Meta-blog that everybody else reads but I just discovered: Virginia Postrel’s Dynamist.com. Her site was popular enough last year to bring in $1490.00 from Amazon tips and book referrals. It won’t pay the rent, but it sure sounds like more than most “tip me” blogs pull.
Digital Biology, a book about synthetic life by Peter Bentley, got a favorable review in the NY Times. There’ve been a number of books published recently along these lines, notably Flesh and Machines by MIT AI and robotics wizard Rodney Brooks, and Creation by Creatures developer Steve Grand. It’s a lot to keep up with, but the Bentley book looks like the best place to dig in.
US Attorney General John Ashcroft is one weird dude. But don’t take my word for it.
I’m pleased with this: a stripped-down version of Photoshop called Photoshop Elements is available. I would have paid for it, but it came free with my new D-40 Olympus camera, so I’m doubly pleased. If it’s missing many features relative to the much more expensive Photoshop, I haven’t spotted them yet. I’m sure it IS missing high-end features, but as a non-power user, I’m happy to have a more reasonably priced Photoshop. I’ve used Photoshop for years at work and have gotten very fond of it, but it looks like the Photoshop Elements feature set is all I really need.
Here’s an intriguing picture story of a towboat taking an unexpected trip. The boat gets trapped against the bridge and then gets sucked underneath. You owe it to yourself to look at
I love this kind of attention to detail… Typecasting is a discussion of how well movies do getting time period appropriate fonts in their onscreen typeset materials. A sample: In the movie Chocolat (set in the 1950s), we see a sign that features a font that was introduced in (quel horreur) 1978! “Perhaps the mistake is understandable. ITC Benguiat was designed in a quasi-Art Nouveau style. It is likely that Art Nouveau typefaces would still be in use in provincial France of the mid-fifties. But not ITC Benguiat. It didn’t exist. [seen on xplane.com]