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Sparklines

November 28, 2007

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Sparklines are beautiful. Impactful. Simple. Elegant. I’m going to try to start using this concept as soon as possible. I’m taking a course in healthcare info systems this semester, and we hear constant talk about “dashboards.” Example dashboards are invariably hideous or so simple that too little information is conveyed. I think this idea has […]

frankentruck

November 26, 2007

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So we go up to my Mom and Dad’s house for Thanksgiving break and this thing is parked in the yard of the house down the road. I don’t even know what else to say.

Ali Farka Touré: Niafunké

November 19, 2007

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I still say this is one of the best albums of the last ten years. Eternal thanks to Riva, who introduced it to me. NOBODY plays guitar like this guy did…and he was so unbelievably good, man, he made a Roland Jazz Chorus sound good. There are about four people on the planet who can […]

The beauty and opportunity of the iPod

November 18, 2007

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I’m still torn in two directions as far as the progress we’ve made thanks to the iPod (and all of the other mp3 players, i guess, if anybody’s actually buying them). As far as I can see, it has done two things: Everybody now has headphones with them at all times. People steal awful sounding […]

Wonderful things…

November 18, 2007

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Uniqlock. I guess it’s just an ad for some polo shirts or something, but I still like it. Eikongraphia, a blog. Plus, they’re using the same blog template as me; clearly they have excellent taste. 🙂 Rhizome.org : contemporary art Art Simon’s instructions for assembling a cheap binaural recording system, complete with sample files. Headphones […]

Light and shadow, part 1: the Tokyo sewer system

November 18, 2007

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I was struck by the similarities between this photo of a hall within the Tokyo sewer system (found on MADEBYBLOG>ARCHI.) and the drawings of Piranesi. I guess I shouldn’t be that amazed, considering they’re both just big empty rooms full of columns and shadow, but I can’t help it. UPDATE: It’s known as the 首都圏外郭放水路, […]

We don’t know far more than we do

November 17, 2007

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…and sometimes, this means that we need to realize our projections of ROE, sales, etc. are pointless. Consider this example: the Apollo program is estimated to have cost (in inflation-adjusted 2006 US Dollars) $135 Billion. That’s nine zeros, ok? A lot. But let’s look closer: the outcome of WWII -> cold war -> minuteman missile […]