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Stop Shouting

Jan

If you keep shouting, you are not making communication any better. You are only removing talking and whispering from the system.

— Bruno Monguzzi

By: Dre

Anti-social Media

Jan

“Every time I type a web address into my browser, I don’t need to be taken to a fully immersive, cross-platform, interactive viewing experience,” said San Diego office manager Keith Boscone. “I don’t want to take a moment to provide my feedback, open a free account, become part of a growing online community, or see what related links are available at various content partners.”

Irrespective of its satirical source, I can’t help but wonder how much of the sentiment in this Onion article would be echoed in a real-life survey on the same topic. There are certainly times that I would choose a straightforward reader-content interaction1 over the increasingly complicated social/sharing/liking/pinning landscape.2


  1. Instapaper is my definitive choice when it comes to stripping all the unnecessary flotsam from articles.  ↩
  2. Don’t even get me started on comment sections. ↩

By: Dre

Pentagram at 40

Jan

A typically brilliant look back at 40 years of Pentagram.

Via Jared Erickson

By: Dre

Jude Buffum’s 8-bit Movie Portraits

Jan

Babe... Ruth?

Illustrator Jude Buffum has a wonderful set of 8-bit influenced work, including these movie portraits.
His illustration of The Goonies is especially good; much better than the graphics of the original NES game. I could never fault the game’s music though, that theme tune was boss.1

Via supersonicelectronic


  1. Debate still rages here in Casa LMA as to whether The Goonies or Battle Toads had the greatest soundtrack.2 ↩
  2. If this fills you with a sense of nostalgia you may want to check out a few other 8-bit audio delights. ↩

By: Dre

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IBM’s artificial intelligence memorises Urban Dictionary, develops potty-mouth

Jan

In an effort to teach Watson – the famous artificial intelligence – how to understand informal language, researchers at IBM decided to teach it slang, by feeding it The Urban Dictionary. The plan backfired when Watson had trouble distinguishing between polite conversation and profanity, which led to the researchers curbing Watson’s newfound crassness by selectively wiping its memory.

Watson picked up some bad habits from reading Wikipedia as well. In tests it even used the word “bullshit” in an answer to a researcher’s query.

I would love to know what that original query was.

Via Moving Brands

By: Dre

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Inhospitable Places

Jan

This week’s photographic fixation is desolate landscapes that border on the abstract. Muted colour pallete? Check. An imposingly limited sense of scale? Check. Barren vistas of brutal rock and ice? Check. Devoid of signs of humanity? Check.

I have a feeling that my subconscious is trying to tell me… something.

via butdoesitfloat & Wired

By: Dre

Browser Awareness Day

Jan

According to Team Geek, last Sunday the 13th was Browser Awareness Day (it’s ok, we didn’t know either1). If you’re using an outdated copy of Internet Explorer, why not do yourself a favour2 and upgrade to a modern browser.3 They’re faster, more secure, have loads of extra features that you’ll find useful and best of all they’re free. Go do it now, it will only take 5 mins.


  1. It would have helped if they had shown the actual date on their site. Just sayin’ ↩
  2. You’ll be also be doing the whole Internet a favour by making it easier for developers to provide more support for better browsers ↩
  3. Don’t worry; we get it. We know some of you simply can’t upgrade your browser. It’s ok, we still love you. ↩

By: Dre

Keep Moving

Jan

Remember that, sooner or later, before it ever reaches perfection, you will have to let it go and move on and start to write the next thing. Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving.

– Neil Gaiman

By: Dre

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The Carpenter

Jan

It seems I have a certain soft spot for videos that fall into the category of “Intimate-Documentary-Portraying-a-Skilled-Crafts-Person-Deeply-Engaged With-the-Craft-They-Love” – a genre that I have just coined that should slot in nicely between “Indie Rom-Com” and “Japanese Horror.” Maybe it’s the romantic appeal of getting away from the sterile realm of the digital and getting ones hands dirty.
A prime example is The Carpenter,1 a short film by Deep Green Sea, an Athens-based group of multi-disciplinary artists working in film and animation. The film is part of a series entitled The Art of Making, which also features films on dressmaking and guitar-making.

– Via Jared Erickson


  1. Bonus points for using the track The Fire Shall Devour Us by The Three Corners of The Earth, a song last used to stonking effect on the trailers for The Art of Flight ↩

By: Dre

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Eddie’s House

Jan

At Letters of Note, there is a correspondence between to Frank Lloyd Wright and 12-year old Jim Berger:

Dear Mr Wright

I wrote you June 19, 1956 about designing my dog Eddie a dog house to go with the house you designed for my dad. You told me to write you again in November so I ask you again, could you design me a dog house.

Respectfully yours,

Jim Berger

Despite his curmudgeonly reputation, Wright agreed, and supplied a full set of drawings the following year. Eddie’s House was finally constructed in 1963.1

via Architizer


  1. Eddie was apparently not easy to please; he shunned the new house and it was eventually demolished in 1973. In 2001, Berger rebuilt the house, as featured in the documentary Romanza.  ↩

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