Lots of video in this collection. I'm not embedding them, because the
page is already heavy enough at the moment, and I just got it CSS'd the
way I want it.
- It's a little back-dated now, but Lance
Mannion's look at Katie Couric and her conduct during the Palin
interviews is dead on.
- Tom Whitwell at Music Thing has put up 7
Things I Learned Building My First DIY Stompbox, modifying an
off-the-shelf delay pedal into a weird, Tom Morello-sounding noisemaker.
I'd love to do something like this, and his list sounds very familiar
from when I've played with DIY in the past.
- Now we start the video stuff: director Adam Green (Hatchet)
makes a little horror movie every year for his family. This year it's The Tivo, starring
Parry Shen. What really makes it is the sound clips--it's a reminder of
just how good the sound design on TiVo really is.
- Quake's been ported
to the Silverlight runtime, and runs in a browser. Which is cool and
all, but I miss the days when the standard "look what I've got running"
app was Doom. Makes me feel old.
- Also from MSDN's Channel 9, Bill
Hill talks more about reading onscreen. It's interesting listening
to Hill talk about the biological constraints of display technology, as
well as font embedding. There's a lot of geeky-cool stuff about
resolution-independence. Then he starts messing with multi-column blog
layouts, and he kind of loses me, personally. There's a notable tension
in Hill's conversations between the traditionalism of print, which is a
strong part of his background, and the recognition that publishing for
screen does have fundamental differences from publishing on paper. I
also love his comments on the
number of spaces after a period.
- That said, have you noticed the incredible number of font geeks
online? It sometimes seems like there are stages that tech people go
through, and at some point that means obsessing over, say, the tiny
differences in sans-serif fonts. People get into deep feuds over this
kind of thing, seriously. I think it may actually indicate a deeper
personality type. When doing design, I obviously pay attention, but
other than that, I really couldn't care less whether it's Helvetica,
Arial, or Verdana. What that means, I don't know.
- I spent an hour the other day watching Tim Wise talking about
racism and privilege, starting with comments on the use of
Whiteness by elites and followed by his longer talk in
Seattle. These are really fascinating anti-racism talks, but part of
what caught my ear was his discussion of the terms used in speech
regarding class, particularly the phrase "less-fortunate": "Here's
fortunate," he says, gesturing with one hand at head height before
dropping it a couple of feet, "and here you are, just a little less." It
reminds me of language that the Bank uses, and which I myself used
without thinking, dividing the world into "developed" and
"less-developed" or "under-developed." As Wise would point out, we don't
say the opposite of under-developed is "over-developed." But maybe we
- Another terminology-related thought that I had while on our trip
was inspired by seeing ads in Vancouver along the lines of "9 out of 10
Canadians..." Reading it with another country substituted for my own
kind of accentuates how often we refer to ourselves as "Americans" when
what we really mean is "people." I wonder if we would have better luck
with global initiatives if there were a short, punchy term that
described us as humans living on Earth, instead of tying our identities
closely to our nationalities.