Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Tuesday, September 30, 2003

World Wide Words - Yikes and Foresakes - or something like that. Another Brit word-nerd who enjoys regaling tales of English language etymology. Struth! He likes talking about where words come from. Best of all is that he, despite his horned eyebrow wings, is fairly contemporary. Ever wonder what a Metrosexual is? Then check out this site.

Friday, September 26, 2003

The Chomskybot- proof positive that someone else finds Chomsky as verbose and confusing as I do. I've decided that I am a person of reasonable intelligence, having at least 5 years of post secondary education (half of which, I was actually awake). As such, some smarty pants with big ideas should be able to explain their thinking to me. If not, seeing as I am only slightly daft but generally competent, they must be a terrible communicator. Before attempting to read any Chomsky, you must also understand that he is completely humourless, making this chomskybot even a funnier jibe at one of the biggest brains around.

Thursday, August 28, 2003

MIT OpenCourseWare | OCW Home - impress your friends (and better yet - your parents) by taking MIT courses (and better yet again - for Free!) at the pilot site of MIT OpenCourseWare. Courses each have a mini-site and contain downloadable lecture notes, assignments, guidelines and video depending on the nature of the course.
Processing 1.0 _ALPHA_ >> Software - the evolution of John Maeda's Design By Numbers take on Java, created by several grad students following up on John Maeda's ideas.

Friday, June 06, 2003

www.stubby.ca has a great gallery to the lost but not forgotten Canadian stubby beer bottle. Have a look and find your ol' favourite [O'keefe's Extra Old Stock and Black Horse bring back many foggy memories for me].

Wednesday, May 07, 2003

42nd Street Studio, New York City,Vortex Lighting is an example of light as architecture that, with a changing facade of colour, surprises and inspires. Though the technology is no longer novel, this implementation is certainly praise worthy. If you are in New York and plan to check out Times Square at dusk, then make the short jaunt over to this building to see it for yourself.

Thursday, April 24, 2003

The National Marine Fisheries Historic Image Collection. - High resolution illustrations of various species of marine mammals, fish, shellfish, fishing vessels, fishing gear, fishing methods, and fish processing. Sound dull? Hold up, brother. There are actually some great etchings of fish species that are copyright free.

Wednesday, April 02, 2003

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Art of the Revolution - an impressive exhibit of proletarian artwork from China, currently on at the PowerPlant gallery
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Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Google Zeitgeist - search patterns, trends and surprises according to Google. Google as a measuring stick of culture. Welcome to the Google Age.

Tuesday, March 11, 2003

Orange.com's Etiquette Section is a smart piece of extended brand content describing, in a concise way, the subtle differences between us. My favourite? The Dutch are aptly described, thusly, "...they tend to avoid superlatives and use understatement frequently: to describe something as okay - is to say it’s quite good. The Dutch are remarkably straightforward in their dealings with others and they’re used to direct speaking, even though this can seem a little abrupt to outsiders. Their humour is subtle, and they don’t easily take offence. "
Which has, for what it's worth, been my experience with the Dutch.
Also, check out their "World Calendar of Events". Of course, Orange's "World" is limited to the range of their phones.

Saturday, February 22, 2003

The Hamilton Wood Type Museum ...another Saturday morning place to visit when you are looking for a little inspiration.
"The Hamilton Company began producing type in 1880 and within twenty years became the largest provider in the United States. During that time, as the waves of immigrants helped build the United States, news and public information was made visible in the many styles of wood type."
A List of Online Magazines will destroy the promise of ever leaving your computer again. Not all of the links are current - but it's still fun finding out which ones are.
Expo 67 is alive and well at this online exhibition [Flash req'd].

Monday, February 17, 2003

The Work of Charles & Ray Eames is another fine online exhibit from the Library of Congress. The exhibit doesn't have any of the Eames' films here, like the Power of Ten, but makes up for with a generous use of images.

Friday, February 14, 2003

Metropolis Magazine's Web site, to me, is an archetype of what a good magazine should do. They provide glimpses of current articles and a nice selection of archival articles. Notably, even if they don't have a full article, they will have a brief description with any possible off-site links. Plus, they have a good selection of links to anything else mentioned in the magazine and links to advertiser's sites (rather than cluttering their own site too much)They've really got the online presence of their real world mag down pat. My only regret of Metropolis is not so much with the publishers but with the inclusion of comics by Ben Katchor. I've nothing against Mr. Katchor, the writing is funny, the style is all his own and his colours are great, yet, I can't help feeling that he has the market cornered on Humourous Design Cartoons by process of exclusivity - no one else is doing it so he has a de facto patent on it. Really, I just can't help feeling that I could do that and better. There I said it. Now I have to show it. Soon, my prettys, soon.

Friday, January 10, 2003

Enter the World of Fornasetti is an online mini-exhibit of the designer/artist Piero Fornasetti. Ettore Sottsass wrote the introduction and there are plenty of nice photos of Fornasetti's best known pieces.