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Episode 13: Now With A Touch More Analysis

“‘As soon as people started collecting weird and unusual things, the frauds started,’ says Rutter. ‘But the fakes are just as interesting to me. Reality is not the over-riding thing.'” Diane Maclean talks about mermaids, jackalopes and a (real, if I may note) one-eyed pig. Via Athanasius Kircher Society.

Just so you know, I’m getting a T-shirt that displays smallish specimens of Colossal Squid (juvenile) and its Giant counterpart at The Mcsweeney’s Store.

And you know that you’re supposed to run the maintenance script “sudo daily/weekly/monthly” every so often, right? Your Mac is supposed to run those scripts by itself—thereby keeping the system lean and well-oiled—but only if it doesn’t sleep at freaking 3:30 to 5:30 a.m. everyday. Since the percentage of Mac owners in the world who actually bother to stay up that late is minutiae at best (designer of various trades often belongs in this category) here’s a utility from Mr. Scott Russell that will make the job easier for normal people to manually run.

Much like what Jessica Hagy had done, emo+beer = busted career attempts to dissect pop music infographics style. Note, for example, that when properly reviewed, all the song in R Kelly’s Double Up album rates zero in ‘go to jail’ and the first diagram in the New York Times was at Summer Jam post was really how some typographers see the world around them.

In that vein, here’s Rob Harvilla’s “dissertation on the number one song in America“, This Is Why I’m Hot, in which he profoundly note that the said song played a major part in “reclaiming and re-energizing the word hot after years of abuse”.

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Bram Pitoyo, Links

Episode 12

To start off, five excellent links from Coudal today:

Okay, I thought spending three minutes of your live watching a video featuring nothing but Microsoft PowerPoint transitions will be fun.

The Branding of Polaroid 1957–1977, or “How we beat Eastman Kodak and its little yellow boxes at point of purchase despite a clunky product and an irrelevant corporate name.”

Now you know where to find High Resolution Graphic Files of Care Symbols.

Ladies and gentlemen, these are the reasons why I used flickr.

Little bitty scenery. Noted without comment, but aren’t they cool?

Two links from 37Signals’ SvN.

Apparently, optimism is now naïve and skepticism, largely expected. My God, if this is what we call post-postmodern, then give me my neaty grid-and-grotesk back.

Tim, TeamSnap will let you manage every sport team that your kids are in.

“…This product [TV-B-Gone] epitomizes the hypocrisy that your organization preaches by allowing one single critic of television to determine what the population at large may choose to watch. It is this very concept that you attack within the television industry…” Alex Italics’ letter that he sent to Adbusters, to which, as an account planner and art director, I said “Amen!”

And to close this episode off, browser wars: video edition. Good night.

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