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Apr 25

Charlie Brooker: The AV campaigners have created a stupidity whirlpool that engulfs any loose molecules of logic | Comment is free | The Guardian -

There was a TV ad depicting a Grand National style event in which, thanks to AV, the horse in third place magically finished first. This was unrealistic on two counts: partly because the example they used was impossible, but mainly because all the horses survived.

Apr 16

Alan Silberberg: I had to let myself remember mum | Life and style | The Guardian -

"I didn’t realise Milo’s story was going to be about a bereaved boy when I started writing," Silberberg says. "It was going to be a funny story about a goofy kid, but two chapters in I realised I was in a place I’d not been to for a very long time."

Mar 22

(via Nedroid Picture Diary)
Actually, I would like to go to the zoo.

(via Nedroid Picture Diary)

Actually, I would like to go to the zoo.

Mar 18

(via e photography: Creativity)

(via e photography: Creativity)

“This week, [Nicole Scherzinger] announced her forthcoming debut solo album or, as she put it, “a miracle of Haiti’s disaster”: she had met the album’s producer at the recording of a charity single for Haiti. “The one good thing to come from that tragedy,” she suggested, “was my music”, which will doubtless come as considerable comfort to relatives of the 316,000 people who died, the 1.6 million left homeless and the 3,500 affected by a subsequent outbreak of cholera. Obviously they’re suffering, but with the news that Scherzinger got a “raw, soulful and funky” solo album out of it, at least their suffering isn’t in vain.” — Come earthquake or tsunami, there’s always a celebrity there to help | Life and style | The Guardian

Mar 09

“Those damn curtains didn’t work out AT ALL. I was so sure they would sell! I didn’t know how to sew, but I figured that if I designed them, any seamstress could sew them. I STILL have stockpiles of silk from all the custom curtains I didn’t make. Wanna know how many curtains I sold? One.” — ruby star rising: racy thoughts from inside my head

design work life » Frank Aloi: Divine Dairy

design work life » Frank Aloi: Divine Dairy

Mar 06

“All very benevolent but still, given the current climate, it seems bonkers to invest seven years of education into a non-profit scheme, subsidising your rent by tutoring maths when you could be making a packet in the City. “I know,” he laughs. “All my friends are bankers and I’m their poor student mate. But it’s my choice.” And, frankly, there are enough bankers to go round, allowing people like Dr Broni-Mensah to turn staggeringly obvious ideas into life-changing schemes.” — Britain’s new entrepreneurs: young guns go for it | Business | The Observer

Mar 05

“'The lies of a newspaper in London can get a bloke's head caved-in down an alley in Bradford.'” — Daily Star reporter quits in protest at tabloid’s ‘anti-Muslim’ coverage | Media | The Guardian

Mar 04

Craftaholics Anonymous: t-shirt pom poms -

If I had a theme for the day, today’s would be “round things”. Still slightly regretting not buying the compote jar in Waitrose (just because I have no idea what one does with “compote”…)

Mar 03

Sketchbook Stories -

Other people’s processes are the most fascinating thing in the world to me. 

People have asked me many times to say what, exactly, is the point of this project. I’ve always had a fascination with the ways that creative people balance inspiration and discipline in their working lives. It’s easy to be energized when you’re in the grip of a big idea. But what do you do when you don’t have anything to work with? Just stay in bed? Writers have this figured out: it’s amazing how many of them have a rigid routine. John Cheever, for instance, used to wake up every morning in his New York City apartment, put on a jacket and tie, kiss his wife goodbye, and take the elevator down to his apartment building’s basement, when he would sit at a small desk and write until quitting time, at which point he’d go back up. (When it was hot in the basement, he’d strip down to his underwear to work.)

The only way to experience this kind of discipline is to subject yourself to it. Every student who has taken this project had a moment where the work turned into a mind-numbing grind. And trust me: it won’t be the first time this happens. The trick is to press on. For each new day (whether it’s Day 28, Day 61, even Day 100) brings with it the hope of inspiration.

” — Michael Bierut’s 100 Day Project

Jun 18

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Jun 12

LOVE.
IKEA | Serve | Trays | BUSIG | Tray

LOVE.

IKEA | Serve | Trays | BUSIG | Tray

“If The New York Times ever strikes you as an abstruse glut of antediluvian perorations, if the newspaper’s profligacy of neologisms and shibboleths ever set off apoplectic paroxysms in you, if it all seems a bit recondite, here’s a reason to be sanguine: The Times has great data on the words that send readers in search of a dictionary.” — N.Y. Times mines its data to identify words that readers find abstruse » Nieman Journalism Lab