Following up on this post about dramatic photography, I noticed that Kottke has written about the famous photograph “Migrant Mother.” It too is part fiction – the mother pictured was not a recent migrant in 1935, but had instead been living in California for nearly 10 years. (Also, I have a weird deja vu feelingContinue reading “Dramatic Imagery, Part 2â€¦”
A bunch of people told me I would love The Prestige, but I never had the chance to see it in the theatre. Finally watched it tonight. It is fantastic.
Microsoft offers a terrible customer experience to Windows Live OneCare clients. Why is it so hard to cancel your account?
Amy points out this movie that shows the ways that traditional media organizations use Photoshop to make photographs seem more dramatic. Frankly it’s disgraceful.
The launch of Google Desktop for Mac reminds me to begin an experiment I’ve been wanting to run for a while now. As much as people applaud Mail.app, I’ve never liked it. I’m a recent switcher and I’m forced to use Outlook 2003 at work, so that might contribute, but I just don’t think IContinue reading “Google Desktop for Mac”
Anyone know the details? I’m a huge fan of the morning news on WAMU. DCRTV hears that there is a “mass exodus” of news people from American University’s mainly news and talk WAMU (88.5 FM). Two have left and two more have given notice and are “actively job hunting.” We’re told that there’s “major unhappinessContinue reading “Mass Exodus at WAMU??”
Mark Potts found a great list of who owns the top 20 newspapers in the country. 1. USA Today … Gannett Co. 2. The Wall Street Journal … Dow Jones & Co. 3. The New York Times … New York Times Co. 4. Los Angeles Times … Tribune Co. 5. New York Post … NewsContinue reading “Media Ownership: Who Owns Whatâ€¦Right Now and Next Year”
I was looking for historical information on the first definition of “nomenclator” (the assistant to Roman Senators who whispered the names of approaching dignitaries) when I came across this: An interesting variant is the nomenclator. Named after the public official who announced the titles of visiting dignitaries, this cipher combined a small codebook with largeContinue reading “Ciphers and Personal Assistants”
This strikes me as a convincing explanation for a big problem. Congestion would drop if prices on traffic meters and over-limit infractions rose. It’s simple, but a tough sell for local businesses in most places other than large cities (and perhaps there, too). I think back to when I lived in Bethlehem – business ownersContinue reading “Cheap Parking = Clogged Streets?”
Terrible widow at time.com. Doesn’t anyone check these things?