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Company Produces This Miniature Toy Wood Boat For Riva - Ocean Of News
The iconic italian shipbuilding company, Riva has presented a family of wooden building toy boats designed by madeindreams. The collection consists of 5 riva legends: two cult motorboats, ariston and Aquarama, two more recent classics, the Aquariva and Rivarama, and the only wheeled model ever produced, the riva truck, which used to cross the countryside carrying the beautiful motorboats.

Each toy is manufactured and hand finished in italy, without the use of glue or any other fastener making it completely chemical free. Riva has selected woods that are also used in the life-size motorboats: african mahogany, ash wood and italian maple. The aquarama toy can be found online at archiviostore, with the rest of the collection available by the end of 2015.
wood  craft  creativity  toy  ***  inspiration 
1 hour ago
I do like poetry | Children’s verse
Speaking in defence of poetry aimed at adolescent audiences, Alexander asks why children should be expected “to go from Silverstein to Shakespeare” without intervening stepping stones; to him, poetry is “a sure-fire way” to increase youthful literary excitement, offering unintimidating white space to accommodate “the imagination . . . the spiritual journey the reader takes”. (Inverting this idea, Alexander’s work also includes intriguing “black-out” poetry – pages on which all but the words of a poem are redacted.) There is poetry to suit all ages and palates being written, performed and found by poets young, old and from every conceivable background – and this deserves to be celebrated and shared, as much as taught.
poetry  children  youth  *** 
1 hour ago
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Scandinavian countries are socialist to people who like socialism and capitalist to people who like capitalism. Whi…
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This is the clearest example I have ever seen of the basic operation of ideology:
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Fucking over the troops this nakedly? No uproar? Maybe we do live in the end times.
2 days ago
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There are flowers that are described by botanists as "unscented" because they have studied them at the wrong time o…
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I will never get over this photo.

1. Corey Lewandowski
2. Omarosa
3. Mooch
4. Rob Porter
5. Gorka
4 days ago
Directory | Illustration Tools
Awesome collection of illustration tools, including some for running a small business.
freelance  *****  entrepreneur  business  tools  mytools  illustration 
4 days ago
FontShop | FF Casus
A nice alternative to Walbaum. A little bit Century Schoolbook.
typography  ***  serif 
4 days ago
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1 straight year of "antifa only makes them stronger" and here are your results.
4 days ago
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the creative classes are guilty of this too.
4 days ago
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leaving aside the ambiguity of the "us" here, I really just don't buy this idea that the concept of structural raci…
5 days ago
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Just like catcalling, I don’t owe a response to unsolicited requests from men with bad intentions.

And also like c…
7 days ago
The Case for a Breakfast Feast - The New York Times
But the researchers also found that those who ate their largest meal early in the day were more likely to have a lower body mass index than those who ate a large lunch or dinner. Breakfast eaters tended to keep their weight down generally, compared with breakfast skippers. The lowest B.M.I.s were recorded in the fraction of people — about 8 percent of the total sample — who finished lunch by early afternoon and did not eat again until the next morning, fasting for 18 to 19 hours.

Fasting signals to the body to start burning stores of fat for fuel, the researchers said. “It seems our bodies are built to feast and fast,” said Dr. Hana Kahleova, one of the authors of the study, which was done by researchers at Loma Linda University School of Public Health in California and published in The Journal of Nutrition in July. “It needs some regular cycling between having food intake and fasting. This seems to be hard-wired.”

Having the largest meal in the morning appears to have advantages for weight control compared with having a large meal in the evening, she said, since the digestive process and the action of insulin, the pancreatic hormone that the body uses to process the sugars in carbohydrates and store glucose, appear to be at their peak performance early in the day. As a result, “our body can use the nutrients as a source of energy the easiest,” Dr. Kahleova said.
eating  nyt  nytimes  ****  health  food  counterintuitive  time  sleep 
7 days ago
Getting Hugo running on Netlify
This was helpful. (Note, in Windows the "touch" command is "echo >>".)
netlify  hugo  howto  *  reference 
7 days ago
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Betsy Devos could owe Michigan $2.4 million in taxes on her yacht but she avoids paying it & exempts herself from s…
8 days ago
Paris, Chicago and Beyond: How to Have a Luxury Trip for Much Less Than You Think - The New York Times
The article focuses on luxury travel, but these cities and smart choices can also support regularly-priced travel, too, I'm sure.
paris  nytimes  barcelona  nyt  mexico.city  ****  london  nyc  list  travel  cities 
9 days ago
Advice on writing | Devon's Site
One is called The Most Dangerous Writing App, which deletes your writing if you stop for more than a few seconds.

The second is I often walk around the city recording my voice on my phone.

The third is actually emails just like this!
advice  writing  howto  ****  tips  list 
10 days ago
Binging with Babish sandwich bread
INGREDIENTS

400 ml water
Packet of instant yeast
650g all purpose flour, divided
50g sugar
5g salt
90g unsalted butter, divided
Plastic wrap
Parchment paper
A little oil

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METHOD

Bread:
In a bowl, combine 100 ml of warm (110°F) water with one packet of instant yeast and 325g of the all purpose flour along with 50g of sugar, 5g of salt, and 45g of unsalted butter at room temperature.

Stir to combine before adding 300 ml of water and stirring to create a pancake batter like paste, and then add the remaining 325g of flour and stir until a shaggy dough forms.

Turn out onto a counter top and knead for 7-9 minutes until a smooth supple dough forms.
Generously oil a large bowl and place the dough inside. Roll the dough around a little to make sure it’s evenly coated in oil.

Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 45 minutes to an hour until the dough has doubled in size.

Turn out onto a lightly floured countertop and punch down until it’s back to its original size and then start forming into a loaf. Make sure to tuck it under itself to make sure it gets that nice loaf top.

Place in a loaf pan that is coated with butter and parchment paper and loosely cover with plastic wrap. Let sit at room temperature for one hour until it has doubled in size.

Brush the loaf down with butter and place in a 400° oven for 25-35 minutes.

Remove from the oven and brush it down again with some more butter and let sit overnight.
food  *****  recipe  tomake  bread 
10 days ago
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one in three Americans killed by strangers is killed by police
11 days ago
Things they don't teach you running a business by yourself
Things they don't teach you about running a business by yourself. @Griffith_joel, founder of @browserless
11 days ago
In Pursuit of Production Minimalism — Brandur Leach
Most of us can benefit from architecture that’s a little simpler, a little more conservative, and a little more directed. Only by concertedly building a minimal stack that’s stable and nearly perfectly operable can we maximize our ability to push forward with new products and ideas.
***  simplicity  simple  process  minimalism  productivity 
11 days ago
Your Friendly Guide to Colors in Data Visualisation | Chartable
Favorite tweet:

Two years ago, I published a blog post in which I explained the most important color tools for data vizzers. Many people told me they found it helpful. So this week I took the time to update & improve it: https://t.co/We9cPE0jYy

— Lisa Charlotte Rost (@lisacrost) July 31, 2018
tools  *****  visualization  data  color  mapping  design  mytools 
11 days ago
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6) To call Trumpian post-truth politics ‘postmodernist’ is a massive category error. Trumpian relativism is the me-…
11 days ago
Grand Designs | Netflix
Host Kevin McCloud presents people who take self-building houses to a new level, following every step of their ambitious plans from beginning to end.
television  home  diy  towatch  netflix  **** 
13 days ago
Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine - Part 1: Obsession | Jazzmaster 60th Anniversary | Fender
Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine - Part 1: Obsession | Jazzmaster 60th Anniversary | Fender
video  music  sound  process  ****  interview  towatch  my.bloody.valentine 
13 days ago
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That's the whole problem with space. Theres no land. There's no labor.

The costs of transporting people and equip…
14 days ago
Industrial space age: Companies looking to cash in on mining asteroids - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
People talk about mining nickel from asteroids.

There are large high-grade nickel deposits…
14 days ago
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People talk about mining nickel from asteroids.

There are large high-grade nickel deposits…
14 days ago
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This is why 2001 and Gravity may be my favourite space films.

So much sci-fi is about what a thrilling place spac…
14 days ago
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Absolutely. Will talk about the decline of public administration as a separate field in a subsequent post.
15 days ago
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This reminds me of Matthew Hopkins, who in the 17th Century went around calling himself "witchfinder-general" and c…
15 days ago
How Technology Grows (a restatement of definite optimism) —Dan Wang “I consider Definite Optimism as Human Capital to be my most creative piece. Unfortunately, it’s oblique and meandering.”
Let’s try to preserve process knowledge. The decline of industrial work makes it harder to accumulate process knowledge. If a state has lost most of its jobs for electrical engineers, civil engineers, or nuclear engineers, then fewer young people will enter into these fields. Technological development slows down, and it turns into a self-reinforcing cycle of decline.

I think we should try to hold on to process knowledge.

Japan’s Ise Grand Shrine is an extraordinary example in that genre. Every 20 years, caretakers completely tear down the shrine and build it anew. The wooden shrine has been rebuilt again and again for 1,200 years. Locals want to make sure that they don’t ever forget the production knowledge that goes into constructing the shrine. There’s a very clear sense that the older generation wants to teach the building techniques to the younger generation: “I will leave these duties to you next time.”

Regularly tearing down and rebuilding a wooden temple might not sound like a great use of time. But I’m not sure if local priorities are entirely screwed up here. These people understand that it’s too difficult to write down every instruction necessary for building even a single wooden structure; imagine how much more difficult it is to create instructions for a machinery part, or a chip. Every so often we discover ancient tools of which we have no idea how to use. These shrine caretakers have decided that preservation of production knowledge is important, and I find that admirable.

Building a vast industrial base and practicing learning-by-doing used to be the American way. Brad DeLong again: “When the technologies of the second industrial revolution arrived, the United States with its cotton and wide market, and its rich natural resources, and its communities of engineering excellence, was able to leap ahead—and in fact greatly surpass Britain in manufacturing productivity pretty much everywhere. So that the 20th century became an American century, rather than a second British century, in large part because of the bets Hamilton had induced the United States to make on not simply following comparative advantage.”
ellul  industry  future  geography  history  futurism  *****  globalization  politics  technology  economics  trends  manufacturing 
15 days ago
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ICYMI: Tanking tech stocks are threatening to blow up the entire stock market! What better time to read this first…
15 days ago
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In this happiness we build each other—

—Lee Briccetti from "Blue Guide"
15 days ago
Marrying Types: Sans on Sans - CreativePro.com
Such design similarities—evident especially here in the all-caps passages—can make two typefaces start to look like bad imitations of each other. At the same time, Antique Olive has a very large x-height that makes it look ill-proportioned next to the sleeker Optima. In other words, although in general contrast is good, it has to be the right kind of contrast.

Lessons Learned
Words into Type demonstrates that sans serif typeface families can work well together when they’re very different species of sans serif type that nevertheless strike a graphic balance.

To be as successful with your own typeface combinations, look for contrast in textures, character shapes, weight, and stance (roman vs. oblique or italic).

Keep in mind that too much contrast can work against you. For example, a face with a very large x-height looks ill-proportioned paired with a face with a short x-height.

And finally, when possible, choose extended typeface families so you have a wide variety of forms and styles of contrast at your disposal.
fonts  pairing  ***  howto  design  typography 
15 days ago
One Week $50 Meal Plan for a Family of Four
Saved less for the details and more for the idea.
budget  food  recipe  ***  list  planning 
15 days ago
This is What Post-digital Print Should Look Like | | Eye on Design
“People have figured out what digital is good for and what print is good for,” he says. “In a way, books have to justify their own existence these days, and so they need to have an object quality that digital just doesn’t have—can’t have. In contrast to digital, the other thing I find to be pretty satisfying about a book is that it has to be done at a certain point, especially in this era of things constantly being flexible, or changeable, or evolving.”
book  design  graphic.art  physical  **  postdigital  art 
15 days ago
Mental Performance Can Be Hurt By Even Mild Dehydration : Shots - Health News : NPR
One study found that subjects who were about 1 percent dehydrated saw an estimated 12 percent more total errors on a card game that measured cognitive flexibility.
npr  health  water  * 
16 days ago
What you Create for an Audience of One is Much More Likely to Reach An Audience of Millions
In 2013, something shifted in my writing. Up until that point, I had been writing to impress an audience. I held back, played it safe, and didn’t risk saying anything too provocative or crazy. That year, I took a different approach to my writing. Rather than write to impress an audience, I wrote to make myself happy.
What emerged was an unapologetic, no bullshit, full expression of my creativity. I self-published two books. The first one sold 1000 copies. The second became a Wall Street Journal bestseller and eventually led to a book deal and to rebranding our podcast as The Unmistakable Creative.
When we’re no longer trying to impress an audience, we’re liberated from the need for their validation.
inspiration  creativity  howto  **** 
17 days ago
Letter of Recommendation: Dead Malls - The New York Times
There’s a passage in an Anne Carson poem, “The Glass Essay,” that describes the process of grieving a breakup as the seasons repeat themselves: “I can feel that other day running underneath this one/like an old videotape.” In dead-mall tours, we can glimpse the traces of our past selves embedded in the modern footage — paging through jewel-cased CDs at what are now empty racks; sitting in movie theaters at the moment the house lights go down, revealing tiny lights strung along the floor like runways at night; perched on now-desolate benches, waiting for rides. By watching, perhaps, we can try to reassure ourselves that who we were and how we lived still exist, if on an altered plane — that, like the malls themselves, our pasts will resist their own erasure.
decline  poetry  history  abandoned  abandonment  decay  malls  nyt  nytimes  *** 
18 days ago
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The left’s obsession with identity politics is out of control.
18 days ago
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DND allows you to play out even the most impossible fantasies, such as:

-Speaking multiple languages
-Traveling wi…
18 days ago
Learning Swedish
Free course for learning swedish from the Swedish Institute.
video  learning  ***  language  swedish 
20 days ago
The Aerographer, spatial anxieties | Neural
Luiz Zanotello thinks that interpreting differences and establishing boundaries is generating “spatial anxieties” especially because we are prone to a technological mediation which is accentuating our increasing uncertainty. He interprets then these feelings in his installation “The Aerographer”, measuring the airflow at different locations within a room, whose differences cause an array of white plastic nodes to move. These nodes can move on different axes, changing the connections among lines, becoming a display of the changes in the air topography. It is a kinetic display, acting autonomously through anemometers measuring temperature changes, so catching airspeed. What it exposes to view is a metaphor of a constant change and adaptation to the rest of the system. Which is what networks are technically doing, and what society is consequently doing, induced by invisible but present and influential flows.
aeriality  space  emotion  *** 
20 days ago
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I never feel like more of an expert than when I'm working on footnotes. One of my fave college profs made me basica…
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At a time when other countries are spending billions to try to create something as productive as US higher ed, some…
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an entire piece about religion and politics in the South that purports to complicate the race-centric narrative of…
20 days ago
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There are plenty of legitimate complaints to make about higher ed, like any industry. But its an industry that gene…
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Social ownership of capital ultimately. And as you note there is als…
21 days ago
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I've said this before. But I think that the confusion here is rooted in the fact…
21 days ago
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For years, liberals said, "This neoliberalism you leftists complain of is just the liberalism we've had since the N…
21 days ago
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In "Batteries Not Included" (1987), drones did kitchen work, fought developers, and procreated. Such was the robot…
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the USPS is obligated to serve every person who calls this country home, at uniform price and quality.

i can't th…
21 days ago
Jaron Lanier Interview on What Went Wrong With the Internet
One of the things that I’ve been concerned about is this illusion where you think that you’re in this super-democratic open thing, but actually it’s exactly the opposite; it’s actually creating a super concentration of wealth and power, and disempowering you. This has been particularly cruel politically. Every time there’s some movement, like the Black Lives Matter movement, or maybe now the March for Our Lives movement, or #MeToo, or very classically the Arab Spring, you have this initial period where people feel like they’re on this magic-carpet ride and that social media is letting them broadcast their opinions for very low cost, and that they’re able to reach people and organize faster than ever before. And they’re thinking, Wow, Facebook and Twitter are these wonderful tools of democracy.

But then the algorithms have to maximize value from all the data that’s coming in. So they test use that data. And it just turns out as a matter of course, that the same data that is a positive, constructive process for the people who generated it — Black Lives Matter, or the Arab Spring — can be used to irritate other groups. And unfortunately there’s this asymmetry in human emotions where the negative emotions of fear and hatred and paranoia and resentment come up faster, more cheaply, and they’re harder to dispel than the positive emotions. So what happens is, every time there’s some positive motion in these networks, the negative reaction is actually more powerful. So when you have a Black Lives Matter, the result of that is the empowerment of the worst racists and neo-Nazis in a way that hasn’t been seen in generations. When you have an Arab Spring, the result ultimately is the network empowerment of ISIS and other extremists — bloodthirsty, horrible things, the likes of which haven’t been seen in the Arab world or in Islam for years, if ever.
criticism  technology  virtual.reality  jaron.lanier  silicon.valley  internet  social.media  ****  nymag  algorithms 
23 days ago
The Saul Bass-Approved Method of Credibility-Based Logo Design
How does a graphic designer create a credibility-based logo?

Credibility-based logo design first requires a designer to symbolize the company business. Let's use for example Joe's Shoe Repair. This would be a shoe repair shop with a sign hanging on the store front with a "shoe" symbol.

The next step is to give the "shoe" symbol a design character in a way that characterizes Joe's Shoe Repair and how he operates. This non-verbally communicates the business character in a trustworthy design motif. There are an infinite variety ways Joe's trust can be communicated, but the trust chosen must represent how Joe operates in reality. Joe is very friendly and professional. Joe could show that he has modern shoe repair equipment and a high-end environment, which would require a contemporary and classy "shoe" design treatment.

But this is not Joe. In reality Joe does shoe repair the old, hand crafted way, which would be a dated or retro period design with friendly overtones. The objective is to make Joe look trustworthy with traits that define the most descriptive nature of Joe's shoe repair shop which in this example is "experienced,” "professional," and "friendly."

A credibility based logo for Joe's Shoe Repair, the "design brief" would require the logo to communicate: expertise = "shoe repair" + trustworthy = "long time experience," "professional," and "friendly." This credibility trait logo description would produce a logo design of a shoe with dated and retro friendly overtones. It must be simple and have high impact as a sign on Joe's shop. This is a credibility-based logo design.

This approach also demonstrates that if a logo design can be described verbally after it is designed as so many graphic designers and company businesses do, it can also be described before it is designed.
design  logo  **  howto 
23 days ago
Study Hall
Oddball colors and aesthetic.
webdesign  design  inspiration  ** 
24 days ago
How to make a book – The Creative Independent
There is a lot of writing advice out there, but I don’t find much of it especially helpful. I do not mean that it’s “inaccurate”; I only want to note that a lot of it suggests that there are only a few “correct” methods, and that can endanger the process, or at least make it a lot less fruitful. Writing a book is an individual endeavor, an expression of a writer’s unique and thoughtful approach to inspiration, process, and refinement. The way a book is written is part of what makes it so singular. This guide points to a few approaches that have worked for some writers.
books  book  howto  ****  creativity 
24 days ago
How to start a podcast – The Creative Independent
Starting a new podcast was intimidating (to say the least), but at this point, I’m hooked on it. People joke constantly that there are too many podcasts, but there’s too much of everything. It’s a unique, evolving medium and there’s plenty of room at the table. So, if you’ve got what you think is a fun idea for a podcast that you wish existed, I hope this how-to guide will prove useful
podcast  ***  howto  podcasting  creativity 
24 days ago
Don’t Call It That: Second Edition – ExtraCurricular Press
A workbook for naming your product, business, or brand. 

Your name is the tip of the spear.

It's the first thing people see and hear. It's your first shot at grabbing people's attention and arousing their curiosity. How are people supposed to talk about your new company if they can't remember or pronounce the name?

Contrary to popular belief, naming has nothing to do with omitting vowels. It has nothing to do with smashing letters together until you find an available URL that sounds like a Latvian powerlifter grunting. No, naming is a process. You'll need time. You'll need insight. You'll need to start on Page 1.

Don't Call It That is not a book about naming. It is a step-by-step workbook that walks you through the ins and outs of the naming process. This book is your best defense against awful company names and the people who find them "practical" and "functional." A Hundred Monkeys Creative Director, Eli Altman, will help you develop attention grabbing names that speak to your audience and establish the seed of your brand.
***  tobuy  howto  book  names  naming 
24 days ago
Community Architect Daily: Where are your people, Baltimore? Part 1
Where are all your people, Baltimore? Anyone coming back from travel to cities such as Boston, New York, Seattle, San Diego, Zurich or Naples will ask this question. Public spaces in this city seem mostly deserted except for cars, even in downtown. In the few places where people routinely assemble, such as near the Lexington Market, police see them as "loiterers" and are doing everything to make their life of  miserable. Benjamin had admired the "porosity" of Naples which he saw then  of not having hard borders of confrontation and separation.

Its hard to see such porosity in Baltimore. In more affluent neighborhoods, such as Mount Vernon, special security details canvas the streets. In poor neighborhoods, such as on Pennsylvania Avenue near North Avenue, the sidewalks are busy but most city residents wouldn't  dare to go there. Parks, one of the classic urban commons,  such as Leakin or Druid Hill are beautiful, but remain devoid of people most of the time. All this stands in stark contrast to familiar photos of Baltimore's history depicting downtown streets bustling with life.
baltimore  urbanism  politics  lefebvre  cities 
24 days ago
Movable Types
Archivio Tipografico's collection of movable type.
archive  typography  collection  history  ***  museum 
24 days ago
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