday #14: I Have Seen the Future of Food, and It Is Round I have seen the future of food. It is spherical; it is puffy; it is delicious. Diversion Wednesday …

2008-03-18: All the Sad Young Literary Men Designer credit to come Gigantic literary aspirations are the crosses that some people bear. This is …

2008-03-18: Knight Attire Eugène Viollet-le-Duc (1814-1879) was an influential… Knight Attire

2008-03-18: Stuff and nonsense I just posted this to my UI design class discussion board: Awe-inspiring info design…though …

2008-03-16: House of Mystery #251 House of Mystery #251 House of Mystery #251

2008-03-15: Japanese Toy Designs Japanese Toy Designs

2008-03-15: Action Comics #475 Action Comics #475 Action Comics #475

2008-03-15: I laughed out loud “So the governor of New York is just another big-spending liberal. Imagine, $4,300 for one …

2008-03-14: "Bandwidth, bandwidth, bandwidth." Stephen Fry » Blog Archive » Bored of the dance The problem we always return to is bandwidth. …

2008-03-13: New Sherlock Holmes Design by Coralie Bickford-Smith There’s a great post over at the Penguin Blog about 8 new Red …

2008-03-12: Feature Comics #120 Feature Comics #120 Feature Comics #120

2008-03-11: "George Fox" One must wonder about the sense of irony that might have gone into Eliot’s Spitzer’s …

2008-03-11: In search of lost sound Milk bottles, steam engines, typewriters: these and other sounds of the past are available from …

2008-03-11: Lace Typography The above images… Lace Typography

2008-03-10: Eerie #2 Eerie #2 Eerie #2

2008-03-08: Anthropomorphic Trade Cards From the Victorian Trade Card Collection at Miami… Anthropomorphic Trade Cards

2008-03-06: Bestselling Comics (2006) #2146 Bestselling Comics (2006) #2146 Bestselling Comics (2006) #2146

2008-03-06: What does your phone number spell? Find out here. Mine spells “errs” in part but I’m trying to not take it …

2008-03-05: Detective Comics #505 Detective Comics #505 Detective Comics #505

2008-03-05: Who's Been Sleeping in Your Head? The Secret World of Sexual Fantasies Designer credit to come We can probably infer two things from the way the title is handled here: 1) …

2008-03-03: Halving, doubling, and Virginia Woolf When I am asked, "Why did you decide to go back to school?" or "How in the world can you work a …

2008-03-02: Superboy #87 Superboy #87 Superboy #87

2008-03-02: THE BEST MOMENT TO SWAT A FLY Wait for the bluebottle/fly to land on a hard surface…wait for it to move its front two legs to its …

2008-02-29: Speed Networking The SILS Alumni Association held a speed networking event earlier this week. It’s the second …

2008-02-29: Prototyping; GUIdebook Found some interesting or otherwise time-passable things on the web related to prototyping and our …

2008-02-29: House of Mystery #68 House of Mystery #68 House of Mystery #68

2008-02-26: The Bush Tragedy, US and UK 329 days until the end of the Bush presidency; who knows how long to fix the damage. I wish I could …

2008-02-26: Diary Loves #14 Diary Loves #14 Diary Loves #14

2008-02-26: Bestselling Comics (2006) #1726 Bestselling Comics (2006) #1726 Bestselling Comics (2006) #1726

2008-02-22: Uncle Scrooge #12 Uncle Scrooge #12 Uncle Scrooge #12

2008-02-19: Writing a paper is difficult with the non-stop party next door… From why that’s delightful, via omnibrain. If you enjoyed this post, make sure you sign up for our …

2008-02-17: Claims my Russian wife won't even deign to laugh at If you get up late in the morning on weekends, you must think sleep is very valuable. And if sleep …

2008-02-15: Time Machine Is Not All the Backup You Need [Mac Tip] Mac OS X Leopard only: If you’ve got a FireWire drive hooked up to your Mac, chances are …

2008-02-13: Time to Buy Stock in X-acto Knife? What should we call this: the Kara Walker effect? Further evidence of the return to handicraft …

2008-02-13: Left-brain, definitely A perception test from an Australian newspaper. For the life of me, I can't see her turning …

2008-02-13: Amy Winehouse and Nassim Taleb Will Amy Winehouse — who won five Grammys last night — help or hurt the music industry? A few years …

2008-02-13: The car as oikos Chrysler chairman Robert L. Nardelli, in a New York Times article on the trend to outfit cars with …

2008-02-12: - A Flock of Pigeons. You have to buy them individually A Flock of Pigeons. You have to buy them individually though. According to my New York Times Sunday …

2008-02-12: Roudoudou et riquiqui (1962 &1965) Roudoudou et riquiqui (1962 &1965)

2008-02-11: Diversions Click through the picture to experience my disappointment in not finding a larger version of this …

2008-02-11: Super Adventure Comic #33 Super Adventure Comic #33 Super Adventure Comic #33

2008-02-10: Links: file-naming conventions I remember reading a columnist in one of the Ziff-Davis mags, back in the mid-90s, lamenting the …

2008-02-09: QoTD: On boredom “Being bored doesn’t mean that “there’s nothing to do,” as children imprecisely complain to their …

2008-02-09: [image: grenouille][image: grenouille]c'est la fête à la c’est la fête à la grenouille [image: grenouille] [image: grenouille] c'est la fête à la

2008-02-09: Hi, Mom and Dad! Lust and I have been getting some nice publicity recently: Seattlest just posted an interview, …

2008-02-09: Last Man Standing Last Man Standing In case you missed the story, a 108 year old man by the name of Harry Richard …

2008-02-08: ActiVest The ActiVest is a useful vest – well-made, lots of pockets, rain hood, warm – that …

2008-02-08: Sweethearts #26 Sweethearts #26 Sweethearts #26

2008-02-08: Today a quote worthy of George Orwell: “…the damaged state of American democracy is not the fault of George W. Bush and his …

2008-02-07: Spidey Super Stories #18 Spidey Super Stories #18 Spidey Super Stories #18

2008-02-06: Manicule Did you know what the hand-with-pointing-finger symbol is called, other than …

2008-02-05: [image: cochon]un p'tit cochon à découper (cliquer pour avoir un p’tit cochon à découper (cliquer pour avoir de plus grands formats sur …

2008-02-05: ExplainTh.at JavaScript Cheatsheet A print-ready JavaScript cheatsheet. Very useful coverage of dates, elements, error handling, and …

2008-02-05: Jumping the gun on a MacBook? Although UNC requires incoming freshmen to buy a laptop computer, and although some SILS classes …

2008-02-04: Paul Rand: Conversations with Students Design by Deb Wood A slim and fantastic volume that reminds you of how brilliant and erudite Rand …

2008-02-03: Links 2008-02-03 1. Tyler is unhappy with the new Fairfax City Public Library in Virginia. 2. Was the problem the …

2008-02-01: HI + LOW: RULES HI + LOW: RULES HI + LOW: RULES

2008-01-31: Ornamental Typography ‘Alfabeto di Lettere Iniziali’ (c. 1730) from designs by Mauro Poggi. [The edition …

2008-01-31: Drafting scenarios and stories This post discusses the following readings: Gruen, D., Rauch, T., Redpath, S., & Ruettinger, S. …

2008-01-30: Article critiques: scenarios, stories This post discusses the following readings: Go, K., & Carroll, J.M. (2004). The blind men and …

2008-01-29: Keeping Found Things Found A web site focused on collecting and managing personal information, from the U of Washington …

2008-01-29: Superman #141 Superman #141 Superman #141

2008-01-28: How is it possible? More on email The readings that prompted these postings were: Lehikoinen, Juha, Antti Aaltonen, Pertti Huuskonen, …

2008-01-27: Fairfax City Public Library For many moons I have been looking forward to the opening of a new library building in Fairfax. …

2008-01-27: Systemantics I'm starting my third official semester as a graduate student but there are still a few nuts I …

2008-01-27: Ghostly Tales #80 Ghostly Tales #80 Ghostly Tales #80

2008-01-25: Apokalypse “The Apocalypse, or Revelation to John, the last book of the Bible, is one of the most …

2008-01-25: More on email overload Yet more reaction to this article: Whittaker, Steve, and Candace Sidner. "Email Overload: …

2008-01-25: Email overload, content management As verbose as I am in class, you should read my postings on the Blackboard discussion boards. Oh …

2008-01-23: Early in my writing career, I had an assignment to follow around a mohel–the guy who does …

2008-01-22: Round Playing Cards of Master PW Queen of Columbines Five of Columbines Ten of Columbines Valet of Parrots Nine of Parrots …

2008-01-22: Martin Luther King - American Irony In a nation that is preoccupied with God-talk, in which the separation of church and state is being …

2008-01-22: Rambo Inflation Number of people killed per minute in the Rambo series. Rambo: First Blood (1982): 0.01Rambo: First …

2008-01-21: "No Links Please" drains HREFs, discourages web fiddling James Clarke – No Links Please! Here’s a fun one. Our old pal (and the coiner of “life hacks”), …

2008-01-21: Emails as a Game of Life? Academic Productivity has another great post, this time on the work of Carolin Horn at the Dynamic …

2008-01-21: Consumer Industrobotics All drawings 1965-2077 © Anton van Dalen. Anton van Dalen was the secret assistant to Saul …

2008-01-21: Real Screen Comics #117 Real Screen Comics #117 Real Screen Comics #117

2008-01-20: Building models (info or economic) in your spare time I enjoyed reading Hal Varian's paper How to Build an Economic Model in Your Spare Time. It …

2008-01-20: Superboy #21 Superboy #21 Superboy #21

2008-01-20: Welcome to Eltingville on Adult Swim Video Welcome to Eltingville, the pilot based on the Eltingville Club strips from Dork, can be seen on the …

2008-01-19: 234 - “Slumless, Smokeless Cities” Take that, Harry Beck. Try as you might, the lines on your Tube map could never be as straight as …

2008-01-17: [image: petit train polux][image: img161] (taille d'origine (taille d’origine 53x41 cm) 1966 le petit train du" manège enchanté" pour les …

2008-01-17: More regrettable incidents in a life filled with bitter remorse “Don’t know really. Started out as something, ended up many other things. I’ve been eating a lot of …

2008-01-17: WIlliam Gaines On "To Tell The Truth" via Classic Television Showbiz Classic Television Showbiz, a blog run by Kliph Nesteroff, is far and away one of my favorite sites …

2008-01-16: I Ching, or Yijing Dragons fight in the meadow. Their blood is black and yellow. I have been throwing hexagrams for a …

2008-01-15: Steve Jobs on connecting the dots Here, on the morning of the Macworld keynote address, some earlier words from Steve Jobs, from a …

2008-01-14: Anonymity Designer name to come How refreshing not to see someone walking away from the camera or the creepy …

2008-01-13: Carrot2, a clustering search engine Mary Ellen Bates raves about Carrot2 in her latest InfoTip newsletter. Carrot2 clusters search …

2008-01-13: Two New Anthologies Designer names to come The BDR loves anthologies: see a few more here , here and here. (And for …

2008-01-11: This Day in Arf History: Holy Anniversary, Batman! On this day in 1966, that kooky and campy Batman TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward …

2008-01-11: Doomsday is Friday For 2008, that is. Here’s Wikipedia on the Doomsday rule: The Doomsday rule or Doomsday …

2008-01-11: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly This movie, with its hints of Metamorphosis and Maya Deren, probably will stand as one of the best …

2008-01-11: Batman #314 Batman #314 Batman #314

2008-01-10: The Intelligent Woman's Guide to Atomic Radiation Design by Bruce Robertson Finding it a little hard to get to the bookstore lately, so I turn once …

2008-01-09: Tribes of Burma “There is in this particular region a collection of races diverse in feature, language and …

2008-01-09: Milk and Cheese Vinyl Set Given Props @ Plastic And Plush The Plastic and Plush toy review site has started posting their “Best of 2007” lists and …

2008-01-08: Overheard Someone dispensing advice by phone: “It’s always better to make it look like it’s …

2008-01-08: Tales of the Unexpected #93 Tales of the Unexpected #93 Tales of the Unexpected #93

2008-01-07: Super Minimalist Micro Calendar Reduced It’s the little calendar with the great big name! It’s difficult to imagine a scenario …

2008-01-07: Forbidden Worlds #107 Forbidden Worlds #107 Forbidden Worlds #107

2008-01-06: I wish the library had more of this junk. Sure, they’ve got Jane Austen. Who doesn’t? …

2008-01-06: American Crescent Designer name to come When I first saw American Crescent, I immediately thought of an Economist …

2008-01-04: Eva Kor, a Mengele twin and Auschwitz survivor, was giving a talk on campus that semester, and I …

2008-01-04: Half Life Illustration © Jeremiah Maddock as seen on: my love for you is a stampede of horses [via Elly Yap]. …

2008-01-01: [image: elephant 1][image: elephant 2]Bricolage "L'élephant Bricolage “L’élephant du Maharadjah” [image: elephant 1] [image: elephant 2] …

2008-01-01: this is not your father’s library We’ve heard it so often, it seems like a truism: in this era of instant electronic information …

2007-12-31: Something to Tell You Designer name to come Briefly noted in the Guardian’s preview of upcoming fiction for 2008 is …

2007-12-31: Tom Strong #9 Tom Strong #9 Tom Strong #9

2007-12-31: Deco Vignettes ‘Vignettes Décoratives dans le Goût du jour : 30 planches coloriées à la Main’ by Henri …

2007-12-31: The Power of The Circle There is something very satisfying the the purity of the humble circle which book covers over the …

2007-12-31: Headline of the day, Los Angeles Times edition Los Angeles Times: Jamie Lynn Spears is not the first teen to have a baby Please try to contain …

2007-12-30: Twenty Top 10's of 2007 [Best Of 2007] When we launched our Lifehacker Top 10 series back in March we had no idea what a big hit it would …

2007-12-30: Reineke Fuchs With roots stretching back to Aesop’s Fables and the oral folk tradition, the allegorical …

2007-12-30: ONE LOVELY DRAWING, part 15 I can’t think of a better way to end 2007 than with this lovely drawing by our old friend …

2007-12-29: Marvel Comics #83 Marvel Comics #83 Marvel Comics #83

2007-12-27: Applied note-taking taken to a whole new level Your faithful blogger has recently become obsessed with the New Yorker magazine complete archive …

2007-12-26: Lustlab Ad of the Week: 12/27 This week’s issue of The Stranger is about the size of a pamphlet, so my cartoon is on a one-week …

2007-12-26: Wrap Your Holiday Lights Tangle-Free [Holidays] The holidays are nearing an end, but this year instead of balling your holiday lights up into a …

2007-12-25: On the Uses of Mistletoe Happy Holidays to all! On the Uses of Mistletoe

2007-12-24: [image: img655] [image: img652] [image: img663]Et quelques Et quelques coloriages en plus sur flickr (d autres a venir) [image: img655] [image: img652] [image: …

2007-12-24: All I Want For Christmas Oh, yeah, and world peace. Don’t wanna come off as a completely selfish and materialistic …

2007-12-21: Weekend Links: Don’t Love Your Work, Gain Weight, and Stop Multi-Tasking… Interesting links from around the web to help you through your weekend Study Hacks withdrawal… A …

2007-12-21: The Kalender of Shepherds Miscellany Thus endeth the Shephardes kalendere, Drawne into English to Gods’ reuerence: And for profite …

2007-12-20: The Gimble The Gimble is a nifty tool. It’s not the most versatile book holder (it won’t work with …

2007-12-18: Against Happiness Design by Jennifer Carrow A few weeks ago it was David Drummond week, featuring posts here and here. …

2007-12-18: Use an Exclude Dictionary to Master Your Typos [Spell Check] Typos are bad enough when they result in gibberish like “procedurw,” but words that are …

2007-12-17: A simple theory of liberal arts education At the margin, that is. Information in the modern world is virtually free, and well-defined tasks …

2007-12-17: This Day in Arf History: The First Simpsons Episode Airs The first full-length episode of The Simpsons aired on this date in 1989. It was originally done as …

2007-12-16: Dutch Advertising Graphics Wilhelmina Cycle & Co. Ltd. Zeist-Holland. rijwielen 1897-1898 Bezoekt onze Viskwekerijen - …

2007-12-16: Tiny Business Card Calendar [Calendars] Weighting in at the size of a business card, the tiny Thumb Calendar makes it possible to keep a …

2007-12-16: Moby Dick Design by Vladimir Zimakov The Aesthetic Poetic’s Douglas Haddow brought his interview with …

2007-12-14: Lay-It-Out Last time I moved I threw out my back repositioning Grandma’s china cabinet for the 10th time. …

2007-12-14: Olive sizes Mark Hurst at Good Experience wonders today about the words used to classify olive oil — pure, …

2007-12-13: Dick on Kipple Quote:There’s the First Law of Kipple… ‘Kipple drives out nonkipple.’ …

2007-12-13: The H.O.F. Holiday Gift Goad (Or, Pay Attention, You Cheap Bastards) At a loss for a gift this holiday season? Screwing over friends and family and buying crap just for …

2007-12-12: Creepy #15 Creepy #15 Creepy #15

2007-12-10: War is over! If you want it Powerful and appropriate, 38 years later. Other formats to blog or print: Please right-click links …

2007-12-10: The duty of the popular economist is to encourage audiences to move beyond simple good-bad stories …

2007-12-10: Is Led Zeppelin Still Going Strong? (Soundcheck: Monday, 10 December 2007) The much-anticipated Led Zeppelin reunion concert takes place tonight in London. While it’s …

2007-12-09: Adventures Into the Unknown #49 Adventures Into the Unknown #49 Adventures Into the Unknown #49

2007-12-09: End o' the semester cleanup After the Spring 2007 semester, I asked Marilyn what she did with all of her notes, drafts of papers …

2007-12-09: Veganomicon Designer name to come I’m no vegan, but is using colors that remind one (or me, at least) of …

2007-12-09: Brave and the Bold #66 Brave and the Bold #66 Brave and the Bold #66

2007-12-07: Coffee Better Than Napping for the Sleepy Driver [Driving] The New York Times looks into which option is better to help sleepy drivers stay alert: a nap or a …

2007-12-07: Wack! Art and the Feminist Revolution Cover art by Martha Rosler Not sure that I’ve ever featured an exhibit catalogue on the BDR …

2007-12-07: Apparently atheists aren't American “Americans acknowledge that liberty is a gift of God, not an indulgence of government.” …

2007-12-07: Done, done, and done For the last month, just as I thought I was nearing the finish line or reaching a milestone where I …

2007-12-07: Best software error message EVER This, you have to admire… Via Gizmodo: To summarize: Microsoft Windows Vista’s Windows …

2007-12-06: Links for 6-Dec-07 infosthetics shopping guide for the data-addicted (via xblog) - I like the Rabbit best, but only …

2007-12-06: Get Productive to Groove Salad [Music] Just in time for finals week, the HackCollege blog recommends studying to a continuous ambient music …

2007-12-06: infosthetics shopping guide for the data-addicted “confess. if you read this blog, you are addicted to data. this means you do not like Christmas …

2007-12-06: How to Say Nothing in 500 Words “Paul McHenry Roberts (1917-1967) taught college English for over twenty years, first at San Jose …

2007-12-06: Gods in color Archaeologist Vinzenz Brinkmann makes color reconstructions of ancient Greek and Roman sculpture. …

2007-12-06: BookGem Reader-diners know the pain of trying to balance a thick book and a meal without losing your page or …

2007-12-05: Kleinert's dress shields I found this advertisement in a manila folder while decluttering a bit in my office today. If an …

2007-12-05: Soundcheck's Picks of the Week (Soundcheck: Wednesday, 05 December 2007) Four stand-out new albums, as chosen by the Soundcheck staff. Glenn Gould: “The Young …

2007-12-05: Musicophilia Designer names to come UK cover is first, US cover is below it. I don’t know that I’m …

2007-12-05: Perfectionists Have a look at this NYT article Perfectionism before you buy that next self-help book. I have …

2007-12-05: This Day in Arf History: The First-Ever Saturday Morning Cartoon Airs! On this day in 1955, the animated Mighty Mouse series made its debut on CBS. Since, then Saturday …

2007-12-05: This Is Your Brain on Music Designer names to come The US version gets the academic treatment (ugh), while the UK book nails it, …

2007-12-04: This Day in Arf History: Polly and her Pals Debuts Created by Cliff Sterrett, Polly was a unique creation. She was one of the first comic-strip …

2007-12-04: The 2008 Compact Calendar Now Available [Featured Download] Designer David Seah has released the 2008 version of his excellent compact calendar spreadsheet …

2007-12-03: Gus Gus

2007-12-03: Tie a Tie in Under 10 Seconds [How To] http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/894133/fastest_way_to_tie_a_tie___a_new_genus_record.swf We all know …

2007-12-03: Homecoming Design by Helen Yentus Has any book designer had a better 2007 than Helen Yentus? Buy this book from …

2007-12-03: Street Art and the War on Terror What an arresting image on this collection of political street art, which Steven Heller points out …

2007-12-02: When some of the other contestants looked downcast in defeat, I told them, “The lesson here is …

2007-12-02: Get Statistics About Your Birthday [Fun] Get informative statistics about the day you entered the world, such as your age (in number of days, …

2007-12-02: From Random Travels Spar supermarket pins from Lisbon, Portugal Tesla Electronics pins from Prague, the Czech Republic …

2007-12-02: Google Wants to Be the Next God of the Universe I thought this was too shocking to be true but the other system admins confirmed it - Google …

2007-12-01: 1 December 2007: What is it about flying saucers? I can’t seem to get enough of them. “Nine Hard Questions about the Nature of the …

2007-12-01: GOINES David Lance Goines started out as a student of classical languages, reading ancient texts in the …

2007-11-30: Roger Shattuck on reading Proust Roger Shattuck (1923-2005) on how to read Proust: I believe it is best to approach the reading of …

2007-11-29: Proust and the Squid Design by Paola Ecchavaria Saw this on the new books table last night. It’s the latest in this …

2007-11-28: Hit Comics #23 Hit Comics #23 Hit Comics #23

2007-11-28: Assorted links 1. How economists lose weight 2. Does it matter if leaders are female? 3. Cory Doctorow on what is …

2007-11-27: Sink or Swim: Managing RSS Feeds with Better Groups Besides baseball, coffee, and my music collection, I probably obsess over how I read RSS feeds more …

2007-11-27: Tombs of the Grand Masters of the Knights of Malta Tuitio Fidei et Obsequium Pauperum Founded in the 11th century as a lay religious …

2007-11-26: LUST News! Very Exciting Advance Copies!!! I just drove up to Fantagraphics and got a couple hot-off-the-press advance copies - yay!!! - and I …

2007-11-25: WORDS AND PICTURES When words and pictures are combined to tell a story, one medium or the other usually ends up doing …

2007-11-25: Four Color #1042 Four Color #1042 Four Color #1042

2007-11-25: Harry, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Every day, once a day, give yourself a …

2007-11-23: Advice for travelers Stop for a good night’s rest: good advice for anyone doing a long-distance drive this …

2007-11-23: Goodbye Madame Butterfly Bookslut’s Colleen Mondor brought Goodbye Madame Butterfly and Chin Music Press to my …

2007-11-23: Emblems from the Pentagon's Black World CIA paparazzo Trevor Paglen is a thorn in Uncle Sam’s side. Known for snapping telephoto …

2007-11-22: Superman Family #204 Superman Family #204 Superman Family #204

2007-11-22: Audiobooks are my e-books. … Audiobooks take the content from a novel and turn it into …

2007-11-22: Thanksgiving at Sing Sing One hundred years ago: “Sing Sing Prisoners Merry, Convicts Give a Minstrel and Vaudeville …

2007-11-22: Happy Thanksgiving Happy Thanksgiving

2007-11-21: All Winners Comics #2 All Winners Comics #2 All Winners Comics #2

2007-11-19: Ethiopian Manuscripts Alwan Codex 2 - Psalter - early 20th century Left: Alwan Codex 2; Right: Alwan Codex 28 Alwan …

2007-11-18: Graffiti On the 57th Street side of 57th Street Books, Hyde Park, Chicago: (Can someone explain the joke?) …

2007-11-16: Random Doodles Random Doodles

2007-11-15: Talk to the face An editorial in a college newspaper recently suggested that college faculty join Facebook as a way …

2007-11-15: Oh My God! Diary won the National Book Award!!!! Sherman accepting the award in NYC last night: Sherman and I …

2007-11-15: We Bring You Death! We Bring You Death!

2007-11-12: How To Use Proportions When Drawing People “Before you can draw a human figure with clothing, muscles, shading, etc., it is necessary to …

2007-11-10: Generalisstimo Rebecca at ProtoScholar has been on a tear of great posts lately. Her musings on being a generalist …

2007-11-10: Weird War Tales #98 Weird War Tales #98 Weird War Tales #98

2007-11-09: If a mythical Tyler asked you that question “What have you been reading lately that you …

2007-11-08: Cuthbert Cuthbert

2007-11-07: Strange Adventures #31 Strange Adventures #31 Strange Adventures #31

2007-11-07: Asimov On Happiness “Happiness is doing it rotten your own way.” … Asimov On Happiness

2007-11-06: The Secret Pulse of Time Designer name to come Sent in by our friend Philippe (whom we met back in August), who wrote …

2007-11-04: But in the movie, as always in the movies, writing flows easily and life is hard, when in reality …

2007-11-04: Two Very Different Approaches to the 21st Century Baby Designer names to come Warm, cozy and handmade or cold and clinical? How do you want your baby to be …

2007-11-03: This Day in Arf History: Etta Kett The Etta Kett strip ended on this day in 1947 after running almost 50 years. Paul Robinson started …

2007-11-03: THE LOW NOTE IN THE HARMONY In my youth, I was easily impressed by drawings with fine linework. It feels undeniably cool to …

2007-11-01: On actual Halloween night I didn’t even dress up, me and a group of friends just went to Keagan’s …

2007-11-01: Bonus: Kelly Link recommends Lynda Barry’s Cruddy for the holiday, a book I’m …

2007-10-31: Frankenstein: A Cultural History Happy Halloween, y’all. Buy this book from Amazon.comFrankenstein: A Cultural History

2007-10-31: ONE LOVELY DRAWING, part 14 This beautiful drawing was done in 1915 by Rudolph Schindler, an architect in Taos, New Mexico. It …

2007-10-30: 3 from Seven Hundred Penguins For book design geeks like us, it doesn’t get any better than the recently published Seven …

2007-10-28: Academy of the Sword Zounds, a dog, a rat, a mouse, a cat, to scratch a man to death! a braggart, a rogue, a villain, …

2007-10-26: This Day in Arf History: Bad Code. Today in 1954 The Comics Code Authority was born. Boo! Hiss! (click for a closer look) I found the …

2007-10-25: Thor #108 Thor #108 Thor #108

2007-10-25: Penguin Great Journeys series Design by David Pearson Illustrations by Victoria Sawdon Jessa at Bookslut interviewed the …

2007-10-25: Overheard By my son, in a computer lab: “Our PowerPoint says a lot more than the other …

2007-10-25: Toying With Japan Akita Prefectural Library in Japan have a series of six toy design illustration books produced …

2007-10-24: Devil Bat Devil Bat

2007-10-24: Go To Nell! Go L(.)(.)K below to see an example of cartoonist Nell Brinkley’s work from my collection. When I …

2007-10-24: Louis Armstrong and Johnny Cash? Yes, Louis Armstrong and Johnny Cash! They’re performing “Blue Yodel No. 9,” which …

2007-10-23: Soundcheck's CD Picks of the Week (Soundcheck: Tuesday, 23 October 2007) Each week, the Soundcheck staff digs through their inboxes for the best, catchiest, or strangest …

2007-10-21: What I found out on set on other films is, what makes a crew really roll is when the director makes …

2007-10-21: My big fat learning experience I started the fall semester a younger and more idealistic man than I am here at the halfway point …

2007-10-21: "The Autumn of the Multitaskers" From “The Autumn of the Multitaskers,” an essay by novelist Walter Kirn in the November …

2007-10-21: Piet Zwart Everyone has to start somewhere. Along the line some decision towards design has to manifest itself. …

2007-10-20: Charcoal Drawing from Rushlight Literary Magazine (Wheaton College) via dspace.nitle.org

2007-10-20: THE IMPORTANCE OF A FRAME There’s only one thing that all art has in common: a frame. The frame may be made of metal or …

2007-10-19: Generation of Complex Diagrams: How to Make Lasagna Instead of Spaghetti Noah Iliinsky: “My master’s thesis is a system for creating good diagrams. It starts with the basics …

2007-10-19: Someone Really Likes Gray 318's Men and Cartoons Cover Someone likes this so much: That they did this: Someone Really Likes Gray 318’s Men and …

2007-10-19: FreeRice FreeRice is a novel humanitarian project: for every correct definition one chooses, a participating …

2007-10-18: How to make a zine “This is a DIY [video] I did on how to make a one sheet zine. D-I-Y — a real American Hero! Remember …

2007-10-18: English Pronunciation!?! “If you can pronounce correctly every word in this poem, you will be speaking English better than …

2007-10-18: Lee Valley Jar Opener I always used a spoon until I was given one of these lid poppers. I was skeptical, but I now find …

2007-10-17: The Twitter-tracking continues... Yup, can’t stop… (sailorblur): I don’t give a f***, I don’t give a f***, I …

2007-10-17: The Wilhelm scream “Wilhelm!” “Yeah, I’ll just fill my pipe.” [Over-the-top scream …

2007-10-17: Totentanz Blockbook In 15th century Europe, a blockbook was a codex (‘gathered volume’) in which the text …

2007-10-15: When Mike Reiss came to speak at the University of Chicago, he mentioned his favorite line never to …

2007-10-15: Sandman Mystery Theatre #70 Sandman Mystery Theatre #70 Sandman Mystery Theatre #70

2007-10-15: Comic Strip Artist’s Kit (Redux) “The other day I got an e-mail from Carson Van Osten, a famous Disney artist who did many Disney …

2007-10-15: Design Nouveau Maurice Pillard-Verneuil (1869-1942) began architectural studies in Paris but a strong interest in …

2007-10-15: American Supernatural Tales Once again Penguin proves that simple is very often best. American Supernatural Tales

2007-10-14: Twitter-tracking dirty words cont'd I can’t get enough… (iis2tar): f***!!!!!!!!!!!!!f***!!!!!!!!!!!!!f***!!!!!!!!!!!!! …

2007-10-14: Charles Schultz on Peanuts All the loves in the strip are unrequited; all the baseball games are lost; all the test scores are …

2007-10-14: Sampling Kircher “Plato said, ‘Nothing is more divine than to know everything,’ sagely and elegantly, for just as …

2007-10-14: As if this were news.... What Kind of Reader Are You? Your Result: Obsessive-Compulsive Bookworm You’re probably in the …

2007-10-14: things to look at: Nobrium

2007-10-13: He’s a genius, a showman, a shrewd businessman, and a whiner. I have no intention of working with …

2007-10-13: Yps #603 Yps #603 Yps #603

2007-10-12: Baron de Charlus, out of control M. de Charlus, in five similes: He was as boring as a scholar who can see nothing beyond his own …

2007-10-11: Superman #203 Superman #203 Superman #203

2007-10-11: Arabic Machine Manuscript I love these old mystery schematics where the idiosyncratic drawing style and lack of a readily …

2007-10-06: Plastic Man #37 Plastic Man #37 Plastic Man #37

2007-10-06: News from 1984 The New Light of Myanmar is a government-owned newspaper, published by the Ministry of Information …

2007-10-06: "Library Lullaby" An iSerenity soundscape for when you want to hear the quiet.

2007-10-06: Overreactions and decisions The SILS MSIS curriculum requires a master's paper or project and the professors of even the core …

2007-10-06: ARTISTS IN LOVE, part twelve Pierre Bonnard was a part time law student and a part time painter. A man of diverse interests and …

2007-10-05: Mystery in Space #97 Mystery in Space #97 Mystery in Space #97

2007-10-05: Proustian advice for students My friend Stefan Hagemann has observed that so many students on a college campus seem to be …

2007-10-04: Another new WP theme I went to plaintext.org, looking for something clean and minimal, and so am trying out the Barthelme …

2007-10-03: Thomas Merton and a snapshot I love reading Thomas Merton, Trappist monk and writer extraordinaire. (You don’t have to be …

2007-10-03: WorldCat WorldCat is a publicly accessible online interface to the holdings of all types of libraries …

2007-10-02: Witching Hour #63 Witching Hour #63 Witching Hour #63

2007-09-30: All-American Comics #26 All-American Comics #26 All-American Comics #26

2007-09-28: Turok: Son of Stone #48 Turok: Son of Stone #48 Turok: Son of Stone #48

2007-09-27: QotD Walter Granger A young geologist challenged Walter Granger, saying, “Dr Granger, are you sure you’re right?” …

2007-09-25: It’s oddly compelling to know that residents of Kivalina are interested in technical …

2007-09-25: Uncle Scrooge #150 Uncle Scrooge #150 Uncle Scrooge #150

2007-09-25: Cmaj7#4 Backing out of a parking space on this always grey and sometimes rainy day, I thought that if the …

2007-09-22: Detective Comics #143 Detective Comics #143 Detective Comics #143

2007-09-18: Our Fighting Forces #156 Our Fighting Forces #156 Our Fighting Forces #156

2007-09-18: Tamas in our time Ancient texts often resonate with startling relevance. Teaching the Bhagavad-Gita for the first time …

2007-09-17: As a child, Mr. Newman decided to pursue a career in bio-technology. This vision lasted until he …

2007-09-16: Bestselling Comics (2006) #2556 Bestselling Comics (2006) #2556 Bestselling Comics (2006) #2556

2007-09-14: So now listen up. We need to get these boxes the hell out of the warehouse. Meaning, if you are …

2007-09-14: You learn something new every day I am trying hard to keep all politics out of this blog, but this bears notice given the source. In …

2007-09-13: I Wood if I Could As much as I love good “link” blogs i don’t link to others much, but try and provide original …

2007-09-13: Hey, someone finally said it! From the New York Times: Nationally… more than one third of mortgage holders — 37 percent, …

2007-09-13: Quote of the week, bonus edition: The Panic of 1907 From the new book The Panic of 1907, about the great banking panic of 1907, by Robert Bruner and …

2007-09-12: Librophiliac Love Letter: A Compendium of Beautiful Libraries An absolutely gorgeous photo album of a blog post showing frame after frame of stately, beautiful …

2007-09-12: Diversion Wednesday #10 My Favorite Book in the Whole Wide World – When I Was 12 Diversion Wednesday #10

2007-09-12: Julie Taymor & Eliot Goldenthal (Soundcheck: Wednesday, 12 September 2007) Tony-winning director Julie Taymor and Oscar-winning composer Elliot Goldenthal talk about the …

2007-09-11: Rangers #69 Rangers #69 Rangers #69

2007-09-11: 9/11/01 [Photograph from a New York Historical Society exhibit, “Here Is New York: Remembering …

2007-09-11: Armenian Manuscript You will be doing yourself a favour by clicking to enlarge these images - the detail is exquisite …

2007-09-09: Bestselling Comics (2007) #3460 Bestselling Comics (2007) #3460 Bestselling Comics (2007) #3460

2007-09-08: Creepy #145 Creepy #145 Creepy #145

2007-09-08: CHEERLEADERS FOR MODERATION You will be tempted to skip over this post because it has the word “moderation” in the …

2007-09-07: Paper Gods Zhong Kui Da Zhonghua Minguo ba nian Zaojun zhi shen wei Zhong shen Guansheng Dadi Hu fa Weituo …

2007-09-07: Film noir pencils Barton Keyes to Walter Neff: “A desk job. Is that all you can see in it? Just a hard chair to …

2007-09-06: Dreaming #27 Dreaming #27 Dreaming #27

2007-09-06: Strange Adventures #8 Strange Adventures #8 Strange Adventures #8

2007-09-06: Girls' Love Stories #148 Girls’ Love Stories #148 Girls’ Love Stories #148

2007-09-06: Everything I always wanted to ask about Grape-Nuts My son Ben gave me the above advertisement, which he found at a garage sale. (Thanks, Ben!) The …

2007-09-05: The Braindead Megaphone Design by Rodrigo Corral George Saunders’ first collection of essays is out, and before you …

2007-09-04: Begin YOUR happiness project! Need help getting started? Write a list of happiness commandments for yourself. A few weeks ago, I posted about my epiphany that EVERYONE should have a happiness project. Join in! …

2007-09-03: Holy Nuts, Batman! This is The Worst Fucking Thing Ever! My wife, my own wife sends me – THIS! MEIN GOTT! It’s not work safe – it’s …

2007-09-03: [image: la file du gr arg] [image: la file du gr arg]

2007-09-03: Utnapishtim's word-processor [IBM Displaywriter disk, circa 1984, 8" square.] Talking with my students about the ancient …

2007-09-02: Strawberry Fields Design by Gray 318 I just hope Marina Lewycka keeps writing so that Jon Gray can keep designing …

2007-08-31: Idea Mapping Set “This [Flickr] set contains Idea Maps collected by Jamie Nast, author of Idea Mapping.” (More on …

2007-08-31: Mason Pearson Hairbrushes A Mason Pearson is like the hairbrush analogue of baby shampoo: it takes good care of the hair, …

2007-08-30: I have a 2-page spread in the P.I. today!!!!!! As this month’s Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s Writer-in-Residence (a big huge honor!) I have a BIG …

2007-08-30: Like You'd Understand, Anyways Designer name to come The more I look at this (albeit online; it’s in shops on 9/25) the more …

2007-08-30: Time of Day operator, April 1937 A Time of Day operator and an exchange name: Ah! Telephony! I clipped this item from the Chicago …

2007-08-28: Stark Masonic Theosophy Johann August Starck Stark was a Professor of both oriental languages and theology in St Petersburg, …

2007-08-28: Harvey Pekar on life and death Harvey Pekar, on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations last night: “When you’re dead, …

2007-08-28: Home Carbonation System I drink a lot of seltzer. So much that my fiancee says I couldn’t survive without bubbles in …

2007-08-27: It’s Dollman Monday! While attempting to solve the problem of a “Poison Pistol”, going off as we speak, Doll Man makes …

2007-08-27: Computer Workstation Ergonomics I spend almost every waking moment in front of a computer. I’m what you might call an indoor …

2007-08-26: Penguin Celebrations series First, I have to give credit where credit is due: I first read about this series the other day over …

2007-08-26: Four Color #578 Four Color #578 Four Color #578

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2007-08-25: QotD Roger Mandel “Quite broadly, I think of the fine arts as a method by which humans ask the big questions not …

2007-08-23: One Red Paperclip: Or How an Ordinary Man Achieved His Dream with the Help of A Simple Office Supply Design by Kyle Kolker You might have heard this story: Man trades paperclip for house. More here. We …

2007-08-23: And Now A Word From Our Sponsor, Part 6,732 If you liked the machine guns for kids in our last old comic book ad here’s a nice companion piece. …

2007-08-23: How Not to Get Your Stuff Done Cute little video showing how not to get your stuff done: [youtube www.youtube.com/watch I’m going …

2007-08-22: ASHLEY WOOD'S TELEPHONE LINES These pictures by illustrator Ashley Wood seem to be a cross between drawing and knife fighting. …

2007-08-22: Reading in the news One in four U.S. adults say they read no books at all in the past year, according to an Associated …

2007-08-22: Burning Man: Art in the Desert This is only the third time I’ve posted a book with a slipcover (the others are here and …

2007-08-21: Slow down and read I have a short piece up on Lifehack this morning, with some advice for students about reading: Slow …

2007-08-19: Advice for a Forty-Odder from a Twenty-Something At the Kilgour lectures, OCLC President Robert Jordan said some rather challenging things to the …

2007-08-19: Batman #90 via Cover Browser: Batman #90

2007-08-16: Arf In The Mix Mike Gold over at the always interesting http://comicmix.com recently reviewed the new “Arf” book, …

2007-08-16: Penguin Great Loves series Penguin has recently published 20 titles under the series title “Great Loves.” …

2007-08-16: Dictionary of Symbols In art, literature, film and life, even the littlest image or reference can open a world of …

2007-08-15: If I don’t type to you before we leave, have a nice weekend, be sure to eat and dress …

2007-08-15: And Now A Word From Our Sponsor, Part 8,239 Have some REAL fun and sure ’nuff action, thanks to this 1960s comic book ad! (click for a closer …

2007-08-15: Diversion Wednesday #8 It pays to hire a professional. Diversion Wednesday #8

2007-08-14: Oikos Spotted last week in a New Jersey supermarket: [Photograph by Rachel Leddy.]Oikos (οίκος) is one of …

2007-08-14: That's the same reason they never give me one Norman Mailer… ruminated on his failure to win the Nobel Prize. It wasn’t politics that …

2007-08-14: Die Spinne #78 Die Spinne #78 Die Spinne #78

2007-08-13: Comments by readers on the last few posts I do enjoy the comments I get and am grateful for them as I do learn a great deal from them. My …

2007-08-13: We'll Be Right Back After This Message We’ll Be Right Back After This Message

2007-08-12: My friend David Warlick gave me a great tip about searching the Web. Instead of starting with a huge …

2007-08-12: New PostSecret Mini-Movie [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6rTkp1dek4&rel=1] Working on this PostSecret Video has …

2007-08-12: Thor #213 Thor #213 Thor #213

2007-08-11: Nancy & Peggy paperdolls Nancy & Peggy

2007-08-11: I give money to beggars. Am I a sucker? Probably. Yes. I am a sucker. I’m proud to think that …

2007-08-11: I also learned that a twinkie is about half sugar, sulfuric acid is the most produced chemical in …

2007-08-10: For the past several years I’ve been actively auditing podcasts while in my car. I’ve …

2007-08-10: Lemonade and lies In a Dashiell Hammett story, the Continental Op looks at a sign in a bar — “ONLY GENUINE …

2007-08-10: Visuals of the World “Scroll through yards of inspirational images. Share and contribute, see what you can do. Add a …

2007-08-09: Homer then and now The Nation has an extensive report on the experiences of American veterans of the war in Iraq. An …

2007-08-09: Mickey Mouse Magazine #46 Mickey Mouse Magazine #46 Mickey Mouse Magazine #46

2007-08-09: Fighting overextension; First look at Numbers; “Linkable” notebooks; Doing v. tracking; Better 404s The Limits of Efficiency - “It turned out that my problem wasn’t that I was insufficiently …

2007-08-09: Useful Photography A magazine made up of found photos, made even more interesting by theming the issues. Nice. Useful …

2007-08-08: Things I learned on my summer vacation (2007) Solvent cups are great for packing vitamins, meds, and other small items. Ashland, Ohio, claims to …

2007-08-08: You think? New York Times headline: Investigators Find Possible Flaw in Minneapolis Bridge You think?

2007-08-08: Terrifying headline of the day Wall Street Journal headline: Bush sought to reassure jittery stock investors. Terrifying …

2007-08-08: Batman #23 Batman #23 Batman #23

2007-08-08: Age and the entrepreneur, part 1: Some data A short time back, several smart bloggers engaged in an enthusiastic debate about age and …

2007-08-07: The Information Machine A 1957 animated short by Charles And Ray Eames: “Applies graphic sensitivity to medium in cartoon …

2007-08-05: Bestselling Comics (2006) #1205 Bestselling Comics (2006) #1205 Bestselling Comics (2006) #1205

2007-08-05: A Vegan/Aerobicizer Hits the Wall From Art de Vany’s web site, ca. 2007: I ran into a guy at the gym whom I had not seen for a …

2007-08-05: Book of the week: Soon I Will Be Invincible If, like me, you are a fan of the implausibly best show on network television, Heroes, or if you …

2007-08-04: Yet another blog-reading refactoring I started RSS-reading with Bloglines and, though it still has some features I like, I moved to …

2007-08-04: Adventure Comics #310 Adventure Comics #310 Adventure Comics #310

2007-08-04: JAMES MONTGOMERY FLAGG James Montgomery Flagg (1877-1960) drew the same way that he lived: brash and arrogant. …

2007-08-03: Colin Roberts comments on Back from Holiday Mark, I read your leader on the above with interest. It reminded me of the following experience: I …

2007-08-03: Cappadocia Cappadocia in central Turkey is highly recommended. Imagine the Moab if it had been inhabited for …

2007-08-03: Progress Report I’ve been using the technique I described in Procrastination Buster for most of this week now, and …

2007-08-02: Can you judge a book by its cover? I read Darfur: The Ambiguous Genocide, by Gerard Prunier, and was quite impressed. I thought …

2007-08-02: Beethoven From a book review of a recent biography of Beethoven by Doctor Mai: Diagnosing Genius: The Life and …

2007-07-31: I'll Run It Off Many of WW’s former co-workers, male and female, are runners. She often ate in the cafeteria …

2007-07-31: Infinite canvas “The infinite canvas is the idea that the size of a digital comics page is theoretically infinite, …

2007-07-31: Credit Card Survival Tool I have two friends who’ve been carrying these slim, multi-tools for a few years now and swear …

2007-07-31: Home Organization: Label your drawers next time you move Frequent movers know that it’s a pain to get used a the layout of a new kitchen when you move …

2007-07-31: What It Takes to Be a Successful Coach I wrote this article several years ago about coaching. However most of what I said applies to other …

2007-07-30: The dashed line in use “I’ve had trouble justifying my excitement about this intricate visual detail, so I thought it would …

2007-07-30: How To: Predict the weather without checking the forecast How-to web site wikiHow offers a beginner’s crash course to predicting the weather with …

2007-07-30: Piano prodigy on focus and flow TED | Talks | Jennifer Lin: Magical improv from 14-year-old pianist (video) This video from the 2004 …

2007-07-29: Eerie #54 Eerie #54 Eerie #54

2007-07-29: Self Improvement: How to change things in your life for the better Making changes, no matter how big or small, can be difficult. Psychology Today has put together the …

2007-07-29: Taxonomy matters It is my mission to correctly re-shelve books to the appropriate section of the bookstore.  For …

2007-07-27: Gratitude tips These are from the new and noteworthy Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You …

2007-07-26: Ghosts #17 Ghosts #17 Ghosts #17

2007-07-24: Bestselling Comics (2006) #3696 Bestselling Comics (2006) #3696 Bestselling Comics (2006) #3696

2007-07-24: Tip of the Week: Create an Idea Bank Angela Booth suggests that experienced writers can use journals as their idea banks: If you’ve been …

2007-07-24: Justifying Design Decisions “The craft of graphic design is replete with ratios, rules of thumb, and math—all an attempt to …

2007-07-24: THE CURVE OF A CHEEK Let’s face it– artists love to draw faces. Penetrating eyes, distinctive noses, …

2007-07-24: How to Solve Problems Here’s a relatively simple method of gaining insight into problems that face us. Often the reason we …

2007-07-23: Let Me Get Two Packs of Tolstoy and a Carton of Kafka Every day Sarah sends me nifty things to read and see on my magic computer screen. Today’s …

2007-07-23: Information Architect Web Worker Daily posts a mini-profile of Dayna Bateman, an information architect for Fry Inc. …

2007-07-23: Absorb Information Like Never Before Have you ever had the experience of reading a book, listening to a presentation or watching a TV …

2007-07-23: The Chess Machine Designer name to come About to finish DeLillo’s Falling Man, I think I need a something a …

2007-07-23: the comic book industry Fabio Econlog asks: why are American comics dominated by the super hero genre? Is it simply path …

2007-07-20: Featured Windows Download: Edit PDF files for free with PDFill Windows only: Free utility PDFill can create, update and merge existing PDF files for free. …

2007-07-18: Dark and Fleshy: The Color of Top Grossing Movies “I started to think that NC-17 movies perhaps shared a common visual string in their marketing …

2007-07-18: Best Use Of My Art Ever Making the baby girl happy. Best Use Of My Art Ever

2007-07-18: IQ and the Wealth of Nations How many more times will someone suggest this book in the comments section of this blog? I like this …

2007-07-17: Superman #7 Superman #7 Superman #7

2007-07-17: Mad #480: Meet The G(ig) That Killed Me As a reader pointed out recently, the latest issue of Mad contains a three-page article that Sarah …

2007-07-17: Mitch O'Connell's Sublime Stitching patterns Mark Frauenfelder: The wonderful Mitch O’Connell has designed a set of stitching patterns for …

2007-07-17: Animated Homer tosses donut onto Pagan deity Mark Frauenfelder: Someone created the obligatory animated GIF based on the photo of Homer Simson …

2007-07-17: What You Don't Want I’ve often said that one of the best ways to find out what you really want is to start with what you …

2007-07-17: The Last Novel By David Markson, fun, fun, fun. Excerpt: Curiously impressed by the fact that Auden paid everyone …

2007-07-17: And Now A Word From Our Sponsor, Part 348, 473, 504. The best (?!?!?!) things in life are FREE! 1950s comic book reading kids, get your FREE Hitler …

2007-07-17: Reading Comics Designer name to come Fans of comics and graphic novels will have to tell the rest of us if vertical …

2007-07-17: Ever More Useful Stuff The other day when I wrote a post about free software, Charles left in the comment section a link to …

2007-07-17: The critic as the handmaiden of Google What are critics good for anyway? I look for one main piece of information from a review: is the …

2007-07-16: nowMap: Half-A4 Template (With areas for Notes and Wins) Latest Update: I’ve attached the original OpenOffice Draw file to the bottom of the page now, too, …

2007-07-16: Xenía in D.C. Last month’s news but still worth thinking about: It started about midnight on June 16 when a …

2007-07-16: nowMap: Full A4 Templates Latest Update: I’ve attached the original OpenOffice Draw files to the bottom of the page now, too, …

2007-07-16: It’s Dollman Monday! Zooooooom! The Dollman with a big, big plane between his legs–big for The Dollman, anyway–heads …

2007-07-16: Leading journals reject Word 2007 files - ZDNet UK If you were happy to find that the new Office 2007 equation editor is a lot more like LaTeX, and …

2007-07-16: Black Mass, US and UK versions I’ve been publishing this blog for almost three years and I don’t think I’ve ever …

2007-07-16: Changing the Past? I’ve spend quite a bit of time over the years talking about the importance of making decisions, and …

2007-07-16: Trikke The Trikke is a machine you ride and propel by wiggling your body in a way that’s Zen training …

2007-07-16: Version Control: Use the caret (^) to manage file versions The underused caret (shift + 6) is an excellent tool for managing file versions. If you’ve got …

2007-07-15: Superboy #131 Superboy #131 Superboy #131

2007-07-15: The least heard phrase in the english language? “That’s the banjo player’s …

2007-07-15: Some Old Hectic Planet Sketches Found some old sketches in the HP character file while I was waiting for the scanner to scan some …

2007-07-14: weekend link: petrov trailer and interview Teppo Alexandre Petrov has created a short film of Shmelev’s My Love (1927). Here’s the trailer; …

2007-07-14: Which are the books with the smallest print? Editions of Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy often have excessively small print. Why? The major works by …

2007-07-13: Conan the Barbarian #10 Conan the Barbarian #10 Conan the Barbarian #10

2007-07-13: Ontology Links I recently had to make a presentation at work on ontologies–the basics, really, of what they …

2007-07-13: Davy et Dorothy Davy et Dorothy

2007-07-13: Mental Accounting for Dummies The Bank of America’s Keep the Change program freaks me out. Every time you make a charge with …

2007-07-12: The economics of cats Many people have been clamoring for this topic over at the secret blog. My views are simple: we have …

2007-07-12: Featured Windows Download: Add tabs to any program with WinTabber Windows only: Freeware app WinTabber can add tabs to any program for easy grouping. Not only can …

2007-07-12: Arf Review Heidi MacDonald alerted me to the fact that Publishers Weekly just ran a review of Arf Forum on …

2007-07-12: And Now A Word From Our Sponsor, Part 3,462 Mid July , being barbeque season, is a good time to run one of my fave 1950s comic book ads for the …

2007-07-12: Poetic Lines A wee gem from Ralph Waldo Emerson’s journal, dated October 1848: “Every poem must be …

2007-07-11: Amazon: Shop via drag and drop with Uncluttr Third party Amazon shopping web site Uncluttr makes shopping Amazon a simple drag and drop …

2007-07-11: Excessive Ovation Syndrome There’s a malady sweeping the nation that’s highly contagious to concertgoers. It …

2007-07-10: Der Kommissar Der Kommissar

2007-07-10: The Last Novel Designer name to come Today’s question: how would you design a jacket for a novel that …

2007-07-09: It’s Dollman Monday! Good use of a phallic symbol for this cover of the comic featuring the story “Dollman fixes a …

2007-07-09: Best of May/June 2007 Every month we take a look around and select some of the most interesting web-development-related …

2007-07-09: Book of the week: Hollywood screenwriter trilogy In a previous post, I mentioned how I like to read about and study Hollywood because it makes my own …

2007-07-08: Worse than Viruses Public computer surfaces are reservoirs for methicillin-resistant staphylococci. The role of …

2007-07-08: Why Choose This Book? I began by exposing the myth that imprecision, slowness, and noisiness are liabilities of brain …

2007-07-07: Incidentally, it’s always seemed a bit curious to me that given what the Americans say they owe to …

2007-07-07: Zen Again I happened to see Al Gore being interviewed (very briefly) and he mentioned Zen. So, I thought it …

2007-07-07: Google File Search Web pages are useful, but if you’ve ever wanted to find a specific file on the web, you …

2007-07-07: Creative Destruction? I met a friend recently that I hadn’t seen since high school. I told her I was an economist. …

2007-07-06: What's actually annoying about bad customer service? Jane Galt posts her thoughts on Sony Vaio customer service. I bought a Sony Vaio a few months ago, …

2007-07-06: paper dolls paper dolls paper dolls

2007-07-06: One Book By, and One Book About, B.S. Johnson Designers unknown Off to the bookstore ASAP to find a copy of Like a Fiery Elephant; I have to know …

2007-07-05: Girls' Love Stories #99 Girls’ Love Stories #99 Girls’ Love Stories #99

2007-07-04: Dude! Check it out! Dude! Check it out!

2007-07-04: Excel Tip: Copy Subtotal (Aggregate) Data Only Have you ever used Excel’s subtotal functionality? It’s great for counting things. For …

2007-07-04: My review Things I Can’t Do: Use gmail properly, insert a non-distorted TextBox diagram into a Word …

2007-07-03: Mona Lisa in MS Paint Video (via Metacafe) http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/542347/new_display.swf Mona Lisa in MS Paint Video (via Metacafe)

2007-07-03: Ornamental Decoration in 17th Century France Jean Le Pautre (Lepautre or Lepaultre) (1618-1682) has been described as the most important ornament …

2007-07-03: Pocket Penguins 70s Whenever I think about not buying the Pocket Penguins 70th Anniversary box set I punch myself in the …

2007-07-03: Calling All Currently Active Do-Gooders: Calling All Currently Active Do-Gooders:

2007-07-02: Down with applause MY FOREIGN colleagues are often amused by the way Americans leap to their feet at the end of most …

2007-07-02: But, you could eat a bagel or donut? The other evening while out with neighbors for dinner I mentioned that I had pork chops for …

2007-07-02: A "Healthy" Doctor Runner with Heart Disease Following on the Salazar post on marathoners is another less dramatic story, but with the same plot: …

2007-07-02: Bryan Caplan in *The New Yorker* Louis Menand, who has written a book on pragmatism, writes in response to Caplan: In the end, the …

2007-07-02: Go Ahead And Space Out: Recent research from Dartmouth College suggests that while you daydream, your mind’s hard at …

2007-07-01: Considered Multi-Armed And Dangerous: Considered Multi-Armed And Dangerous:

2007-07-01: Lois Lane #58 Lois Lane #58 Lois Lane #58

2007-07-01: Quote of the week, Bonus Edition: Socrates on the "book" From Thomas West’s Thinking Like Einstein: Long ago, Socrates described some second thoughts …

2007-07-01: ARTISTS IN LOVE, part ten In both his art and his life, the sculptor Gaston Lachaise was famously devoted to his muse, Isabel. …

2007-07-01: Do Not Approach. If Sighted, Contact Your Local Police Force: Do Not Approach. If Sighted, Contact Your Local Police Force:

2007-07-01: Travel: Choose a smaller airport to make your flight more pleasant Financial blog Wise Bread has come up with a practical way to make your flight experience a little …

2007-07-01: Fate #388 Fate #388 Fate #388

2007-07-01: Micky Maus #510 Micky Maus #510 Micky Maus #510

2007-07-01: Dreaming #52 Dreaming #52 Dreaming #52

2007-07-01: Ghosts #50 Ghosts #50 Ghosts #50

2007-06-30: Attention All Units: Attention All Units:

2007-06-29: A Map for Saturday Don’t watch this documentary unless you are ready to quit your job. It’s about the joys …

2007-06-29: Quicker references with Google Scholar This post is an ode to Google Scholar (GS). GS has a major advantage against expensive institution …

2007-06-29: Be On The Lookout Be On The Lookout

2007-06-28: Bruce Willis, philosopher FROM the New York Times website: Correction: June 28, 2007 Because of a transmission error, a film …

2007-06-28: Eating Strategies Do you eat the best thing first or save the best for last? Most people fall into one of these two …

2007-06-27: The most absurd sentence I read today I am proposing that the Son and the Father Singularities guided the worlds of the multiverse to …

2007-06-27: Vim Quick Reference A quick reference guide to the essential commands for using vim, organized by what you want to …

2007-06-26: Top Ten Books Scored at MoCCA! #10: BEM This is from Iceland by Matti Hagelbergia. The cover delivers, the inside is just as wonky! …

2007-06-25: Die Spinne #119 Die Spinne #119 Die Spinne #119

2007-06-25: Nelles Maps Nelles Maps are the best foldable maps for travelers I’ve seen. I favor them for six reasons: …

2007-06-25: Online Package Tracking Online Package Tracking

2007-06-24: Advice for economics grad students Because, for whatever reason, I'm nervous about entering a world that plays according to different …

2007-06-24: Did Jesus complain? Did Jesus complain? Overheard at the bagel store, when the sassy counter gal was …

2007-06-24: Surviving 100,000 instant Visitors on a Budget “Last Sunday I casually wrote a post about the most common pitfalls in photography. I had written …

2007-06-24: Defeat the modernity Sadly the Dutch are turning back: In cities across the Netherlands, mayors and town councils are …

2007-06-22: Don’t ask why it’s called Bellyitcher. It’s a LONG story…Just enjoy this …

2007-06-22: Credit card games I usually forget to sign the back of my credit cards. Or with one of my cards – the one I use …

2007-06-22: Blah Blah Blah See you at MOCCA. Blah Blah Blah

2007-06-22: Everything is Miscellaneous This is a book about authority, order, information and knowledge – the evolution of the latter …

2007-06-21: Liz-icism “I don’t need an A-plus. I’m happy with an A.”

2007-06-11: "Callous Complacence" Melvyn Bragg’s In Our Time newsletter reproduced this fascinating document from WWI war hero …

2007-05-20: The Bandwidth of Books This Design Observer post about who is reading all those books went over some familiar ground …

2007-05-12: Hello world! Instead of deleting the default post when starting a new WordPress blog, why not accept the cheery …

2007-05-07: Web Hosting Research For a variety of reasons, I’ve decided it’s time to find a web host and create my own …

2007-04-29: "Bleak House" revisited? My friend Scott recently posted an elegant appraisal of Charles Dickens’ novel Bleak House. As …

2007-04-20: The Perfect Valentine's treat

2007-04-08: The ducking stool game An online game that accompanies a tutorial on Palaeography. Rather a gruesome situation, but the …

2007-04-07: Google Reader Mike Shea praises Google Reader and then realizes that maybe absorbing so much ephemera of the …

2007-03-28: The Sociology of Suicide Notes From the newsletter that accompanies BBC4 Radio’s Thinking Allowed program, hosted by the …

2007-03-27: The Hands of an Artist The Illustration Art blog has two wonderful posts on the great Mort Drucker. This one focuses on how …

2007-03-27: The perfect way to parallel park “This is how I learned to park a Volvo station wagon into a slot 1” longer than a Volvo …

2007-03-24: Artists in Love David Apatoff has a lovely, heartbreaking post on his Illustration Art blog about a Polish student …

2007-03-18: "My Documents" set as read-only??? I hope I’ve just solved a nasty nasty problem that had me furious at my computer, myself, my …

2007-03-17: Godamighty, but can Winterson write! The British novelist Jeanette Winterson has maintained a web presence for many years. (She even went …

2007-03-17: Don't Fear The Creeper Datajunkie runs a great series of scans on Steve Ditko’s “Beware the Creeper!” …

2007-03-11: I Can See Clearly Now...Except When I Can't Quixotic is a blog journal I stumbled across recently and it’s morbidly fascinating (and by …

2007-03-11: Ruddock House Mottos in ZhurnalWiki And the winner with the fewest nays is…

2007-03-08: Organizing my books We’re studying classification in my Organization of Information class. One of my classmates …

2007-03-03: Evaluating Virtual Machines for Personal Use | Altiris Juice I’ve been thinking for awhile about installing a virtual machine product. I want to read this …

2007-02-23: Magic with a Glass Topped Table This Google video shows some amazing illusions worked with a glass-topped coffee table. It reminds …

2007-02-07: Jeanette Winterson - We Need Poetry From one of Jeanette Winterson’s latest columns, this one on why we need poetry: And in the …

2006-12-09: Lotus Notes and GTD When I was using Lotus Notes years ago and far away, I made these notes to myself of how I was …

2006-12-03: NaNoWriMo '06 - Lessons Learned The blog went quiet in November because I decided to once again compete in the National Novel …

2006-10-29: Links Roundup - Hard Drives Failures, Flintstones The main theme of these links is recovering or preparing to recover from hard disk failure, inspired …

2006-09-27: Six-word stories Catarina.net has a wonderful thread asking people to suggest six-word stories. The lead-off story by …

2006-09-26: "Monday-morning lines" John Sutherland’s Guardian article on the contention that some of Shakespeare’s worst …

2006-09-23: Liz cracks me up We were driving through the miles ‘n’ miles of shopping center near the 70 and 540 …

2006-09-16: Al & Mel's "Lost Girls" For a man widely described as a recluse and rarely given to interviews, Alan Moore is all over the …

2006-09-14: Phillips on death The world without the people who matter to us is not the same world and so not the world at all. …

2006-08-07: Doppelganger I blogged about my new Honda Fit earlier this summer. Given that I’ve seen so few Fits in the …

2006-08-05: Rating my GRE study materials Part I dealt with how I prepared for the GRE.This is Part II. Flash cards. The best thing I did was …

2006-08-05: V:800 Q:640 Tremble before my mighty godlike intellect, puny humans…. Atlastatlastatlastatlastatlast …

2006-07-22: Cool Tool: Passport proxy

2006-06-20: Rules for Computer Use Mike Shea’s latest essay in another in the trend of many of us who are sticking our heads up …

2006-06-15: Stephen Colbert Commencement Address Stephen Colbert’s 2006 Commencement Address at Knox College In addition to very good advice I …

2006-05-30: Links 2006-05-30 Core Dump “At first glance, technical writing and Disney don’t seem to have much of a …

2006-05-29: In Our TIme - Faeries From Melvyn Bragg’s In Our Time newsletter on the Mythology of Faeries: Two of the things we …

2006-05-27: Links 2006-05-27 Tricks of the Trade: Dishwasher Microsoft W3rd. Gangsta version of Microsoft Word Spelling poems. …

2006-05-27: Preach it, sister First Draft - If You Are Looking For A Way To Be Against Gay Marriage: “Because while I love …

2006-05-26: Don't believe in God? To hell with ye Atheists identified as America’s most distrusted minority From a telephone sampling of more than …

2006-05-25: 'Shorthand' tips for handwritten notes - 43 Folders Board A fantastic collection of shorthand codes for handwritten notes. Although my primary notetaking …

2006-05-14: Fit Since 1994 when I bought it used, I’ve driven a 1992 Chevy Lumina. I got it with about 78,000 …

2006-05-12: Best paragraph I've read today At the end of Sam Jardison’s list of Top 10 books on cults and religious extremists comes this …

2006-05-07: Superman Full-page scans of Superman’s first appearance in th 1938 Action Comics via Robot Wisdom

2006-05-04: Poetry Daily: From "Epitaphs" I like reading Poetry Daily (wish it had a proper RSS feed). I’ll sometimes print out poems I …

2006-04-28: Links - 28 Apr 2006 …accumulated since Easter… …compiled over the last few weeks, as you can tell …

2006-04-26: Le Petomane Wikipedia’s entry on Le Petomane includes this wonderful paragraph: In the following decade …

2006-04-26: Alan Moore interviews For a man described in many articles about him as a recluse, Uncle Alan sure granted lots of …

2006-04-23: Goethe From the In Our Time newsletter on the Goethe discussion: The talk in the Green Room went on for …

2006-04-15: Orson Welles on art & remembrance Courtesy Netflix, I saw Orson Welles’ F for Fake, a fascinating document. I saw it, listened …

2006-04-14: Where do your taxes go? Enter the amount of tax you paid into the National Priorities Project’s interactive tax chart …

2006-04-07: Links: Power and cyborgs Caterina.net: Power reveals “Power reveals. When a leader gets enough power, when he …

2006-04-07: tinfoil.com - Early Recorded Sounds & Wax Cylinders tinfoil.com: Dedicated to the preservation of early recorded sounds: You are about to enter the …

2006-04-06: Don Quixote Another In Our Time newsletter, this one on Don Quixote (a book I’ve tried reading a couple of …

2006-04-06: Charlemagne and writing Some of the scholarly chat programs on BBC4 radio have their own newsletters, as most media do …

2006-03-19: Linksalot Damn Interesting » Tin Foil Hats Proven Ineffective Shakespearean Insult Generator Creating Feeds …

2006-03-15: Creating Feeds from Feedless Web Pages Here’s my first Backpack page that I created for a SIG meeting today. It describes how to …

2006-03-10: Advertising and its Discontented Danny Gregory is running a great series on his site called Advertising and its Discontents. This …

2006-03-10: "A common destination with room for all" Scott’s friend Chrystal has a nicearticle on religious choices. My family is a perfect example …

2006-03-10: Modest Change 3: Exercise For the past decade or more, I’ve fumbled around for an exercise program I could stick with. …

2006-03-10: Modest Change 2: Keeping time I was, for some reason, totally taken by Thomas Limoncelli’s book Time Management for System …

2006-03-10: Modest Change 1: Early to Rise Earlier this year, Merlin suggested that, instead of resolutions and big efforts, people implement …

2006-03-10: YouTube - Alan Moore Interview A kindly someone has posted this BBC Two Alan Moore Interview that was broadcast March 9, 2006. The …

2006-02-24: Links: Business card cubes, more tech/less work Ned Batchelder: How to make business card cubes Making cubes out of business cards is easy, and will …

2006-02-23: Links: Clipmarks, screensaver, quantum computing, & personality tests Clipmarks | What Is Clipmarks? “Manage the stuff you find on the web With the Clipmarks …

2006-02-23: Wikipedia:Unusual articles This page has been making the rounds of the blogosphere. I like the made-up Simpsons words and many …

2006-02-18: Best Desktop Pictures Ever In my humble opinion, of course. These are from Zeldman’s old site, courtesy the Wayback …

2006-02-16: The Religious Affiliation of Comic Book Characters Perhaps a case of the web answering a question that no one had asked, still, that’s a lot of …

2006-02-16: Skinhead Hamlet Skinhead Hamlet: Shakespeare’s play translated into modern English Our hope was to achieve …

2006-02-16: What do you know now? This is a page I ran across years ago when Mistress Krista’s site was in an earlier stage of …

2006-02-06: Betty Jo's Valentines Susie Bright has a lovely blog entry on finding a scrapbook of valentines her mother, Betty Jo, …

2006-02-05: Great parody of pharmaceutical advertising MERD | Panexa (Acidachrome Promanganate) via

2006-01-24: Oooh, that hurts From NY Times’ William Grimes review of the book Beyond Coincidence: The award for the most …

2006-01-11: Panhandling Walking along Ninth Street in Durham, or Queen Street in Toronto, or anywhere, we’ve been …

2005-12-03: Get Fuzzy books: A Reading Guide This Amazon reading guide is essential for the Get Fuzzy fan. It helpfully notes that Get Fuzzy …

2005-11-23: Yet a further reason to join the ACLU This has convinced me it’s time to join the ACLU. The security paranoia has to stop. via …

2005-11-22: Back in the Nanowrimo game Well, sort of. I wrote earlier about retiring from the field when I found the story I was working on …

2005-11-22: I hate when that happens Just got a call from a job recruiter for a position that has my name all over it, at the last place …

2005-11-19: New PC: First Steps First, clean off the old PC and prep it for its new owner. I’m giving it to my friend Scott, …

2005-11-13: Blog diet Up till the middle of last week, I had about 80 blogs on my Bloglines list. Many of them were …

2005-11-12: Retiring from the Nanowrimo field I was looking forward to it this year, but hit the sand early and never recovered. I started out as …

2005-11-09: The Revenge of the Novelist From the NY Times obit of John Fowles. As much as it frustrated some of his readers, Mr. Fowles …

2005-11-03: "Due to..." From Melvyn Bragg’s latest In Our Time newsletter: Monica Grady’s other mission seems to …

2005-11-01: NaNoWriMo: The Adventure Begins Yes, I’m one of the hairpins doing the NaNoWriMo challenge, though I will only use lowercase …

2005-10-29: Online holiday games to play For those of us who just don’t get out enough into the real world… Note that some of …

2005-10-29: 10+ year old files During the New PC Blues upgrade process, I ran across a 5.25” floppy disk Liz had used to …

2005-10-27: RSS Feeds - one day at a time This item from Merlin’s 43Folders blog knocked me for a loop and I took a few examples from …

2005-10-24: New PC Blues: The Beginning The time had come. My last computer had been an HP Pavilion, bought at Circuit City, when Windows Me …

2005-10-08: Links: Writing tips for academic papers I compiled the following quickie list of paper-writing tips for a co-worker who is taking online …

2005-09-29: True Work I had this on my office wall many many years ago, and can’t find the source again. But I think …

2005-09-18: Phrases and misspellings to expunge forever Mike Shea has a nice list of phrases to be avoided (as well as writing rules from Orwell and Struck …

2005-09-18: Nice phrases These are some phrases that have passed my way that have struck me, for whatever reason. …

2005-08-24: Personal Inventories and Piggy Banks Whilst reading through some collections of old David Allen essays I’ve culled from his …

2005-08-15: In case you needed another reason to join the ACLU The Transportation Security Administration maintains “no-fly lists” of people whose …

2005-08-14: The Dalai Lama Shower I saw the following originally in Thirty Thousand Days, the newsletter for The To Do Institute. …

2005-07-16: Circusmuseum.nl There’s something wonderfully creepy and other about circus and magic show posters. The color, …

2005-07-14: Doomsday Algorithm I’ve loved this little trick for years: the Doomsday Algorithm, a creation of Dr. John Conway, …

2005-07-04: Being jealous of myself I was listening to The Splendid Table show on the drive home from the grocery store yesterday. Lynne …

2005-06-30: Checklist for fiction writing Back in the days of iron men and wooden computers, I was a denizen of Compuserve. I loved the OzWin …

2005-05-28: Quote - Barbara Holland I read to Liz before she goes to bed, and lately, we’ve settled on memoirs. The first was a …

2005-05-22: Quote - Alain de Botton From Essays in Love It is hard to imagine Christianity having acheived such success without a martyr …

2005-05-22: Quote - Karen Joy Fowler From her story “Private Grave 9”: The moon had risen, round as an opened rose.

2005-05-22: Arnold Bennett quotes (from the Moleskine harvest) Quotes from Journal Of Things New and Old, by Arnold Bennett (about …

2005-05-22: Moleskine harvesting I recently finished off one of my little squared Moleskine buddies. I don’t number the pages, …

2005-05-21: The Joys of Total Recorder Without a doubt, one of the most-used programs on my PC is Total Recorder (I have the Professional …

2005-05-21: Stoicism I was just listening to a BBC Radio4 discussion on Stoicism and thinking how that and the Tao te …

2005-05-06: The Lester Dent Pulp Paper Master Fiction Plot This post has been making the rounds of late, but it’s especially interesting to me now as 1) …

2005-04-10: The Limits of Reading Anthony Lane, in an excellent appraisal of PG Wodehouse in The New Yorker (April 19 & 26, 2004 - …

2005-03-19: Proofreading as a hobby I like checking up on Blackmask.com every now and then to see the latest public domain e-books that …

2005-03-16: The Warden and Barchester Towers After listening to Trollope’s Autobiography via Audible, I got a Bantam paperback edition from …

2005-03-01: Monthly splurge list I copied this tip from some money-management page online: Impulse purchases are always the things …

2005-02-20: Real Alternative The only Real product I’ve voluntarily installed on my PC is the Rhapsody player. But when I …

2005-02-15: New Vocabulary Some of the words Liz and I have invented because there was a need: “flustrated” - of …

2005-02-13: Virtual housekeeping and deck-clearing Spent a reee-diculous amount of time recently cleaning up the hard drive and my Yahoo mail account. …

2005-02-04: On Arnold Bennett This blog’s subtitle, “Oddments of High Unimportance,” comes from Arnold …

2005-02-04: A monthly hit of friendly comics journalism One of the sites I like spending time with is Sequential Tart, comics news and interviews from the …

2005-01-30: Susie Bright, Underground Comix, and Great Stories Over at Susie Bright’s blog is a great journal entry where she remembers encounters with the …

2005-01-30: I fell into a brown study From “The Resident Patient” by Arthur Conan Doyle: Finding that Holmes was too absorbed …