Musicophilia

Designer names to come

UK cover is first, US cover is below it.



I don’t know that I’m in love with the music notes and staff approach to the text (although it is growing on me), but I do know this: that picture of Sacks on the US cover is creeping me out and it’s making me think of what surely is history’s greatest t-shirt:


Musicophilia

Perfectionists

Have a look at this NYT article Perfectionism before you buy that next self-help book.

I have learned to get along with my slight perfectionism. I find my best work is always done with a sense of effortlessness and enjoyment. Blogging, maybe not my best work, is completely effortless. I sometimes look back on a post and wonder how I did it.

Perhaps the deepest link to eating disorders and an exessive concern with body image is with perfectionism. Most steroid users are ordinary guys…


Perfectionists

The 2008 Compact Calendar Now Available [Featured Download]

compactcal_sm.jpg Designer David Seah has released the 2008 version of his excellent compact calendar spreadsheet template, an entire year represented as a “candy bar o’ time” which prints onto a single piece of paper with lots of room for notes. Fold up the compact calendar to stick in your wallet, or affix it inside a project notebook. The layout makes it easy to block out projects, vacations, and other long-term initiatives. In fact, it looks like a fantastic mini “Don’t Break the Chain” Seinfeldian…


The 2008 Compact Calendar Now Available [Featured Download]

Tie a Tie in Under 10 Seconds [How To]

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We all know how to tie a tie by now, but if you’re bored of the same old routine or you want to speed up your tie-tying chops, web site Instructables steps through how to tie a tie in under 10 seconds. This method will take a bit of learning (much like the world’s fasted shoelace knot), but with a bit of practice you’ll be able to throw that tie around your neck on your way out the door without thinking about it.


Tie a Tie in Under 10 Seconds [How To]

Get Statistics About Your Birthday [Fun]

bdaycake.jpgGet informative statistics about the day you entered the world, such as your age (in number of days, hours, and seconds), your zodiac sign, and more with strangely useful website dayofbirth.co.uk. If you’ve ever wanted to find out how many days it was until your next birthday, you can do so easily without whipping out the calendar and starting to count. The website also takes you to other enlightening sites that teach you more about your date of birth (noteworthy events, names of famous…


Get Statistics About Your Birthday [Fun]

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 officially wants to be the next god of the universe. The datacenter that houses over a hundred of our servers also caters to some of Google’s servers, and apparently Google also owns part of the building or something like that. They decided that they don’t have enough power for their servers, so they are actually demanding that the entire datacenter be stripped of all power for about two hours…


Google Wants to Be the Next God of the Universe

GOINES




David Lance Goines started out as a student of classical languages, reading ancient texts in the original Greek and Latin.  After being arrested and expelled from the university for participating in student protests in the 1960s, Goines found work as an apprentice to a nearby printer, “becoming in the fullness of time a journeyman of that Art and Mystery.” Goines found a wonderful new calling, using his classical background and his own good taste to design beautiful and interesting…
GOINES

Roger Shattuck on reading Proust

Roger Shattuck (1923-2005) on how to read Proust:

I believe it is best to approach the reading of Proust as if it were a kind of long-term cure, or an initiation to unfamiliar mental and physical movements evolved by another culture. A steady, leisurely pace, without the tension of fixed deadlines, serves best. Certain habits of thought can thus be laid aside as others are slowly acquired. It may take months, even years. The Search creates a season of the mind outside temporal limits.


Roger Shattuck on reading Proust

Proust and the Squid

Design by Paola Ecchavaria

Saw this on the new books table last night. It’s the latest in this year’s mini-trend: the “book-on-a-book-cover” approach (also seen on The Last Novel and House of Happy Endings). It’s really quite beautiful and elegant in person, and I’ll leave it to those more zoologically inclined to determine if the wonderful spelled-out-in-random-letters creature at the bottom is actually more octopus-like than squid-like.


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Proust and the Squid

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 than anything. Sometimes it feels like I tinker with the setup more than I actually read the news, but I’m making progress. I won’t claim to be completely satisfied with how or why I try to consume so much information from the internet, but lately I’ve been as content with the process as I can hope.

Bailing Out

Trying to stay on top of dozens of feeds can feel like trying to squeeze a river…


Sink or Swim: Managing RSS Feeds with Better Groups

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 have one in my paws AT THIS MOMENT (…and, that’s a Spongebob band-aid on my thumb).

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And here it is, ON MY SHELF! There’s a gold foil on the spine, too. I love a good spine!

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Also: Playboy.com included LUST in their 2007 Holiday Gift Guide. Er, it isn’t supposed to be in stores until January. But anyway!


LUST News! Very Exciting Advance Copies!!!

WORDS AND PICTURES

When words and pictures are combined to tell a story, one medium or the other usually ends up doing most of the heavy lifting.

Personally, I prefer art where the picture plays a more important role than the words. But the People In Charge of Handing Out Awards seem to have a different view.  The most honored graphic novels often combine powerful words with weak drawing.

Take for example Alison Bechdel’s excellent book Fun Home, Time Magazine’s No. 1 Book of the Year and a National Book…

WORDS AND PICTURES

Harry, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it, don’t wait for it - just let it happen. It could be a new shirt at a men’s store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot, black coffee.

Advice for travelers

Stop for a good night’s rest: good advice for anyone doing a long-distance drive this Thanksgiving weekend.

Close cover before striking: good advice for us all.

Wikipedia: Williams, Arizona was “the last town to have its section of Route 66 bypassed.”

My son Ben found this matchbook on the street. Who could’ve dropped it? Someone who just stepped from a time-travel machine?

Other posts on ephemera
Found
Invitation to a dance




Advice for travelers

Goodbye Madame Butterfly

Bookslut’s Colleen Mondor brought Goodbye Madame Butterfly and Chin Music Press to my attention. Like the hardcover of Dave Eggers’ What is the What, there’s no dustjacket – the illustration is imprinted directly on the cover. Check out the beautiful endpapers. And how cool is this: “The full-color illustrations on the cover, the endpapers and the table of contents were found in the musty stacks of Japanese used bookstores in the Jimbocho district” (from the Chin Music site). Wonderful.


Goodbye Madame Butterfly