Archive for September, 2009

Why can’t we set beautiful typ…

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Why can’t we set beautiful typefaces free and charge exorbitant prices for ugly fonts instead? Clients will still insist on them anyway…

Bad Machinery

Monday, September 21st, 2009

The new comic strip by John Allison, creator of the fabulous Scary Go Round, has officially begun.

Where Were You When The Death Star Fell?

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Trooper One: “I hear they’re gonna build a new [Death Star]… almost as big.”

Trooper Two: “Haven’t we learned anything?”

Trooper One: “Look, if you don’t rebuild, the Jedis win.”

Trooper Three: “You know I think Emperor Palpatine knew about it all along, and he let it happen just to justify going to Hoth. [...] There is no way one X-Wing could’ve taken this thing out, no way.”

Despite dodging all of my requ…

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Despite dodging all of my requisite collegiate science courses in rather enterprising ways, I quite enjoy the occasional Jules Verne. Ha!

Re-Organize Your iPhone Apps in iTunes

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

One of the great new features in iTunes 9 is app management… We can now organize our pages (and pages) of apps right in iTunes, no more dragging jiggly icons across 9 or 10 screens.

If Architects Had to Work Like Web Designers

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Please design and build me a house. I am not quite sure of what I need, so you should use your discretion. My house should have somewhere between two and forty-five bedrooms. Just make sure the plans are such that the bedrooms can be easily added or deleted. When you bring the blueprints to me, I will make the final decision of what I want. Also, bring me the cost breakdown for each configuration so that I can arbitrarily pick one.

My Top 5 Film Directors in rev…

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

My Top 5 Film Directors in reverse order based on number of onscreen explosions: Kapra, Gondry, Hitchcock, Spielberg, Scott (both of them).

Turning to Tie-Ins, Lego Thinks Beyond the Brick

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

…Five years after a near-death experience, Lego has emerged as an unlikely winner in an industry threatened by the likes of video games, iPods, the Internet and other digital diversions.

Even as other toymakers struggle, this Danish maker of toy bricks is enjoying double-digit sales gains and swelling earnings. In recent years, Lego has increasingly focused on toys that many parents wouldn’t recognize from their own childhood. Hollywood themes are commanding more shelf space, a far cry from the idealistic, purely imagination-oriented play that drove Lego for years and was as much a religion as a business strategy in Billund.

Growing up, Legos were the toy of choice for my brother and I. The adult in me feels a bit nauseous at the idea of Lego selling out to Hollywood. But to the child in me, pairing Indiana Jones and Star Wars together with Legos is a match made in heaven.

Classic Photography in Lego

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, V.J. Day in Times Square, and Lunch Atop a Skyscraper are some of the most iconic images of our time, but now they’re rendered as you’ve never seen them before: in Lego.

Love love love it. (via HOW Design)

The Paradox of the False Positive

Monday, September 7th, 2009

Excerpted from Little Brother by Cory Doctorow:

This is the paradox of the false positive, and here’s how it applies to terrorism:

Terrorists are really rare. In a city of twenty million like New York, there might be one or two terrorists. Maybe ten of them at the outside. 10/20,000,000 = 0.00005 percent. One twenty-thousandth of a percent. That’s pretty rare all right. Now, say you’ve got some software that can sift through all the bank records, or toll pass records, or public transit records, or phone call records in the city and catch terrorists 99 percent of the time.

In a pool of twenty million people, a 99 percent accurate test will identify two hundred thousand people as being terrorists. But only ten of them are terrorists. To catch ten bad guys, you have to haul in and investigate two hundred thousand innocent people.

Guess what? Terrorism tests aren’t anywhere close to 99 percent accurate. More like 60 percent accurate. Even 40 percent accurate, sometimes.

Read the entire book for free at Doctorow’s website.

Warehouses Taken Over By Robots

Monday, September 7th, 2009

They are like orange industrial Roombas that go out and find inventory in a warehouse and bring it back to human workers to pack for shipping.

Just in case you forgot over the past few years, technology is AWESOME.

The Evolution of the Modern Blockbuster

Monday, September 7th, 2009

At a time when summer movies seem uniquely capable of consolidating the cultural discourse, [we] look back to the summers, and summer movies, of 1984 and 1989, when MTV editing, post-Boomer cynicism and other cultural sea changes converged to shape the summer blockbuster we all know and can’t avoid.

(via Kottke)